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This was a really great movie and one you should definitely see.
Walk the Line is about the life of Johnny Cash, the famed American country singer. Johnny Cash is played by Joaquin Phoenix and June Carter (his eventual wife) is played by Reece Witherspoon. In my opinion this was a fabulous film and definitely well worth watching. If you have watched it you know that music played a huge role in this film too. Obviously as this film follows the life of Johnny Cash you see how his music progresses and also how the music of June Carter progresses. When they join together to go on tour we also get to hear a lot of their collaborations which are great. I did not know anything about Johnny Cash before I saw this and even if you aren't a fan of his music you certainly will be after hearing and watching this.
After watching this movie I know I definitely wanted to get the motion picture soundtrack as all the songs are great and really stick in your head and are very singable.
What I loved about this film which they then transfered over to the CD is that Joaquin and Reece actually sang all the songs on the film and on the CD, including a few other artists. Their voices were great and I think for actors to sing on a CD and in a motion picture soundtrack is a great feat and a really great talent.
The CD cover features a still from the movie of Reece and Joaquin in black and white. This is fitting I think of the time period and makes the CD look authentic. The soundtrack was released on November 15th 2005. According to an article I read, As of March 10, 2006 the soundtrack has gone gold with over 500,000 albums sold. On February 11, 2007 this album won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
For me, the best song on the album has to be Ring of Fire. It starts out slowly but has such a build up and re-occuring beat that by the end you are tapping your toes and singing along. The rest of the tracks are as follows:
"Get Rhythm" - Joaquin Phoenix - 2:26
"I Walk the Line" - Joaquin Phoenix - 3:20
"Wildwood Flower" - Reese Witherspoon - 2:31
"Lewis Boogie" - Waylon Payne - 2:01
"Ring of Fire" - Joaquin Phoenix - 3:42
"You're My Baby" - Johnathan Rice - 2:12
"Cry Cry Cry" - Joaquin Phoenix - 2:35
"Folsom Prison Blues" - Joaquin Phoenix - 2:52
"That's All Right" - Tyler Hilton - 1:46
"Juke Box Blues" - Reese Witherspoon - 2:15
"It Ain't Me Babe" - Joaquin Phoenix/Reese Witherspoon - 3:05
"Home of the Blues" - Joaquin Phoenix - 2:40
"Milk Cow Blues" - Tyler Hilton - 2:19
"I'm a Long Way from Home" - Shooter Jennings - 2:15
"Cocaine Blues" - Joaquin Phoenix - 2:50
"Jackson" - Joaquin Phoenix/Reese Witherspoon - 2:49
The CD also contains bonus features such as unseen performance footage not included in the movie.
If you have seen the film Walk the Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and loved the music in the film then you may want to buy the soundtrack as it is just as great. & even if you haven't seen the film but love great foot tapping country/ Rock 'n' Roll songs with some slower country/blues ballads mixed in then this may be for you too.
I thought the film was absolutely amazing and so went out and bought the soundtrack the very next day. I have loved Johnny Cash's music for a long time but do not have any of his cd's. One of the great aspects of the film was that the singers all did their own singing and nobody mimed a word. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are so convincing as Johnny Cash and June Carter that when I put the cd on, it could almost be the real thing.
1. Get Rhythm - sung by Phoenix. A great start to the cd (and to the film) and one to get singing along to.
2. I Walk the Line - again sung by Phoenix. This is a much slower song but one of Cash's most famous which may be why the film was named after it.
3. Wildwood Flower - Reese Witherspoon. A beautiful song, slow and great to just sit and relax to.
4. Lewis Boogie - Waylon Malloy Payne. Another great one to dance to, has Rock 'n' Roll vibes to it as well as country.
5. Ring of Fire - Phoenix. This one is one of my favourite Cash songs and I think Phoenix does it justice. Another slow one but still great!
6. You're my Baby - Johnathan Rice. I havent heard of this song before but it is another great Rock 'n' Roll style song.
7. Cry Cry Cry - Phoenix. Definately a foot tapper.
8. Folsom Prison Blues - Phoenix. This was the first ever Johnny Cash song that I ever heard and I instantly fell in love with him when I heard it.
9. That's All Right - Tyler Hilton. Another Rock 'n' Roll song, reminded me a bit of Buddy Holly's style.
10. Juke Box Blues - Witherspoon. This is one of my favourite songs on the film and on the cd. Everytime I hear it I can't help getting up and having a little dance (even If I'm at home on my own - yeah, sad i know!)
11. It Aint Me babe - Phoenix and Witherspoon. I love this song and its the point in the film when you realise just how strong Cash's and Carter's feelings are for each other.
12. Home of the Blues - Phoenix. A good old country/blues song
13. Milk Cow Blues - Hilton. A great one to dance and clap your hands to!
14. I'm a Long Way from Home - Shooter Jennings. A slow, soulful song.
15. Cocaine Blues - Phoenix. I loved this one in the film and glad to have the full version on cd as you only hear a part of it in the film. Another foor stomping tune.
16. Jackson - Phoenix and Witherspoon. I hadn't heard of this song before but I live it and it was while they were singing this song together that Cash (Phoenix) asked Carter (Witherspoon) to marry him.
I bought this cd in HMV for £14.99 which is expensive I know but wanted it too much! You can however, get it from Amazon from £5.27 and could probably pick up a copy from most shops (particularly the larger Tesco's and Asda's) for a reasonable price now as it has been available to buy for about a year.
The cd cover and inlay is fairly typical for a soundtrack cd. It does not contain any of the songwords but gives a description of credits to each song. Also has pictures from the film of Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix and of the great Johnny Cash himself.
One of the parts that I liked best about the inlay was 'A Fan's Notes' on the last page by David Wild who talks about the legends of Cash and Carter and the making of 'Walk the Line'. I'm not going to go into too much detail about what he says, but I will include the last paragraph as I thought it was a great description of why the film and the cd exists:
'This movie and this music stand not as any sort of replacement for the great Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, who are surely and rightly missed. Rather, it is offered as a vital, unflinching and finally loving tribute to a shared passion that burned within two people - and to a musical passion that changed American music for the better and forever'
I apologise for not providing you with more information but the film was a lot easier to review than the cd. I guess the main thing to say is that if you're not a fan of Country/Rock 'n' Roll style songs then I would steer clear of this cd unless you have seen the film but If you love a good foot tapper, something to sing and dance along to and maybe have something slightly different in your cd collection then you may like this cd.
Thanks for reading
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Get Rhythm - Joaquin Phoenix
2 I Walk The Line - Joaquin Phoenix
3 Wildwood Flower - Reese Witherspoon
4 Lewis Boogie Blues - Waylon Payne
5 Ring Of Fire - Joaquin Phoenix
6 Youre My Baby - Johnathan Rice
7 Cry Cry Cry - Joaquin Phoenix
8 Folsom Prison Blues - Joaquin Phoenix
9 Thats All Right -Tyler Hilton
10 Juke Box Blues - Reese Witherspoon
11 It Aint Me Babe - Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
12 Home of the Blues - Joaquin Phoenix
13 Milk Cow Blues - Tyler Hilton
14 Im A Long Way From Home - Shooter Jennings
15 Cocaine Blues - Joaquin Phoenix
16 Jackson -- Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon