Director Michael Mann is known for modifying moods through music, particularly in urban settings. There were all those rain-slicked tracking shots in Miami Vice, for example, accompanied by Phil Collins and Dire Straits. For 1995's Heat it was Moby, Lisa Gerrard, and Kronos Quartet, all contributing pieces that heightened the film's dense, psychological air. And for Mann's return to the crime caper genre in 2004's Collateral, it's a stellar mixed bag of gripping, tense instrumentals and evocative, sonically varied artist contributions. Producer Tom Rothrock gets things rolling in a Mann-ish direction with "Briefcase" -- the track throbs like a power cable buried under a city street. Score excerpts from James Newton Howard and City of God composer Antonio Pinto are equally powerful, offering a mix of knives glinting in shadows (Pinto's "Car Crash") and serviceable chase scene dynamics (the Howard piece "Vincent Hops Train"). Latin-flavored selections by Calexico and Green Car Motel hint at the film's traverse through L.A.'s ethnic patchwork, there's a lovely excerpt from Miles Davis' Bitches Brew classic "Spanish Key," and the Roots with Cody ChesnuTT offer some streetwise, vibey soul with "The Seed (2.0)." The only misstep here is a noneventful remix of Oakenfold's "Ready Steady Go." Its substance-less big beat thump feels like 21st century soundtrack filler; in fact, it fits better with Oakenfold's work on Swordfish. Sequence out "Ready Steady," and Collateral is comparable to Mann's greatest meetings of music and film.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498634691
catalogNumber: 000325902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richie Havens   Vocals
Jimmy Wood   Harp

Technical Credits

Richie Havens   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer
Paul Oakenfold   Composer,Producer
John Avila   Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Joey Burns   Composer,Producer
Cisco DeLuna   Composer,Producer
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Michael Farrow   Engineer
Michael Mann   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
John Paterno   Engineer
Tom Rothrock   Composer,Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
John Convertino   Producer
Kathy Nelson   Producer
Rick Garcia   Composer
Craig Schumacher   Producer,Engineer
Carlos Martínez   Engineer
Johannes Wohlleben   Engineer
Groove Armada   Producer
?uestlove   Producer
Tariq Trotter   Composer
Jim Weidman   Producer
Andy Cato   Composer
Ryan Rogers   Art Direction
Tom Findlay   Composer
Cody ChesnuTT   Composer,Producer
Audioslave   Composer
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Mike Tarantino   Engineer
Kilian Forster   Arranger
Tobias Forster   Arranger
Tim Hahn   Arranger
Lenny Wohl   Music Business Affairs
Andy Gray   Composer
Antonio Pinto   Composer
Rene Reyes   Composer

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