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Great Expectations (1998 Film) Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 20 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002JEP
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Finn (Intro) - Tori Amos
2. Siren - Tori Amos
3. Life In Mono - Mono
4. Sunshower - Chris Cornell
5. Resignation - Reef
6. Like A Friend - Pulp
7. Wishful Thinking - Duncan Sheik
8. Today - Poe
9. Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down - Scott Weiland
10. Her Ornament - The Verve Pipe
11. Walk This Earth Alone - Lauren Christy
12. Breakable - Fisher
13. Success - Iggy Pop
14. Slave - David Garza
15. Uncle John's Band - The Grateful Dead
16. Besame Mucho - Cesaria Evora

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This 1998 film brought the Dickens classic to the age of alt-rock, and this soundtrack keeps pace with Sunshower Chris Cornell; Her Ornament Verve Pipe; Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down Scott Weiland, and Life in Mono Mono. But it also adds tunes by Tori Amos, Iggy Pop, Grateful Dead and even Cesaria Evora!

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Whether the movie Great Expectations was any good or not, the soundtrack excelled, crossing generations and cultures as Cesaria Evora nestles next to the Dead's "Uncle John's Band," and Mono's breathless "Life in Mono" leads into former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's surprising "Sunshower." A new song from Pulp, the first solo release by former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, and Great Expectations offers a wealth of surprises, the mood constantly changing, the only constant being the quality of the music, whether from established figures or relative newcomers. From Tori Amos to the Verve Pipe, this is an album that has it all. --Chris Nickson

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Format: Audio CD
Regardless of one's feelings about this film, it is nearly impossible not to appreciate the soundtrack, which is brilliant and nearly flawless. The first 'real' song is a restless, powerful piano and vocal piece by Tori Amos, reminiscent of her strongest 'fitful' writing and composing (i.e. pre-1997). This song, along with Pulp's brilliant and maddeningly catchy "Like a Friend" were probably the two most likely 'reason I bought this album' songs for many who own this CD. However, to isolate these two songs is to do an injustice to the overall cohesiveness and intelligence of the musical selection. The eclectic playlist does not seem the least bit contrived (The Grateful Dead, "Besame Mucho," and Chris Cornell all work pretty well together) and the thematic strengths of the many of the songs complement each other perfectly (hint: this is an all-time favorite wallowing-in-self-pity-because-of-unrequited-love album for many people I know). In general though, the soundtrack is energetic without being unnerving, catchy but not-quite sing-along, and all the tracks which slip by with tremendous kinetic energy are balanced by an almost equal number of mellower ones: buy this CD, recline in your favorite chair, and relax. It's active, non-drowsy listening without the mosh pit... as long as you keep your brother out of the room.
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By Mike on Nov. 28 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like many soundtracks, I bought the soundtrack to the film 'Great Expectations' because there was a brand new Tori Amos track on it, and I *love* her. I had done the same with the 'Higher Learning' soundtrack, and was extremely disappointed due to the vomitory rap songs that surrounded Tori's gems. 'Great Expectations' pleasantly surprised me. Tori's track, the curious "Siren," is a piano-laced euphoria, her crystalline voice and Bösendorfer treading through a dreamy drum-driven soundscape (how 'bout that alliteration!) It is truly a masterpiece. "Wishful Thinking," a sullen, truthful tune by the ever-wonderful (and native New Jerseyan) Duncan Sheik, is the other masterpiece on the album. Highlights include the shocking ballad by former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell ("Sunshower") and the poppy sunshiny splendor of "Today" by the smoky-voiced Poe. Overall, the songs, ranging from Iggy Pop to "Bésame Mucho", are journeys themselves in music.
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I was completely stunned at the beautiful music on this soundtrack. It is an absolute must for your CD collection.
Tori Amos' song, "Siren," is gorgeous, and it leads right into "Life in Mono" by Mono. This song has an incredibly unique sound due to the harpsichord, and the voice is nothing short of dreamlike. These are, I would say, my two favorite songs on this CD.
One of the greatest things about this soundtrack is that it is as eclectic as it is beautiful. Tori Amos, as was already mentioned, is present, but also is the fun, singalong "Uncle John's Band" by the Grateful Dead and Iggy Pop's "Success." There are also a couple of artists with songs on the CD that entice you to explore them more thoroughly because their contribution to this CD was so good.
I own about 250 CDs (last time I counted--many more now, I'm sure!) and this CD is in my top ten. It is hands down the best soundtrack I have ever heard.
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Most of the songs off this album are a wonderful relief from listening to the radio or listening to a collection by any single artist or group. "Lady," sung by Scott Wieland is one of the very best because of the original nature of the music written, it's fun and kind of goofy and done very well, it's not trendy or a rip off either. Tori Amos is always a good plus on any soundtrack. Some of them I could have done without because they're annoying, but all in all the good music out weighs the bad. "Life in Mono," by Mono is fun, "Sunshower," from Chris Cornell is pretty good, and Fisher's "Breakable" is perfect for the soundtrack because of the storyline of the movie. And a well done "Besame Mucho" from Cesaria Evora is the perfect touch.
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By A Customer on July 19 1998
Format: Audio CD
About the first half of this CD is wonderful. Tori Amos' two tracks are wonderfully inventive, and very dark. Chris Cornell's "Sunshower" is an outstanding edgy and almost obsessive acoustic song. The trend of goodness continues till almost the midway point of the album, with tracks from Duncan Sheik and Poe. From there--it's a sharp slide, marked by one TERRIBLE song. "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down," as performed by former STP frontman Scott Weiland, is just wretched. I found it almost unlistenable, and have, at times, been forced to turn off the CD. However, the outstanding first half of the CD makes it worthwhile, especially "Sunshower," "Like a Friend," "Life in Mono," and "Siren."
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By A Customer on July 22 1999
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of the most beautiful collections of music I've ever heard. Life in Mono and Siren have to be 2 of the most passionate songs I've ever heard. They comsume you with their twisted melodies and when you listen your mind goes on a rage and your heart fills with desire. This soundtrack moves me to levels of passion, desire, and romance hardly anything or one can do. I can liten to it constantly and be filled with the same emotions and excitement as the first time I heard the songs in the movie. (which by the way is one of the best movies of all time) If you have any suggestions of other cds or soundtracks with this kind of intensity. Email me @ BellaAngel@bolt.com.
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