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Elton John And Tim Rice's Aida (1999 Concept Album)

Elton John , Craig Young , John Bradbury , Philip Dukes , Simon Fischer , Wilfred Wilson Gibson , Christopher Hooker , Peter Lale , Martin Loveday , Anthony Pleeth , Mary Scully , Katie Wilkinson , Clem Clempson , Juliana Gallagher , Shawn Pelton , Andy Snitzer , Roger Frisch , Sabina Thatcher , Merilee Klemp , Laura Sewell , Jill Dell'Abate , Julien Barber , Jeanne LeBlanc , Ann Leathers , Diane Lesser , Caryl Paisner , Paul Peabody , Stacey Shames , Mark Shuman , David Finck , James Taylor , Jimmy Johnson , Juliet Haffner , Regis Iandiorio , Tony Kadleck , Elena Barere , Virgil Blackwell , John Clark , Jim Pugh , Judith Sugarman , Tim Rice Audio CD
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listen  1. Another PyramidSting 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Written In The StarsLeAnn Rimes 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Easy As Life [feat. Angelique Kidjo]Tina Turner 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. My Strongest SuitSpice Girls 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Know The TruthJanet Jackson 5:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Not MeBoyz II Men 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Amneris' LetterShania Twain 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Step Too FarSherie Scott 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Like Father Like SonLenny Kravitz 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Elaborate LivesHeather Headley 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. How I Know YouJames Taylor 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The MessengerLulu 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Gods Love NubiaKelly Price 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Enchantment Passing Through [Clean]Sisqo 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Orchestral FinaleRob Mounsey 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Elton John, Craig Young, John Bradbury, Philip Dukes, Simon Fischer, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00000IFTH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following hot on the heels of their enormously successful collaboration for The Lion King, Elton John and Tim Rice have once again culled their talents to create another Disney contemporary musical, based this time on Verdi's opera Aida. The album, recorded by some of the biggest talents of pop, country, and R&B, features songs from the stage show, which recounts the well-known tale of a love triangle further complicated by slavery, royalty, and the armed forces. John duets to great effect with country crooner LeAnn Rimes, the enchanting Janet Jackson, and the lovely Lulu of To Sir with Love fame. Lush and lively, the soundtrack hits a hoot of a (decidedly not highbrow) high point with the infectious pop of the Spice Girls warbling the merits of undergarments on "My Strongest Suit" ("Always wear underwear/Anytime, anywhere"). Lenny Kravitz funks things up with "Like Father Like Son." Shania Twain's husky emoting makes a fine pop ballad of the brief "Amneris' Letter." "Not Me" chronicles the goodness of love as Boyz II Men coo dreamily, their harmonies nestling into John's sumptuous score. --Paige La Grone

