Cooler CD (2003)

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Specifications

Label Koch Entertainment
SKU 63942422
UPC 186961000126
UPC 14 00186961000126
Format CD
Release Date 11/11/2003
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Author Soundtrack
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Pure Moods
Compilation Appearance Smooth Jazz
Compilation Appearance Scores
Compilation Appearance Windham Hill Relaxation
Compilation Appearance Bobby-the Movie
Compilation Appearance Women
Compilation Appearance No Pier Pressure
Compilation Appearance No Pier Pressure (Deluxe)
Compilation Appearance Longest Ride (Original Score)
Associated Artist/Work Close, Glenn
Associated Artist/Work Close, Glenn (Actress)
Associated Artist/Work Ears, Rabbit
Associated Artist/Work Irons, Jeremy
Associated Artist/Work Kugler, Ken
Associated Artist/Work Kugler, Kenneth
Associated Artist/Work McGillis, Kelly
Associated Artist/Work Original Score
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID CR-001
Lable Name Commotion Records
Released 06/07/2005
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00186961000126
Album Notes and Credits
Original score composed by Mark Isham.
Includes liner notes by Wayne Kramer.
Composer: Mark Isham.
Mark Isham's elegant score for first time director Wayne Kramer's The Cooler is an atmospheric tour de force that revels in the sensual, sadistic, energy of Las Vegas. His understanding of Sin City nostalgia is evident on the title track, a sweeping collage that incorporates the brass-kitsch of Bacharach, moody string sections reminiscent of early Scott Walker, and bursts of bawdy excess that radiate with showgirl finesse. The beautiful "Shangri-La" introduces a spooky, wistful trumpet motif that sneaks its way into other pieces like a marked card, and captures the loneliness and uncertainty inherent in William H. Macy's sympathetic performance as an unlucky better whom the casino inserts into tables of high-rollers to cool their good fortune. Cast members contribute their own versions of standards with mixed results. Paul Sorvino's version of "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" works in the context of the film, but as a singular listening experience falls awfully short of spectacular, and *NSYNC crooner Joey Fatone warbles tunelessly through "Can I Steal a Little Love" like a karaoke virgin. Legit lounge lizards like Diana Krall and Tierney Sutton gracefully work through songs they've been singing since childhood, while Vegas staples Bobby Caldwell, who does Sinatra better than Sinatra on "Luck Be a Lady," and Rebecca Kyler Downs come off like employees of Pulp Fiction's netherworld eatery Jack Rabbit Slims. These slices of gambler's paradise work more like aberrations within Isham's score -- they excite, inform, and occasionally interrupt -- but they're merely the bread that surrounds the delicious filling that makes The Cooler one of the best soundtracks of 2003. ~ James Christopher Monger
Disc 1
1 Cooler, The
2 Better Life Motel/Tables on Fire
3 Candy
4 Bernie Faces Shelly/Trumpet Melody
5 Shangri-La
6 Luck Be a Lady
7 Amateurs
8 Can I Steel a Little Love
9 Look in My Eyes
10 I'll String Along with You
11 Heartbroken
12 My Funny Valentine
13 Almost Like Being in Love
14 You Leave Me No Choice
15 Leaving las Vegas
Product Attributes
Artist Soundtrack
Label Koch Entertainment
Music Format Compact Disc

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