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Ali Soundtrack

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Product Description

This quintessential urban soundtrack will feature today's most prominent artists, singing music to inspire a new generation to understand the greatne ss of Ali. Soundtrack features: R. Kelly, Dru Hill, Alicia Keys, City High, Bilal, Moby, Everlast with Carlos Santana, and Aretha Franklin.

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Most soundtracks for movie blockbusters are a mixed bag, and this one is no exception. The Ali soundtrack is heavily weighted toward R&B, and on that front the album is a success, despite R. Kelly's two horrendously saccharine power ballads. There's no denying the greatness of classic tracks like Aretha Franklin's supremely melancholy "Ain't No Way" and Al Green's live rendition of "A Change Is Gonna Come," and David Elliot continues the old-school theme, with a warm and bluesy remake of "Bring It On Home to Me." Alicia Keyes's "Fight" channels the '70s vibe of James Brown's Funky People, and the fabulous Angie Stone breaks it down and keeps it moving with "20 Dollars." Things go awry when it comes to the rock & roll selections. Everlast's blues-rock posturing on "The Greatest" is irksome, and the Watchtower Four's remake of the classic Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" (done best by Jimi Hendrix) is a travesty. Topnotch contributions by cello virtuoso Martin Tillman, former Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard, and Afropop superstar Salif Keita help balance things out. --Rebecca Levine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The World's Greatest - R. Kelly
  2. Fight - Alicia Keys
  3. Hold On - R. Kelly
  4. A Change Is Gonna Come - Al Green
  5. Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin
  6. Sometimes - Bilal
  7. 20 Dollars - Angie Stone
  8. For Your Precious Love - Truth Hurts
  9. Bring It On Home To Me - David Elliot
  10. E - Ali The Greatest-Everlast
  11. Mistreated - Shawn Kane
  12. Tomorrow - Salif Keita
  13. All Along The Watchtower - Watchtower Four
  14. Odessa - Martin Tillman
  15. See The Sun - Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 2001)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: December 25, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Interscope
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005REU8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I ran right out and bought this immediately after watching the film, hoping that the wonderful ambient/trippy stuff, like the theme playing over the credits, would be on here. No such luck. This is basically a rhythm and blues primer...well done, but if you're looking for the wonderful "out there" music that ran throughout the movie, forget it. It ain't here. Too bad too...that's what I wanted. Oh well. Live and learn.
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Anyone who purchased this thinking, as I did, that they would be buying a little bit of the magic infusing the Ali soundtrack during some of its more poignant and inspiring scenes will be in for a rude awakening once this package of disappointment is delivered.

Tragically not one, but two of the most memorable ambient score pieces from the film are omitted from this soundtrack.

To get your hands on 'Memory Gospel' by Moby, you'll need to pick up his compilation album by titled 'Play: The B Sides'. That is the unofficial "Ali theme" song you hear when Ali's fight turns around against Liston. Why this isn't on any of the Ali soundtrack releases, including the score, is presumably for business reasons only Moby and Columbia Pictures are privy to.

To get your hands on 'Set Me Free' by Dungeon East & Whild Peach, you'll need to pick up the Ali 'Score' which was released in 2002. This was the one other track that seemed "Ali-esque" enough to remember long after I had seen the movie.

It's unfortunate that arguably the best two mood pieces aren't included in this official OST, and that buyers are forced to find them elsewhere. Interscope and Columbia lose some favor points by not denoting that somewhere in the packaging or in the OST advertising.
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This soundtrack was by the far the most inspirational soundtrack I have ever heard. R. Kelly's "World's Greatest" brings me from the bottom to the top. I listen to the soundtrack before basketball and volleyball games and any time whether I'm feeling great or awful, it inspires me to pick my head up. I cannot wait until the new movie Ali comes out, but if you're someone who appreciates a good soundtrack with balance and variety, this is definitely a must.
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The music should have been in alignment with the era of Ali's reign, not a pop culture pseudo retrospect. What do Bilal or R. Kelly have to do with ALI as a man? The greatest injustice to me was not using Sam Cooke's original music. I understand that there were problems with rights to publication and use, but for this movie - to truly illustrate the friendship, respect and love that these two had, Sam's music should have been used. I was seriously disappointed.
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By Aka Alias on December 23, 2002
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I purchased the Ali soundtrack for my son, who was wishing for a copy of A Change Is Gonna Come. Little did I know, I had discovered 24K GOLD. My thirty something son, his wife and I were all blown away by ALL of the tracks. Mostly old school revisited, it is "The Greatest" piece of work that I've heard in a very long time.

If you were ever a fan of the old jamming and grooving R&B of the 60s-70s (like Sam & Dave, Booker T and the MGs, ReRe, etc.) you must not miss this one. I intend to buy copies for other friend?s and relatives just to hear them groan with the agony of remembering ?the way back when, in the long ago?.

BTW, there are some newbies (well new to me) here too that are spectacular-like Ms Angie Stone and her $$-absolutely fantastic!!! Frankly I had stopped buying new music, preferring to try to find a turntable to dust off, but I will be on the lookout hence forth for some of these newer artist that have definitely picked up the FUNK!
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IF you are looking for a contemporary R & B soundtrack, look elsewhere. Although quite a few of the artists are contemporary, this is not an R & B album. Rather, it is a soul/neo-soul album and if I did not like soul, I would have hated this album. I mainly bought the album on the merit of Alicia Keys and R Kelly's songs since they are such great artists. The remaining soulsters are good except for Bilal. That guy is so flippin' off the wall, man. That Sh!t he is singing is terrrrrrrrrrible.
So you have been warned, if you only like R & B, stay clear of this. If you like soul music, you will want to pick this up, but I will add that it is not perfect.
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This is the absolute best motivational CD I've ever heard. I've had it for more than 10 years, purchased it twice after I lost the first one.
My husband and I both love it, and whenever I feel discouraged, this CD is all I need to feel empowered again!
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* Rating was selected due to the great songs & arrangements of those songs. However, from the cover-CD, beng it was pictured as Ali's fight..........never expected to listen to the music this CD represented. Cover totally deceiving to the buyer. Purchase was made only due to the CD cover, even though I did see the movie.

* Totally Liked the CD, tuning in that 85% of the songs again was surprising to listen to.

* This particular CD has no problems with my recommendations, especially if you are a fan of "Al Green". First time I had heard him in Live Concert singing "Change is Gonna Come".
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