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Watchmen (Music from the Motion Picture)

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Since the 2009 film adaptation of the celebrated graphic novel Watchmen takes place in an alternate version of 1985, it would have been too easy and obvious for the movie’s accompanying soundtrack to be peppered with all those ‘80s hits you’d expect from a K-Tel collection. Instead, the music selections (ranging from Nina Simone to Philip Glass) follow along with the ever-changing timeline of the story’s plot up to ‘85 – but not in the order the songs were played during the film. So instead of My Chemical Romance’s early-‘80s-inspired punk take on Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” ending matters (the only new song here, by the way), it opens the compilation. If you listen to this soundtrack with the mindset that it’s an album unto itself, there are some unarguably awesome songs here that flow well in their order presented. Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” is a relevant tune in most any setting and hearing Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower” furthers the fantastic notion that all roads on the map of popular music begin and end with Dylan.

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Great Music, but...

I am a huge fan of Watchmen, the graphic novel, and I have been eagerly awaiting the film for years. I was excited to see that the soundtrack of the film would include such great artists such as Nat King Cole, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Simon & Garfunkel. However, since I own many of the songs featured in this album already, I was disappointed to discover that I could not purchase "Pruit Igoe and Prophecies" by The Philip Glass Ensemble without buying the other songs all over again. So iTunes, please make these songs able to be purchased individually. I don't know what kind of marketing scheme this is, but you just lost $.99 of my money. So, to sum it up: ***** for the movie and the songs, * for iTunes.

Who Listens to the Watchmen?

Who would have thought the soundtrack would come out earlier than the movie? No matter; the soundtrack is very promising. While I have most of these songs already in my library, I think that those who don't own these songs ought to. I can't wait for the movie to come out! Can you? For anyone wondering about the music in the trailers: Trailer #1 : The Beginning of the End is the Beginning by Smashing Pumpkins Trailer #2 : Prophecies and Pruit Igoe by Philip Glass; Take A Bow by Muse

Great soundtrack that reflects the tone of Watchmen.

All of the songs in this album, such as "Unforgettable," "You're My Thrill," and "All Along the Watchtower" are all quoted or used in Watchmen. Great job by the directors to put this compilation together. One of the most controversial is MCR's cover of Desolation Row. This song was selected because it too was quoted in Watchmen. Now I usually hate using all caps, but I will here: ALL THOSE THAT ARE WHINING ABOUT MCR "SLAUGHTERING" BOB DYLAN NEED TO READ THIS-- Okay, I did it, I used caps and sold myself out, but I'm making a point here! First off, MCR are big Dylan fans. They love this song and wanted to put their own spin to it. Second, if you read Watchmen, you know about the knotheads, who are the punks of the 80s and similar to the emos of today. The most famous knothead band is Pale Horse, which plays at Madison Square Garden in the book. MCR represents Pale Horse. They are taking a song that is major in Watchmen and combining it with the punk culture that is heavy in the story's alternate universe. This cover is once again a brilliant translation of Moore's story. Don't be quick to judge these guys. When you understand why MCR covered Bob Dylan, you will admire them for the context.

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Watchmen (Music from the Motion Picture)
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Feb 27, 2009

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