The Last Emperor (album)

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The Last Emperor
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Soundtrack album by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne & Cong Su
Released December 8, 1987
Recorded
Genre Soundtrack
Length 50:17
Label Virgin Records
Producer Ryuichi Sakamoto
David Bryne
Ryuichi Sakamoto chronology
Neo Geo
(1987)
The Last Emperor
(1987)
Beauty
(1989)
David Byrne chronology
Sounds from True Stories
(1986)
The Last Emperor
(1987)
Rei Momo
(1989)

The Last Emperor is the soundtrack album for the movie of the same name. It features nine songs composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, five by David Byrne, one from Cong Su, and a few incidental pieces of source music. The album won the Best Original Score award at the 1987 Academy Awards.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "First Coronation"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:46
2. "Open the Door"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 2:54
3. "Where Is Armo?"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 2:26
4. "Picking Up Brides"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 2:39
5. "The Last Emperor – Theme Variation 1"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 2:19
6. "Rain (I Want a Divorce)"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:49
7. "The Baby (Was Born Dead)"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 0:55
8. "The Last Emperor – Theme Variation 2"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 4:28
9. "The Last Emperor – Theme"   Ryuichi Sakamoto 5:54
10. "Main Title Theme (The Last Emperor)"   David Byrne 4:01
11. "Picking a Bride"   David Byrne 2:00
12. "Bed"   David Byrne 5:00
13. "Wind, Rain, and Water"   David Byrne 2:18
14. "Paper Emperor"   David Byrne 1:49
15. "Lunch"   Cong Su 4:54
16. "Red Guard"   The Red Guard Accordion Band 1:20
17. "The Emperor's Waltz"   The Ball Orchestra of Vienna 3:06
18. "The Red Guard Dance"   The Girls Red Guard Dancers 0:39

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 152

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 60th Academy Awards - 1988". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ryuichi Sakamoto - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2016.