The Sheltering Sky (soundtrack)

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The Sheltering Sky
Soundtrack album by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Released 1990 (1990)
Genre Film score, spoken word
Length 55:08
Label Virgin Records
Producer Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto chronology
The Sheltering Sky
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Sheltering Sky is the original soundtrack to the 1990 film The Sheltering Sky (based on a novel by Paul Bowles) starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich. The original score was composed primarily by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The album won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the LAFCA Award for Best Music.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "The Sacred Koran" Ibrahim Canakkeleli, Fevsi Misir, Yusuf Gebzeli, Aziz Bahriyeli 0:40
2. "The Sheltering Sky Theme" Ryuichi Sakamoto 5:19
3. "Belly" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:27
4. "Port's Composition" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:23
5. "On The Bed (Dream)" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:37
6. "Loneliness" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:30
7. "On The Hill" Ryuichi Sakamoto 6:10
8. "Kyoto" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:04
9. "Cemetery" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:25
10. "Dying" Ryuichi Sakamoto 3:30
11. "Market" Ryuichi Sakamoto 1:42
12. "Grand Hotel" Ryuichi Sakamoto 2:06
13. "The Sheltering Sky Theme (Piano Version)" Ryuichi Sakamoto 4:16
14. "Je Chante" Charles Trenet 2:44
15. "Midnight Sun" Lionel Hampton, Sonny Burke, Johnny Mercer 3:14
16. "Fever Ride" Richard Horowitz Avec Nizar Ismael 3:50
17. "Chant Avec Cithare" Burundi traditional 0:44
18. "Marnia's Tent" Richard Horowitz 3:02
19. "Goulov Limma" Cheba Zahouania 5:47
20. "Happy Bus Ride" (Features Tunisie chants and rhythms) Zarzis 1:41
21. "Night Train" (Features Moroccan woman's voices recorded in 1955 by Paul Bowles) Richard Horowitz 1:57

LP edition[edit]

Vinyl edition has two additional tracks which are not included in CD release:

  1. Side B; 1. "Louange Au Prophete" (performed by Houria Aichi. Flute: Said Missia)
  2. Side B; 10. "Guedra" (performed by The Awash of Ouarzazate. Composed by Lanchen Zinoun)



  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "The Sheltering Sky (Original Soundtrack)". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Winners & Nominees 1991". Golden Globes. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ "16th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards". LAFCA. Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
Preceded by
The Little Mermaid
Golden Globe for Best Original Score
Succeeded by
Beauty and the Beast