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Shrek - Music from the Original Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Harry Gregson-WilliamsAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Stay HomeSelf 3:28Album Only
listen  2. I'm A Believer (Soundtrack Version)Smash Mouth 3:05Album Only
listen  3. Like WowLeslie Carter 3:34Album Only
listen  4. It Is You (I Have Loved)Dana Glover 3:58Album Only
listen  5. Best Years Of Our LivesBaha Men 2:58Album Only
listen  6. Bad ReputationHalfcocked 2:21Album Only
listen  7. My Beloved MonsterEels 2:10Album Only
listen  8. You Belong To MeJason Wade 2:41Album Only
listen  9. All StarSmash Mouth 3:20Album Only
listen10. HallelujahRufus Wainwright 4:08Album Only
listen11. I'm On My WayThe Proclaimers 3:39Album Only
listen12. I'm A Believer (Reprise) (Soundtrack Version)Eddie Murphy 1:12Album Only
listen13. True Love's First KissHarry Gregson-Wiliams 3:09Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: May 18, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B00005CF9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Like The Muppet Show or The Simpsons, Shrek is tiered with visual appeal, fantasy, and sophisticated humor that appeals to children and adults on two mutually exclusive levels. Judging by the soundtrack alone, there is some genuine emotion coming from this movie; Rufus Wainwright, the Proclaimers, and especially the Eels all pen winsome, longing tunes. Dana Glover's "It Is You (I Have Loved)" represents the soundtrack's requisite glossy ballad, but it's better than most, and John Powell's climactic, orchestral "True Love's First Kiss" makes one wish there was a full score to accompany this soundtrack. On the flip side, Smash Mouth cover the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" with a groovy treatment of crunchy hip-hop beats, and Leslie Carter (sister of Aaron and Nick) gives a perky performance on the Britney-esque "Like Wow!" The soundtrack squeezes the last drops of juice from the overplayed Smash Mouth hit "All Star," but other than that, it strikes a great balance between cute-but-not-precious pop hits, and more grown-up songs that are well within reach of young ears. --Beth Massa

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's that John Cale tune? May 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Reviewer Milton Abrams has already pointed out that "Hallelujah" is performed by John Cale in the movie, but by Rufus Wainright on the CD. What a shame -- and what a fraud. Cale's rendition in the movie is truly memorable; his delivery is both haunting and dead-on. I won't critique Wainright's because it wasn't done for the movie, but suffice it to say it's nowhere near Cale's.
Abrams points out that this song, written by Leonard Cohen, is performed elsewhere by John Cale. If you liked it in the movie, you'll hear a rendition that's very close (with piano only, sung live by John Cale) on John Cale's "Fragments of A Rainy Season".
I was going to buy the soundtrack, but Dreamworks pulled a fast one and I won't take it with "modifications". Cale has written some excellent soundtracks over the years, and I was pleased to see that he was featured in such a good movie -- it's a shame he won't get the benefit of being on the soundtrack (and that listeners won't get to hear him do that lovely tune).
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to John Cale? November 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I greatly enjoyed watching Shrek. In fact, as the father of two young children, I believe I watched the movie seven times in one weekend after we purchased the video (I had not seen it in the theatre). While suitable for children, there was sufficient content for adults that neither my wife nor I were bored. In fact, I was astounded to hear the song "Hallelujah" in the soundtrack. While this Leonard Cohen song has been one of my favorites for many years, it is particularly dark and sardonic - not typical children's fare. However, it fit in well with the plot, and John Cale's version was moving, almost transcendent.
As has been pointed out, the soundtrack album replaces Cale's version with Rufus Wainwright's. I can only assume that John Cale, co-founder of the seminal 1960s band The Velvet Underground, and a well-known recluse and eccentric (who releases infrequent solo albums) consented to his version of the song being included in the movie, but not the soundtrack album. I could also understand if there were other legal or record label considerations preventing inclusion of his version. If, however, the considerations were esthetic, I think someone was badly mistaken. I've always thought that Cale's version of "Hallelujah" was the best cover, in some ways better than Cohen's original. Although neither man has a classic singing voice, Cale's is better, and more moving in this instance, than Cohen's. Others may think that the late Jeff Buckley's version is the best. In any event, Rufus Wainwright's take on the song, while good in itself, is hardly the equal of Cale's, Cohen's, or Buckley's. Rufus is a young singer of promise (and, I think, potentially more talented than his father, Loudon Wainwright, III), but one has a reasonable expectation, when buying a soundtrack album, of having the actual artists from the soundtrack appear on the album.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Dave Y.
