Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack and the original score by Gustavo Santaolalla for the film, The Book of Life. The original film soundtrack is available now digitally and will be released on CD on October 27. The original score soundtrack is available digitally on October 21. The film has a distinctive Latin American blend of comedy, romance, fantasy and adventure – a combination that the music perfectly captures. The soundtrack is a mix of feel-good, catchy and touching songs, all of them newly recorded for this movie.
Between fast-paced, lively songs there are some quieter, emotional numbers. “I Love You Too Much” and “The Apology Song” were especially written for the film by Gustavo Santaolalla and Paul Williams. Santaolalla has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score, for his work on Babel and Brokeback Mountain. He composed music for the highly acclaimed movie August: Osage County, which was released by Sony Music Masterworks at the end of 2013. On the soundtrack of The Book of Life “The Apology Song” is sung enthusiastically by La Santa Cecilia, then reprised in a more soulful manner by Diego Luna, the Mexican actor who is the voice of the lead character Manolo in the film. Luna’s tender vocals also feature in “I Love You Too Much”. Both of these original new songs for The Book of Life come again at the end of the soundtrack in Spanish versions, recorded by Diego Luna.
The soundtrack also includes all-time favorites that every listener will recognize. The well-known Mexican melody “Cielito Lindo” also showcases the voice of the great tenor Plácido Domingo. The evergreen “Can't Help Falling In Love With You”, sung here by Diego Luna, was first performed by Elvis Presley in 1961 for the movie Blue Hawaii.
In its good humor and emotional appeal, this mix of new songs and old favorites, happy music and sentimental reflection, perfectly complements the changing moods of The Book of Life.
The Book of Life tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. For more information, please visit www.bookoflifemovie.com. The Book of Life will be in cinemas nationwide on October 17, 2014.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]