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Full List Of All The Songs Featured In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
September 19, 2012 2:59 PM
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With "The Master" now open in limited release and hitting more cities in the coming weeks, talk about what the film is (a raw portrait of the hunger and pain of finding meaning in one's life) and isn't (an expose on Scientology) will continue for Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film. And one of those talking points will also be the excellent soundtrack, which, in addition to Jonny Greenwood's avant score, also features a very good helping of big band and jazz/pop standards. And while the official soundtrack release is mostly centered on the composer's works, we've got our hands on the full list of tunes in the movie.

Indeed, it's a pretty canny move by PTA to blend songs that are (more or less) from the era with Greenwood's work, as it adds another textural layer that keeps audiences off balance during what is already a delightfully off-kilter picture. The songs gently offer insight to the plot and characters at various points throughout the film, so here's a bit of a warning: there are mild spoilers in the list of songs below, particularly when it comes to one song near the end that you might be best going in cold to experience.

Otherwise, if you have seen the movie, here's everything that caught your ear. Samples below including Greenwood's astounding "Baton Sparks." 

"The Master" Complete Tracklist

"Baton Sparks" from "48 Responses To Plymorphia" - Jonny Greenwood
"Get Thee Behind Me Satan" - Ella Fitzgerald
"Dahil Sa Iyo"- written by Miguel Velarde Jr.
"Sweet Sue, Just You" - Noro Morales
"Overtones" - Jonny Greenwood
"You Go To My Head" - Larry Clinton & His Orchestra
"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" - Madisen Beaty
"Dancers In Love" - Duke Ellington
"Lotus Blossom" - Duke Ellington
"I'll Go No More A-Roving" - Philip Seymour Hoffman
"Children Of The Family" - Eban Schletter
"Celebration Solitaire" - Eban Schletter
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" - Melora Walters
"No Other Love" - Jo Stafford
"The Deep Boo Sea" - written by Winston Sharples
"On A Slow Boat To China" - Philip Seymour Hoffman
"Changing Partners" - Helen Forrest

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9 Comments

  • Tom | February 8, 2014 2:39 AMReply

    Thanks for the list. Do you know what the bossa nova song was on the Masters party boat when Freddie stows away?

  • charles | April 18, 2014 11:44 PM

    Sweet Sue, Just You
    Nono Morales

  • Helya | November 4, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    Thanks

  • Joe Zakko | September 20, 2012 1:56 PMReply

    where is able-bodied seaman?

  • lenij | September 20, 2012 5:23 AMReply

    Wow, PTA included a classic Kundiman song.

  • Lee | September 19, 2012 11:10 PMReply

    the way you said "...there are mild spoilers in the list of songs below..." IS in fact the true spoilers. oh well.

  • Lee | September 19, 2012 11:42 PM

    I know Kev, I don't blame you. Just wanna comment that. Sorry.

  • Kevin | September 19, 2012 11:15 PM

    People complain if I don't warn if there are spoilers, or if I do. Can't win.

  • Edward Davis | September 19, 2012 3:20 PMReply

    Pretty sure we wrote "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" first and then told Ella Fitzgerald about it in a past life.

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