PUBLIC ENEMIES Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Waiting for the showtime start 6 November here in Italy finally I can press play over this interesting Soundtrack produced by Michael Mann Himself over Decca Label(B00013072-02) for his latest effort where Johnny Deep plays John Dillinger, famous gangster lived in to 30’s around US Midwest
Main compositions committed by restored and very original Elliot Goldendthal, back to scoring after 6 years since his last teathrcal work(SWAT) but involved in to the production of his opera GRENDEL and for the Beatles music of Across the Universe; This time is back to work with Michael Mann after HEAT(1995) and we see him employed to conduct a big orchestra with more than 70 elements.(Open and look at the booklet inside)
A powerful soundtrack in to the original compositions but reveal itself a fine blend with other songs, fine as the best Whiskey(call it burbon)of the after prohibition era
Start the soundtrack the terrific TEN MILLION SLAVES by Otis Taylor from Recapturing the Banjo(2008) and repeat his talent with another one on position 10 NASTY LETTER from Truth is not Fiction(2003),a real genius this contemporary bluesman from Chicago.
Least of all the Track #2- CHICAGO SHAKE by Bruce Fowler Big Band(2008),Fowler is one of Hans Zimmer orchestrator, and tracks #8- BYE BYE BLACK BIRD from Mrs. Costello Diana Krall , sing over arrangements by Goldenthal Himself this new version of a classic tune, amazing track, no less than this incredible rarity hypnotic that we can listen on track #12 – GUIDE ME O THOU GREAT JEHOVA, original recordings by Old Regular Baptist overlay by Elliot Goldenthal orchestrations.
As I note,I would point out the orginal compositions, powerful,different, miser of usual Goldenthalisms and in my view meet its best with the track #15 – JD DIES,this is the Opera Omnia of that outstanding soundtrack, death track that has reminiscence to Antonio Pinto ‘s “Requiem” from Collateral but could also remind a little bit of “Finale” from Titus Soundtrack. For what concern the last 6 track composed by Goldenthal I feel to draw a personal ranking from my tastes,# 7 LOVES IN THE DUNES, #3 DRIVE TO BOHEMIA,#5 BILLIE’S ARREST,#13 GOLD COAST RESTAURANT,#9 PHONE CALL TO BILLIE ,#11 PLANE TO CHICAGO(this latter remind me for a second to a famous Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera)
A Memorable Soundtrack, excellent also in to sound record matter ,and keep in to 47 minutes of length a immense narrative’s soul , a real must for whom is following Michael Mann also in his musical Choices ,choices super visioned also here (since Collateral soundtrack)by three daughters as musical consultant Aran,Becca and Jessie Mann.
At the end of my short review the chronological sequence of the tracks used in to the feature with some happy surprises ,from rejected tracks HANNA SHOTS NEIL composed by Elliot Goldenthal for Heat’s final sequence,passing by BEAM by John Powell’s Thin Red Line directed by Terrence Malick till the tracks AFTER THE SHOOTING by Gustavo Santolalla for the soundtrack Things we Lost in Fire directed by Susanne Bier,and last but not the least THE LAST ROUND UP by Gene Autry sing by Johnny Deep after Jail Escape and than present again in to end credits.
Images and music, a functional soundtrack that helps to convey the magical power of author’s cinema by a Avant Garde Filmmaker as Michael Mann, he is able to give us ability to touch,taste what we watch on the big screen  everything in its cinema turn more tangible , real because his stories and the way of tells us are set up and feeding of realism ,and this soundtrack really seems open a space time window on the musical background of that times

Thanks to reelsoundtrack
• After escape, packing at farm – Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah by Indian Bottom Association Old Regular Baptists
• Chase in the woods – Ten Million Slaves by Otis Taylor
• Dinner song – Chicago Shake by The Bruce Fowler Big Band
• Second dinner song – Ballroom Bounce by The Bruce Fowler Big Band
• Dance with Billie – Bye Bye Blackbird by Diana Krall
• Walking into the hotel & coat check – King Porter Stomp by Benny Goodman ; His Orchestra
• (Unknown scene) – After The Shooting by Johan Soderqvist and Gustavo Santaolalla
• Kiss, love scene – Love Me Or Leave Me by Billie Holiday
• Bank robbery – Instrumental version of Ten Million Slaves by Otis Taylor
• Tucson hotel, after racetrack – The Man I Love (Life from Carnegie Hall) by Billie Holiday
• In car after broke out of jail – Nasty Letter by Otis Taylor
• Radio song in Billie’s apartment – Am I Blue? by Billie Holiday ; Her Orchestra
• Talk about going to Caracas – Bye Bye Blackbird by Diana Krall
• (Unknown scene) – Close Your Eyes by Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and His Orchestra
• At the bar, fixing deportation – Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground by Blind Willie Johnson
• (Making Shirts) – Hanna Shoots Neil by Elliot Goldenthal
• (Walter Dies) – Beam by John Powell
• Closing credits – The Last Round Up by Gene Autry
• Original music for Public Enemies – Eliot Goldenthal

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TRACKS
1 Ten Million Slaves / Otis Taylor 4:09
2 Chicago Shake / Bruce Fowler Big Band 3:10
3 Drive to Bohemia 1:11 Elliot Goldenthal
4 Love Me or Leave Me / Billie Holiday 3:21
5 Billie’s Arrest 2:20 Elliot Goldenthal
6 Am I Blue? / Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra 2:52
7 Love in the Dunes 1:50 Elliot Goldenthal
8 Bye Bye Blackbird / Diana Krall 3:47
9 Phone Call to Billie 1:44 Elliot Goldenthal
10 Nasty Letter / Otis Taylor 5:05
11 Plane to Chicago 3:24 Elliot Goldenthal
12 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehova / Indian Bottom Association Members 1:37
13 Gold Coast Resturant 2:04 Elliot Goldenthal
14 The Man I Love / Billie Holiday 3:07
15 JD Dies 3:56 Elliot Goldenthal
16 Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground / Blind Willie Johnson 3:19

ITALIAN VERSION

6 responses to “PUBLIC ENEMIES Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  1. Hi Fabio

    I have enjoyed the soundtrack for several months, and I downloaded it on iTunes. There isn’t a bad track on it. The ones I like the most are Chicago Shake, JD Dies, all of Billie Holiday’s songs, all of Elliot Goldenthall’s compositions. I did not know that Foller was one of Hans Zimmer’s orchestrators. Very interesting thing to know. Your review is nice, and your imprefect English translation makes it more charming. I just wish I knew even half as much Italian (language) as you know of English.

    It would have been nice had they included all the tracks that didn’t make it to the CD. I would love to be able to listen to Johnnie/Johnny singing “The Last Roundup” among other things!

  2. Here is some additional info about the source music and their place in the movie, based on the spotting session lists:

    Hanna Shoots Neil (Elliot Goldenthal) has been used as [1M1B], it comes right after Goldenthal’s first cue “Shirt Factory”. Goldenthal composed music for this scene, but it got rejected.

    Beam (John Powell) replaces Goldenthal’s rejected music for [1M1C], when Walter Dietrich dies. It has been edited and remixed, so it’s not easy to recognize.

    After The Shooting (Gustavo Santaolalla) has been considered for [3M17/18S], it comes right after Love Me Or Leave Me (Billy Holiday).

    Close Your Eyes (Al Bowlly) is placed at [9M51S], between Goldenthal’s cues “Purvis Saves Billie [8M50]” and “Barrel Of Fun [9M51]”

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