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The Million Dollar Hotel (2000 Film) [Soundtrack]

Brian Eno , Daniel Lanois , Jon Hassell Audio CD
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1. The Ground Beneath Her Feet - U2 with Daniel Lanois
2. Never Let Me Go - Bono and the MDH Band
3. Stateless - U2
4. Satellite Of Love - Milla Jovovich and the MDH Band
5. Falling At Your Feet - Bono and Daniel Lanois
6. Tom Tom's Dream - The MDH Band
7. The First Time - U2
8. Bathtub - The MDH Band
9. The First Time (Reprise) - Daniel Lanois and the MDH Band
10. Tom Tom's Room - Brad Mehldau with Bill Frisell
11. Funny Face - The MDH Band
12. Dancin' Shoes - Bono and the MDH Band
13. Amsterdam Blue - Jon Hassell, Greg Arreguin, Jamie Muhoberac, Peter Freeman
14. Satellite Of Love (Reprise) - The MDH Band featuring Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell, Greg Cohen
15. Satellite Of Love (Danny Saber Remix) - Milla Jovovich with Jon Hassell and Danny Saber
16. Anarchy In The USA - Tito Larriva and the MDH Band

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The soundtrack to a Wim Wenders joint is often as creative and satisfying as the movie itself (see Until the End of the World and Wings of Desire), serving not only as a companion to the film but as a standalone work of art. The Million Dollar Hotel is no exception, indeed it ups the ante. The film is based on a story conceived and written in part by U2's Bono, and his influence is all over the score. U2 contribute three stunning songs, most notably a collaboration with Daniel Lanois: "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", a soaring pop ballad with lyrics penned by writer Salman Rushdie that stands among the best U2 cuts ever recorded. In addition, Bono joins the all-star "Million Dollar Band" (comprising Mr Fly himself, Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell, Brian Eno and others) for a host of great tracks, including the ethereal groove of "Never Let Me Go". And if that isn't enough, The Million Dollar Hotel also features a duet between Brad Mehldau and Frisell ("Tom Tom's Room"), a surprisingly smoky cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" by model-actress-chanteuse Milla Jovovich and a raved-up, Americanised, Spanish-language version of the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the UK" ("Anarchy in the USA") sung by Tito Larriva with the Million Dollar Band. Despite such a wide-ranging host of contributors, Bono's sure hand keeps the album within the same emotional spectrum, coloured by a kind of melancholic longing and a wistful wonder, resulting in one of the best and most original soundtracks ever recorded. --Tod Nelson

