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Hercules
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2001
There is only one thing you need to know about this soundtrack and that's - gospel. It's what makes this a soundtrack you have to own. Without the gospel influenced songs this would've been just a mediocore effort, but with the high flying tunes this soundtrack soars to greatness!
The Gospel Truth parts 1-3 start things off slowly, explaining the back story and just hinting at the fun to follow. Soon though, you'll be bouncing off the walls, dancing around the room and singing at the top of your lungs to "Zero to Hero", "A Star Is Born", and "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)". These have got to be the most energetic songs in a Disney film ever! You simply CAN'T sit still when listening to them. And what's even better is that they're each teaching a small (but important)life lesson, yet never feel preachy.
What keeps me from giving 5 stars are the ho-hum "One Last Hope" and the painful "Go The Distance". I just find them to be cliched, been-there-done-that kind of songs. There just wasn't any sparkle, but I actually thought the music for "Go The Distance" was done very well, it's just the lyrics that killed it for me. Let's not even mention the Michael Bolton version of "Go The Distance" ok. As for the score it's pretty good, but doesn't pack the emotional wallop that say Lion King, Pocahontas or Hunchback of Notre Dame had. The action packed cues are the most fun and are non stop bombast. The cues that go for more emotion just fall flat.
So if you love to have a great time, and gospel gets you going you can't go wrong with this soundtrack. The gospel songs more than make up for any low points elsewhere. "Who put the GLAD in gladiator? Hercules!"
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Hercules" is one of my favorite Disney films. It was just a fun tale that was loose and free for the viewing. There was a little morality in it, what with Herc learning that it isn't the size of a hero's muscles or his popularity that makes him a hero, but what's in his heart. However, the best thing about this flick is that it's just great to watch. The music isn't half bad either. In fact, I loved this film and its music so much that I purchased both when they first became available.

This disc is full of wonderful, gospel-tinged Disney music that bleeds Alan Menken. He did a great job with this album. Also, Michael Bolton finally made me notice him with "Go The Distance."

Pick this up to hear the music from a film that never really did get the respect it deserved. It's wonderful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 1999
A mixed bag of a soundtrack to be sure, from an enjoyable movie that never fully realizes its golden potential. Both soundtrack and movie make exciting stylistic departures from the usual Disney fare, only to stop short at pivotal moments. Lots of buildup without full payoff. "Go The Distance" lacks the emotional oomph required of a signature tune. "I Won't Say" is a bland and unsatisfying showcase for the spicy Megara (particularly when considering Susan Egan's wonderful charm and talent). And "One Last Hope" is given a hopelessly boring treatment by the all-too-identifiable Danny DeVito.
YET THE MUSES REDEEM THE WHOLE AFFAIR. Using a "Greek chorus" of five black goddesses to sing the story was genius (and a welcome injection of color to the Disney catalog.) Not only are their gospel-inflected songs the wittiest and most dynamic of the whole batch, but their vocal performances simply blow the lid off. Find two Disney songs that are more clever, heartfelt, and rousing than "Zero To Hero" and "A Star Is Born" and I'll eat this review. BRAVO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2004
i just wrote this review 'cause the ones amazan has were from three years ago so here we go ... the best song in this soundtrack is go to distance , which Alan Menken wrote , i'm a big fan of disney , but this soundtrack wasn't enough for the movie ,something's missing here,more voices the one i recommend is the little mermaid , that one's great
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2006
This was the start of something a bit new. Daivd Zippel & Alan Menken. Once more, Disney goes for bringing adult stories to Disney light. Not many people like this movie because it's untruthful to actual myth. I mean, it'd been nice to see a movie of Hercules doing the ten labors, saving women, but... that's not really what kids want in a disney movie.

But what they DID do is give some greek feel to the music and score. After all, the Muses were the goddesses of art and song, so it makes it fit for them to be telling the story.

Long Ago...--Charleton Heston (famous from Planet of the Apes) does a nice little prologue to the story.

The Gospel of Truth I/Main Titles--David Zippel has catchy lyrics but a more different way of arranging them than Schwartz does. It's complexed, but it rules.

Gospel of Truth--People would think Hades is a bad guy, 'cause he's the greek form of the devil. But if you understand what is right or wrong about this song, it's not that bad.

Go The Distance--I was told by one of my friends that this song was used a lot in the olympics. I never knew that, but pushing that aside, I like it. Also Roger Bart has an amazing singing voice, soon to be a star of The Producers around this time, and possibly starring in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown as Snoopy, I love his singing voice.

Go The Distance (Reprise)--This is nothing new, but it's great to hear Roger's voice again.

One Last Hope--I love Danny DeVito's voice as Phil. This role was tailored for him. He talk sings this song more of than belting it out. Which works, because it's more of a training song. All in all, I think it's witty.

Zero to Hero--The most famous song from Hercules, it's full of rhyme after rhyme lyrics. They give a nice homage to broadway and gospel music, it's awesome. It's so catchy.

I Wont Say (I'm In Love)-- Susan Egan (previously Belle on Broadway for Beauty and the Beast) is an amazing Meg. She's smart, sassy, and she owns this song. This is such a doo-whop song that it's a toe-tapper.

A Star is Born--A nice summary to a nice vareity of music. Gospel, catchy...

Go the Distance (Single)--Michael Bolton was drilled in my head as a child, 'cause my mother liked him. But I find him a pretty good of a singer for this song. I like the added words, and I think it sounds amazing. Though it sounds more like a song for "going the distance for a woman", not "going the distance for your dreams". And so people can kind of get touchy about that.

Now, sad to say, I like Alan Menken, but the music just doesn't do it for me in this soundtrack. It was his last time doing Disney musicals. To others he may have given it his best, but I really don't seem to appreciate it. I also don't like the fact that this was the start of smaller amounts of song in the movies. But out of the composition pieces, I like "Cutting the Thread" & "A True Hero/A Star is Born". Those are beautiful tracks. Perhaps this was because of the pixar take over?

All in all, people like the movie and the soundtrack. I seem to appreciate the movie, but this is not a soundtrack that makes its way into my record player much. Though if you are a disney collector, buy it. I am sure it'll be discontinued sometime soon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2005
as usual disneys soundtracks are a work of art. alan menken is a genius and while you're listening you're just replaying the movie in your mind. it is a treat.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2005
I myself am a Greek mythology lover-so when I had my kids- I had to get them this movie(well also for myself too) It is very well done-characters are so funny and cute-Danny DeVito is fabulous as Philoctetes (Phil) and Tate Donovan is a perfect fit as the naive, sweet,innocent yet strong Hercules. Rip Torn (with his strong voice) plays Zeus superbly. James Woods (who mostly plays bad guys and does it well)plays the evil Hades-Lord of the Underworld.

I recommend it highly for your movie library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 1998
The Muses. They are surely the best vocals in the whole CD. Susan does nicely as Meg, making track 10 my favourite as she sings 'I won't Say'. I could sing that song anywhere, any time. The Muses (of course) add a nice 'oldies' background to Susan Egan's forceful voice. This CD is something you can listen to to pick you up, if you go for musical soundtracks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 1998
This has got to be the most fun had in a Disney soundtrack since Aladdin. Using Gospel singers for the Muses is a touch of sheer genius. The casting of the voices is top-notch. The only real let-down is Michael Bolton doing the single of "Go The Distance". Also, two thumbs way, way up for Susan Egan. She has a wonderful voice and her song (I Won't Say) is fantastic.
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on April 26, 2014
This movie doesn't seem to get a lot of attention, but it's a fun movie and the music is fun to listen to. For me, the music has be replayable without becoming boring to be good and this music has that quality. It just doesn't stand alone as well as Aladdin's music without the movie. It has some songs that you will remember and is close to Aladdin quality.The gospel music is a lot of fun and very energetic.
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