Charlie Wilson's War [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Charlie Wilson's War [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by James Newton Howard


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Like the Mike Nichols political dramedy it accompanies, James Newton Howard's score for Charlie Wilson's War journeys from the American Midwest to the Middle East and back again, juxtaposing homespun folk melodies and accents with colorfully ethnic instruments and rhythms. Howard is more effective at this kind of pan-cultural fusion than most, and his melodies sound as natural and evocative when performed on fiddle and pedal steel as they do when interpreted via wailing vocals and hand percussion -- of course, the orchestral sections are also far too ponderous for their own good, as Howard once again mistakenly equates scale with dramatic impact. But even if Charlie Wilson's War succumbs to the composer's usual weaknesses, it nevertheless sends his music in promising new directions.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2007
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206687026
catalogNumber: 066870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Newton Howard   Primary Artist
Ali Jihad Racy   Wind Instruments
Matt Rollings   Piano
John Bilezikjian   Oud
Jim Keltner   Drums
Alex Acuña   Hand Percussion
George Doering   Guitar
Pedro Eustache   Wind Instruments
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Ray Herndon   Guitar
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Buck Reid   Pedal Steel Guitar
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Satnam Ramgotra   Tabla,Frame Drum
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Grant Gershon   Choir Conductor
Hollywood Film Chorale   Choir, Chorus
Hovig Krikorian   Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Gingger Shankar   Vocals
Mike Fisher   Percussion
V. Kraus   Bass

Technical Credits

Mike Nichols   Executive Producer
James Newton Howard   Composer,Score Producer
Eddie DeLena   Engineering
Mark Eshelman   Score
Julie Gigante   Orchestra Leader
Gary Goetzman   Executive Producer
Shawn Murphy   Score Reader,Score Mixer
Robert Townson   Executive Producer
Roger Wilkie   Orchestra Leader
Suzana Períc   Score Producer
Stuart Thomas   Score Producer,Technical Score Advisor
Adam Michalak   Score
Mike Nichols   Executive Producer
David Buntz   Direction
Dave Holden   Technical Score Advisor
Tom Syrowski   Score
Chris P. Bacon   Technical Score Advisor
Mark Graham   Music Librarian
Julia Newmann   Scoring Assistant
Pamela Sollie   Scoring Coordinator
Greg DePante   Score
Gingger Shankar   Composer
Erik Swanson   Score
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs

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