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Notting Hill
(1999)
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Island Records (U.S. & U.K.)
(May 18th, 1999)

Polygram (Japan)
(July 2nd, 1999)

Promotional
(1999)

Bootlegs
(2000)
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The commercial albums are regular releases in their respective nations. The promotional score album is extremely rare, even more so than the bootlegged versions of it floating around the secondary market.
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Buy it... on one of the rare score-only albums only if you are a die-hard collector of Trevor Jones' music or soft romantic comedy writing for acoustic guitar, piano, and light orchestra.

Avoid it... on the score-only albums if you seek the strong song collection featured in the film and would be satisfied with eight minutes of highlights from Jones' score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #444
WRITTEN 10/8/03, REVISED 4/4/09
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Notting Hill: (Trevor Jones) After the popularity of Four Weddings and a Funeral earlier in the decade, mainstream British comedy was ready for a series of similarly themed and humored romance films. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts were juxtaposed in a British/American tale of love for Notting Hill in which a British guy who is a nobody improbably wins the heart of a top-name American actress who is starring in a film shooting in his home town. You can guess who plays which roles, with several twists of humor and basic plot ideas repeated from Four Weddings and a Funeral. Propelled by its star power, Notting Hill was a date-movie success, so much so that the soundtrack began to take on epic proportions in its variations around the world. Several songs by the likes of Shania Twain and Elvis Costello are positioned wisely in the film, with one montage sequence involving the changing of seasons utilizing "Ain't No Sunshine" to great effect. Mixed in between the songs is a predictably contemporary and tender score by Trevor Jones. These situations aren't often composers' favorites, for you can't tell if the post production of the film will lead to a whole slew of songs replacing score that had been tailored specifically for certain scenes. Jones does exactly what you would expect to hear from any composer in the same situation, writing an underscore that could be moved around, replaced, downsized, or repeated without much loss to the integrity of his music. Hearing the composer write music for a light comedy probably isn't what his fans expected to hear anyways, with Jones scoring a wide range of fantasy and action films that usually featured enormous, sweeping themes or dramatic, dynamic constructs with the London Symphony Orchestra. Notting Hill came in between Jones' television assignments for Merlin and Cleopatra, and the stylistic difference between these works cannot be greater.

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Average: 3.12 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Island Records, U.S./Polygram, Japan Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:10
• 1. No Matter What - performed by Boyzone (4:33)
• 2. You've Got a Way (Notting Hill Remix) - performed by Shania Twain (3:21)
• 3. I Do (Cherish You) - performed by Bill Withers (3:45)
• 4. She - performed by Elvis Costello (3:06)
• 5. Ain't No Sunshine - performed by Bill Withers (2:03)
• 6. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - performed by Al Green (6:24)
• 7. Gimme Some Lovin' - performed by Spencer Davis Group (2:57)
• 8. When You Say Nothing at All - performed by Ronan Keating (4:14)
• 9. Ain't No Sunshine (Bonus Track) - performed by Lighthouse Family (2:03)
• 10. From the Heart (Bonus Track) - performed by Another Level (4:51)
• 11. Everything About You (Remix) (Bonus Track) - performed by Steve Poltz (3:55)
• 12. Will and Anna (Score) (3:35)
• 13. Notting Hill (Score) (4:46)

Japanese version features two bonus tracks on top of the American album:
(14.) Pulp's 'Born to Cry' and (15.) Swing Out Sister's 'Filth and Dreams'
Island Records, U.K. Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:22
Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:23
Bootleg Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:48

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The inserts for the score-only albums include only basic packaging and art. The commercial albums feature no extra information about the score or film either.
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