Format:Audio CD
The movie Shrek was a masterpiece! I loved it... Laughed my fool head off. And after seeing it three times, the fourth was just as good! Great characters, great voices, great story, great animation, great comedy, and most of all GREAT MUSIC SCORE!!! Unfortunately the movie soundtrack doesn't measure up to the expectations of the movie's fans and so I must give it a mere two stars.
I (along with many others who loved this movie) was really disappointed when I discovered there was only one track of actual score from the movie on this CD. Everyone I know who saw this film said, "I love the music in this movie!" In fairness I will say that there are some cool tunes on this CD that will conjure fond memories from the film (like "I'm On My Way" by the Proclaimers, "Like Wow" by Leslie Carter, "I'm A Believer" featuring Eddie Murphy and "Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright), but the glory of the movie's musical aspect (as most fans will certainly agree) was its orchestra score and the haunting, ethereal vocals that accompanied. Beautiful, original melodies that helped to create and enhance the atmosphere and emotion of this movie, drawing the audience into the story, sadly didn't make it onto the soundtrack. Major bummer indeed!
Perhaps a "sequel" to this soundtrack will follow. Fans can only hope. I know I will be one of the first to grab it! Until then, this CD is only an adequate passifier, but I still dig it. Two strong stars!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected substitutions January 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm very disappointed that they chose to substitute different artists for some of the songs. I really liked the version of "Hallelujah" in the movie, and the version sung by Rufus Wainwright just isn't the same. I don't understand why they didn't use the original artists, or at least put some sort of warning on the cover.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but missing 2 things. July 17, 2001
By D2
Format:Audio CD
I docked them a star for leaving off 2 important songs.
First off, you should know that the version of "I'm a Believer" that you hear on the radio (and in the movie) is NOT the same one you get here. The radio mix is perkier and more 60s-esque, where as the album version seems a bit more edgier and harder.
Also, you may recall how prominent a role the song "Hallelujah" had in the movie. That version, the one in the movie, was by - John Cale. The version on the album is by Rufus Wainwright. WTH? That makes no sense.
I suggest you buy the CD, obtain the 2 missing tracks, and burn the real version of the soundtrack.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice CD!
I enjoy this because it is the music exactly as it sounds from the movie. I didn't want other versions, which I had tried. Thanks so much!
Published 26 days ago by Sheila Octaviano
4.0 out of 5 stars Go-to
This album is the go-to music for any family road trip. It's not great but it is the only one we don't fight over. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good songs
This cd has great songs. Must of them ate the original artists but there are two that the actors sing. very good
Published 4 months ago by janet
5.0 out of 5 stars never gets old
We bought this when it first came out and somehow lost it. My husband would mention over and over again how he really enjoyed listening to that Shrek cd. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars She loves it.
This was purchased as a gift for my daughter. She loves so many musicals and motion picture soundtracks. She will totally enjoy this
Published 4 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
Published 6 months ago by Caleb Gutman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted!
I bought this cd because Shrek was such an important part of our lives when my sons were younger. The soundtrack has many great songs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. David
5.0 out of 5 stars Shrek
He is one of my all time favorite actors, I love all of the Shrek movies and the sound track is great with all of the different types of music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by missy henrik
4.0 out of 5 stars "Shrek" -- The CD soundtrack for the first movie is limited in its...
The reason most soundtracks either have low reviews or two CDs involved is that most of the songs involved in a movie will have two versions -- the version heard during the dialog... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lori Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack!
Totally entertaining selection of music from amazing artists. I highly recommend this CD for all music lovers! You won't be disappointed.
Published 13 months ago by William K. Coopman
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the version of hallelujah in the movie is jeff buckleys, not john cales....
the version of Hallelujah in the movie is performed by John Cale. On the album it is Rufus Wainwright. He plays the piano. The Jeff buckley version in on "Grace", as you said. It is much longer and played with guitar. It is the best version, it's just not anywhere on the shrek... Read more
Jun 4, 2007 by Joshua D. Ogden |  See all 2 posts
Hallelujah-John Cale on movie-Wainwright on album
cale's piano version was released in 1991 on a cohen tribute album. buckley based his guitar version on cale's. do not state facts that you do not know.
Jun 21, 2007 by JimBob |  See all 10 posts
why is this kiddie junk listed under the punk rock listings? take this...
do you have a mohawk? cool!!!
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