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The Emperor's New Groove (2000 Film) Extra tracks, Soundtrack


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Disney's score-heavy soundtrack to the animated "Emperor's New Groove" blends a scoop of splashy and sentimental contemporary tunes with a shovelful of evocative, masterfully crafted compositions. Big-name artists such as Shawn Colvin, Eartha Kitt, and Tom Jones each signed on to sing one of five Sting-penned songs, and Sting himself lends vocals to two tracks (one a duet with Colvin), so the stars are flying high. But fans of these folks may feel they're forever flipping through the wordless orchestral numbers in search of the record's radio-friendly fare. But buyers with more eclectic listening habits are in for a fully engaging if sometimes jumpy sonic ride: Composer John Debney sends pulses racing then mellows them out on tracks teeming with tension ("Beware the Groove"), trepidation ("The Jungle Rescue"), or tenderness ("A New Hope"), and Sting as songwriter doses up splashes of spice by way of the salsified "Perfect World," for which Jones's considerable vocal energies couldn't be better suited, and the prickly "Snuff Out the Lights," which is put across with practiced insouciance by a pucker-faced, still-out-of-this-world-after-all-these-years Kitt, who also plays the movie's devious diva Yzma. "My Funny Friend and Me," Emperor's end-title song and the record's first single, presents a more familiar Sting, and not only because he's its singer. Soundwise, it hardly strays from the artist's huge-selling adult-skewed ballads--his bread and butter in recent years--and as such, it, along with the tender duet "One Day She'll Love Me," grips the potential to send this record racing up the charts. --Tammy La Gorce

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listen  1. Perfect WorldTom Jones 2:21Album Only
listen  2. My Funny Friend And MeSting 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Snuff Out The Light (Yzma's Song)Eartha Kitt 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Walk The Llama LlamaRascal Flatts 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Perfect World (Reprise)Tom Jones 2:34Album Only
listen  6. Run Llama RunJohn Debney 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. One Day She'll Love MeSting 4:11Album Only
listen  8. A New HopeJohn Debney 1:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beware The GrooveJohn Debney 8:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Jungle RescueJohn Debney 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pacha's Homecoming/The Blue Plate SpecialJohn Debney 7:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Great Battle/Friends ForeverJohn Debney 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004Z554
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A major shift in the film's creative shift resulted in all but two of Sting's original songs being cut from the finished film.
T. Callahan
Why is so much crap being produced on CD, DVD and MP3 out there while at the same time "oldies" like me are searching for years for quality music like this title....
Rorikjunior
I am quite disappointed, however, that there are three songs from the CD not included in the final film - they're really great!!
Sarah Walinski

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Bindman on December 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album truly displays Sting's strengths, and I appreciate the fact that all the songs from the former version of the movie "Kingdom of the Sun" are included. Kingdom of the Sun was the first version of the movie which Sting wrote five songs to. Disney revamped the entire film, scratching the five songs, and making it into a buddy comedy. Its good to see that Disney is proud of Sting's work to include songs not in the final version of the film..
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jess on November 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Disney has always been tricky when it comes to soundtracks: first the characters sing (like in Little Mermaid, Aladin, etc) or their new approach being that someone else sings for the characters (like Phil Collins and Tarzan). The Emperor's New Groove sort-of combines these two elements to form a very well put-together album. I went into this album thinking that Sting would be pulling a Phil Collins and singing all the songs in the movie. This was not the case, however. Sting is a wonderful singer, but an even better songwriter; Disney definitely must have seen this because he writes and produces every single song on this album. What would any "groove" be like without the illustrius Tom Jones? It's been a LONG time since he's done anything new, and he definitely gives a very groovy sense to the opening and reprise songs of "Perfect World". Eartha Kitt purrs and growls her way through her character's song "Snuff Out the Light", and Sting, as he always does, manages to write and sing the theme song "My Funny Friend and Me" which definitely promotes the concept of how friendship can change a view on life. Rascal Flatts are featured in "Walk the Lama Lama", a cute yet quarky litttle song about lamas, and Sting appears again with Shawn Colvin singing the duet "One Day She'll Love Me". Last but definitely not least is the tremendously brilliant score written and produced by John Debney, which provides somewhat of a sneak-peak as to what the movie is about. Although it may not be the best soundtrack Disney's ever done, it should definitely be considered one of the best.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VinicioMckay on March 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have to be honest, I wasn't expecting anything good aboutEmperor's New Groove. Then I got the Cd and realized that Sting wrotegreat songs for the film. I like the sound of all the songs. There ismore, I just got the spanish version of the soundtrack and it is greattoo, the Walk the llama llama song is even better in this CD, it evenhas some extra lyrics that the english version doesn'tinclude. .... The title in spanish is even better "Las Locurasdel Emperador" which means something like "The Emperor'sFrolics"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Walinski on November 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is certainly another memorable addition to the Disney music family!! The songs all have their own unique flavor and the perfect touch of sophistication that Sting seems to bring to all his music. I am quite disappointed, however, that there are three songs from the CD not included in the final film - they're really great!! I would've loved to see them animated - especially "One Day She'll Love Me". It's not at all the typical Disney love song, but instead very sophisticated and moody. Perhaps they can be included in a special edition? :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Scott Sutherland on November 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
the rhythms are bouncy, the songs are catchy and fun, though not nearly as fun as the best of ashman/menken... sigh; as if that will ever happen again. but there's a funkiness to the synchopations that both phil collins and elton john could only hope to achieve.
while the score works well, having not seen the film yet, i am saddened to read on the back that one of the catchiest tunes, the suprisingly well-performed eartha kitt song "snuff out the light," is, according to the note on the back of the cd, "written for but not used in the film." the other two are "walk the llama llama" and "one day she'll love me." the sting/shawn colvin exclusion comes as little surprise since the film has undergone serious revision in the attempt to make it less serious, apparently losing the "love" angle. but the other two are certainly silly enough to be in the final cut, one would venture after hearing them. ultimately, what we have is a soundtrack with only two original songs--tom jones' opening number (and its reprise) and the sting oscar-hopeful buddy song--that will actually be in the film as we see it.
i'm excited about seeing this movie; i truly am. but i long for a return, at least briefly, to the musicals of the past...real musicals, not the voice-over tarzan-type features.
but, back to the cd at hand... regardless of what is in the film or not, what is on the cd is bouncy and fun. i love it, and my four 1/2 year old and two 1/2 year old are getting funky on the first listen!
i love dreamworks, and even 20th century fox has potential, but disney does, you have to admit, do this very well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Davis on August 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD is great, the Sting songs are, as to be expected, wonderful, especially the ones he sings. It is unfortunate though that this CD has very little in common with the movie as it was released. The movie was originally intended to be a serious drama, based on the "Prince and the Pauper" storyline, but it apparently didn't work, so Disney rushed to change it into a buddy-comedy. I guess the timeline to get the revised movie into theaters didn't allow for them to make significant changes to the soundtrack, because songs that support the original story (Disney was to call the movie "Empire of the Sun") still appear on the soundtrack, even though they have absolutely nothing to do with the movie as released.
All that having been said, this is a truly enjoyable soundtrack/score combination.
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