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The Beach - Ost - Original Score Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (22 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00004TA6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bizarre City
  2. The Beach Theme (Swim To Island)
  3. Vision Of Fantasy
  4. Mournful Myth
  5. Starnight
  6. Killing Fields
  7. Blue Sex
  8. The Beach Theme (Mythical Waters)
  9. Grassmark
  10. Daffy's Done
  11. Mystery of Christo
  12. Pure Victims
  13. Pursuit of a Shark
  14. Waterfall Cascade
  15. Dreamburst

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Some time after the movie and well beyond the possibility of impacting on the sales of the song album comes Badalamenti's score. At its heart is a sumptuous choral enhanced motif. It depicts both the wonder of the secret island's beauty and the loneliness to be found despite its community. It is debuted in both film and album by "Swim To Island" when an aerial view and a rare moment without cacophonous sound design allows the music to shine. As the film was put together, a stylistic reliance on dance music was adopted and is reflected in the fusion elements of this score. Barry Adamson's remix of the opening track ("Bizarre City") is perfectly sequenced to prepare you for the mix of sounds to come. It's a shame this was released late, but it was after all a major point of the film that you have to be patient for the better things in life. --Paul Tonks

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This is quite a dark score in places and it's easy to forget that The Beach is really a thriller. Badalamenti uses lots of synths and electronic elements. And many of the action cues aren't exactly "sit down and chill out" - but then Badalamenti didn't compose the music to be listened stand alone. It's a film score and it's always good to remember that when listening to any soundtrack.

So this is very much a score underpinning the action. The electronic elements seem a little cheesy by today's standards, maybe jar a little - but when heard with the picture, it absolutely works.

The reason I spent £20 on this rare CD is because Badalamenti's main theme (which is very like the Twin Peaks theme) is sublime. The stand-out tracks are "The Beach Theme (Swim to the island)" which includes the dramatic build where Leo DiCaprio thinks a shark is attacking them. This contains the stunning main theme, led by strings and synth pads, with a scary "drum and bass" moment followed by more of the main theme tailing out to the main characters' arrival on the island.

"Mournful myth" is a mixture of synths, voices and a cello leading a variation on the main theme. This is quite beautiful with an element of tragedy too. It really evokes the magic of the beach but also the bitter-sweet situation that evolves between the characters and the island. It's one of the most classical/traditional sounding cues and probably one of the nicest to listen to as a standalone piece of music.

"Starnight" is a short romantic cue underscoring the scene where the characters are photographing the night sky. This is led by an acoustic guitar (or perhaps mandolin) and synth pads. This is the most obviously 'Badalamenti' and the sweetest track in the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical 20 Feb. 2002
By Emily Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Composer Angelo Badalamenti comes out of nowhere to produce one of the most stunning and original scores of the year! Badalamenti's previous works include almost nonexistent scores such as "Comfort of Strangers", "Twin Peaks", and "Blue Velvet". I was very impressed with him after listening to this stunningly mystical and magical score. Angelo Badalamenti brings his listeners on a voyage to "the beach" and back. Many of these pieces are so stunningly exotic, how could you not feel as if you were traveling to some remote island paradise? I really enjoyed how Badalamenti reused number two, "The Beach Theme" over and over again. The neat thing was that each time he used the theme it was done in a new and inventive way. I admire Badalamenti for his bold use of instrumentation in this score, the likes of which I've never heard before! Another point about this score; Badalamenti often uses very modern sounding instruments (not sure what they are) to convey a mechanical feeling (if you've seen the film or read the book you'll know what I mean).
Some musical highlights:
*1.) Bizarre City- Techno! Really fun piece, all sorts of things are going on!
*2.) The Beach Theme (Swim to Island)- Sweeping, dreamy, and beautiful. Makes you feel as though you are really on the beach. There are some lovely vocals here. Often reused in the pieces ahead.
3.) Vision of Fantasy- Great beat; intense!
4.) Mournful Myth- Rather depressing piece. Reuses "The Beach" theme a bit.
*5.) Starnight- Enchanting! Makes you feel like you're looking up into the stars. The original "The Beach Theme" is incorporated into this one.
*6.) Killing Fields- You can almost visualize people running frantically in this one! Very cool. Takes a bit of "The Beach" theme. Gradually builds to an impressive finale.
7.) Blue Sex- Very dark and mysterious yet, its sometimes has an airy feel to it.
*8.) The Beach Theme (Mythical Waters)- Just as lovely as the original theme (this one is a remix)! I love the gentle and carefree feeling of this piece.
9.) Grassmark- Neat instruments used here! Very foreboding.
10.) Daffy's Done- Very futuristic sounding, "Beach" them is used a little. Reminds me of wind blowing.
11.) Mystery of Christo- "Beach" them reused here again in an interesting way. Very laid back and easy going; can really set the dark mood in the film!
12.) Pure Victims- Interesting instrumentation here. Foreboding.
13.) Pursuit of a Shark- Pounding and rhythmic piece; very intense.
14.) Waterfall Cascade- Lovely use of wind chimes here. Incorporates "The Beach Theme" into the piece yet again.
15.) Dreamburst- Dark, brooding, and dramatic piece.
* = favorite
11 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beached on music paradise 31 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Enchanting, soothing, wonderfully beautiful... words which can't fully grasp the whole essence of emotional experience; where in it self fullfils with joy, every aching crack of emptyness in your soul. The feeling, the sentiment that is evident in each of it's scores, grabs you and moves you to a different dimention, robbing you from the present, taking you into a voyage where reality ceases to exist. A realm which captivates your imagination when listening to this magnificent soundtrack. Too bad I can't say the same about the movie!... but the soundtrack is up there with some of my favorites: Titanic for one, "the film which in my opinion, gave Lionardo di Caprio world wide recognition; and one of James Horner's best soundtracks", Braveheart, "another one of James Horner's compositions", Fifth Element, beautiful music, "just give it a listen"! Twin peaks, "some of Angelo Badalamenti's best works" including Wild at heart, you all remember that film! Waterworld, "which includes two of my all time favorite scores, swimming and mariner's goodbye"; and the list goes on... but anyway, a little piece of advice from yours truly... buy The beach soundrtack, you won't regret it; and when you do, remember to turn off the lights, sit back and close your eyes; let the music take over every inch of your body and soul and you'll see!...
Happy listening! :)
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, what do you know? This album DOES exist after all! 24 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I reviewed the main CD soundtrack release of "The Beach", I had said that my one complaint was that the score wasn't on it and that I had wished it was available. Searching forever had gotten me nowhere and I just... couldn't seem to find it.
But what do you know? I've finally found it! Why it didn't pull up in amazon.com or show up in local stores I'll never know, but here it is!
An inseperable companion piece to the other CD, it is gorgeous and mesmerizing. If you've already got the other one, you MUST own this one to go along with it. No excuses!
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and beautiful 12 April 2007
By S. E. Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
totally worth the thirty dollars I paid for it. looks way too expensive here though. i don't know why it went out of print, this score is one of the most original and beautiful i've ever heard; every song makes you feel like you are in that particular moment in the movie. my favories are "starnight" and "mythical waters." the song that plays on the menu of the dvd is "starnight," for anyone who wants to know.
5.0 out of 5 stars Traveling Tunes! 1 Jun. 2006
By Jerald L. Henson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It took me a while but I got it.I really enjoyed all the tracks but,I found them a little hard not to skip thru to the ones I really like.The Beach Theme,Mournful Myth,Starnight,Mystical Waters and Mystery of Christo.So what I did was mix the two albums (the score and the soundtrack).Between the two I have an awsome album worthy of any journey.
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