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Cars, The Soundtrack

In my never-ending quest to the hinter lands of cable television, I came across the animated flick Cars last night. Because I was exhausted from my first ambulatory week and my boot transition, I fell asleep early into the production. However, through the magic of cable DVR, I was able to catch the remainder of the movie this morning.

Cars is a delightful tale of Lightning McQueen, a cute little red race car rookie who ends up in a Doc Hollywood plot when his 18-wheeler accidentally abandons him in the middle of the desert (Radiator Springs) on Route 66. Owen Wilson voices the lead character and is joined by Paul Newman, Michael Keaton, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, George Carlin and Larry the Cable Guy, among others. The animation is reminiscent of the Chevron cars from a few years back and the plot is simply charming. It’s a genuinely entertaining movie for those of all ages and I found the music of the soundtrack particularly interesting. Some of my most favorite musical artists are on this soundtrack.

The first song on the soundtrack is Real Gone, sung by Sheryl Crow:

As Lightning and Mack head west, the strains of Chuck Berry’s Route 66 accompany the desert scenery. This soundtrack actually includes two versions of Route 66, with the more rockin’ version coming from John Mayer.

Yes. John Mayer. Who knew?

While doing his community service in Radiator Springs, he’s invited to go on a drive by Carrera Sally to Rascal Flatt’s fun Life is a Highway:

Shrew will enjoy this wonderfully twangy selection of Behind the Clouds by Brad Paisley:

Even the wonderful James Taylor makes an appearance with Our Town, lamenting the changes to Radiator Springs since the Interstate took travelers away from the dusty desert towns on Route 66 for time and convenience sake.

One of my favorites on the soundtrack is Sh-Boom by The Chords. I love this music.

 

The soundtrack rounds out with Find Yourself, again by Brad Paisley.

 

There are numerous scores and even Hank Williams’ My Heart Would Know included on this thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. While I don’t have little kids anymore, I still like to watch these wonderful Pixar animations….particularly when I’m searching the hinter lands of cable TV.

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Posted by on July 7, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks

 

Shrektacular

Some lighter fare before more music biz fodder.

Here’s Part Deux of Shrekology.

I really don’t care for sequels because they just never seem to reach the heights of the original blockbuster movie. However, every so often a sequel actually lives up to it’s potential. Of course, Shrek 2 is largely “made” by one rockin’ cat — literally.

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Puss, Puss in Boots played by the wonderfully funny and absofreakin’lutely sexay, Antonio Banderas. I must admit, I thought Antonio was a wee bit shallow and boy toy with the whole Melanie Griffith thing, but I was wrong. Lerve him. And how completely wonderful is he, here, doing These Boots are Made for Walkin’?

Banderas brought a new and exciting character to the Shrek franchise that was fun and extremely entertaining (particularly for cat “people” who get the cat subtelties). Here’s Puss (Antonio) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) jammin’ on Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca:

Love the Big Bad Wolf on mandolin….the subtleties are masterful.

Even our old friend, Bonnie Tyler, is used to per-FECK-shun with Jennifer Saunders singing Holding Out for a Hero.

The Shrek 2 soundtrack sold 1.2 million CDs. Here is the track listing:

  1. Accidentally in Love” performed by Counting Crows – 3:08
  2. Holding Out for a Hero” performed by Emery & Frou Frou – 3:22
  3. Changes” performed by Butterfly Boucher & David Bowie – 3:22
  4. “As Lovers Go” performed by Dashboard Confessional – 3:29
  5. Funkytown” performed by Lipps Incorporated – 3:59
  6. “I’m on My Way” performed by Rich Price – 3:21
  7. “I Need Some Sleep” performed by Eels – 2:28
  8. Ever Fallen in Love?” performed by Pete Yorn – 2:32
  9. “Little Drop of Poison” performed by Tom Waits – 3:11
  10. “You’re So True” performed by Joseph Arthur – 3:55
  11. “People Ain’t No Good” performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – 5:39
  12. “Fairy Godmother Song” performed by Celine Dion – 1:52
  13. Livin’ La Vida Loca” performed by Antonio Banderas & Eddie Murphy – 3:29
  14. Holding Out for a Hero” performed by Celine Dion – 3:56 (Bonus Track)

And, of course, the DVD provides another “extra”. This time, it provides Far, Far Away Idol complete with Simon Cowell as guest judge. Forgive the Russian subtitles, it’s the only quality version I could find on YouTube, but it’s well worth watching.

