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Ali [Soundtrack]

Various Artists , Lisa Gerrard , Pieter Bourke Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: December 25, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00005REU8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The World's Greatest - R. Kelly
2. Fight - Alicia Keys
3. Hold On - R. Kelly
4. A Change Is Gonna Come - Al Green
5. Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin
6. Sometimes - Bilal
7. 20 Dollars - Angie Stone
8. For Your Precious Love - Truth Hurts
9. Bring It On Home To Me - David Elliot
10. E - Ali The Greatest-Everlast
11. Mistreated - Shawn Kane
12. Tomorrow - Salif Keita
13. All Along The Watchtower - Watchtower Four
14. Odessa - Martin Tillman
15. See The Sun - Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke

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Product Description

Tracks include: 1. The World's Greatest: R. Kelly 2. Fight: Alicia Keys 3. Hold On: R. Kelly 4. A Change Is Gonna Come: Al Green 5. Ain't No Way: Aretha Franklin 6. Sometimes: Bilal 7. 20 Dollars: Angie Stone 8. For Your Precious Love: Truth Hurts 9. Bring It On Home To Me: David Elliot 10. The Greatest: Everlast 11. Mistreated: Shawn Kane 12. Tomorrow: Sauf Keita 13. All Along The Watchtower: Watchtower Four 14. Odessa: Martin Tillman 15. See The Sun: Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke

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Most soundtracks for movie blockbusters are a mixed bag, and this one is no exception. The Ali soundtrack is heavily weighted toward R&B, and on that front the album is a success, despite R. Kelly's two horrendously saccharine power ballads. There's no denying the greatness of classic tracks like Aretha Franklin's supremely melancholy "Ain't No Way" and Al Green's live rendition of "A Change Is Gonna Come," and David Elliot continues the old-school theme, with a warm and bluesy remake of "Bring It On Home to Me." Alicia Keyes's "Fight" channels the '70s vibe of James Brown's Funky People, and the fabulous Angie Stone breaks it down and keeps it moving with "20 Dollars." Things go awry when it comes to the rock & roll selections. Everlast's blues-rock posturing on "The Greatest" is irksome, and the Watchtower Four's remake of the classic Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" (done best by Jimi Hendrix) is a travesty. Topnotch contributions by cello virtuoso Martin Tillman, former Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard, and Afropop superstar Salif Keita help balance things out. --Rebecca Levine

Customer Reviews

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! May 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I ran right out and bought this immediately after watching the film, hoping that the wonderful ambient/trippy stuff, like the theme playing over the credits, would be on here. No such luck. This is basically a rhythm and blues primer...well done, but if you're looking for the wonderful "out there" music that ran throughout the movie, forget it. It ain't here. Too bad too...that's what I wanted. Oh well. Live and learn.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World's Greatest Is Waiting For You December 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack was by the far the most inspirational soundtrack I have ever heard. R. Kelly's "World's Greatest" brings me from the bottom to the top. I listen to the soundtrack before basketball and volleyball games and any time whether I'm feeling great or awful, it inspires me to pick my head up. I cannot wait until the new movie Ali comes out, but if you're someone who appreciates a good soundtrack with balance and variety, this is definitely a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who purchased this thinking, as I did, that they would be buying a little bit of the magic infusing the Ali soundtrack during some of its more poignant and inspiring scenes will be in for a rude awakening once this package of disappointment is delivered.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Soundtrack is just plain WRONG January 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The music should have been in alignment with the era of Ali's reign, not a pop culture pseudo retrospect. What do Bilal or R. Kelly have to do with ALI as a man? The greatest injustice to me was not using Sam Cooke's original music. I understand that there were problems with rights to publication and use, but for this movie - to truly illustrate the friendship, respect and love that these two had, Sam's music should have been used. I was seriously disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD December 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the Ali soundtrack for my son, who was wishing for a copy of A Change Is Gonna Come. Little did I know, I had discovered 24K GOLD. My thirty something son, his wife and I were all blown away by ALL of the tracks. Mostly old school revisited, it is "The Greatest" piece of work that I've heard in a very long time.

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!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not marketed correctly March 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
IF you are looking for a contemporary R & B soundtrack, look elsewhere. Although quite a few of the artists are contemporary, this is not an R & B album. Rather, it is a soul/neo-soul album and if I did not like soul, I would have hated this album. I mainly bought the album on the merit of Alicia Keys and R Kelly's songs since they are such great artists. The remaining soulsters are good except for Bilal. That guy is so flippin' off the wall, man. That Sh!t he is singing is terrrrrrrrrrible.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Rating April 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
* Rating was selected due to the great songs & arrangements of those songs. However, from the cover-CD, beng it was pictured as Ali's fight..........never expected to listen to the music this CD represented. Cover totally deceiving to the buyer. Purchase was made only due to the CD cover, even though I did see the movie.

* 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".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul, soul, soul... December 28, 2001
By face02
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best soul compilations I have heard in a while. Forget the fact that it is for a movie, because some of the best songs were not written specifically for this film - and the poor songs were. This is good old-fashioned soul music, at its best!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 15 days ago by William Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this album
Published 2 months ago by C C MacMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My husband and I love this movie and the music in it, it's a very nice sound track!! A must have for movie buffs like us!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm
Good solid c d from good will in ca.👈👍👍👍 I can't wait to get another good soils c d good will in ca
Published 10 months ago by Kenneth
2.0 out of 5 stars same as above
I never bought this book. I have no idea why it is included for me to give a review on.
Published 10 months ago by Connie L
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest
I love this CD and listen to it over and over. I recommend it to all fans of great music
Published 15 months ago by gys
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Will
This is one of the best roles Will Smith has played. When i see old videos of Ali, I think, man Will nailed it. Classic!
Published 21 months ago by LorenzoS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD.
Just what I Needed. Arrived right on time. A must have. A great buy at a great price. 2 Thumbs up.
Published 21 months ago by AD
5.0 out of 5 stars Ali Soundtrack
This product was purchased for my son. He likes it very much. He has copied it to his MP3 Player.
Published on October 22, 2012 by The Rock
2.0 out of 5 stars poor and a half
One test I use for film scores is, does the score work as well on the stereo as it does on screen.

In Ali's case, no. I love Ali. I love Ali's story. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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