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Wall-E [Soundtrack, Import]

Thomas Newman Audio CD
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A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. Born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, he was the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age; Thomas' ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Newman Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Walt Disney
  • ASIN: B0017LFKMY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Put On Your Sunday Clothes - Original Soundtrack / Michael Crawford
2. 2815 A.D.
3. Wall*E
4. The Spaceship
5. Eve
6. Thrust
7. Bubble Wrap
8. La Vie En Rose - Original Soundtrack / Louis Armstrong
9. Eye Surgery
10. Worry Wait
11. First Date
12. Eve Retrieve
13. The Axiom
14. BNL
15. Foreign Contaminant
16. Repair Ward
17. 72 Degrees And Sunny
18. Typing Bot
19. Septuacentennial
20. Gopher
See all 38 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

From Toy Story to Ratatouille, those people at Pixar certainly know a thing or two when it comes to animation, and their latest offering Wall-E, about a little robot who cleans up the planet and falls in love, is no exception. With less dialogue than your average feature, Wall-E relies heavily on its music and sound design, as well as its beautiful animation, to tell its story.

So it's a good job two of the best music and sound guys in the business are on board: Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman of the famous film-composing clan, and sound wizard Ben Burtt, whose 30-year career spans films such as Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and ET.

Newman, whose work includes The Shawshank Redemption and Pixar's Finding Nemo, created Wall-E's original score, an inventive mix of traditional orchestral sounds, electronica, and sound effects.

Standout tracks include the hauntingly beautiful 2815 AD, Wall-E, which brilliantly captures the inquisitive robot's daily routine, the lush sounding EVE and Define Dancing. First Date is Latino-inspired, Foreign Contaminant frenetically paced, and Repair Ward jazzily cool. The film's big song is the environmental anthem Down To Earth, co-written by Newman and Peter Gabriel, and performed by Gabriel with the Soweto Gospel Choir.

But there's more to this soundtrack than Newman's imaginative score. Wall-E is a great collector, squirreling away everything from plastic cutlery to Rubik's Cubes, and among his treasure trove of trash is his most prized possession: a video of Jerry Herman's musical Hello, Dolly!

The soundtrack features two songs from the hit show: Put On Your Sunday Clothes, a catchy ditty sung by Michael Crawford, an excerpt from which opens the album; and the love song It Only Takes A Moment, also sung by Crawford. And there's a stylish rendition of La Vie En Rose by the always-superb Louis Armstrong.

While you can enjoy much of the album whether or not you've seen the film, you'll get much more from the experience if you take a quick trip to the cinema, after which you'll have a store of stunning images to revel in as you listen to Newman's music. --Jan Gilbert

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music in its own right 23 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Many films release tie-in soundtracks, its nothing new. However these soundtracks often feel hollow and lackluster without the visual impact of the film itself.

While I can't say that Wall-E escapes this totally in tracks like Septucentennial or The Spaceship. These are definately pieces of music that bolster and draw inspiration from the moving image that they are paired with. On their own they either sound a little silly or simply seem to run out of any place to go.

However almost all of the music tracks on the disc make exceptional listening. There is a vast array of musical styles that have been pinned down to give this soundtrack a defining character.

Wall-E's theme is a beautifully quirky track that sounds like the mind of a faulty machine. M-O's musical interlude is a fun sleuth-like melody. While 'Eve' and the associated 'Define Dancing' are simply wonderful pieces that speak pure emotion. The final track, the oddly named 'Horizon 12.2', though short, is sheer musical perfection.

Any fan of the movie will adore this soundrack and several who have never seen the film will be most impressed as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the movie 19 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love this soundtrack CD!

I find the music of WALL-E absolutely brilliant and what's even better: the songs are played in the same order as in the movie (except for the BnL jingle).

So it's like watching the movie with the images in my head instead of on the screen.

I like playing this CD in my car. My two-year-old boy loves this music too and sings along with it. That makes a trip all the more enjoyable for all of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Newman perfection with other stuff 19 April 2009
By Paul McNamee TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Wall-E score is magnificent, combining elements of electronic music that sounds artificial and vice versa to make a truly fitting soundtrack for an absolutely wonderful film. The music is played (or orchestrated, or composed, I don't know) in a light, lilting style, with a playful touch that's often amusing. I'll echo the other reviewers in saying "Horizon 12.2" is indeed musical perfection, and "M-O" is a brief stealthy interlude worth a mention. There's a swell of strings on "Fixing Wall-E" that comes >this< close to making me blub every time I hear it. If pieces like "72 Degrees and Sunny" and "Define Dancing" don't make you infectiously happy (and then others by way of you) you must be the most relentlessly, unflappably depressed person in existence and you have my sympathies. The variation continues with the frantic "Desperate Eve" and traditionally-tinged "Tilt", action-movie-score as they come.

The other, non-Newman tracks on the CD can't stand up to the score in my opinion, and although they're perfectly listenable, it would have been nice to have it totally isolated. Still, I can't recommend this enough. Heartwarming, painful, joyous, expressive and deserving to accompany the masterpiece that is the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hazel 21 Aug 2013
By HN
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Captures the music of the film very well, my 4 year old son loves the movie and this CD brought a big grin to his face. He likes to name the scenes for each track. There are lots of tracks on the CD and it makes for enjoyable listening....
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love this! 5 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Bought this for my 3 year-old's birthday. He's likes anything to do with Wall-e, but also likes any kind of music too, so we thought we'd try this out! We're really pleased. Both our children (5 and 3) enjoy listening to it (we do too) and talking about which bits of the film the music would go with. It's fun watching their expressions of anticipation as some of the bits of music come on that are building up the tension in the film, it seems to grip them even more than the actual film! It's got them thinking about how with some music, different instruments "represent" different things, but it's not quite as abstract as some classical music as all the different sounds and bits of the tunes (I'm sure there's a technical word for that) match really well at helping you imagine what's going on. This has probably been helped by the fact that (a) Thomas Newman is fantastic at this kind of stuff and (b) the film itself has very little dialogue and so the music was given much more significance than in a lot of films. Having said all that, this CD isn't specifically a kid's CD, anyone who enjoys film soundtracks or orchestral music will enjoy it. You don't even need to have seen the film to appreciate it, I would say it stands up great on it's own just as great music. Listen to this in the morning, you'll be bouncing along to some of the ditties all day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some catchy tunes! 29 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my daughter who is a massive Wall-E fan. The only negative was the cover which is made from cardboard and so not very durable. Our favourites on the CD are the BNL jingle and Peter Gabriel's Coming Down, overall this is a good CD with some beautiful classical pieces on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack 21 May 2013
By Ivo Kai
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Thomas Newman, as always, make another work of art here.
Exploring sounds from electronic in his on minimalistic way, combined with the beautifully of his orchestral textures chords progression, he's able to create great soundtrack.

WALL-E OST is really a must have if you like Pixar films and/or Thomas Newman Works.
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