Originally released to accompany the much-acclaimed motion picture in 2001, the soundtrack’s new edition will be released on 6 October 2017. In addition to its standard black-vinyl release, the anniversary LP will also be released in a limited colored-vinyl edition that will be available exclusively through the online retailer, uDiscover.
The film, a modern classic, is widely regarded as a reinvention of the film musical. Before the popularization of the mash-up, the ‘Elephant Love Medley’ brought together a distillation of the twentieth century’s great songs into an argument-in-song between the Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. ‘Lady Marmalade’ created a one-time-only super group. The album purposefully brought together an eclectic cross-section of artists and music creators to make a definitive musical statement at the dawn of the new millennium. Where else can one hear the likes of Bono, Rufus Wainwright, Beck, David Bowie, Jose Feliciano, and Fatboy Slim all joining in a unified musical gesture?
Says Baz Lurhmann of Moulin Rouge!: “We wanted to celebrate the great songs of the twentieth century as a lens through which to view the world of the turn-of-the-century Paris Belle Epoque, while remaining visceral and relevant to the audience watching the film in 2001.”
The album is best known for its first single, ‘Lady Marmalade,’ re-recorded by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk, produced by Missy Elliott and writing partner Rockwilder, with the lyrics transposing the original location from New Orleans to the title Paris nightclub. ‘Lady Marmalade’ reached No 1 in its eighth week on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, spending five weeks at the top of the chart, the third airplay-only song in Billboard chart history to hit No 1 without being released as a commercially available single.
The soundtrack album debuted at No 5 and peaked at No 3 on the Billboard 200, while topping the charts in Australia and New Zealand. It eventually reached No 1 on the Top Soundtracks chart and was certified in April, 2002, double-platinum.
The song earned a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film, along with nominations for Best Dance Video, Best Pop Video, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction. The album was Grammy-nominated in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Luhrmann (along with music supervisor Anton Monsted, under the music production pseudonym BLAM), is a co-producer on cast recordings on the album. Luhrmann, along with music director Marius DeVries, oversaw all of the cast recordings for the film during pre-production.
The album includes Beck’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ and Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer’s take on T. Rex’s ‘Children of the Revolution,’ among the highlights. Other tracks include Ewan McGregor and Alessandro Safina’s take on Elton John’s ‘Your Song,’ Nicole Kidman and McGregor’s love song, ‘Come What May,’ originally composed by David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert for Luhrmann’s previous film, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, but first heard here.
The standard double vinyl and limited coloured vinyl editions of Moulin Rouge! will be released on 6 October. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and order here.
Moulin Rouge! Disc One:
‘Nature Boy’ – David Bowie
‘Lady Marmalade’ – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk
‘Because We Can’ – Fatboy Slim
‘Sparkling Diamonds’ – Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Lara Mulcahy, Caroline O’Connor
‘Rhythm of the Night’ – Valeria
‘Your Song’ – Ewan McGregor, Alessandro Safino
‘Children of the Revolution’ – Bono, Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer
‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ – Nicole Kidman
Moulin Rouge! Disc Two:
‘Diamond Dogs’ – Beck
‘Elephant Love Medley’ -Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jamie Allen
‘Come What May’ -Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
‘El Tango De Roxanne’ – Jose Feliciano, Ewan McGregor, Jacek Koman
‘Complainte De La Butte’ – Rufus Wainwright
‘Hindi Sad Diamonds’ – John Leguizamo,Nicole Kidman, Alka Yagnik
‘Nature Boy’ – David Bowie, Massive Attack