Brilliant!

A preview of the Shrek 3 Soundtrack still to come….

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks

 

The Blues Brothers

Mr. D received one of the BEST presents he’s ever been given, this weekend. #2 son came to visit and brought along a belated birthday present for Mr. D. Knowing that his father is a big Blues Brothers’ fan and the fact that he’s asked specifically for it for about four years, #2 managed to get a “relation” to paint this wonderful painting.

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The artist is Tony Mose. We are extremely excited to now have a one-of-a-kind commissioned painting by Tony. Of course, #2 just moved way up on the inheritance scale. In recognition of our wonderful new art and Mr. D’s mini-obsession, here’s a dossier on The Blues Brothers.

First, if you haven’t watched this movie lately, do yourself a favor and rent it this week. Of course, the story line is totally irrelevant but the music is in a word….superb. So many great artists and so many great scenes. The “Bluesmobile” is particularly memorable.

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As we follow Jake and Elwood on their “mission from God” to save St. Helen of The Blessed Shroud for “The Penguin”, we get to visit with Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and the Godfather of Soul hisself, James Brown and be thoroughly entertained by some of the funniest scenes of any movie.

I especially enjoy the “Rawhide” Scene:

as well as this beauty towards the end:

The movie ended up spawning a hit album for Jake and Elwood Blues, titled Briefcase Full of Blues.

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Track Listing:

  1. “Opening: I Can’t Turn You Loose” (Redding) – 1:50
  2. “Hey Bartender” (Dixon) – 3:01
  3. “Messin’ With the Kid” (London) – 3:35
    • Originally by Junior Wells
  4. “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” (Walsh) – 2:50
    • Originally recorded by Toronto’s Downchild Blues Band
  5. “Rubber Biscuit” (Johnson, Levy) – 2:57
    • Originally recorded by The Chips
  6. “Shot Gun Blues” (Walsh) – 5:23
    • Also by Downchild Blues Band
  7. “Groove Me” (Floyd) – 3:46
  8. “I Don’t Know” (Mabon) – 4:14
  9. “Soul Man” (Hayes, Porter) – 3:28
  10. “‘B’ Movie Box Car Blues” (McClinton) – 4:08
  11. “Flip, Flop & Fly” (Calhoun, Turner) – 3:38
  12. “Closing: I Can’t Turn You Loose” (Redding) – 0:51

Although not shown in the movie, Rubber Biscuit became a much loved Blues Brothers’ hit.

and, here’s a rare “live” performance of The Blues Brothers shortly before Belushi’s death in 1980 :

Ackroyd sure blows a mean harp….The Blues Brothers are one of those engimatic symbols of a “time” and a generation. I think it’s summed up best by the Blues Brothers themselves….

Good. Stuff.

 
 

Shrekalicious!

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Every once in a while, there’s a movie that changes the landscape. One such movie, is the Shrek series – one of my FAVORITES! Shrek forever changed animated films and fairytales. It’s virtually impossible now for Disney to create a classic fairy tale movie like Cinderella or Snow White, as folks would constantly be wondering “where’s the beef” and expecting pop culture references as well as hip music and double entendres. Last Friday, Shrek the Third opened in movie theatres and took in $122 million, breaking the record for an animation film.

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The Shrek formula has worked brilliantly. It attracts children of all ages with the animation, the story and a bit of juvenile humor; while attracting parents of these children with sub-adult jokes that only the adults “get”. This installment brings more of our favorite characters: Shrek & Fiona, Donkey, and my favorite, Puss — in boots. They are joined by Justin Timberlake as “Cousin Artie”, a play on King Arthur. I won’t give away the plot but looks like there’s plenty of room for the wonderful subtle humor that we’ve seen in previous Shrek pictures.

 

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And, Mike Myers is a genius. As if Austin Powers wasn’t enough, he brings us Shrek. While the Shrek movies are completely funny and entertaining, part of Shrek’s vast appeal is the use of music. So, in honor of Shrek the Third’s opening last Friday…..I give you Shrek, the Music.

