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One From The Heart Original M Soundtrack, Enhanced

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 3 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Imports
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • ASIN: B00016XO6A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Opening Montage - Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle
2. Is There Any Way Out Of This Dream? - Crystal Gayle
3. Picking Up After You - Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle
4. Old Boyfriends - Crystal Gayle
5. Broken Bicycles - Tom Waits
6. I Beg Your Pardon - Tom Waits
7. Little Boy Blue - Tom Waits
8. Instrumental Montage - Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle
9. You Can't Unring A Bell - Tom Waits
10. This One's From The Heart - Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle
11. Take Me Home - Crystal Gayle
12. Presents - Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle
13. Candy Apple Red - Tom Waits
14. Once Upon A Town/Empty Pockets - Tom Waits

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Format: Audio CD
I admit, I bought the first issue of this soundtrack about a year ago. I didn't remember the music from memory anymore, but remembered liking it when it was first amplified off the big screen in 1982, and everything about One from the Heart still haunted me many years later. So basically, the soundtrack served as a souvenir of an incredible cinematic experience for me. I gave the soundtrack a couple of listens, but somehow just didn't give it a chance to sink in, as my memories of the film's images and mood were still so distant. Finally, once the movie was once available on DVD, I knew I had to relive this experience right away, and this time around I became hooked on the soundtrack as well.
While famiarity with the film may slightly enhance your enjoyment of this soundtrack, it's not absolutely necessary. The important thing is to give these songs adequate listenings. They won't hit you right away with big hooks or soaring vocals. But once they sink in, they take your breath away with the melodies' subtle beauty, Tom Waits' amazing wordplay (and surprising romanticism), Crystal Gayle's gentle, expressive vocals, and its overall haunting, dreamy, atmospheric sound that truly "transports" you. To me, it's simply one of the finest soundtracks ever written (plus a reminder for me to catch up on Waits' long, distinguised recording career). My only complaint with the original soundtrack release was that I regarded it as too short. This new version includes two unused/unreleased songs from the Zoetrope vaults, both sung solo (and movingly) by Waits. So, not only does this new CD reach my desired length in a soundtrack, but I'm happy to report that the added songs are just as outstanding in quality as the original tunes, and now sound and feel like they were always there. A WONDERFUL listening experience!
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True, the pairing of Waits and Crystal Gayle sounds like the perfect recipe for disaster. But don't come here looking for his usual tin cup of Blue Ruin. This album's more like a perfect Martini in a classy dive off of Sunset Blvd.
Apparently at the time, Tom was going through a bit of a career crisis and was on the verge of leaving the business. Despite masterpieces like, SMALL CHANGE he was verging on a parody of what he drank so hard to forget. Then Francis Ford Coppola came knocking & locked him in a room with nothing but a Steinway and a dream. When he finally woke up, he had a steady paycheck, a wife, and an an Oscar bid for Best Original Score. Not to mention a head full of strange ideas. Though the movie may not be the lost masterpeice Coppola would have you believe, the soundtrack is.
Hardcore fans of those rusty pipes may be put off by the presence of Loretta Lynn's little sister, but don't let that turn you away from sampling some of Wait's most haunting compositions. And this is the only place you'll hear them. The smokey caberet of "Old Boyfriends" is quintessential Waits. Though I've heard him sing it on his own, I still prefer the Crystal Gayle version. "Broken Bicycles" is worth the price of admission alone. Lines like, "all those playing cards tied to the spokes" could only come from one guy. Sweet, simple and unquestionably sad, it's right up there with "Johnsburg Illinois" off of SWORDFISHTROMBONES.
Though I'm more of fan of his later work, I've always had a soft spot for that corny 1977 duet with Bette Midler off of FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Infact, Midler was Coppola's 1st choice for this project.
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I've owned this soundtrack for more than twenty years now and I still listen to it frequently. Bought it in the first place mostly because I love Crystal's voice. Of course it's not at all what she's usually been doing, country pop or standards but lovely interpretations and duets with Tom. These two voices so far away from each other mix just WONDERFULLY on beautiful songs with exellent lyrics. Bette Midler was first supposed to do the female part but I've heard a duet between her and Tom and, although being a fan of her as well, I'm glad it is Crystal instead. This record should have received the Oscar for best soundtrack that it was nominated for, absolutely one of the best soundtracks ever. On the songs where Tom is performing solo and on the instrumentals you can feel the move away from the old Tom towards the challenging artist he is today. Among most of the songs I love "Old Boyfriends" but there's still a better version in the movie. I'm sorry they didn't choose that one for the soundtrack. Crystal is absolutely at her best here, simply outstanding. People I know who even dislike Crystal or Tom love this record, for some reason some of Crystal's fans don't. For me, this is just a treasure!
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This soundtrack is wonderful for many reasons. It showcases Tom Waits' versatile songwriting ability, and his gift for lyrical and melodic originality. He uses words and melody in ways that very few other songwriters do. At the same time, we get to hear these melodies and lyrics delivered not just by Tom Waits, but also a female voice in Crystal Gayle.
Those who are put off by Waits' more experimental material will be glad to know that the material on this album is comprised mostly of tender love ballads. Yet with its lyrical references to Monopoly and nursery rhymes, any Waits fan should be able to appreciate it.
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