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Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film "The Great Gatsby"

by Bill Biss
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday May 15, 2013
Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film "The Great Gatsby"

"Do you think it's too much?" asked the spider to the fly. The fly said, "I think it's what you want." This precious line of dialogue in "The Great Gatsby" when switched up to the film characters for the interaction between Gatsby the great and the character of Nick Carraway [Toby Maguire]... totally encompasses the "spectacular, spectacular" aspect of the motion picture soundtrack and the very, very musical "Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby." It's very clear that the first "spectacular" is for Mr. Luhrmann, and the second "spectacular" is for Mr. Shawn "JAY Z" Carter.

Carter is Executive Producer, along with Barrie M. Osborne and Bruce Berman with an important assist from executive music supervisor Anton Monsted. The music is the bee's knees, cat's meow, hot-diggity, dog-diggity! Or perhaps, brother... can you spare a dime in your lush life, tragically wise, beautiful and brilliant light of a summer's glow of a daisy in the meadow? No pun intended (Carey Mulligan) Daisy.

Just as Clara Bow was the "IT" girl of the silver screen in the roaring 20s... this magical concoction set to stun should be the "IT" music for film lovers of the novel and music lovers of the latest and greatest assemblage of musical talent all under one umbrella. Hey! Why wasn't Rihanna allowed to have some fun here? I digress. There is something for everyone and that means... "see the movie, buy the soundtrack" or "don't see the movie, but buy the soundtrack" or better yet "don't you dare not see this film and not want to buy, upload or download or perhaps check out "Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby."

That said, I haven't had this much "FUN" with music ... since the musical soundtracks to 1990's "Dick Tracy," 1959's "Some Like It Hot" and 1981's "Pennies From Heaven." The evolution of the motion picture musical soundtrack has finally evolved from 1986 and "Pretty in Pink." Thank goodness for small favors. In simpler terms, each of the singers, rappers and groups have created a musical attitude to match the action, and if the expression "each of the artists worked to picture" is foreign to the ear... don't worry about it. Play it on your own terms and realize this music for "The Great Gatsby" stands alone as an achievement in itself and that is definitely "Good News" as Brown, DeSylva and Henderson once put it in 1927.

"Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby"
CD and all digital formats
Interscope Records


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