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Love Actually
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European Album
Promotional Album
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Composed, Arranged, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Cecilia Weston

Co-Orchestrated by:
Matt Dunkley
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Universal Island Records (European)
(November 17th, 2003)

(December, 2003)
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The American retail song compilation contains only one score track. The European version sold within its native lands contains slightly different songs and three score tracks. Be aware that versions of this album listed as an "import" in America are sometimes missing two tracks, including the final score track. The promotional album was released to AMPAS members at the end of 2003 and has disappeared from the secondary market in subsequent years. It came with no cover insert, but bootleggers added the artwork associated with the promo since.
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Buy it... on the European compilation album if you seek a strong combination of the song and score highlights that you heard in the film.

Avoid it... on the American song compilation album if you appreciated Craig Armstrong's memorable score in the film, in which case the composer's short but sweet promotional, score-only album should be your target.
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WRITTEN 9/28/09
Love Actually: (Craig Armstrong) By 2003's adorable Love Actually, the team of writer/director Richard Curtis and producer Duncan Kenworthy had proven their mastery of the British romantic comedy. Following their success with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones' Diary, they turned a $25 million budget for Love Actually into nearly $250 million in worldwide grosses (the mass majority of which coming from outside of America, where the film's charm didn't connect as well). It was the kind of production nominated for ensemble cast awards, featuring a screenplay that examines romance in contemporary times through several love affairs and marriages that cross nearly every conceivable socio-political boundary. Familiar names carry both the lead roles and cameo appearances throughout the picture, led by crowd (and critic) favorites Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, and Hugh Grant. So authentic are the depictions of each couple's struggles and triumphs that Love Actually is a rare entry in the genre that sidesteps the cheese factor almost entirely. The soundtrack for the film was also well managed; like all of the Curtis films of this variety, an intelligent combination of classic and contemporary rock songs were licensed for prominent placement in mostly transitional scenes. Leading these songs were the Pointer Sisters' "Jump" for an entertaining scene with Grant and Dido's "Here With Me," a song for a moment of solitude on the streets that was experiencing an explosion in popularity at the time. Unlike the aforementioned Curtis films, though, Love Actually also gave a prominent role for an original score. Although these films had included work from names as popular in London as Patrick Doyle and Trevor Jones, the production turned to Glasgow's own Craig Armstrong for this assignment. Given Armstrong's success in building bridges between sensitive, intimate underscores and his extensive experience as an arranger of accompaniment for pop songs, not to mention the high that he was still enjoying from the monumental success of his compositional and arrangement work for the phenomenal Moulin Rouge, he was a smart choice for the job.

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Average: 3.31 Stars
***** 45 5 Stars
**** 58 4 Stars
*** 43 3 Stars
** 28 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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2003 Universal European Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:48
• 1. Jump (For My Love) - performed by Girls Aloud (4:23)
• 2. Too Lost in You - performed by Sugababes (3:57)
• 3. The Trouble With Love Is - performed by Kelly Clarkson (3:41)
• 4. Here With Me - performed by Dido (4:15)
• 5. Christmas is All Around - performed by Billy Mack (3:50)
• 6. Turn Me On - performed by Norah Jones (2:34)
• 7. Songbird - performed by Eva Cassidy (3:41)
• 8. Sweetest Goodbye - performed by Maroon 5 (4:48)
• 9. Wherever You Will Go - performed by Calling (3:27)
• 10. I'll See It Through - performed by Texas (4:05)
• 11. Both Sides Now - performed by Joni Mitchell (4:34)
• 12. White Christmas - performed by Otis Redding (3:06)
• 13. Take Me As I Am - performed by Wyclef Jean and Sharissa (4:18)
• 14. All I Want for Christmas is You - performed by Olivia Olson (3:27)
• 15. God Only Knows - performed by The Beach Boys (2:47)
• 16. All You Need is Love - performed by Lynden David Hall (2:30)
• 17. Sometimes - performed by Gabrielle (3:54)

Craig Armstrong's Original Score:
• 18. Glasgow Love Theme (2:05)
• 19. PM's Love Theme (2:15)
• 20. Portugese Love Theme (3:11)
(versions of this album listed as an "import" in America are missing two tracks, including the final score track)
2003 Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 20:54

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The inserts of neither product include any extra information about the score or film.
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