16 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As per most Woody Allen films, 2011’s Midnight in Paris was scored with vintage recordings from the '20s and '30s, as well as modern-day musicians covering some of those old tunes. When blended, it makes for a beautifully assembled collection. The clarinet and soprano saxophone stylings of the late, great Sidney Joseph Bechet set the tone with “Si tu vois ma mere,” a simmering slice of old New Orleans jazz wrapped in Parisian elegance. Anyone who’s seen Wild Man Blues understands Allen’s deep love for this specific genre; Conal Fowkes from The Woody Allen Band lends his timeless voice to Cole Porter’s “Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love),” inflecting almost exactly like Porter sang it on the late-'20s 78 rpm vinyl recording. Actor Yves Heck played Porter in the film, so Fowkes also covers “You’ve Got That Thing” and “You Do Something To Me”—also apt recreations of the originals. But the brightest gems here are the original recordings in their scratchy, hissing fidelity. Josephine Baker’s “La conga blicoti” is a welcome time portal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As per most Woody Allen films, 2011’s Midnight in Paris was scored with vintage recordings from the '20s and '30s, as well as modern-day musicians covering some of those old tunes. When blended, it makes for a beautifully assembled collection. The clarinet and soprano saxophone stylings of the late, great Sidney Joseph Bechet set the tone with “Si tu vois ma mere,” a simmering slice of old New Orleans jazz wrapped in Parisian elegance. Anyone who’s seen Wild Man Blues understands Allen’s deep love for this specific genre; Conal Fowkes from The Woody Allen Band lends his timeless voice to Cole Porter’s “Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love),” inflecting almost exactly like Porter sang it on the late-'20s 78 rpm vinyl recording. Actor Yves Heck played Porter in the film, so Fowkes also covers “You’ve Got That Thing” and “You Do Something To Me”—also apt recreations of the originals. But the brightest gems here are the original recordings in their scratchy, hissing fidelity. Josephine Baker’s “La conga blicoti” is a welcome time portal.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
469 Ratings

469 Ratings

Lenamaire ,

Midnight in Paris

Oui la la, fantastic, Woody does it again and sets the atmosphere. The era is early Paris, the champagne is flowing, and the the club is filled with jazz. Fun, upbeat, especially Josephine Bakers, "Conga". Si tu vois ma mere, is my favorite, it transports me back in time. Excellent movie, I need to buy it next.
Lynn Marie

Clinical IT ,

Great movie and soundtrack

When I saw the film I immediately wanted the soundtrack. Since it wasn't out yet, I cobbled together the songs from here and there. It's very nice to now have them in the official soundtrack. - By itself, the soundtrack is pretty strong...once you've seen the movie, though, the soundtrack reaches a whole other level.

dakind50 ,

Stephane Wrembel's Bistro Fada, is the song of the summer!

I am so glad this movie finally has a sound track!! The best thing (besides the film) was that it put the music of Stephane Wrembel in my life. After hearing the films theme "Bistro Fada" I just had to check out his other albums and they did not dissappoint. He plays with purpose, virtuosity and fun. Thank you so much Mr. Allen for putting Stephane out there for the world to hear! I can't wait to see him on tour this January!

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