Danny Elfman Taking Woodstock [Original Score]

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CD Details

  • Released: September 29, 2009
  • Label: La-La Land Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.85
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n enjoyably unexpected meeting of new and old....It brings into play rare live recordings..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Taking Woodstock, film score: Taking Woodstock Titles
  • 2.Taking Woodstock, film score: Elliot's Place
  • 3.Taking Woodstock, film score: At Ease Man
  • 4.Taking Woodstock, film score: Welcome Home
  • 5.Taking Woodstock, film score: The Magic Tickets
  • 6.Taking Woodstock, film score: Get The Money
  • 7.Taking Woodstock, film score: Chocolate Milk
  • 8.Taking Woodstock, film score: Groovy Thing (Office #1)
  • 9.Taking Woodstock, film score: A Happening (Office #2)
  • 10.Taking Woodstock, film score: Groovy Thing (Guitar Solo)
  • 11.Taking Woodstock, film score: Life Goes On
  • 12.Taking Woodstock, film score: The Acid Trip
  • 13.Taking Woodstock, film score: Hash Brownies
  • 14.Taking Woodstock, film score: In The Mud
  • 15.Taking Woodstock, film score: Perspective Extended
  • 16.Taking Woodstock, film score: I Love Her
  • 17.Taking Woodstock, film score: Woodstock Wildtrack #1
  • 18.Taking Woodstock, film score: Woodstock Wildtrack #2
  • 19.Taking Woodstock, film score: Happy Guitars
  • 20.Taking Woodstock, film score: Guitar Improv

Product Description:

Of course, the primary musical accompaniment to director Ang Lee's film TAKING WOODSTOCK comes from the rock artists who played the Woodstock Festival, and they are heard on a soundtrack album to the film. But there is also a modest background score composed by rock star-turned-Hollywood composer Danny Elfman, and this album manages to squeeze out half an hour's worth of it. Elfman's idea seems to have been to provide music that would complement the late-'60s pop/rock heard at the festival, and for the most part, these short cues sound like what might have been heard backstage if some combination of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were strumming their acoustic and electric guitars while waiting to go on. Elfman only changes tack midway through, when the trio of tracks "Groovy Thing (Office #1)," "A Happening (Office #2)," and "Groovy Thing (Guitar Solo)" introduce a theme that is played, first in an unmistakably Byrds-like style, complete with 12-string electric Rickenbacker guitar; then in an early psychedelic garage band style, with Farfisa organ and wailing electric guitar solo; then as an acoustic guitar theme. These styles are slightly anachronistic, harking back to the mid-'60s, but they are authentically recreated. Indeed, "Groovy Thing (Office #1)" could be stuck on a CD reissue of an old Byrds album as a bonus track, and nobody would be the wiser. This is not one of Elfman's major scoring efforts, but it is appropriate to the material at hand.
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