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  • Audio CD (March 3 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Reprise
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • ASIN: B001N3OCV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Desolation Row
2. Unforgettable
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. The Sound Of Silence
5. Me And Bobby McGee
6. I'm Your Boogie Man
7. You're My Thrill
8. Pruit Igoe & Prophecies
9. Hallelujah
10. All Along The Watchtower
11. Ride Of The Valkyries
12. Pirate Jenny

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2009 release of the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK to the blockbuster motion picture featuring songs from the movie. One of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2009, Watchmen is an adaptation of the landmark Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel series. Set in an alternative 1985 in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society and the world is on the brink of nuclear war, Watchmen's Music From The Motion Picture is as wildly adventurous as the film: from Modern Rock heroes My Chemical Romance covering Bob Dylan's 'Desolation Row' and '60s classics from Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to unforgettable gems from Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. How staggeringly entertaining is the album? Watchmen may be the first soundtrack to ever include both Leonard Cohen and KC & The Sunshine Band!

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Format: Audio CD
The "Watchmen" movie actually has two different CD releases currently in stores; the first one is the original 'score', this one is the various artists original 'soundtrack', so it's a potpourri of artists and musical styles. Obviously, most albums like this mean a little bit more to the listener if they've seen the film and can remember where a particular song was used and for what purpose. However, like a lot of various artist compilations, there's still listening enjoyment to be found even if you haven't seen the film.
For this CD, things start off with a kick to the bollocks as My Chemical Romance cover Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" and they sound amazingly like The Sex Pistols, a refreshing surprise for sure. That's pretty much the end as far as modern pop artists go as we get served up a cornucopia of genre-crossing; Nina Simone's live performance of "Pirate Jenny" is sultry jazz at it's best, and there's nothing more you can say or write about about Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that hasn't already been done-personally I never liked Mr. Cohen's stuff but I do know he's a musical icon and an incredibly important part of Canadiana. Keeping with the ecclectic motif, how about this-a musical score that's more associated with a helicopter attack formation in Vietnam than with Norse maidens of war! Richard Wagner's "Ride Of The Valkyries" and the movie "Apocalypse Now" will forever go hand in hand. The inclusion of the track here is great.
This CD has a lot of lighter, more contemporary stuff too; the definition of cool disco (yes-there is such a thing) is provided courtesy of Harry Wayne Casey and his Sunshine Band in the form of "I'm Your Boogie Man".
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You have to check out this CD. It has some great tunes form the 70's. I love it and it rocks. thanks
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HASH(0xa399d900) out of 5 stars Brilliantly eclectic compilation! March 16 2009
By Paul Campbell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A number of reviewers have taken this soundtrack to task for its omissions - and, yeah, I was really surprised and disappointed "99 Luftballons" wasn't included (although only 20-some seconds were used in the film perhaps the filmmakers didn't realise the indelible mark it would leave!).

Still, this being the age of the internet and MP3s it is very easy to make your own 'Complete' Watchmen soundtrack as several websites have already posted the movie's tracklisting.

First off, I bought both soundtracks, the Various Artists and the Tyler Bates Score edition (which, incidentally, is VERY good - has an intensity and darkness that the film's pop tunes overshadow). Also, the CDs come with terrific internal artwork - honestly, worth the price of buying them alone.

For a few extra $s you can pop over to Amazon's MP3 download section and create you own version of the soundtrack: I ripped the original CD into my computer then supplemented it with 6 others featured both in the movie and its trailers, all downloaded from Amazon's MP3 catalogue. I then burned them all onto one 80 minute CD (an * denotes the additional songs which I downloaded).

1) Take a Bow - Muse*
2) The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning - Smashing Pumpkins*
3) Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
4) The Times They Are a-Changin - Bob Dylan
5) 99 Luftballons - Nena*
6) The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
7) Me And Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
8) I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
9) You're My Thrill - Billie Holiday
10) Pruit Igoe & Prophecies - Philip Glass
11) Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears for Fears*
12) Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
13) Clyde - Waylon Jennings*
14) All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
15) Desolation Row - My Chemical Romance
16) First We Take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen*
17) Pirate Jenny - Nina Simone

Total running time: approx. 76 mins.

I left out "Ride Of The Valkyries" as this would have taken the running time to 81 mins. Besides, chronologically it falls between Simon & Garfunkel and Janis Joplin - and, dude, that's just wrong! But, seriously, "Valkyries" completely jars: and, anyway, Apocalypse Now already 'owns' that tune.

Tracks 1) and 2) featured to great effect in the movie's trailers and 16) was the second song used in the end credits. Yes, I know, it was actually the Muzak version of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" which was used in the movie - but, really, who wants that?!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3992c9c) out of 5 stars Great Music, But Not a Complete Soundtrack March 18 2009
By tvtv3 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed the soundtrack to WATCHMEN. I thought the songs in the film were almost perfect for the scenes they accompanied. Taken away from the movie, the songs on the soundtrack seem like a mumble-jumble, very hetic mess of music. There are several different styles of music from several different eras. It's a very wide range. However, even outside the context of the movie, most of the songs are excellent on their own. I especially liked "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan. This song is the song used underneath the opening montage of the film. I had never heard the song before and thought it was perfect for that montage. Other songs on the album I enjoy include:

"Desolation Row"--My Chemical Romance

"Unforgettable"--Nat King Cole

"Pruit Igoe & Prophecies"--The Philip Glass Ensemble

"Hallelujah"--Leonard Cohen

"All Along the Watchtower"--Jimi Hendrix

Despite the great music on the album, the WATCHMEN SOUNDTRACK is not a complete soundtrack. There are at least two glaring omissions: "99 Luftballoons" by Nena and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Muzak. A soundtrack is supposed to include all of the non-instrumental music from a movie. These are two songs (and I believe there was probably one or two) really strengthened the scenes they supported and should have been included on the soundtrack.

Overall, I enjoy this soundtrack, but am disappointed that it isn't a complete soundtrack. I'd give this five stars for the music, but since it's not a complete soundtrack, I've got to deduct a star.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ee92ac) out of 5 stars Helped to make the movie great! March 7 2009
By justawave - Published on
One of my first thoughts after the movie was how well the music fit; I like the irony that some of the songs bring to the moment and as a commenter said connects the scenes to the times they are in. I don't think how common or not the music is should factor into a soundtrack's rating - Forrest Gump is a good example. I hadn't read the graphic novel before watching the movie but picked it up right after - several songs were part of the original graphic novel. Good article about this soundtrack: [...]
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b1500c) out of 5 stars Disappointing March 9 2009
By shelbie007 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
12 songs? Really?
I was amazed by the sheer amount of music this movie held. Great songs all over the place. As I sat there watching the movie I thought, man I need to get this soundtrack!
12 songs... not even all the good ones!
Lame to put out a $10 cd with a fraction of the songs that actually appear in the movie. I am waiting for the second volume where they feature the rest of the songs and want us to pay $20 for that one... milk it for all you can.

I would just skip this and just get the 2 or 3 songs you actually want.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ab7600) out of 5 stars Great Songs - Heard Them Many Times March 3 2009
By James Dismukes - Published on
This is a great collection of songs, all originals and beautifully remastered to sound amazing and all that. Unfortunately most of these songs may be in your collection already, they are pretty common on classic rock stations and greatist hits collections.

I haven't seen the movie but judging by the high-tech commercials I've seen for it, this soundtrack is far from what I was expecting to hear, I thought maybe they were remixed or something.

In any case, if you are missing most of these songs and enjoy them then I recommend this album. This is actually a nice setlist, kinda downtempo so it's not something to throw in at a party exactly.

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