Cars Enhanced, Soundtrack
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MP3 Music, June 6, 2006
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The High Octane Film event of the Summer! Cars is the journey of Lightning McQueen, a hotshot animated race car voiced by actor Owen Wilson. En route to a big race, the cocky McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. The all star vocal cast includes free-wheeling performances by Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond and Cheech Marin. The Soundtrack: The Ultimate Road Trip Album! The soundtrack features some of today's most popular country, rock and pop stars including all-new music and new recordings of road classic favorites by music superstars Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, James Taylor and score by Academy Awardr winner Randy Newman. The music will make you want to put the top down, turn the volume up and cruise! Music is heavily integrated throughout the .lm, revving up the audience for the soundtrack! Collector's Edition Digipak is available on the initial orders only.
Cars is a typical Disney-Pixar animated movie in that it deals with an anthropomorphic character (here, a car) and the heartwarming values of family and friendship. (Alas, we'll have to wait a little while longer for the company to take on greed and selfishness.) The accompanying soundtrack is equally typical in that it's split between catchy pop songs and a score by Randy Newman. The clear highlight of the pop tracks is Sheryl Crow's boisterous, huge-sounding "Real Gone" (her best song in ages). Rascal Flatts also cover Tom Cochrane's 1991 hit "Life Is a Highway," while John Mayer rocks out on "Route 66" (Chuck Berry's elegantly lean version is included as well). For his part, Newman continues his distinguished association with quality animation by supplying a nimble score. It's fun to hear him deploy riffs that wouldn't be out of place on a Quiet Riot album on the bombastic "Opening Race," while the bluesy "Bessie" does George Thorogood with a tuba. The CD's overall Southern flavor is emphasized by the frequent use of banjo and slide guitar, as well as by score tracks cantering about, like "McQueen and Sally." And, as usual, Newman delivers a nostalgic, misty-eyed song--in this case "Our Town," performed by that master of sensitive laid-back charm, James Taylor. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Top Customer Reviews
the producers of this cd finally got it!!!!!!!! i think they included every possible music snipit from the movie even the music from the first scenes of the races. fabulous. the music is just great. this is a great cd w many styles of music. i can not decide which i love best.
Frankly, I'm surprised I like this CD so much because I am NOT a fan of country music! In fact, I (ordinarily) despise it. But Sheryl Crow's rockin' Real Gone and Rascal Flatts' cover of Life is a Highway are AWESOME! I keep crankin' the latter because it's just a FUN song when done by Rascal Flatts! (Never liked the original, believe it or not.)
There's some oldie tunes sprinkled throughout, and my son enjoys both versions of Route 66. A lot. In fact, he's upstairs toggling between those two songs!
If you saw the movie and thought it was as OUTSTANDING (and heartwarming) as I did, this Soundtrack will engender those same "feel good" feelings. Randy Newman's ethereal, moving strings are magnificent, so the instrumental parts are excellent. "Tractor Tipping" is a rousing hoe-down of a song that makes me smile because I remember the hilarious scene with Mater and Lightning in the field!
Cars: The Soundtrack is a great CD for the whole family (unless you have someone who absolutely hates all forms of country music no matter what--like my husband!). But if you've seen the movie, you'll likely enjoy this fun soundtrack (even if you're not a fan of country music like me!)
P.S. This CD comes with a cool fold-out which shows the colorful folks from Radiator Springs.
If you saw the movie it will bring a lot of it back. Since there is such a positive message to the plot, this is worth having for the message, the music and the memories.
I think this CD is for the whole family, young and old will just love this. I like the song, "Finding Yourself" which wraps up the story and is sung in the last scene. What a great CD.