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De-Lovely [Soundtrack]

Cole PorterAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. It's De-Lovely (Album Version)Robbie Williams 4:40Album Only
listen  2. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Album Version)Alanis Morissette 3:21Album Only
listen  3. Begin the Beguine (Album Version)Sheryl Crow 4:26Album Only
listen  4. Let's Misbehave (Album Version)Elvis Costello 2:34Album Only
listen  5. Be A Clown (Album Version)Kevin Kline;Peter Polycarpou and Chorus 2:55Album Only
listen  6. Night And Day (Album Version)John Barrowman and Kevin Kline 2:45Album Only
listen  7. True Love (Album Version)Ashley Judd and Tayler Hamilton 2:09Album Only
listen  8. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Album Version)Lemar 2:37Album Only
listen  9. I Love You (Album Version)Mick Hucknall 2:07Album Only
listen10. Just One Of Those Things (Album Version)Diana Krall 3:17Album Only
listen11. Anything Goes (Album Version)Caroline O'Connor and;Chorus 2:02Album Only
listen12. Experiment (Album Version)Kevin Kline 2:33Album Only
listen13. Love For Sale (Album Version)Vivian Green 5:35Album Only
listen14. So In Love (Album Version)Lara Fabian and Mario Frangoulis 3:31Album Only
listen15. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Album Version)Natalie Cole 3:43Album Only
listen16. Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Album Version)Jonathan Pryce;Kevin Kline;Cast and Chorus 2:50Album Only
listen17. In The Still Of The Night (Album Version)Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd 2:30Album Only
listen18. You're The TopCole Porter with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B00023GGHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

At first glance, the approach picked for De-Lovely will be familiar to those who already own Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter. On both albums, contemporary pop stars cover classics by Porter. But many of the interpretations on Red Hot + Blue were modernized, whereas the approach on De-Lovely is more traditional---it's the soundtrack to a biopic about Porter, after all, so a classic (though not quite period) sound prevails. What's surprising is how well many of the singers handle the songs without the crutch of a contemporary pop retooling. Who would have thought that Alanis Morissette had such a natural affinity for "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," for instance? She fares equally well in her screen cameo, whereas Diana Krall sounds superb on "Just One of Those Things" but looks horribly uncomfortable in the film. Other good surprises include Robbie Williams's "It's De-Lovely" and Kevin Kline as Porter, coming across as a more tuneful Rex Harrison. Elvis Costello, meanwhile, confirms he's a better songwriter than singer, and as Linda Porter, Ashley Judd is hesitant at best. In a nice touch, a recording of Cole Porter himself performing "You're the Top" provides the album's coda. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new generation of singers gets to tackle Cole Porter January 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the more interesting aspects of the "De-Lovely," the musical biography of Cole Porter, is that despite the appearance of major recording stars such as Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette to sing the songs it is the songs that you remember much more than the singers. This soundtrack collection does a nice job of presenting pretty much everything we heard in Irwin Winkler's 2004 film and if nothing here is a definitive version of a classic Cole Porter tune, then that is okay because the idea here is to introduce a new generation of fans to those songs while the rest of us take a nice musical walk down memory lane.

My favorite track is when Kline's Porter instructs John Barrowman's character on how to sing "Night and Day." My only serious complaint about the movie is that Kline really has to restrain his performances so that they are more in keeping with Porter's own singing abilities (which are amply demonstrated on the final track, "You're the Top"). If somebody wanted to let Kline record a collection of Cole Porter songs that would sound good to me; with Porter's witty lyrics having a performer who brings the sensibilities of an actor more than those of a singer, that would make sense to me. In a similar vein, I like Ashley Judd's sweet little duet with Tayler Hamilton on "True Love," so do not be surprised if you like the actors more than the singers on this one.

The spirited renditions of "Anyting Goes," "Be a Clown" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" by the cast lose a little something reduced to just the audio dimension, but that is standard with any good production number from a movie. Elvis Costello's "Let's Misbehave" is okay, and the same is true for Crow's "Begin the Beguine" and Morissette's "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This original motion picture soundtrack "De-Lovely" is a proof that Cole Porter's music means forever. The staying power of his music is simply amazing -- charming and timeless songs with wonderful melodies that will stay on in the hearts of musicians, performers, artists, music lovers and listeners through the years. Although his life was truly a musical drama and the later years were tragic after one of his legs was amputated, Porter will always be remembered as one of the most brilliant composers America ever produced.

