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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Gustavo Santaolalla

Additional Music Composed by:
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Co-Produced by:
Alejando González Iñárritu
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Concord Records
(November 21st, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release. The price of the set is slightly higher ($2, on average) than normal due to the second CD.
Winner of an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. Nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek parts of the creative, cross-cultural collection of songs heard in the film, or if you specifically noticed and enjoyed its sparse, source-like underscore.

Avoid it... if you're only interested in the score because of its hype, or if you found Gustavo Santaolalla's previous scores to be unsatisfyingly simplistic and underachieving.
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WRITTEN 12/22/06
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Babel: (Gustavo Santaolalla/Ryuichi Sakamoto) In his trilogy of fragmented puzzles on screen, Alejando González Iñárritu has seemingly struck gold with Babel, providing a complex cross-cultural message of suffering and acceptance more readily accessible than Amores Perros or 21 Grams. Collaborating once again with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, Iñárritu uses complicated storytelling, engrossing cinematography, and stark, in-your-face character tragedy to extend the famous biblical concept into an analogy for the modern age. The film, as per the usual equation, shows several concurrent lines of juxtaposed parts of the story that will only expose their true relationships at the end. From personal alienation within a family to the disjointed diplomatic relations between governments, Babel uses a single chance gunshot to make commentary about how every corner of the globe handles adversity both differently and perhaps the same. While critical reviews for Babel have been all over the map, many elements of the film have been almost immediately showered with praise from awards organizations. Nobody will tell you that Babel is a pleasant film, for it definitely isn't. But it's the type of deeply thoughful journey that seems to hypnotize arthouse regulars and hardened viewers desperately grasping for something unique or different. With this popular wind blowing in its sails, it's no surprise that the soundtrack is surfing the same waves. To understand the Babel soundtrack to any degree whatsoever, you have to grasp (or at least recognize, whether you like it not) Iñárritu's process of developing the music for this particular film. His regular collaborating composer, Gustavo Santaolalla, traveled to each of the locations in the film during production to experience the same cultures as the rest of the crew. Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto would contribute several cues on the fly for the third of the film appropriate to his culture. The resulting approach to the score was heavily improvised depending on emotional reactions to each location. Along that road to creating the underscore, the heavily involved Iñárritu would combine a series of songs that he had enjoyed previous to the start of the production with those he heard on location during his own travels for this film. The resulting soundtrack is truly a "flow of consciousness" experience that demands an appreciation of the film to understand.

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Total Time: 130:35
CD1: (63:36)

• 1. Tazarine* (1:46)
• 2. Tu Me Acostumbraste - performed by Chavela Vargas (2:42)
• 3. September/The Joker (ATFC's Aces High Remix) - performed by Earth Wind & Fire/Fatboy Slim - Shinichi Osawa Remix (6:29)
• 4. Deportation/Iguazu* (4:49)
• 5. World Citizen - I Won't Be Disappointed/Looped Piano - performed by David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Amadeo Pace, Keigo Oyamada, Sketch Show (5:48)
• 6. Cumbia Sobre el Rio - performed by Blanquito Man, Control Machete, Celso Pena y Su Ronda Bogota (4:42)
• 7. Hiding It* (2:07)
• 8. Masterpiece - performed by Rip Slyme (4:19)
• 9. Desert Bus Ride* (1:55)
• 10. Bibo No Aozora/Endless Flight*/Babel* - 'Bibo No Aozora' performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morelenbaum, Everton Nelson (11:25)
• 11. Tribal* (2:29)
• 12. Para Que Regreses - performed by El Chapo (3:17)
• 13. Babel - performed by Nortec Collective (3:20)
• 14. Amelia Desert Morning* (1:22)
• 15. Jugo a la Vida - performed by Los Tucanes de Tijuana (3:50)
• 16. Breathing Soul* (1:19)
• 17. The Blinding Sun* (1:57)

CD2: (66:59)

• 1. Only Love Can Conquer Hate - performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto (9:43)
• 2. El Panchangon - performed by Los Incomparables (4:05)
• 3. Two Worlds, One Heart* (2:11)
• 4. The Phone Call* (0:24)
• 5. Gekkoh - performed by Susumu Yokota (4:52)
• 6. The Catch* (0:54)
• 7. Mujer Hermosa - performed by Los Incomparables (3:36)
• 8. Into the Wild* (2:55)
• 9. Look Inside* (0:47)
• 10. The Master* (6:13)
• 11. Oh My Juliet! - performed by Takashi Fujii (4:35)
• 12. Prayer* (0:54)
• 13. El Besito Cachicurris - performed by Daniel Luna (3:38)
• 14. Walking in Tokyo* (1:31)
• 15. The Visitors - performed by Hamza El Din (4:58)
• 16. Morning Pray* (2:05)
• 17. Mi Adoracion - performed by Agua Caliente (3:33)
• 18. The Skin of the Earth* (2:50)
• 19. Bibo No Aozora/04 - performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morelenbaum, Yuichiro Gotoh (7:15)
* Score by Gustavo Santaolalla

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