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The vibrant ‘60s are back in Guy Ritchie‘s latest film. The film sees America and Russia struggling to stay ahead of one another in the nuclear arms race, but when a third party comes into the picture, the two superpowers must join forces if they hope to eliminate the competition. The American cowboy Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) the Russia’s muscle Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are their respective nations’ top agents. Both work better alone, but they’re going to have to work together whether they like it or not.
Composer Daniel Pemberton sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the process of scoring the highly anticipated film.
“Music from the ‘60s was bold and striking, and our soundtrack needs to be just that while matching what you see on the screen,” said Pemberton. “In a Guy Ritchie movie there’s nowhere to hide. You’re in the forefront of the film the whole time.”
Pemberton revealed that he and Ritchie worked very closely on the soundtrack. “Either he likes something or he doesn’t, and if he doesn’t it’s going back to the drawing board,” Pemberton said. “But it was a good challenge. We pushed each other. He pushed me and I pushed him, but we had a great rapport working together.”
The soundtrack starts with Roberta Flack‘s “Compared to What,” and every original track afterward sounds like it came right out the 1960s with a modern flair. Pemberton revealed the secret was recording at Abbey Road’s Studio Two. They recorded the soundtrack using vintage equipment not to be retro or cool but “because it sounds different and I think that’s why it sounds authentic to the ‘60s.”
Pemberton is also hard at work on the biopic Steve Jobs. When asked what approach he would take for the intimate film, he replied, “It’s very different. … Let’s just say the Apple slogan ‘Think different’ has been applied to the score of this film.”
Check out Daniel Pemberton’s work from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with the songs “His Name Is Napoleon Solo,” “Mission Rome,” and his personal favorite “Bugs, Beats and Bowties.”
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. arrives in theaters on Aug. 14. The soundtrack is available now.
Here is the full track list for the album:
1. Compared To What – Roberta Flack?
2. Out Of The Garage?
3. His Name Is Napoleon Solo?
4. Escape From East Berlin?
5. Jimmy, Renda se – Tom Zé and Valdez?
6. Mission: Rome?
7. The Vinciguerra Affair?
8. Bugs, Beats and Bowties?
9. Cry To Me – Solomon Burke?
10. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days – Louis Prima?
11. Signori Toileto Italiano?
12. Breaking In (Searching The Factory)?
13. Breaking Out (The Cowboy Escapes)?
14. Che Vuole Questa Musica Stasera – Peppino Gagliardi?
15. Into The Lair (Betrayal Part I)?
16. Laced Drinks (Betrayal Part II)?
17. Il Mio Regno – Luigi Tenco?
18. Circular Story?
19. The Drums Of War?
20. Take You Down?
21. We Have Location?
22. A Last Drink?
23. Take Care Of Business – Nina Simone?
24. The Unfinished Kiss
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
25. The Red Mist?
26. The Switch?
Still on the fence about the movie? Watch the trailer.
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