This one gem of a CD covers some of the most loved compositions of Porter. I enjoyed the movie, which showcased Kevin Kline's versatility in being a very good actor, singer and dancer. He portrayed the role effortlessly. Likewise with Ashley Judd, she's not only a fabulous actress but she can sing too, in "True Love," a duet with Tayler Hamilton and "In The Still Of The Night" with Kevin Kline.

One of the best tracks is Diana Krall's jazzy and superb rendition of "Just One Of Those Things" which I enjoyed listening with a few repeats. I also enjoyed listening to Sheryl Crow's version of "Begin The Beguine" which she delivers splendidly with a Bossa Nova touch. It's another track that deserves a few repeats.

In "Night And Day," Kevin is coaching John Borrowman..."you can sing this...just don't think about the melody...just think about the words...just sing it with the beat beat beat of the tom-tom...night and day...try E and night why is it so?"

Not to forget Natalie Cole's contribution to this soundtrack, she deserves an applaud for her lovely rendition of "Every Time We Say Goodbye.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars De-Lightful Covers By Songwriters September 22, 2004
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The idea behind the soundtrack for De-Lovely (Sony) is to have contemporary pop artists offer new interpretations, following a traditional path, of Cole Porter classics, and to have a majority of these artists be composers themselves. The film De-Lovely deals with the life of the man behind many of the 20th century's great classic standards, and it is wholly fitting that song writers and performers in their own right tackle material that was written both from the heart and from the life of a man who lived the very ideas of the material.

Already familiar with mining the beauty of the standard, Diana Krall stands out superbly on a fast-paced and jazzy rendition of "Just One of Those Things." It's really hard to compete with the Ella Fitzgerald version of "Begin the Beguine," and so Sheryl Crow makes a smart move reinterpreting this classic and some of Porter's best lyrics as a sultry rumba. Alanis Morissette is surprisingly deft in her cover of "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," showcasing her ability to perform varied material outside of her personal image.

Kevin Kline betrays his own wonderful singing voice by trying to copy the style of Cole Porter too closely. The song tracks lifted from the film with Kline or Ashley Judd carrying a song play as imminently forgettable, though the understanding of emotion conveyed in "Night and Day" as performed by John Barrowman and Kevin Kline is right in line with interpretation of lyrics and what songwriting is really about. Robbie William's does an admirable job carrying the film's glorious title song "It's De-Lovely," sounding quite convincingly like he belongs on Broadway. One of the best pieces on the CD is performed by newcomer, Lemar, in a stirring rendition of "What is This Thing Called Love?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good cd
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way to introduce a new (younger) generation to Cole Porter.....
Wonderful way to introduce a new (younger) generation to Cole Porter.. Great
Published 1 month ago by Hoaloha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I saw the movie and had to have the music of Cole Porter.
Published 1 month ago by Meryl L. Prinz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album with some great performances.
Published 1 month ago by Ben Brackin
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming surprise!
This album offers two delights: the pleasure of Cole Porter's music, and the delightful surprise of hearing contemporary singers branch out in, for many of them, a new musical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas G. Psaki, III
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a surprise and delight.
Published 2 months ago by BR
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie & soundtrack
Soundtracks don't get much better than this. I usually buy either the movie or soundtrack, in this case i bought both
Published 2 months ago by michael harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole Porter Music
Lovely sound track of the bio-pic of Cole Porter. The dance numbers are done very well and the different singers capture Cole Porter's lyrics as pleasingly as one could ask for.
Published 3 months ago by Frederick Jee
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Soundtracks
The movie was great but it was driven by the music. The artists on the album are paired so well with the songs they perform it is just magical.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Carpentiere
2.0 out of 5 stars too much of s MOVIE soundtrack
There are a few pop stars who are here for no good reason. "In the still" is spoken by Kevin Kline and Judd. A sung version would have been nice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bre
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