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Cradle Will Rock: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

David RobbinsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Nickel Under the FootSteven Tyler;Polly Jean Harvey;Rob Ellis 2:59Album Only
listen  2. Cradle Opening ThemeDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Moll's SongSteven Tyler;Emily Watson 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Goings OnDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Croon SpoonSteven Tyler;Eddie Vedder;Susan Sarandon 2:11Album Only
listen  6. Marc in the ParkDavid Campbell 1:28$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Joe WorkerAudra McDonald 2:48Album Only
listen  8. Hazel & CrickshawDavid Campbell 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Let's Do SomethingDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler;Erin Hill;Dan Jenkins0:34$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. HonoluluDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler;Tim Jerome;Vicki Clark;Erin Hill;Dan Jenkins 3:00$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cradle Theme Version 2David Campbell 1:18$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen12. Hazel Testifies/Crickshaw DrinksDavid Campbell 1:14$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Oh What a Filthy NightcourtDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome;Vicki Clark;Erin Hill;Dan Jenkins;Chris McKinney0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Reverend SalvationDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler;Chris McKinney;Vicki Clark 5:57$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen15. BedroomsDavid Campbell 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Diego Gets Thrown OutDavid Campbell 2:11$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen17. Art For Art's SakeDavid Campbell;Steven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome;Vicki Clark;Erin Hill;Dan Jenkins;Chris McKinney 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Renegade CongaDavid Campbell 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Freedom of the PressSteven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome 2:50$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen20. 59th & 7thDavid Campbell 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Cradle Will RockSteven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome;Vicki Clark;Erin Hill;Dan Jenkins;Chris McKinney 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Cradle FinaleDavid Campbell 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00003A9F7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Sure, Cradle Will Rock is about politics, but at its most convincing level, the movie is a showcase for its namesake--Marc Blitzstein's Federal Theater Project-funded operetta from 1937. In the film, we see the long- forgotten musical rehearsed, dissected, critiqued, and convincingly performed by the movie's cast (even the musicians seen in the film are the actual performers on the soundtrack). This disc features many of the musical's best moments and David Robbins's equally impressive melting pot of an instrumental score, which includes folk songs, gypsy music, klezmer, and jazz. But there are also a few surprises: Polly Jean Harvey gives a noir-ish and impassioned version of Cradle's "Nickel Under the Foot," while Eddie Vedder and Susan Sarandon's duet on "Croon Spoon" is only slightly less convincing. Broadway star Audra McDonald, though, shows us how Blitzstein's "Joe Worker" would sound on the Great White Way today. It's a great package, but the music featured in the film--for starters, the infectious and cute "Honolulu" and Emily Watson's endearing performance of "Moll's Song"--is the real highlight. - -Jason Verlinde

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For any Broadway fan! December 21, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent done recording featuring actors known for movies (Susan Sarandon, Joan Cusack, Emily Watson, Hank Azaria) and Broadway Actors (The FABULOUS ERIN HILL and AUDRA MCDONALD).
This music is wonderful~!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing piece of work! May 23, 2000
By Farin
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this C.D. because I'd been waiting for the movie to come out for a year. I got hooked in two seconds! The songs are so great, especially the ones performed by the theatre folk. Even the actors who sing on this C.D. do a great job. The duet between Susan Sarandon and Eddie Vader has become one of my favorite duets. Good job, Tim Robbins! (and David Robbins for doing the music)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Cradle" does rock. December 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack to Tim Robbins' excellent, frenetic "Cradle Will Rock" is, well, excellent, and a little frenetic. David Robbins' score, a hybrid of klezmer, gypsy, and Eastern European, eschews the heavy-handedness and sentimentality the partnership of a less skilled director and composer might leap to for such portentous material as the movie discusses - but the real gem of the CD is the cache of songs from Marc Blitzstein's titular musical. Putting a brassy spin on the style made famous by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Blitzstein's songs run the gamut from haunting and moody ("Joe Worker," sung by the fabulous Audra MacDonald), to upbeat and catchy ("Let's Do Something"), to blithe and charming ("Honolulu") - not to mention timeless, as shown by performances of Blitzstein songs by Polly Jean Harvey (an excellent, brooding "Nickel Under the Foot") and the less-well-executed duet of Eddie Vedder and Susan Sarandon (both are talented singers - neither seems to be able to handle the intricacy of "Croon Spoon"). One complaint is that the CD only includes the "Cradle" songs featured in the film - perhaps for context's sake, the inclusion of the entire Blitzstein score would have lent greater meaning to the songs herein. And the inclusion of Emily Watson's rendition of "I'm Checkin' Home Now" proves Watson a great actress, but a lousy singer. But aside from that, this is a terrific, vibrant CD, the demerits of which don't detract from the overall quality.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD (Based on Movie) December 31, 1999
Format:Audio CD
After seeing this at the Ritz, walked 20 blocks to Tower to be told the soundtrack wasn't available until 1/14/2000. This is why I love the truthtellers at Amazon, where I just ordered this. This movie was wonderful, and the closing credits with songs sung by others as well (PJ Harvey) made the soundtrack an irresistable purchase! I have also ordered the 1994 production, based on the reviews here. I plan to get some books about that era as well.
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