50 First Dates: Love Songs from the Soundtrack

50 First Dates: Love Songs from the Soundtrack

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Reflecting the film's Hawaiian setting, the soundtrack to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's romantic comedy about short-term memory loss, 50 First Dates, features reggae-fied versions of new wave classics. While technically the songs should have been done with slack key guitars and ukuleles, the collection is a pretty fun mix ofSee more details below

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Reflecting the film's Hawaiian setting, the soundtrack to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's romantic comedy about short-term memory loss, 50 First Dates, features reggae-fied versions of new wave classics. While technically the songs should have been done with slack key guitars and ukuleles, the collection is a pretty fun mix of styles that haven't had much to do with each other since the heydays of Blondie, the Police, and Musical Youth. Only one of these groups is represented on the soundtrack -- UB40's version of the Police's "Every Breath You Take," which is pleasant enough but not one of the more inspired pairings on the album. Likewise, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath just isn't a strong enough vocal presence to carry off a natty dread version of the Psychedelic Furs' "Ghost in You." However, Wyclef Jean and Eve's version of the Outfield's "Your Love" is surprisingly genuine, and while Wayne Wonder's version of "Hold Me Now" isn't as fresh as his own work, it's still a decent version of the song. 311's version of the Cure's "Love Song" manages to be faithful to the original and to the concept of the soundtrack, creating a new style -- rasta-goth? -- in the process. Robert Smith and company get another shoutout in the form of Dryden Mitchell's "Friday, I'm in Love," which, unfortunately, isn't as successful as 311's homage. Somewhat predictably, most of the standout tracks on the collection come from the artists with the most reggae credibility; Ziggy Marley's version of the Cars' "Drive" imbues the song with a little more soulfulness than most of the other songs here, while Elan Atias' cover of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love" contrasts his raspy vocals with the smooth melody. Adam Sandler's closing track, "Forgetful Lucy," is one of his better and more restrained songs in a while; this song, along with the rest of the soundtrack, keeps the emphasis on "romantic" instead of comedy. Still, 50 First Dates is a fun and funny (if gimmicky) collection of love songs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624867524
catalogNumber:
48675
Rank:
8145

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Carpenter   Bass Guitar
Santa Davis   Drums
Warren Fitzgerald   Guitar
Ziggy Marley   Synthesizer,Bass
Brooks Wackerman   Drums
Wyclef Jean   Guitar
Gabrial McNair   Guitar,Keyboards
Gwen Stefani   Background Vocals
Tony Kanal   Keyboards
Natasha Pearce   Background Vocals
Elan Atias   Background Vocals
Takashia Akimato   Guitar
Zack Hexum   Background Vocals
Carl Restivo   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Sting   Composer
UB40   Producer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
311   Producer
Perry Bamonte   Composer
Tim Butler   Composer
Daniel Chase   Engineer
Kim Davis   Music Business Affairs
Michael Dilbeck   Executive Producer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Nicholas Hexum   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Gary Kemp   Composer
Ziggy Marley   Producer
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Colin Mitchell   Engineer
Pattinson   Composer
Will Sergeant   Composer
Chad Sexton   Producer,Engineer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Adam Sandler   Composer,Executive Producer
Richard Butler   Composer
Guy Oseary   Executive Producer
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Tim Herlihy   Composer
Marc Moreau   Engineer
Tony Kanal   Programming,Producer
Allen Covert   Composer
Jeff Haddad   Vocal Producer
Pablo Munguia   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jeeve   Vocal Producer
Chip Karpells   Engineer
Shelly Bunge   Music Business Affairs
Robert J. Smith   Composer

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