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Anastasia: Music From The Motion Picture (1997 Version) Soundtrack

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Anastasia ~ Soundtrack

One of the more successful attempts by another studio (here Fox) to make a quality animated film on par with Disney was Anastasia. The music by David Newman and songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (the Broadway team that won a Tony for Ragtime) give the movie a sturdy backbone. From the Zhivago-gone-Broadway opening number "A Rumor in St. Petersburg" to the Oscar-nominated get-up-and-sing "Journey to the Past," the CD is filled with bright numbers, including low-key pop versions of several of the songs. The vocal talent is exceptional, especially Liz Callaway (Grizabella in Broadway's Cats) as Anastasia (Meg Ryan supplied the speaking voice). Bernadette Peters and Jim Cummings (doing a mean Christopher Lloyd impersonation as the speaking voice of the movie's heavy, Rasputin) offer solid support, with kudos to Kelsey Grammer as Vlad, the portly sidekick. The album's (and film's) star is "Once Upon a December," simply one of the most beautiful songs ever from an animated film. Using a waltz motif that is heard throughout the film, the song--with sparse lyrics--builds into a sweeping and memorable number. It will have your dancing princesses asking for repeats. The CD's liner notes include complete lyrics. --Doug Thomas
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  • Audio CD (October 28, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 28, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002JEJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Charity on January 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
2007 will mark the 10th "birthday" of the animated film, Anastasia. When I was little, this was one of my favorite animated films. (All the way up in the top 10 with The Lion King) One reason I liked it so much was easily the music.

1. A Rumor in St. Petersburg-
A funny song that played near the beginning of the movie. Not something you'd want to play really loud, but still a funny track.

2. Journey to the Past- Anastasia singing about "home, love, family". Isn't that the main theme of the movie? Lovely, high quality song.

3. Once Upon a December- I LOVE this song. It's beautiful.

4. In The Dark Of The Night- O.o An old creepy man singing about killing an innocent girl? Er... yeah. Like the first track, it's not something you should be blasting on a giant stereo system... unless you want to get some weird looks from innocent passer-bys.

5. Learn To Do It- Cute song from another one of those "random characters burst out into song" moments.

6. Learn To Do It (Waltz Suprise)- The music from that scene were Anya and Dimitri were dancing on the boat from the middle of the movie. (Not the scene at the very end.)

7. Paris Holds The Key (To Your Heart)- Another one of those fun "random characters burst out into song" moments from one of my favorite scenes of the movie.

8. At The Beginning- Possibly the reason most people buying this album are probably buying it for this track alone. It's a sweet pop song, good enough to be played on any pop radio station. It was played during the end credits and really captures the "feel" of the whole movie.

9. Journey To The Past (Aaliyah's Version)- A sort of R&B-ish remake of "Journey To The Past". Aaliyah did a good job, it sounds lovely.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Fingers On My Keyboard on July 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I must confess: This is the first ever CD that I bought back in 1997, and it's been a beautiful musical gem that's got me into appreciating other various genres of music! There is not one song on this soundtrack that you could possibly dislike...which brings me to the curious fact: WHY WASN'T THIS NOMINATED FOR BEST SOUNDTRACK (as far as I know)! It isn't a matter of being biased in enjoying the tunes here: whether or not you support Fox, or its fictitious rendition of historical characters, don't matter in this judgement. The music of "Anastasia" is LIVING TALENT on its own.
From the bright start in "A Rumour in St. Petersburg", follows the touchingly nostalgaic "Journey to the Past". "Once Upon A December" is an absolute favourite as a haunting lullaby with lyrics of magical fantasy, whose tune lingers throughout the movie with the theme of poignant memory. "In the Dark of the Night" is a surprisingly amusing "villainous" song (which is effort to take note of, since most composers would think only a lousy tune is befitting of the bad guy, e.g. "Ruber" from the OST of "Quest for Camelot"), while "Learn to Do It" is a brilliant cross between acapella and gospel (coupled with encouraging lyrics to complete the treat). The Reprise sticks to the former's tune with romance, until "Paris is the Key (To Your Heart)" finishes off with a loud entertaining parade of song.
Then comes the pop songs, which I think all mature fans of pop should look out for. "At the Beginning" is a wonderful love theme (why wasn't this nominated for BEST SONG?), and Donna Lewis and Richard Marx do a convincingly great job at singing the otherwise HIT of a love song.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gina Noelle Williams on September 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The pop tracks are the only thing, in my opinion, that keeps this CD from being 5 stars. I'm a huge fan of musicals, and this is a good, good album which covers a wide range of moods. From the exuberant "A Rumour In St. Petersburg," to the haunting "Once Upon A December," this is an album that will work its way into your mind and have you humming songs from it. Not only are the vocal pieces fun, and stirring, and full of emotion, but the instrumental tracks are amazing. My personal favorites are track "Prologue," where the Russian chorals have me turning the CD player up as loud as it will go, and "Nightmare," which perfectly captures the dreamlike terror of Anya's trance.
That being said, I understand that it's the animated movie convention to have a single that can be released for the radio, but how many does this one have? In addition to the sheer number of pop "single" tracks (four), the pop tracks are, sadly, nothing special. And why, oh why, is there a track in Spanish on the soundtrack of a movie based in Russia and Paris? Russian or French would have been more appropriate.
My advice is to program your CD player to skip the pedestrian pop tracks and enjoy the amazing emotional range this album has to offer with its other vocal and instrumental tracks.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derrick on May 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best soundtracks that have ever been produced: each song is nice to listen to. I'm glad that there are three versions of the theme song "Journey to the Past" (the original by Liz Callaway, which is the best on this album, Aliyah's pop version, and Thalia's Latin salsa version) -- they're all great to listen to, although the best interpretation, done by Lea Salonga (voice of Jasmine and Mulan) in her Christmas concert abroad, can't be heard here.

See the movie and get this recording -- you'll enjoy Anastasia!
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It's called "At The Beginning" with Donna Lewis and Richard Marx and is number 6 on the soundtrack.
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