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I bought this album because I am a huge U2 fan and saw that there were going to be a couple of new U2 songs. First off, don't believe you are getting too many U2 songs. I found that it was suggested that "The First Time" had never been released before or was a new U2 song, but it was on Zooropa years ago.
Now as for the rest of the soundtrack, U2's offerings are great. "The First Time" is a great song that I've always liked. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" is exceptional, especially the lyrics written by Salman Rushdie. "Stateless" is another new U2 song, that is good but not too memorable either.
The remainder of the album comes with songs performed by varying musicians consisting of ensembles often including Bono, Danial Lanois, and Brian Eno. I was hoping that these would at least be similar to what was included on the Passengers: Original Sountracks 1, but it is weirder than that and not really in a creative way.
So, should you buy this album? Yes if you really must have those U2 songs, yes if you are very open to ambient music and some eccentric offerings. BUt if you are looking for a fantastic album or are not a big U2 fan then try something else. For U2 fans who are not sure, try Passengers first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like a soundtrack to Your life... Sept. 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
well I really don't know how to start with this one...it's so incredible, passionate and emotional. The best soundtrack ever and one of the best albums ever recorded. Every song here has its satisfied place, you won't get the feeling of a filler. This album is great from the start to the very end, it will grow on you with time and each listening. It's suitable to every moment of a day, week, month, year and Your life. At every time you can associate with the music and the lyrics of at least one of those songs. It takes you into another world created by Bono and The MDH Band. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" one of the best songs in U2's career and greatest lyrics I've ever seen. "Never Let Me Go" - so atmospheric and jazzy and my personal favorite "Falling At Your Feet" with an unrepeatable climate and atmosphere, a song that you would like to write for someone you love. These are just few of the songs here, but all of them are truly brilliant whether it's a ballad ("Falling At...") or a joke ("Dancin' Shoes"). I truly recommend this album for every music fan that would like to grow and expand mentally and emotionally
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs A Film With A Soundtrack Like This? Aug. 14 2002
By cam h.
Format:Audio CD
This record belongs to that rare set of film scores that are so evocative, so literate, and so compelling, that you hardly need the film. Thing is, this isn't a proper film score, now is it? It's a bit of a score, a bit of a soundtrack (ie, a compilation of individual songs), and a bit of a U2 album. It is a real testament to all involved--U2, Bono and his MDH Band, and assorted producers, musicians, and artists covering other peoples' material--that it all makes sense, everyone sounding like a brilliant thread in somebody else's tapestry. Because this record *does* have a "the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts" appeal--welcome to the world of Wim Wender's soundtracks!
U2 show they know how to apply themselves to an emotional moment, because yes the new songs sound like U2, but no, they don't sound like they could have come off another album. The previous material they included fits nicely, using Milla Jovovich's peculiar and unforeseeably perfect vocal acrobatics to expand one of their favourite covers, "Satellite of Love;" and Daniel Lanois and the MDH Band reveal a whole new beauty to "The First Time" in their reprise of that song. Bono's sans-U2 contributions are first-rate--he practically acts all the characters and moods with his voice, but not in a hokey way. There is a real emotional, as well as musical, complexity to this album. Cheers to all the additional musicians. This album begins with a soaring, distinctly U2 embodiment of a Salman Rushdie poem, and ends with a nearly out-of-control Spanish version of the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the USA," and packs inbetween things old (previous U2 work), new (MDH Band), borrowed (Velvet Underground, movie dialogue, etc.), and blue (that fabulous trumpet!), never once making a musical or emotional misstep. What a marriage!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average as a soundtrack, essential for U2 fans July 19 2002
By S B
Format:Audio CD
On the front end, those starved for new U2 music in early 2000 were not disappointed with the two new tracks, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (the lyrics of which written by Salmon Rusdie in his book of the same title) and "Stateless" (which has a one of the best bass parts since "New Years' Day"). These songs were decidely more moody that the collection of tunes released later that year - 'All That You Can't Leave Behind'.
But what about the rest? Bono collaberates with Daniel Lanois and the "MDH Band" (a collection of more-than-competent musicians, too many to mention here) on "Falling at Your Feet", "Never Let Me Go", and "Dancin' Shoes", the latter of which is a fantastically smoky, bluesy, vocal performance.
The rest is filler. There are two incantations each of "The First Time" (on U2's 'Zooropa' (1993)) and of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" with Milla J. on vocals. (HINT: for those looking for a version sung by Bono and performed by U2, check out the "One" CD single). And the Spanish version of "Anarchy in the [USA]" is just annoying.
That said, this is not one of the best soundtracks to a Wim Venders movie. For better collections of songs, I recommend 'Until the End of the World' (1991) and 'The End of Violence' (1997).
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the night, under a full moon...
...to relax with a good music!
Published on April 13 2004 by Davide Lima Daum
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my dear Lord.
This soundtrack has its moments Milla's take on "Satellite of Love" is the worst thing I have ever heard. MY GOD. It's excruciating. I laughed so hard, though. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by Kat Angus
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie.
Pretty good soundtrack. Like alot of people, I picked this up for the "U2" related tracks. They're all good, even if they're all a bit on the moody side. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by H3@+h
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good album except for....
Milla. I picked up this CD solely to listen to Milla. What a massive let down. At least the rest of the CD is decent enough but Milla is unredeemable on this album. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by Krista
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, better if Bono would of did it with Gavin Friday
The Million Dollar Hotel, one of the best soundtracks out there? I would have to say yes. The album coinsides with the movie fawlessly. Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Fritz Klug
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bring me down
This music is very depressing to me. I prefer uplifting music.
Published on Jan. 9 2002 by carla
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ecclectic Essential
This is an absolute must for any listener whos' bent is towards the surreal. The soundtrack truely breaths life into a film that is already classic in the most brilliantly abstract... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars million dollar smile
awesome CD! very fitting to the movie. this music really sets the scene for ol' Tom-Tom and the rest of the misfits at the Roselyn Hotel. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001 by "hordon"
5.0 out of 5 stars million dollar smile
awesome CD! very fitting to the movie. this music really sets the scene for ol' Tom-Tom and the rest of the misfits at the Roselyn Hotel. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001 by "hordon"
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