The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

I haven’t seen The Great Gatsby yet (although everyone I know who’s seen it has raved about it), but I have listened to the soundtrack and I would go to the cinema for that alone.

Because just as The Great Gatsby (or indeed any Baz Luhrmann creation) is no ordinary film, this is no ordinary soundtrack.

It apparently took Jay Z and Luhrmann two years to put it together, commissioning new songs from the likes of Lana Del Rey, the xx, Florence and The Machine and Jay Z himself to complement some classic covers, with for instance Beyonce covering Amy Whitehouse’s Back To Black and Emeli Sande covering Beyonce’s Crazy In Love.

All of which is music to my ears, as regular readers will know that I’m a massive fan of all of the above.

The motivation was apparently not to try to replicate the sounds of the Jazz Era so much as to create a modern equivalent that would engender the same excitement, danger, immediacy and (presumably) sense of hedonism of the 1920s.

It's hard to say without having seen the film to what degree this is successful - and we shouldn't forget that it was distaste for the excesses of the age that motivated F Scott Fitzgerald to create the character of Jay Gatsby - but as a collection of music, it is brilliant.