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Vinyl, Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack, December 4, 2001
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Tragically not one, but two of the most memorable ambient score pieces from the film are omitted from this soundtrack. To get your hands on 'Memory Gospel' by Moby, you'll need to pick up his compilation album by titled 'Play: The B Sides'. That is the unofficial "Ali theme" song you hear when Ali's fight turns around against Liston. Why this isn't on any of the Ali soundtrack releases, including the score, is presumably for business reasons only Moby and and Columbia Pictures are privy to. To get your hands on 'Set Me Free' by Dungeon East & Whild Peach, you'll need to pick up the Ali 'Score' which was released in 2002. This was the one other track that seemed "Ali-esque" enough to remember long after I had seen the movie.
It's unfortunate that arguably the best two mood pieces aren't included in this official OST, and that buyers are forced to find them elsewhere. Interscope and Columbia lose some favor points by not denoting that somewhere in the packaging or in the OST advertising.
If you were ever a fan of the old jamming and grooving R&B of the 60s-70s (like Sam & Dave, Booker T and the MGs, ReRe, etc.) you must not miss this one. I intend to buy copies for other friend?s and relatives just to hear them groan with the agony of remembering ?the way back when, in the long ago?.
BTW, there are some newbies (well new to me) here too that are spectacular-like Ms Angie Stone and her $$-absolutely fantastic!!! Frankly I had stopped buying new music, preferring to try to find a turntable to dust off, but I will be on the lookout hence forth for some of these newer artist that have definitely picked up the FUNK!
So you have been warned, if you only like R & B, stay clear of this. If you like soul music, you will want to pick this up, but I will add that it is not perfect.
* Totally Liked the CD, tuning in that 85% of the songs again was surprising to listen to.
* This particular CD has no problems with my recommendations, especially if you are a fan of "Al Green". First time I had heard him in Live Concert singing "Change is Gonna Come".
This album features two of the most promising soul artists of our time (Bilal and Alicia Keys - believe the hype) and legends of the past (Aretha Franklin and Al Green) offering some of the most emotionally charged music around. With very few exceptions (the Everlast song comes to mind) the entire album has the sound of classic late 60's soul.
Keys' song, Fight, probably was written specifically for this project. It doesn't get bogged down with boxing cliches (which, in part, ruin the two R. Kelly songs and the Everlast song). It is a powerful song about how much a woman is willing to fight for a man's love. It is as good, if not better, than everything found on her album but with an old school feel to it, which fits nicely with the overall tone of the album.
Bilal's song, Sometimes, is one of the most honest self-reflective songs I have ever heard. The first half of the song is written as a reflection as to what he would like to change about himself, and the second half turns to what he would like to change about his relationships. His powerful voice is part D'Angelo, part Prince, but all soul - and very unique. One listen to this tune will have listeners running to check out his album.
The other highlights are Al Green's stirring live rendition of Sam Cooke's classic, A Change is Gonna Come, Aretha Franklin belting out her frustration with her man on Ain't No Way, and two wonderful songs by acts I've never heard of For Your Precious Love and Mistreated.Read more ›
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