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Based on Verdi's opera Aida, this recording includes some of the biggest talents in pop, country, and R&B. Another Pyramid : Sting; Written in the Stars : Elton John & Leann Rimes; Easy as Life : Tina Turner; My Strangest Suit : Spice Girls; I Know the Truth : Elton John & Janet Jackson; Not Me : Boyz II Men; A Stop Too Far : Shania Twain; Elaborate Lives : Lenny Kravitz; How I Know You : James Taylor; The Messenger : Elton John & Lulu, and more.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD... Depending On What You're Looking For March 26, 1999
By M. Yee
Format:Audio CD
I have to be honest... I bought this CD with the high hopes that it might come across more as a *cast album* that just happens to feature popular artists, as opposed to a soundtrack-ish hodgepodge of musical artists performing songs. While--to my personal disappointment--it was more the latter than the former, I have to give much credit to the CD as an album. Great Elton John songs are captured on the disc with an impressive list of pop genre performers (including Sting, Janet Jackson, James Taylor, and Boyz II Men) and a couple of singers from the actual stage show run (Heather Headley and Sherie Scott).
My main gripes have to do with my wish for an actual cast recording. While I knew that this wasn't going to be anything near a cast recording, I still hoped it wouldn't come across too "pop-ish". So, if you're like me and prefer pure Cast Recordings, you might want to wait until the cast recording is actually released. But if you're curious about the material in this coming-soon-to-Broadway stage show, then buy this CD. Great performances abound, that's for sure.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For What It's Worth March 24, 2000
By Mark S.
Format:Audio CD
I've seen Aida in its try-out period in Chicago, twice. I love the show and had to have the music. However, this concept CD is nothing like the music heard in the show. I enjoy the CD because it is the only way I can hear the music, but I can't wait for the cast soundtrack to come out. If I hadn't seen the show I probably would like the CD better than I do.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What show were you watching Alan? March 20, 2000
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
I hope to not turn this into a dueling reviews page, but I too saw the March 16 preview of AIDA on Broadway and cannot fathom Alan's response, particularly in light of the overwhelming audience response to the passion and power of the performers. The music for the stage version is significantly stronger than this album, but I feel that comparing live theater and a concept album is a ridiculous endeavor. If this brings more people to the theater and gets more people interested in Aida, more power to it! I have never witnessed the cheering and ovation I saw during this performance. The cast album is expected in June. I would wait for that to get a true feel for the power of Heather Hedley, Adam Pascal and Cherie Rene Scott.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Elaborate Lives... November 1, 2002
By k. lane
Format:Audio CD
Aida was Elton John and Tim Rice's baby, providing a concept soundtrack album before even setting the stage on fire, the tracks are generally sweeping show ballads.
Elton teams up with several lovely and talented ladies, in LeAnn Rimes, Janet Jackson, and Lulu. "Written In The Stars" could be a vocal gladiator battle, the way LeAnn and Elton sing it. Janet and Lulu prove themselves as more mellow duet partners.
Kelly Price makes "The Gods Love Nubia" her own, the song is tied up in soul with her voice being smooth as silk. The far too short "Amneris' Letter" shows off Shania Twain's voice to perfection also. Pop culture phenomenon the Spice Girls turn "My Strongest Suit" into the most obvious pop stomper of this set. Another strong point is Heather Headley's solo "Elaborate Lives". A rich ballad, Headley recently embarked on an R&B singing career with the track "He Is". The legendary Tina Turner provides a fiery perfomance, her track being the powerful "Easy As Life" with Angelique Kidjo.
Duds are also present, Sting and Dru Hill's tracks are admitted stinkers. James Taylor, Boyz II Men, Sherie Scott, and Lenny Kravitz also deliver perfomances on the album. This album is well put together, with strong tunes and a short-list of superstars presenting them. A fun buy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Recording March 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
First of all, in regard to the message below mine, the Aida cast recording is set to be released in June. Aida is produced by Disney, and if you think back to when The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway, you might remember that the cds were released on the day that the two shows opened. Aida will not be following this same trend, but will be released soon after the Broadway opening. I also don't know where "Evka" got her information. Aida hasn't yet officially opened on Broadway and the cast recording is NOT available now, so don't waste your time looking for it...just for the record. Anyway, I thought that the concept recording of Aida had its ups and downs, but was overall, a fairly decent preview of what is sure to be the next long-running Broadway show. After a point on the CD (track 9), the songs all sounded pretty much the same to me; one long ballad. If you want a taste of the music as it will appear in the musical, you might as well make the purchase, but rest assured that the "official" cast recording will be released soon enough, so I'd hold out if I were you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Atlanta was better! December 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love Elton John. I love Sting, I love Tina Turner, I love Leann Rimes. I love most of the artists on this album! But Atlanta (where Aida premiered) was better. Well, of course, you say. The live version is always better. It is. But I wished they had not butchered this amazing and beautiful and fun musical by turning it into stuff that sounds like everyone else's stuff. This was an amazing performance in Atlanta. I got chills every time I heard Heather Headley's voice. This CD was not amazing; it actually made me sad. The only good tracks were the ones with Heather Headley on them. I feel like the world has been cheated out of a good version of these songs. Oh, and Heather Headley is a goddess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I saw this show live in Chicago several years ago on New Years Eve.
The music is great!! Not a weak one in the bunch. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dr Nancy A Marley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
The music is beautiful throughout the entire CD. It was delivered in just a few days. I listen to it everyday. I was so happy to find it through
Published on August 9, 2011 by Luciaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Evarything as expected
Everything went as expected. The used CD I ordered was delivered promptly and was in like-new condition, as advertised. Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by David C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong performances
Elton John and Tim Rice have produced a beautiful telling of the story of Aida. The guest performances are beautifully arranged and truly reflect the singer's "style" but... Read more
Published on June 28, 2010 by Karen B. Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I'm so impressed with this album for several different reasons.

3) It's Elton John

2) I loved all but two of the songs! Read more
Published on September 6, 2006 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good variety and feeling
This is a very good CD. "Written in the Stars" is an extremely emotional song, and it is my favorite on the album. Read more
Published on June 23, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Sour Concepts
It takes so much to try to get a musical to make its way upon Broadway. Sometimes you really need to understand how to make it really happen within the passion of the storytelling... Read more
Published on June 29, 2003 by Michael Kerner
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good but get Bway cast.
Published on May 10, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album That Inspired The Broadway Show
What a wonderful concept! Have some of the finest talents in rhythm and blues, pop, rock and country sing songs composed by Elton John and Tim Rice for a musical based on Verdi's... Read more
Published on December 3, 2001 by John Kwok
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Compilation!!
For anyone who can appreciate an outstanding collection of music and talented artists, this is the CD you should have in your library. Read more
Published on November 15, 2001 by "on_theweb"
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