'Brokeback Mountain' Soundtrack Saddles Up for Dance Floor
Main Theme Gets Dance Treatment by Top DJs
(BI) Susanna Daniel
NEW YORK, March 13 -- Gustavo Santaolalla's Academy Award-winning score for the breakthrough American love story, Brokeback Mountain, is getting the dance floor treatment by some of the world's top DJs.
The haunting, guitar-driven score's centerpiece track, "The Wings," has been reworked into three sweeping dance epics by Gabriel & Dresden, Manny Lehman, Tony Moran and Warren Rigg.
Remixes were shipped to major dance club DJs last week and they debut at #1 on Billboard's "Breakout" Hot Dance Club Play chart this week.
The "Brokeback Mountain" soundtrack continues to gather momentum in conjunction with the heavily-honored, groundbreaking film.
More than 300,000 copies have been shipped worldwide and approximately 100,000 have been scanned in the U.S.
The album was #1 on the iTunes Top 100 following its win for Best Song at this year's Golden Globes for A Love That Will Never Grown Old, performed by Emmylou Harris and written by soundtrack mastermind Gustavo Santaolalla with famed lyricist Bernie Taupin.
That same week, the album was #1 on the Amazon Music Chart and #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack Chart. Over 60,000 digital tracks from the soundtrack sold within its first two weeks of release.
The remixers (who were chosen by Ambach-Caplin and Claudia Cuseta at Maxi Promotions) have taken Santaolalla's main theme and created three vastly different versions, each with something to please the most discerning club music fan.
Classically-trained arrangers, Gabriel & Dresden, give the song a lengthy progressive house reworking that honors the heartbreaking, emotional core of the score.
The "Collaboration Mix" by Manny Lehman, Tony Moran and Warren Rigg, lushly reproduces the song into a Balearic house mix.
Manny Lehman's remix takes a more hard-hitting, tribal approach, and is primed for peak-hour "big room" consumption.
A commercial release for the remixes is expected on April 11.