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Based on Irish writer Roddy Doyle's novel and lovingly directed with admirable restraint by the sometimes bombastic Alan Parker, this quirky 1991 tribute to the enduring and universal power of American R&B took some cynical criticism for its reliance on Baby Boomer-era classics such as "Mustang Sally," "Take Me to the River," and "In the Midnight Hour." But that sword cuts two ways: by casting a motley crew of real musicians, including the guts 'n' gravel-voiced young vocalist Andrew Strong, Parker didn't have to do much coaxing to reveal the obvious respect and affection his players have for this music. The material may not be fresh, but the love with which it's played is timeless. --Jerry McCulley

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Based on Irish writer Roddy Doyle's novel and lovingly directed with admirable restraint by the sometimes bombastic Alan Parker, this quirky 1991 tribute to the enduring and universal power of American R&B took some cynical criticism for its reliance on Baby Boomer-era classics such as "Mustang Sally," "Take Me to the River," and "In the Midnight Hour." But that sword cuts two ways: by casting a motley crew of real musicians, including the guts 'n' gravel-voiced young vocalist Andrew Strong, Parker didn't have to do much coaxing to reveal the obvious respect and affection his players have for this music. The material may not be fresh, but the love with which it's played is timeless. --Jerry McCulley


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Mustang Sally [feat. Andrew Strong]The Commitments 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Take Me To The RiverThe Commitments 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Chain Of FoolsThe Commitments 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. The Dark End Of The StreetThe Commitments 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Destination AnywhereNiamh Kavanagh and The Commitments 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I Can't Stand The RainThe Commitments 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Try A Little TendernessThe Commitments 4:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Treat Her RightThe Commitments 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right ManNiamh Kavanagh and The Commitments 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mr. PitifulThe Commitments 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. I Never Loved A ManThe Commitments 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. In The Midnight HourThe Commitments 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Bye Bye BabyThe Commitments 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Slip AwayThe Commitments 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: August 13, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002OGL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The Commitments" film is based on a Roddy Doyle novella, part of a three-part series on the fictional "Barrytown," in the North of Dublin.

I cannot say too much about the film. I already have it on VHS and recently got the collector's edition, with pieces on the "making of," and where they are since and all. It's a parable, a story to show, like, say, the New Testament for years to come.

As to the music, well, I envy Andrew Strong, who was a ripe 16 when the film was made. (The character in the book was weaker; Andrew tried out and they director couldn't resist his voice!)

Richard Arkins (Jimmy Rabbitte in the film) plays a slew of instruments, but was made the lead character, the band's manager in the film. He does some of the vocals on this CD.

Let's say, for the sake of the "discussion," that you didn't like the film. (How could you not?? No, I won't go there...) Even so, the music is so well done. The ladies' voices--supplemented by their showmanship in the film--border on erotic; Andrew's voice makes the rest of the CD worth it, but the intrumentation is worthwhile too.

Yeah, the soundtrack fits the film well. But if you just like good soul, good R&B, good performance, don't miss this one. (THEN get the film!)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on December 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I have never seen this movie, but I heard a couple of songs from it and just had to buy this album. I also had no idea until reading the rest of these reviews, that the lead singer Andrew Strong was only 16 when this was recorded. That blew me away. Amazing! The album may be full of covers of classic r&b and soul songs, but WOW, what fantastic covers they are. Just as good in many ways as the originals. I am not one for watching movies, I much prefer the auditory arts to the visual, but I think this is one film I will watch when I get the chance.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joey on July 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Taking a chance, I bought "The Commitments Deluxe Edition" without knowing if the music has been remastered or not. I was thankful to discover that it had been and all the tracks really sound great, including some decent ones from Andrew Strong's solo album. If you still have your old editions from the 90's, feel safe to get rid of them and upgrade to this version. The better sound makes this purchase worth it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CHENG on February 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here is a list of the songs and original artists:
1. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
2. Take Me To The River - Al Green
3. Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
4. The Dark End Of The Street - James Carr,Percy Sledge
5. Destination: Anywhere - Marvelettes
6. I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Peebles
7. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
8. Treat Me Right - Otis Redding
9. Do Right Woman Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin
10. Mr. Pitiful - Otis Redding
11. I Never Loved A Man - Aretha Franklin
12. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
13. Bye Bye Baby - Mary Wells
14. Slip Away - Clarence Carter
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A soul music extravaganza performed by a band from Ireland. The movie was good, but the tunes to "Take Me to the River," "Treat Her Right," and the classic "Mustang Sally" remain with you for a long time after you listen to them, and make you want more. An album worthy of the mo-town names that the songs came from.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on October 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Oh my goodness, for the umpteenth time I have thoroughly enjoyed this movie! Yes, I'm a baby boomer. So what? The music is perfect and this time I particularly feasted on Andrew Strong's marvelous renditions of songs. He is fantastic! His care of so many of these chestnuts is thrilling. Why, oh why isn't there a Commitments band? This soundtrack plays at events in my group of friends on a regular basis. We may be gettin' older but the music still gets into the soul!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Merkley on February 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing sound track, and this 2-disc set is a real treat. It is great to get both CD's (the original release - 1992, follow up album - 1993) in one set. I definitely recommend this product if you are a fan or enjoy good ol' Motown music. =)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After a weekend movie review, we were amazed to hear some great music. Immediately, we ran out to buy the soundtrack and couldn't stop listening. The music has a soul. It lives and breathes within the listener. Like a well-made movie, the more you listen to the sound track the more you get out of it. I challenge anyone who listens to this music to try and sit still. This music makes you move, smile, and just feel really good. For those of you who have a significant other, this sound track will make you grab them and start uncontrollably dancing. If you don't dance with them, I guarantee that they'll be smiling as they watch you start moving to the beat. All in all. If you never heard this sound track, then I recommend that you make it your next music purchase. This is a great new addition if you don't have it, and an ever better gift for those who love great music.
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