Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema is bringing a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production "Hairspray" to life. Featuring new and original material based on John Waters' 1988 cult classic about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, the comedy and soundtrack include a collection of such talent as John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, Allison Janney, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, and Elijah Kelley. What fun! This soundtrack of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical overflows with glossy, ol' fashioned '60s-style pep. It won't win any awards for innovation, but it may well be one of the most feel-good releases of the year. While not quite as super-energetic as the original Broadway cast, the new crew ain't too shabby: Nikki Blonsky delivers as Tracy Turnblad and Zac Efron (High School Musical) makes for a devoted boyfriend, and the supporting cast gleefully embraces the show's silly-but-generous spirit. John Travolta (who gets to utter the particularly ironic line "it's been years since someone asked me to dance") goes drag as Tracyâ€™s mom, Edna, while Michelle Pfeiffer's slight stiffness is appropriate for her uptight character, especially on the cha-cha "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs." After Mama Morton in Chicago, Queen Latifah puts in another brassy turn as Motormouth Maybelle ("Big, Blonde and Beautiful," which is then reprised by Travolta and Pfeiffer). The show's authors, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, have written three new numbers for the movie: the rollicking (and first single) "Ladies' Choice," "New Girl in Town" and "Come So Far." In addition, the CD also includes two tracks that aren't in the film but were in the show: "Cooties," sung by Aimee Allen, and "Mama, Iâ€™m a Big Girl Now," sung by all three Tracy Turnblads: Blonsky, Ricki Lake (from the source movie) and Marissa Jaret Winokur (from the original Broadway cast). --Elisabeth Vincentelli
14 TRACKS: 1) As We Enter 2) Tribes At War (With K Naan) 3) Strong Will Continue 4) Leaders (With Stephen Marley) 5) Friends 6) Count Your Blessing 7) Dispear 8) Land Of Promise (With Dennis Brown) 9) In His Own Words (With Stephen Marley) 10) Nah Mean 11) Patience 12) My Generation (With Lil Wayne & Joss Stone) 13) Africa Must Wake Up (With K Naan) 14) Ancient People (With Jr. Reid)
Operating System: MUSIC CD It's hard not to start feeling sentimental after hearing the loose collection of love ballads that comprise the Notting Hill soundtrack. The romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant is filled with the modern sounds of love--as sung by everyone from pop harmonizers (Boyzone, 98Â Degrees) to classic soulsters (Bill Withers, Al Green). The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" adds a garage-rock edge, but if you're not up for slow-burning love tunes, this soundtrack probably isn't for you. Two guitar-based score tracks from composer Trevor Jones fill out Notting Hill and add nice instrumental touches to the disc. --Jason Verlinde
In Autumn 2003, Blue Man Group visited 38 US cities with their Complex Rock Tour. Their performances feature three bald and blue characters and a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art and science into an original form of entertainment. The Complex Rock Tour includes guest performances from Dave Matthews and also from Gavin Rossdale of Bush.
This movie made Motown hot again and spawned two best-selling soundtrack albums, both of which you'll find on disc one. Disc two, meanwhile, adds another 19 tracks of classic '60s rock and soul for the ultimate baby-boom flashback! Includes I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye; Good Lovin' Rascals; Tell Him Exciters; When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge; My Girl Temptations; We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet Blues Magoos; What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin, and more. 38 classic tunes! Writer/director Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill was one of Hollywood's first forays into baby-boomer navel-gazing, an examination of 60's idealism gone sour during the subsequent selfish excesses of the Me Decade and Go-Go 80's. It's Motown classics-dominated score became both a commercial sensation and generational touchstone, facets that often overlooked its status as one of the most artistically skillful pop song scores ever set to a film. This deluxe two CD edition won't defuse any of the often overweening nostalgia that's been its hallmark. Indeed, this slip-cased, expanded set (which includes the 1983 album's complete original track listing, as well as that of its 1984 sequel, More Songs From the Big Chill) often seems to relish in them on the new classic-rock dominated second disc, Bigger Chill: Music of a Generation. The second disc's tracks (which span more Motown, and a gamut from James Brown to Lesley Gore) are "inspired" by the film and not in it, but should more than please those enthralled by the original collection. Also included are previously unavailable instrumental versions of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," Bert Kaempfert's "Strangers in the Night" and the mock TV "J.T. Lancer" theme, tracks that were the film's only "traditional" scoring touches. --Jerry McCulley
Manufacturer: Atlantic Off Roster
Brand: BLUES BROTHERS
Certified Platinum by the RIAA (2/98). Inspired by the lovable Saturday Night Live white-boy blues schtick of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, director John Landis seemingly threw every harebrained stunt he could imagine--and millions of dollars in production costs and wrecked autos--onto the screen. The resulting film could have been mistaken for a bad case of Hunter S. Thompson's D.T.'s, but Landis never shortchanged the music: Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles all get their moment in the spotlight. Miraculously, the chic-shabby Blues Brothers, anchored by the Stax rhythm section of Cropper and Dunn, hold their own against the legends, perhaps by the sheer joy and love they have for the music. --Jerry McCulley