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I Am Sam: Music From And Inpired By The Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Original Soundtrack Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00005UUQP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two Of Us - Aimee Mann and Michael Penn
2. Blackbird,
3. Across The Universe - Rufus Wainwright
4. I'm Looking Through You - The Wallflowers
5. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Eddie Vedder
6. Strawberry Fields Forever - Ben Harper
7. Mother Nature's Son - Sheryl Crow
8. Golden Slumbers - Ben Folds
9. I'm Only Sleeping - The Vines
10. Don't Let Me Down - Stereophonics
11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Black Crowes
12. Julia - Chocolate Genius
13. We Can Work It out - Heather Nova
14. Help - Howie Day
15. Nowhere Man - Paul Westerberg
16. Revolution - Grandaddy
17. Let It Be - Nick Cave
18. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Aimee Mann
19. Two Of Us, N ick Cave - Here Comes The Sun - Neil Finn/Liam Finn

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away 25 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have waiting for this album for some time, somehow managing to hold myself back from buying the imported verssion. With three extra tracks compared to the import version I can safely say that it has been worth the wait, providing one the most touching and understated albums of the year.
The artist list reads like a Who's Who of contemporary geniuses, exhibiting how the Beatles have managed to influence such a wide range of musicians. Each track seems to suit the artist so well, for example Eddie Vedder's superb version of You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, helping to illuminate the songs in a different light. Every song plays a part on this album, each song flowing gently into the next culminating with an excellent verison of Here Comes the Sun performed by Neil and Liam Finn.
The only disappointment for me was the slightly dry verison of Lucy in the Sky by the Black Crowes, personally I was looking forward to the direction that they might take this song, but sadly they seem to plod through with musical efficiency. This, however, does not detract from the album in any way.
I originally wanted this album for just one song, being a huge fan of Eddie Vedder, yet it has provided me with album much fuller than just one song. The day after buying this album I had it playing loudly in our back garden and one of my friend's turned to me and professed that he was going to go out and buy the album the following day. This is typical of the brilliance of this album, able to touch even the most hardcore Beatles fan in a totally different way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer, Unadulterated Genius... 20 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I came to this album entirely by chance, hearing it in HMV in Manchester. As soon as I had heard Eddie Vedder sing "You've got to hide your love away" I had to buy it - he has done the impossible, and sung a John Lennon song better than Lennon.
It took me about ten minutes to find out what the album was, but now I have listened to it all, I am amazed. Simply put, it is one of the most remarkable collections of music I have ever heard. The songs are well known and magical in their own right, but almost all these interpretations take them somewhere new - buy it and play it to people you love. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am Sam 2 Jun 2003
By LouLou
Format:Audio CD
I got this album 1) Because the other reviewers seemed to love it so much 2) Because I like the Beatles and 3) Because I loved the film.
If you like music to make you feel good and if you like music to touch your soul, then this is the ultimate album for you. It is sad and quirky in places, uplifting and euphoric in others.
Put simply it has rapidly become my favourite album. I urge you to cherish it too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It seems strange if not totally ironic that the Beatles have a strict self-imposed policy of not licensing their songs for films given that some of their music has been used in television commercials. Then again, the first time I remember hearing less than stellar covers of Beatles songs was in the made for television movie of "Helter Skelter" (and I also recall that George Harrison had refused to allow any of the lyrics from his songs to be reprinted in the book). Anyhow, the result was that when Sean Penn's 2002 film "I Am Sam" was denied permission, the obvious solution was to see if anybody was interested in recording covers of some classic Beatles tune. Not surprisingly artists from Aimee Mann and Sarah McLachlan to Eddie Vedder and the Wallflowers signed on for the project.
The other irony with this soundtrack is that the film was cut to match the original songs, which hamstrung these artists in recording their new versions. Even with that limitation there are some charming covers to be found in these 17 tracks beginning with the Aimee Mann and Michael Penn duet of "Two of Us," and the acoustic version of "Blackbird" by McLachlan and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by Vedder. My favorite is probably Ben Harper's version of "Strawberry Fields Forever," which is strange because I never cottoned to the original. The other standout tracks are "Don't Let Me Down" by the Stereophonics and Rufus Wainwright's version of "Across the Universe" (which begs the question, whatever happened to Fiona Apple?). Unfortunately there are several tracks that are less than inspiring, including the surprisingly listless "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" by the Black Crowes and the rather lackluster "We Can Work It Out" by Heather Nova.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack ever 8 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Covering any record is a dangerous business, but covering some of the greatest records ever made is normally suicidal. Upon looking at the list of artists on the soundtrack my doubts began to wane. However any remaining doubts I had washed away after one listen. There is not a bad track on this album.
There is a clear division within the album which becomes apparent early on. On one hand are the artists who play it straight, recording versions that are very similar to the originals (Rufus Wainwright, The Black Crowes and Ben Harper). On the other are the artists who have taken a few more liberties with classic Lennon & McCartney numbers; Nick Cave, Grandaddy and Eddie Vedder fall into this category. Each group work equally well. Beatles songs are so good that generally they don't need to be changed much, but equally it's good to hear a new spin on a old record (the version of 'Revolution' by Grandaddy's sounds a 1000 years away from the original).
The album fulfills many objectives. Firstly it reminds us all exactly how good the Beatles were, and how timeless many of their songs are. If it gets more people to dig out their old Beatles records, that can only be a good thing. It also proves on many counts the range of artists who owe a debt of inspiration to them. It's not often you find Nick Cave on the same CD as the Stereophonics. Finally and perhaps most importantly it highlights the talents of many of the artists on the soundtrack. Nick Cave proves to his doubters that he is more than a funereal mumbler with a stellar rendition of 'Let It Be'. Eddie Vedder sings a John Lennon song every bit as well as Lennon on 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'. Even the normally mundane Stereophonics up their game with a terrific version of 'Don't Let Me Down'.
It's a great soundtrack - one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. A very worthy purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A collection of some of the best and lesser well know Beatles songs...
Published 16 days ago by kieran macmanus
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen
Beatles songs sung by various artists, some good renditions, some not so good. Didn't seem to have the same impact when listening to the CD as they did when used as background... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Richard A Strutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles with a twist ?
I absolutely love the beatles and found this cd very refreshing. We are well used to different interpretations of our favourite songs but this was fairly true to the originals with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by johnnyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Music from a favourite film
Some might not like some renditions taken out of context of the film. Loved the film and had to buy the soundtrack. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. J. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is all you need
I have over 1000 Beatles covers in just about every genre known.But Im not interested in what rock critics say or think or even spending time doing other than listening to them in... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD EXCEPT 'Nowhere Man' really is nowhere, man...
Overall a perfectly acceptable album of Beatles' covers, not easy to pull off when nearly everyone knows and loves the originals. Read more
Published on 12 April 2006 by Ben Trovato
4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on some classic songs!
Okay, it is clearly obvious that no one will ever manage to cover the fab four's songs better than they did! However, this album does not make you cringe!! Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Ok, there are a few good covers:
The 'phonics 'Don't let me down' is nice and retains the laid back feel of the original. Read more
Published on 4 July 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow rock tribute to Beatles
Even before I bought this album, I was surprised at the comparative lack of obvious covers. Of the songs featured here, perhaps the most frequently covered are Let it be, We can... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2003 by Peter Durward Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack that seems more 'popular' than the film!
Asking musically 'informed' friends, have you seen 'I Am Sam' they go 'oh you mean that covers album?'.. and i reply 'NO! Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2003 by T. Jayaram
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