One From The Heart Original M Soundtrack, Enhanced
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I've been a fan of Tom Waits for a long time, but this is different from just about everything else he's ever done. Brilliant jazz musicians playing kind of lounge ballads. Read morePublished on June 24 2013 by David Cooper
The combination of Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle is inspired. Like one of those chocolate-covered pretzels, the salty and the sweet mingle in a way that makes you want more and more. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by R. Olson
I own this on vinyl, and I'm so glad they re-released it.
Tom Waits is one of my favorite artists, and this album is certainly my favorite. Read more
I can tell you that I was just as suprised as you will be when you hear this cd for the first time. Chances are if you are browsing here, you are wondering if you should spend the... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Anapanasati
The first time I saw the movie I was swept into it. All alive with bright candy colors and goosebump music. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004