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Phantom of the Paradise Extra tracks, Soundtrack

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Soundtrack
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000072VT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye
  2. Faust - Paul Williams
  3. Upholstery
  4. Special to Me (Phoenix Audition Song)
  5. Phantom's Theme (Beauty and the Beast)
  6. Somebody Super Like You (Beef Construction Song)
  7. Life at Last
  8. Old Souls
  9. Faust
  10. The Hell of It

Product Description

Original soundtrack to the 1974 cult classic composed by Paul Williams. Phantom of the Paradise is an American musical film written and directed by Brian de Palma. The story is a loosely adapted mixture of the Phantom of the Opera, the Picture of Dorian Gray and Faust. Initially, it was a box office failure and was panned by some critics but has since acquired a cult following. It's music was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

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Format: Audio CD
Whilst the theme of the film 'Phantom Of The Paradise' is one which is well tested (selling your soul to the devil in exchange for something that you always wanted), each Paul Williams song on the soundtrack cleverly uses different styles of music to paint different images music industry.
It starts with a rock song 'Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye', a song full of satirical comment on the rock industry. It's about a rock singer who sacrifices his life in order to sell his records to raise money for a life saving operation for his sister. (Oh such devotion!!) After introducing our hero (Bill Finley) with the ballad 'Faust', which introduces the main theme of the film, we rock again with 'Upholstery' ('Phil Spector' meets 'Meat Loaf') about our worship of inanimate objects as status symbols.
Our heroine (Jessica Harper) then takes the scene with a ballad ('Special For Me - Phoenix Audition Song') about the dangers of working yourself into the ground to fulfil a dream. After 'baddie' Swan (played by Paul Williams himself) reflects on the battle between good and evil ('Phantom's Theme - Beauty and the Beast') which takes place within all of us, we then rock again ('Somebody Super Like You - Beef Construction Song') as we go in search of the perfect hero, with a "Hollywood smile and a perfect profile", to help make our life a 'ball'.
Then the devil takes the scene ('Life At Last') constantly craving to be fed and satisfied by it's makers (us). Our heroine then returns ('Old Souls') with a beautiful ballad, presenting the case for love as the answer to all our fears.
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I first saw this movie on a double feature in a little seaside cinema, I can't recall what the main feature was but as soon as the movie was over I had to get the soundtrack. I have had it on LP for years and now want to get a new copy on CD to add to my collection.The ballads are amongst the best ever written.
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I discovered The film Phantom of The Paradise a week ago, watched it again the next day and for a week either started or ended the day with either a look at the song performances on the DVD or listening to the soundtrack, something I haven't really done since I was a teenager. I was a teenager in the early days of video and have no Idea why this film was not in the video libraries in the early eighties, as the perfect combination of an incredibly entertaining movie that did not do well at the box office.

The soundtrack is just a treasure and the result of some incredible pieces of luck flipped over. Originally De Palma wanted a big established band involved but approached Paul Williams, a classic pop music composer and musician who wrote songs for the Carpenters, Striesand, Elvis as well as writing Rainbow Connection and the songs from The Muppet Movie and Bugsy Malone. What I love about this soundtrack is that each of the songs, on first glance son't quite fit the showtune mould, Faust and old Souls, the key songs take more than one listen to get being lyrically more complex than most show-tunes and are soaked in melancholy and raw emotion, that can seem, through modern eyes as sentimental but is bravery that we could do with more of now. There is no ironic wink and I think it's why the bigger songs seem so special, slightly off kilter in this context but here to stay.

The pastiches (The Fruity Loops, The Beach Bums, The Undead) are perfect. De Palma wanted Sha Na Na who were already a hyper-real fifties tribute and I'm glad that they were not available as I'm not sure there would have been the versitility.
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Format: Audio CD
How could anything related to The Phantom of the Paradise be anything other than pure genius??? Nay, I ask you. This is probably one of the funniest, bizzarest, craziest films you are ever liekly to see and this is due, in part to an amazing sound track from Paul Williams. Every part of the score suits the film, even down to the sinister string quartet and the maniac screeching of Beef. If you haven't seen the film, watch it. If you have got the sound track, get it. If you buy this record, your life WILL be better... I promise.!
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