Because of the wealth of information, I’m going to break this post up into three sections. The first will be the original Shrek movie soundtrack. What are your recollections of first seeing Shrek and of it’s different humor and wonderful choice of music?

SHREK – The Original — 2.4 million records sold

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“All Star”
(1999)
Performed by ‘Smash Mouth’
I love this song….

“On the Road Again”
(1976)
Written by ‘Willie Nelson’
Performed by ‘Eddie Murphy (I)’

“Friends”
(1969)
Performed by ‘Eddie Murphy (I)’

“Whipped Cream” — The Newlywed Game Theme
(1952)
Performed by ‘Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass’

“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”
(1975)
Written and Performed by ‘Rupert Holmes’

“My Beloved Monster”
(1996)
Performed by eels

“You Belong to Me” — sound familiar?
(1952)
Performed by ‘Jason Wade (II)’

“Hallelujah”
(1985)
Written by ‘Leonard Cohen (I)’
Performed by ‘John Cale’ but actually Rufus Wainwright version is used in the movie.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…..

“Try a Little Tenderness”
(1932)
Performed by ‘Eddie Murphy (I)’

“I’m a Believer” There is just something SOOO right about The Monkees
(1966)
Words and Music by ‘Neil Diamond’ who knew?
Performed by ‘Smash Mouth’

“Meditation”
(1963)
Performed by ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim’

“Welcome to Duloc”
(2001)

“Bad Reputation”
(1981)

Performed by ‘Joan Jett’

“I’m on My Way”
(1988)
Performed by ‘The Proclaimers’

“Merry Men”
(2001)
Performed by ‘Vincent Cassel’

“Stay Home”
(2001)
Performed by ‘Self’

“Best Years Of Our Lives”
Performed by ‘Baha Men’

“Like Wow!”
(2001)
Performed by ‘Leslie Carter’

“It Is You (I Have Loved)”
(2001)
Performed by ‘Dana Glover (I)’

Added Bonus…..Shrek’s Karaoke Dance Party

Isn’t that ending familiar? Seems as though I’ve heard that somewhere……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks

 

A Star is Born

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Ok, so here’s the deal. This site is intended to talk music. Various aspects of music, old and new, as well as the music business. It’ll be updated as I have time and inclination. Hope you join me for some music appreciation and introspection and maybe even a few laughs.

To kick things off, let’s take a look at that fantastic Soundtrack “A Star is Born”.

One of the first “musical” movies I ever experienced, A Star is Born, was a diversion during a summer visit to my grandfather and his wife…yes, my step-grandmother. She had grandkids (my step-cousins) who were a little older and a LOT cooler than me. Thankfully, they took me in and treated me kindly. Two of them took me with them to see Streisand and Kristofferson on a HOT summer day in 1976, between our swimming at the local public pool and obscessing over Leif Garrett — hey, I was 12, OK? When we sat in the dark and dank theatre that was roughly 50 years old, complete with broken chair arms and sticky floors, the cool air was a welcomed respite from the humid air of that small South Louisiana town.

Shortly, I was mesmerized by Streisand’s compelling voice and the wonderfully raspy Kris Kristofferson. Rumor has it that he actually worked the oilfield in South Louisiana in the early ’60’s, therefore a sort of “home boy”. The music in this movie is so fitting and so natural that I rarely realized that the story was being played out in song. From Watch Closely Now to the finale of Evergreen, the songs of this movie draw you in and have you rockin’ along.

First, if you haven’t seen this movie, get thy self to Net Flix and order — pronto! You’ll thank the Music Maven, I promise. Second, the soundtrack is still available on iTunes, so check it out. I should mention that most of the songs on this soundtrack were penned by the prolific songwriter, Paul Williams. Shame that most people remember him as “Little Enus”.

Here’s the playlist….

Watch Closely Now

Queen Bee

Everything *

Lost Inside of You

Hellacious Acres*

Evergreen

The Woman in the Moon*

I Believe in Love*

Crippled Crow*

With One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now*

Evergreen Reprise

*denotes Music Maven favorite

Here is the classic, Evergreen….beautifully done sans over production:

Note:  Temporary music files deleted.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks