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Taking Woodstock
(2009)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
M.V. Gerhard
Matt Verboys
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La-La Land Records
(September 29th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have low expectations for this minimalistic expression of surprisingly somber folk, for Danny Elfman creates a consistent atmosphere with his guitar performances for this brief score and album.

Avoid it... if you want to hear Elfman groove with outward style, a sound limited to just a handful of cues in Taking Woodstock, leaving you wishing you were hearing the songs from the festival instead.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,762
WRITTEN 3/30/10
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Taking Woodstock: (Danny Elfman) Arguably director Ang Lee's least acclaimed film to date, the 2009 dramatic comedy Taking Woodstock was a significant fiscal disaster for independent studio Focus Features, which sank $30 million into the film only to see it sneak out of the Cannes Film Festival and slip through a general distribution with less than $10 million to show for itself worldwide. The problem with Taking Woodstock was simple: it tells a partially fictionalized account of the people and circumstances behind the 1969 Woodstock Festival without actually incorporating much of the concert itself. The back story of the farm on which the festival took place, the motel which served as the organizers' headquarters, and the disdain of the local citizens towards the family that sold out to the heathen festival are the focus of Taking Woodstock. It's essentially a character story involving that family, though an absolutely wretched performance by upstart comedian Demetri Martin in the lead role was slammed consistently by critics. Ultimately, the same challenge that destroyed the film's mainstream chances also inhibited its score by Danny Elfman. While some of the famous music featured at Woodstock is heard incidentally in the film, there isn't enough of it to really please the audience, and Elfman's music, in the process of addressing the character drama and only occasionally teasing you with instrumental bridge sequences that would seem to suggest that one of the famous songs is about to erupt, suffers the same fate. Elfman was perhaps the perfect composer for this film; it not only gave him another opportunity to chase bad memories of the process of working on Lee's disastrous The Hulk, but it also allowed him to explore some of the groovy inclinations that reach back to his 1970's Oingo Boingo days and, as any composer loves to do, improvise on his favorite instruments for extended sequences in a score. This assignment could very well have gone to undeserving multi-Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, with whom Lee had experienced great success on Brokeback Mountain, and what Elfman chose to produce for the score isn't far beyond the realm of Santaolalla's comfort zone. Fret not Elfman enthusiasts, however, because the veteran composer's minimal tones will sound significantly more authentic to your film score collecting ears. That said, there is absolutely nothing in this score that will remind you of Elfman's major symphonic works (or even his melodic mannerisms).



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Average: 2.76 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 29:58
• 1. Taking Woodstock Titles (3:25)
• 2. Elliot's Place (1:11)
• 3. At Ease Man (0:43)
• 4. Welcome Home (0:34)
• 5. The Magic Tickets (0:35)
• 6. Get the Money (1:05)
• 7. Chocolate Milk (0:42)
• 8. Groovy Thing (Office #1) (3:35)
• 9. A Happening (Office #2) (1:55)
• 10. Groovy Thing (Guitar Solo) (1:54)
• 11. Life Goes On (0:41)
• 12. The Acid Trip (1:13)
• 13. Hash Brownies (1:00)
• 14. In the Mud (0:50)
• 15. Perspective Extended (1:52)
• 16. I Love Her (0:49)
• 17. Woodstock Wildtrack #1 (2:42)
• 18. Woodstock Wildtrack #2 (1:37)
• 19. Happy Guitars (1:46)
• 20. Guitar Improv (1:56)

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The insert includes a summary of the film's story, but no extra information about the score.
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