Alfie [2004 Original Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Fans of subtly introspective folky blues will love this ebullient collection of songs and underscoring that adorns Charles Shyer's imaginative 2004 reworking of the classic romantic comedy-drama Alfie. Shyer abandons the mid-'60s "swinging London" location of the original, which vaulted Michael Caine to stardom, instead setting his version in contemporary New York, with Jude Law in the lovably caddish title role. And instead of the original film's jazz soundtrack provided by sax man Sonny Rollins and his ten-piece orchestra, the update's soundtrack is a warm collaboration between iconic Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger -- himself a noted ladies' man -- and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Fans of subtly introspective folky blues will love this ebullient collection of songs and underscoring that adorns Charles Shyer's imaginative 2004 reworking of the classic romantic comedy-drama Alfie. Shyer abandons the mid-'60s "swinging London" location of the original, which vaulted Michael Caine to stardom, instead setting his version in contemporary New York, with Jude Law in the lovably caddish title role. And instead of the original film's jazz soundtrack provided by sax man Sonny Rollins and his ten-piece orchestra, the update's soundtrack is a warm collaboration between iconic Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger -- himself a noted ladies' man -- and the multi-talented Dave Stewart, best known as diva Annie Lennox's partner in the '80s pop sensation Eurythmics. This unlikely pairing sparks some terrifically warm moments, showcasing Jagger's and Stewart's distinctive talents on the cuts "Counting the Days" and "Old Habits Die Hard" (featuring the endearing vocals of Sheryl Crow and Jagger), among others. The album's real jewel, however, is young Joss Stone's gusty, rootsy cover of the movie's noted Bacharach-David theme song. What's this new Alfie all about? Good music.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Wisely, the soundtrack for the 2004 remake of Alfie doesn't try to ape the original film's impeccably cool Sonny Rollins score and sheer pop perfection of Dionne Warwick's classic version of the theme song. Instead, this version of the film looks for its own musical identity with a collection of songs and a few instrumental tracks performed mostly by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger, along with a few tracks by Joss Stone for good measure. Even if the new Alfie's music isn't quite as distinctive as the first one's was, it does at least have a little more creativity and cohesion than most romantic comedy soundtracks. Obviously, Jagger is the perfect choice to reflect the misadventures of a world-weary British Lothario, and he sounds appropriately worn on "Old Habits Die Hard," where his ragged high notes are particularly bittersweet. This track and the equally poignant "Let's Make It Up" rival the best of his latter-day work with the Stones and on his own. However, if the bulk of the soundtrack is anything to go by, 2004's Alfie trades the original's dryly poignant tone for something more obviously sentimental: both versions of "Blind Leading the Blind," "Standing in the Rain," and the Jagger/Joss Stone duet "Lonely Without You This Christmas" tend towards gloss and schmaltz. While the soundtrack does a more than adequate job of chronicling the emptiness and letdowns of living a love-'em and leave-'em life, it doesn't reflect enough of the devil-may-care spirit of that lifestyle that would make it attractive in the first place. The instrumentals "New York Hustle," "Jack the Lad," and "Oh Nikki" capture some of that mischievous, flirtatious joy, however fleetingly. Stone's tracks also tend toward the overdone, especially the ill-conceived rap duet "Wicked Time" featuring Nadirah "Nadz" Seld. And though her version of "Alfie" is no match for Warwick's, it should at least please fans of Stone's bluesy pop more than her second, teen poppy album did. At nearly an hour long and featuring several reprises and different versions of the Jagger/Stewart tracks including a pleasant but not especially vital duet of "Old Habits Die Hard" with Sheryl Crow, Alfie piles on too much; it could've been better if it followed the sparer direction that pops up on it from time to time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2004
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 724386346926
  • Catalog Number: 863469

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Habits Die Hard (4:27)
  2. 2 Blind Leading the Blind (5:57)
  3. 3 New York Hustle (2:44)
  4. 4 Let's Make It Up (4:28)
  5. 5 Wicked Time - Nadirah "Nadz" Seid (4:18)
  6. 6 Lonely Without You (This Christmas) - Joss Stone (2:37)
  7. 7 Darkness of Your Love (3:41)
  8. 8 Jack the Lad @@Jesse Davey (3:17)
  9. 9 Oh Nikki (1:16)
  10. 10 Blind Leading the Blind (4:28)
  11. 11 Standing in the Rain (3:29)
  12. 12 Counting the Days (3:12)
  13. 13 Old Habits (Reprise) (2:11)
  14. 14 Alfie - Joss Stone (4:22)
  15. 15 Old Habits Die Hard (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Stewart Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mick Jagger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sheryl Crow Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jeff Bova Piano, Hammond Organ
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Vocals
Virgil Donati Drums
Geoff Donkin Tambourine
Claudia Fontaine Background Vocals, Improvisation
The Kick Horns Brass
Ally McErlaine Guitar, Slide Guitar
Chris Sharrock Drums
Faye Simpson Background Vocals, Improvisation
Beverley Skeete Background Vocals, Improvisation
Yolanda Charles Bass
Steve Donnelly Guitar
Mike Rowe Piano, Keyboards
Robin L. Davey Bass
Raymond Angry Hammond Organ
James Pearson Piano
Jess Davey Guitar
Kay Jones Background Vocals
Sam Stewart Guitar
Joss Stone Vocals
John Powell Piano
Katelyn Perry Background Vocals
Adrien Cooke Hammond Organ
Royce Nelson Background Vocals
Nadirah "Nadz" Seid Rap
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Burt Bacharach Composer
Peter Cobbin Engineer
Hal David Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Stephen McLaughlin Engineer
Dave Stewart Producer, Audio Production
David Tickle Engineer
Tony Wadsworth Executive Producer
Charles Shyer Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ned Douglas Programming
John Powell Producer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Nadirah "Nadz" Seid Composer
David A. Stewart Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    To me, it's awesome

    After so much listening to this CD, it is one of my top five best that I love all-time CDs.
    The musicians are skilled and well rehearsed: tight!
    The scores are really quite intricate, and they work wonders for me.
    I can relate to the messages, the beats, the harmonies, the responsorial themes. All quite good instrumentally and the vocals are very beautiful.
    I sometimes listen to it on the stationary bike and sometimes on the iStereo after couple glasses wine at home. It always moves me.
    I like it and I wanted to say so here: i read mixed reviews of it, but here is a review from me and its real. I think the CD was worth every cent! and I am glad I bought it.

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