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Motorcycle Diaries (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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As with the film, the soundtrack to Motorcycle Diaries exudes a humanity and poignant grace through its 23 tracks. Helmed with evident care and craftsmanship by Gustavo Santaollala, who was also behing the scores to Amores Perros and 21 Grams this soundtrack serves to not only powerfully support the film but stands as a rich musical experience on its own. The sweeping electric guitar and cajon duet "Apertura" opens both the film and the album, and builds from there, anchored by the nimble musical minds of Santaollala and ensemble. The bulk of the release is grounded in the alternately languid and spiky guitar work of Santaollala's, impressionistic musical snapshots that encompass the effervescence of "Chipi Chipi" (the mad dance scene in the film) to the junkyard symphony of "La Partida". The song "Al Otro Lado del Rio " surprised many by snaring an Oscar for Best Original Song, but it well deserved the victory.

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One of the Best

Easily one of the best soundtracks to come along in a while. Santoalalla's sweeping and mystical score absolutely transports you to another world entirely. Worth every penny.

a joyous experience

Apart from the movie, the music alone is inspiring. If you are familiar with the soundtrack of Amelie, you will appreciate that of Motorcycle Diaries. Track 21, De usuahia a la Quiaca, is amazing.


This soundtrack has the best version of "Que Rico El Mambo", hands down. I also love the rest of it. Pay attention to Sendero, De Usuahia a la Quiaca, Leyendo en el Hospital, Lima, La Salida de Lima, Apertura, Lago Frias, and Chipi Chipi. This is one of the best soundtracks ever, especially of today's movies. I'm sure you'll love it, too.


Born: 1952 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of several decades, Gustavo Santaolalla was recognized as a gifted musician, songwriter, producer, and composer, and he enjoyed a multi-phased career that took him from Argentina to the United States and, intermittently, back to Latin America; an overall storied journey that included Grammy and Oscar wins, not to mention the towering heights of respect he earned for his artistic accomplishments. Santaolalla began his career while a teenager, when he founded the Argentine rock band...
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