Cat Power, Ry Cooder and Mavis Staples all appear on Blue Note OST
To Wong Kar Wei‘s first English-language film My Blueberry Nights’ soundtrack is to feature songs by Ry Cooder, Cat Power and Mavis Staples.
A collaboration between Parlophone and Blue Note Records, the soundtrack also features a brand new track ‘The Story’ by Norah Jones who also stars alongside Jude Law and Natalie Portman in the film.
Jones wrote the new track about her experiences of filming My Blueberry Nights, even though it was originally agreed that she was to concentrate on her acting. Jones also found time to record her number one, 4 million selling, album ‘Not Too Late, her third record for Blue Note.
“He [Kar Wei] asked if I had any songs that would go with the soundtrack, and actually there was this song I wrote one morning at 6 a.m. after we had finished shooting in New York City, and I came home and I wasn’t tired yet,” Jones explains about writing the film’s opening track.
“I went into my piano room which faces east and I watched the sun come up. It was so beautiful. I wrote that song that morning, very quickly, it just kind of came out. And then when he asked if I had any songs to contribute, that song made sense because it definitely was influenced by my experience in the film.”
*Optimum will release My Blueberry Nights in UK cinemas on February 22.
*Parlophone/Blue Note release the soundtrack on February 25.
The My Blueberry Nights Soundtrack full tracklisting is:
‘The Story’ (Norah Jones) – Performed by Norah Jones
‘Living Proof’ (Chan Marshall) – Performed by Cat Power
‘Ely Nevada’ (R.Cooder-J.Cooder) – Performed by Ry Cooder
‘Try A Little Tenderness’ (Campbell-Connelly-Woods) – Performed by Otis Redding
‘Looking Back’ (Benton-Otis) – Performed by Ruth Brown
‘Long Ride’ (R.Cooder-J.Cooder) – Performed by Ry Cooder
‘Eyes on the Prize’ (Traditional arr. Cooder-Staples)- Performed by Mavis Staples
‘Yumeji’s Theme’ (Shigeru Umebayashi) – Performed by Chikara Tsuzuki
‘Skipping Stone’ (Amos Lee) – Performed by Amos Lee
‘Bus Ride’ (Martin Pradler) – Performed by Ry Cooder
‘Harvest Moon’ (Neil Young) – Performed by Cassandra Wilson
‘Devil’s Highway’ (Cooder-Commagere-Smith-Messelbeck) – Performed by Hello Stranger
‘Pajaros’ (Gustavo Santaolalla) – Performed by Gustavo Santaolalla
‘The Greatest’ (Chan Marshall) – Performed by Cat Power