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 Posted:   Apr 30, 2011 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Looks like another Alexandre Desplat score (or at least hopefully part of it) will be coming to CD:

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Life-Various-Artists/dp/B004XIQKHC/ref=sr_1_10?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1304226714&sr=1-10

I'm not sure if this will be all songs, songs & score or just score yet.



James

Edit: This CD release seems to be wrong. According to information that James Luckard provided me, it has been confirmed that the digital release I linked to below will be the ONLY release of the score.

Bummer

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2011 - 10:30 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Yes!!! Not that I doubted it, but I know his streak of scores released to CD may always get broken.

Here's hoping all the score ends up on the album. Maybe it's just a shorter score and there are some pop songs mixed in.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2011 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

Nice. I think this could be different from Desplat's typical stuff. Maybe on the vein of Hostage?

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2011 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Nice. I think this could be different from Desplat's typical stuff. Maybe on the vein of Hostage?

Hmm. Have to admit I sincerely doubt that. HOSTAGE is an action thriller, this is a low budget movie about an immigrant family trying to make a living in the poor section of Los Angeles.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2011 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Looks like Desplat will only have 2 tracks on the CD if you go by the listing/samples at CDUniverse.com:

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8510612

James

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2011 - 10:50 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

After watching the trailers for this film I couldn't help but feel it seems to be an unapologetic remake of De Sica's Bicycle Thieves.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2011 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Well I was wrong. This appears to be mostly Desplat based on the download version Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B0051RQP60/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1306082918&sr=1-4

James

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I just called the label, Nacional Records:

http://www.nacionalrecords.com

It's going to be download-only.

Booooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2011 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Pity.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2011 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I can't believe they're breaking Desplat's streak now that he's on top.

He's had every score released to CD since UPSIDE OF ANGER in 2005.

You'd think Varese would have jumped in, as they clearly love him. I'm guessing some issue with the stupid pop song on the album precluded them from releasing it. frown

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2011 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

Booooooooooo!!! mad

Very disappointing news.

N.p. Firewall (Desplat) - ON CD!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2011 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Jon Lewis   (Member)

On the upside, this sounds like a great album based on the samples. Quite a number of styles at play.

 
 Posted:   May 28, 2011 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

You'd think Varese would have jumped in, as they clearly love him. I'm guessing some issue with the stupid pop song on the album precluded them from releasing it. frown

But remember that music does not go the download-only route simply because no CD label jumped in to "save" it. This music is owned by some company (presumably Summit Entertainment), and it is up to them to determine how they can make the most money off this asset. Without knowing any of the specifics of the financial arrangement, it's quite probable they simply felt they could make more money releasing this themselves on iTunes, where Apple takes a share that is less than the combined share that a label like Varese plus the retailer would take.

 
 
 Posted:   May 28, 2011 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

You'd think Varese would have jumped in, as they clearly love him. I'm guessing some issue with the stupid pop song on the album precluded them from releasing it. frown

But remember that music does not go the download-only route simply because no CD label jumped in to "save" it. This music is owned by some company (presumably Summit Entertainment), and it is up to them to determine how they can make the most money off this asset. Without knowing any of the specifics of the financial arrangement, it's quite probable they simply felt they could make more money releasing this themselves on iTunes, where Apple takes a share that is less than the combined share that a label like Varese plus the retailer would take.


Ah, but Summit isn't releasing the "album" themselves. It's being released by Nacional Records, a label specializing in Latin music. The pop song at the end by some group called Ozomatli must be the reason for this, I certainly can't imagine Nacional Records wanted to release an album of film score.

I suspect it's like the soundtrack to Die Another Day. Because it included the one Madonna song on it, the David Arnold score album was required to be released by Maverick Records, Madonna's personal label.

Summit chose Varese to release THE GHOST WRITER. I suspect that if the pop song did not exist, A BETTER LIFE could have gone the same route.

Maybe there's still hope that Varese can persuade Summit to allow them to release a CD, without the pop song, perhaps timed to the video release...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 5:38 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

I bit the bullet and downloaded this on iTunes just now. Sounds wonderful.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-better-life-original-motion/id444792394

A deal at $7.99 and it came with a digital booklet.

Desplat recorded with the London Symphonic Orchestra. I wonder if that is a smaller ensemble of the London Symphony or if it is just a misprint.

Amazing that a little film like this gets recorded with a noted orchestra like this.

Probably the best work Desplat has done in awhile. Beautiful themes for guitar, mandolin and trumpet.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   fommes   (Member)

This is such a pity that's it's download-only.

Is this only going to be available on iTunes? Any place that offers a lossless download?

Also; I went to the official site and didn't even find the album, which is a bit strange.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

This is such a pity that's it's download-only.

Is this only going to be available on iTunes? Any place that offers a lossless download?

Also; I went to the official site and didn't even find the album, which is a bit strange.


Amazon.com has it also for $7.99 but without the digital booklet.

I don't know which country you are in, but you may want to see if you can get it on your local Amazon.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2011 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Wow!!!!

I bought this for $5.99 at Amazon and it's incredible, up there with LA LIGNE DROITE and LA FILLE DU PUISATIER as a favorite score of the year, and after only one listen.

The final cue, "Coming Home", is stunning. This is Desplat at his most melodic, hugely orchestral best. No bland underscoring here, it's gorgeous.

Highest recommendation to all who are considering it!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2011 - 9:37 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

The main theme has the tragic, driving energy of the themes from LUST, CAUTION and CHERI. Already in love with it and have listened to the final cue about five times in a row.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2011 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

Not on amazon.co.uk yet. frown Maybe closer to when the film comes out over here on 29th July...
This is one of the things that is annoying about downloads, if there was a CD I could just import it now but I can't download from amazon US so have to wait for it to become available locally.

 
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