Friday, August 29, 2014

Down in the Delta soundtrack: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

Sometimes when a record company/executive producer tries to combine two different artists from different musical genres to accompany a movie, it is usually a recipe for disaster. This isn't the case with Down in the Delta, the soundtrack to the movie of the same name starring Alfre Woodard.

Featuring an international "who's who" in R'n'B, alternative, blues and jazz, it (like some other soundtracks) goes  hand-in-hand with the movie. Hearing D'Angelo singing "Heaven Must Be Like This" make you wish you could see how heaven is. "Patchwork Quilt" by Sweet Honey in the Rock is another highlight, so sweet yet so haunting. "If Ever" by Stevie Wonder reminds you of  nice summer's day and everything is well. Luther's contribution "Only Human" is also another winner making it mellow yet seductive.

"One of the best things about multiartist soundtracks is the opportunity for creative pairings that otherwise might not happen. It's also common that an abundance of superior talent won't necessarily yield spectacular results. It works both ways here." -- USA Today

1. Believe In Love - Sunday
2. God's Stepchild - Janet
3. Heaven Must Be Like This - D'Angelo
4. If Ever - Stevie Wonder
5. Where Would I Be - The Leverts
6. I'm Only Human - Luther Vandros/Cassandra Wilson/Bob James
7. Just A Little Luv - Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men
8. We Belong Together - Tony Thompson And Antoinette
9. Don't Talk 2 Strangers - Chaka Khan
10. Let It Go - Jazzyfatnastees/The Roots
11. My Soul Don't Dream - Me'shell N'degocello/Keb'Mo'
12. Uh Uh Ooh Ooh Look Out Here It Comes - Ashford & Simpsons
13. Don't Let Nuthin' Keep You Down - Sounds Of Blackness
14. Family (Score) - Stanley Clark
15. The Rain - Tracie Spencer
16. Patchwork Quilt - Sweet Honey In The Rock

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Fisher King: Original Motion Picture by George Fenton

This is my tribute to the late Robin Williams. One of his more eccentric and maybe underrated roles and a soundtrack to match.

"Well, maybe Pinocchio's not a true story", like Jeff Bridges/Jack Lucas says in one of the scenes, but this is the fine soundtrack album for one of the finest movies of the 90s. It has it all: the original score by maestro George Fenton, the pop numbers from the era, some standards from the past and even some bits from the original dialogues! Also you can enjoy actors Williams and Jeters performing two tracks. If you loved the movie, you'll love the album and if you're a fan of Terry Gilliam's,..well, say no more!

1. Intro: The Jack Lucas Radio Show - Jeff Bridges
2. Chill Out Jack - Trip
3. Pet Peeves - Jeff Bridges/Caroline Cromelin
4. I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee
5. Sunrise Confession - Jeff Bridges/Christian Clemenson
6. The Power/Sign Off - Chill Rob G/Jeff Bridges
7. I Wish I Knew - John Coltrane
8. How About You - Harry Nilsson
9. The Grand Central Waltz - George Fenton
10. The Story Of The Fisher King - George Fenton
11. Jack Meets Perry - George Fenton
12. Everything's Coming Up Videos ('Some People/Rose's Turn') - Michael Jeter
13. An Evening Out (Includes 'Lydia The Tatooed Lady') - George Fenton/Robin Williams
14. Quest For The Grail - George Fenton
15. The Red Knight Suite - George Fenton
16. How About You (Swing Version) - George Fenton