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The Natural [Soundtrack]

Randy Newman Audio CD
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1. Prologue 1915-1923
2. The Whammer Strikes Out
3. The Old Farm 1939
4. The Majors: The Mind Is A Strange Thing
5. Knock The Cover Off The Ball
6. Memo
7. The Natural
8. Wrigley Field
9. Iris And Roy
10. Winning
11. A Father Makes A Difference
12. Penthouse Party
13. The Final Game
14. The End Title

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Randy Newman's score for director Barry Levinson's 1984 adaptation of writer Bernard Malamud's baseball fable remains, like star Robert Redford's turn as the film's Roy Hobbs, somewhat mystic and decidedly larger than life. Newman's music flawlessly fuses overwrought Wagnerian grandeur with the more plaintive strains of Aaron Copland, arguably forming one of the film's most crucial narrative elements in the bargain. Perhaps because it's a score with a scale so broad and bold--the antithesis of Newman-the-songwriter's often terse, internalized musical monologues--the composer himself has since expressed reservations about the potent cues he's since dubbed "heromusik." Nonetheless, The Natural remains an impressive tribute to Newman's musical professionalism, even if his masterful craftsmanship produced something he's always seemed a bit wary of: a bona fide crowd pleaser. --Jerry McCulley

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Randy Newman finally won an Oscar this year for his song written for "Monsters, Inc.," but he should have won at least one Oscar long ago. "The Natural" is, for my money, the best film score NOT to win an Academy Award. This is a score on a level with those Maurice Jarre wrote for "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago," where the music and the images on the screen create a film's emotional depth. The best proof I can offer for this is your own memory. Consider the following tracks from this film score: "Prologue 1915-1923," "The Whammer Strikes Out," "'Knock the Cover Off The Ball,'" "Wrigley Field," "The Final Game," and "The End Title." I bet that reading each of those titles immediately conjurs up both the music and the moment. Newman sets the emotional tone from the very beginning and underscores the film's best moments, which is textbook writing for the movies. His score for "Ragtime" is pretty good too, but "The Natural" is his supreme achievement. Newman might be better known for his quirky songs, like "Short People" and "I Love L.A.," but these film scores prove that when it comes to judging his talent Newman's music outstrips his lyrics big time.
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Randy Newman is known to the non-cinematically-obsessed public as the sourpuss composer and gravelly-voiced singer of the tart novelty hit "Short People," but here is the work for which he should have won his well-deserved Oscar (instead of for the trifle he composed for 2001's "Monsters, Inc.").
With "The Natural," which he not only composed but conducted, Newman manages the pretty neat trick of stepping into the enormous shoes left by Aaron Copland. Newman takes the perfectly American pasttime of baseball and melds it perfectly with the American penchant for youth, sunshine, nostalgia, and happy endings--all without a single instance of treacle or falsity. He sounds Coplandian here without sounding slavish. He soars on wings of his own making and utterly enriches the film "The Natural" with his music.
"Prologue 1915 - 1923" opens the soundtrack and deftly sketches the career Robert Redford's Roy Hobbs character had in the minors and then briefly in the majors, limning the energetic youth of the new baseball player followed by the slower, more minor-key weariness Hobbs experiences as he seems to lose his touch. With "Knock the Cover Off the Ball," Newman somehow captures a sparkly, sunstruck afternoon out in the middle of a baseball field, the fierce concentration needed to do the deed demanded in the title, and the gathering speed of the ball itself. In "Winning," the big band, swinging tune says it all. You need brass balls to survive this ball game, son, and the music handily underscores that rule without the aid of a single lyric.
Had Randy Newman never written another film score beyond 1984's "The Natural," he could easily and justly have rested on these fine laurels. We are lucky that he didn't.
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This the most magical soundtrack I have every purchased! I personally think it is Randy Newman's best work and as far as soundtracks go I put it up there with anything by Nino Rota. The way Newman uses the strings and paces the songs one would swear he was the prodigal son of Aaron Copeland. Of course he isn't but like Copeland's operas he definitely knows how to compose music which feels Americana. You can almost see wheat fields blowing and you'll certainly want t a piece of Apple Pie after hearing the title song, "The Natural." A must for any lover of soundtracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the music/inspirational and moving! June 11 1998
Format:Audio CD
The music on this soundtrack is great. It is inspirational and moving, may take some time to grow on you. If you like the movie and have a taste for nostalgia and great instrumentals this is a great album. I listen to it all of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetly nostalgic, yet swingy and jazzy. Dec 30 1998
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Great movie music! The main theme is sweetly nostalgic of a simpler time, and the "Majors" theme is swingy and jazzy. The slower parts are relaxing to listen to, and the faster parts are great to dance to. Highly recommended.
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