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The Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 2 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • ASIN: B000VAT032
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) - Peter Sarstedt
2. Title Music From Satyajit Ray's Film Jalshagar - Ustad Vilayat Khan
3. This Time Tomorrow - The Kinks
4. Title Music From Satyajit Ray's Film Teen Kanya - Satyajit Ray
5. Title Music From Merchant-Ivory's Film The Householder - Ali Akbar Khan
6. 'Ruku's Room' From Satyajit Ray's Film Joi Baba Felunath - Satyajit Ray
7. 'Charu's Theme' From Satyajit Ray's Film Joi Baba Felunath - Satyajit Ray
8. Title Music From Merchant Ivory's Film Bombay Talkie - Shankar/Jaikishan
9. 'Montage' From Nityananda Datta's Film Baksa Badal - Satyajit Ray
10. Prayer - Jodphur Sikh Temple Congregation
11. 'Farewell To Earnest' From Merchant-Ivory's Film The Householder - Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
12. 'The Deserted Ballroom' From Merchant-Ivory's Film Shakespeare Wallah - Satyajit Ray
13. Suite Bergamasque: 3. 'Clair De Lune' - Alexis Weissenberg
14. 'Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip' From Merchant-Ivory's Film Bombay Talkie - Shankar/Jaikishan
15. Memorial - Narlai Village Troubador
16. Strangers - The Kinks
17. Praise Him - Udaipur Convent School Nuns and Students
18. Symphony No.7 In A (Op.92) Allegro Con Brio - Fritz Reiner
19. Play With Fire - The Rolling Stones
20. 'Arrival In Benaras' From Merchant-Ivory's Film The Guru - Ustad Vilayat Khan
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Music plays a huge part in director Wes Anderson's meticulously crafted world. For this movie set in India, he's come up with a typically wide-ranging, mind-boggling soundtrack largely culled from the mid-'60s and early '70s, despite the fact that the film is set in the present. Though Indian cinema has come to mean Bollywood for most Americans, Anderson pays tribute to art filmmaker Satyajit Ray by including music from some of his movies, mines the early (1963-1970), lesser-known oeuvre of James Ivory, and features traditional Indian tunes. This may throw fans of Bollywood's more frantic style at first (even if the upbeat go-go "Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip," co-sung by superstar Asha Bhosle, gets close), but the music's eerie charm works in insidious ways. British Invasion pop, an enduring love of Anderson's, is represented by obscure songs from well-known combos (three cuts from the Kinks' 1970 album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One), as well as obscure songs from obscure performers, like Peter Sarstedt's 1969 nugget "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)." Add a fantastic Rolling Stones pop tune from 1965, a couple of Western classical tracks, a popular French hit by Joe Dassin, and you have a CD that's all over the map yet oddly consistent in its eccentricity. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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By PMK on April 29 2011
Format: Audio CD
Interesting soundtrack for a quirky film. The Peter Sarstedt track is of course an absolute gem, has been for 40 years, and is quite welcome as it is difficult to find. The Indian music tracks stand up very well on their own, but unfortunately are uniformly very short, which makes it difficult to evoke a mood before the track is over. The Kinks songs gain effectiveness by not being North American hits, which lets us concentrate on Ray Davies' voice and phrasing. Unfortunately, the album is rather expensive and the film not a classic, so I can't see it selling in big numbers.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Where do you go to my lovely? Feb. 12 2008
By E. Anderson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I haven't seen THE DARJEELING LIMITED. The reason I have picked up the soundtrack is for the music, especially by Sathajit Ray. I am fascinated by Indian music and that fascination is what led me to pick up THE DARJEELING LIMITED. I love how the soundtrack is mixed between Satyajit Ray's film scores, classical music, and classic rock songs by The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. Surprisingly enough, the combinations of these diverse sounds really worked for me. I love how the soundtrack starts off with the lovely folk song "Where Do You Go to (My Lovely)" by Peter Sarstedt. There isn't a single song on the entire soundtrack that made me want to hit the skip button on my stereo.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great Soundtrack Oct. 31 2007
By Mark Roberts - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was immeadiately attracted to the movie and the soundtrack when I heard the background music in the TV movie trailer.

The 2 Kinks songs featured in the trailer are a couple of my favorites. Strangers is a Dave Davies song and one of his best, it makes me very happy to see it get some exposure.

I have read that Wes Anderson was a big Kinks fan and had considered using nothing but Kinks songs on the Rushmore soundtrack. (I always thought the plotline paralleled the theme of Schoolboys in Disgrace)

He has always done a phenomenal job of selecting quirky songs that set the mood for his films, thats probably why I own more Wes Anderson movie sountracks than from any other director. Great Stuff!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wes Anderson movies have great scores. Oct. 30 2007
By Jarrod Haze - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wes Anderson always has great music in his movies, and this is just more evidence of that.

The Indian music is beautiful, and holds up on its own without the imagery from the film. Great to relax to.

And as for the other songs, the flow is not interrupted at all. The blending of The Kinks and the Stones with the rest of the album is flawless... and the choices of songs from these artists is perfect. "Hidden gems," you could say.

Definitely worth it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Darjeeling CD... over a cup of Darjeeling Tea Jan. 6 2008
By RKKarnik - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoyed watching The Darjeeling Limited. Like all Wes Anderson films it was funny, irreverant and at moments, touching. The soundtrack for his films are all usually pretty good. The thing to remember about this soundtrack, is that the "funny" doesn't come through on the cd. What does come through is the irreverant mix of indian and western songs, and the mood that it invokes. That mood is a stong yet calm, peaceful set of music. Perfect for that long drive, or an evening at home with a glass of wine.

Don't believe the product tag that says this is "bollywood". Think of Satyajit Ray movies (and music) as the Akira Kurasawa of India.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Evocatively Wes Anderson (...That's a Good Thing!) Dec 25 2008
By SuperCourier - Published on
Please don't balk at the ringing cliché-o-meters when I call this soundtrack "evocative" since Wes Anderson's soundtracks are always appropriate to the settings and themes on display. Beautiful and emotional, the eclectic mix seems to intentionally involve music of a bygone era in settings that suggest no time has passed, when indeed much has. This sense is very real in India, and the tale of three neurotic, self-involved materialists gaining a vague sense of this along with a need to take corrective action through self-awareness makes this soundtrack appropriate to both story and setting.

For this reason, I think we can forgive the fact that this is less an original soundtrack than an original collection for a theme. Also for this reason, you may wish to see the film first to see if you gain any meaningful associations with individual tracks before committing to a download. I submit that you likely WILL find at least some connections (yes, a movie plug.)

It is, unsurprisingly, heavily weighted towards Indian music, particularly the poppy, Bollywood variety. This can drag on one's desire to replay the soundtrack in its entirety since not all of these tracks are easily connected in one's memory to a scene in the film. Notable exceptions are "Title...from...Jalshagar" as the soundtrack to Bill Murray's quirky "chase" cameo in the opening scene, and "Praise Him" which evokes mix of familiarity and now-foreign disconnects the characters experience upon finding their mother in a remote Indian orphanage.