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The Motorcycle Diaries: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists, Gustavo Santaolalla
The Motorcycle Diaries: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Soundtrack to 2003 film adaptation of Che Guevara's 'Motorcycle Diaries'. Details TBA. Universal. 2004.

     
   
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All Artists: Various Artists, Gustavo Santaolalla
Title: The Motorcycle Diaries: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Original Release Date: 9/24/2004
Re-Release Date: 9/14/2004
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: World Music, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: South & Central America, Argentina
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Diaries de Motocicleta
UPC: 028947752370

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Soundtrack to 2003 film adaptation of Che Guevara's 'Motorcycle Diaries'. Details TBA. Universal. 2004.

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Like a "jungle" blend between Daniel Lanois and Ry Cooder
Manny Hernandez | Bay Area, CA | 09/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Santaolalla, a legendary producer in the Latin Rock world, pulls together his third soundtrack in "The Motorcycle Diaries", stepping into more eclectic terrain than with "Amores Perros" or "21 Grams", both of which borrowed much musically from his first solo album, "Ronroco".

Though "Motorcycle Diaries" doesn't escape the influence of that pivotal album in his career (it contains one track from it, the very appropriate and mellow "De Ushuaia a la Quiaca"), it does experiment with elements that are new to his solo work, such as electric guitars... this may not sound as much to those new to Santaolalla's music, but having heard mostly traditional string instruments and background keyboards in all his previous solo work, and the use of the bandoneon as well in the OST for "21 Grams", this struck me a bit. But it worked beautifully.

If you want to imagine how this album sounds, blend the sound of Daniel Lanois and Ry Cooder while thinking what songs they'd be moved to compose while riding down a South American river, or chopping through the thickness of a forest in Peru or Bolivia, and you are there! The final production value and the ability of the music to take you to the South American spaces where the story for "The Motorcycle Diaries" unfolds is simply incredible. Very deserving of five stars."
Evocative Soundtrack Brings You Back to an Amazing Movie
Ed Uyeshima | San Francisco, CA USA | 10/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've read the book. I've seen the movie. Now I've heard the soundtrack. "The Motorcycle Diaries" could very well become a cottage industry. Luckily, this disc turns out to be a lovely evocation of the roundabout trek that Ernesto (Che) Guevara took with his best buddy Alberto Granado from their native Buenos Aires to Caracas in 1952, well before he became an icon for Communist revolutionaries in underdeveloped countries.

Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla (who also scored "Amores Perros") has perfectly captured their impassioned spirits on the open road as they experience the elements and meet the people that change their lives. Santaolalla's beautiful score is seamlessly dream-like and rugged, the perfect background travel music as it draws on a variety of flavors in Latin music. Though mainly guitar-led instrumentals, the recording also has jazz and rock elements driven by African drums and Latin rhythms. I agree with the consensus that says his music sounds a bit like Ry Cooder, and I'd also add Earl Klugh and the Buena Vista Social Club for good measure. There are a couple of memorable vocal numbers such as the charming "Chipi Chipi" (where Guevara and Granado dance with the Chilean locals who think they are celebrity doctors) and the melancholy last track, "Al Otro Lado del Río", sung by Jorge Drexler. This fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds is flawlessly mastered by the composer and works for the listener whether you have seen the film or not. But of course if you have seen the film by Walter Salles, you will certainly have the benefit of being taken back to the images of that mesmerizing cinematic work. Speaking of which, there is a nice booklet of diary quotes and photos from the film included with the CD. It would have been nice to have a little more variety among the tracks and also been helpful to tell us where each track plays specifically in the film, but these are minor quibbles. This is quite a poetic soundtrack."
Sountrack for South America
Ducky | California | 08/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just recently went to Peru and Bolivia for a month, and this soundtrack was on my iPod. I'm so happy it was on there.
On the breath-taking bus ride to Machu Picchu, the tourists next to me kept yammering on about shampoo. I turned on this soundtrack to drown them out, and the spiritual experience was salvaged.This is the first time I've every truly felt indebted to a CD.
While some of the music I heard while travelling was truly amazing, at the same time there is only so many times you can hear "El Condor Pasa" before you want to stuff cotton in your ears. This gorgeous soundtrack was a great relief. It takes the traditional sounds of South American music and makes them sound modern. Occasionally minimalist, occasionally wild, but always very polished and haunting. Don't go to South America without it."