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Ali [Original Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
Classic R&B heroes unite with the new saviors of soul on this outstanding soundtrack. Two epic gospel grooves from R. Kelly, including the soaring single “The World’s Greatest,” share the spotlight with “Fight,” a Shaft-style, funked-up new track from pop prodigy Alicia Keys. The old guard weighs in with amen-inducing tracks by Al Green with Booker T and the MG’s an ecstatic live rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Aretha Franklin the grande dame’s passionate “Ain’t No Way”. Bilal’s Prince-ly, sparse, syncopated “Sometimes” and Angie Stone’s pursed-lipped “20 Dollars” toss off tales of everyday life with an effortless old-school ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
Classic R&B heroes unite with the new saviors of soul on this outstanding soundtrack. Two epic gospel grooves from R. Kelly, including the soaring single “The World’s Greatest,” share the spotlight with “Fight,” a Shaft-style, funked-up new track from pop prodigy Alicia Keys. The old guard weighs in with amen-inducing tracks by Al Green with Booker T and the MG’s an ecstatic live rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Aretha Franklin the grande dame’s passionate “Ain’t No Way”. Bilal’s Prince-ly, sparse, syncopated “Sometimes” and Angie Stone’s pursed-lipped “20 Dollars” toss off tales of everyday life with an effortless old-school vibe. The disc also includes haunting, ambient pieces by cellist Martin Tillman the trippy “Odessa” and Gladiator soundtrack chanteuse Lisa Gerrard with Pieter Bourke the celestial, atmospheric “See the Sun”. Interestingly enough, there are no musical contributions by the film’s star, Will Smith, nor are there any tracks from Ali's I Am the Greatest, a mostly spoken-word disc he made in 1963. Fortunately, there is enough talent on this rousing soundtrack to make Ali the greatest in more ways than one.
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Michael Mann's film biography Ali had one of the most hyperactive soundtracks in memory. Music underscores nearly every minute of the film, which seems at times to move less from scene to scene than song to song. Ever since Mann's Miami Vice days, his stylistically diverse, richly textured, and often dark musical selections have done as much to set the tone for his projects as the fast-paced editing and invariably "stone-washed" look of the cinematography. Mann and his composers, Pieter Bourke and Lisa Gerrard, masterfully set the emotional tone of each scene without resorting to emotionally manipulative clichès. But the sheer volume of the music in Ali sometimes overwhelms the substance of the story. The ice-cool style and the constant barrage of music keep the audience gliding on the surface without ever truly revealing the emotional core of the film's fascinating subject. And yet, despite all that music, the producers of this soundtrack album the first of two released by Interscope somehow felt the need to add songs that were never used in the movie. Unfortunately, they favored a pair of schmaltzy R&B-pop ballads by R. Kelly "The World's Greatest" and "Hold On" over the fine Bourke/Gerrard score, which is represented here only by the trancey ambient song "See the Sun." But there are several strong tracks here that were used in the film, including Truth Hurts' soulful Motown ballad "For Your Precious Love," Everlast's moody half-rap "'The Greatest," and especially Selif Keita's powerful African anthem "Tomorrow," which was used powerfully in two of the film's more important moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949317324
  • Catalog Number: 493173
  • Sales rank: 79,873

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The World's Greatest - R. Kelly (4:35)
  2. 2 Fight (4:13)
  3. 3 Hold On - R. Kelly (4:20)
  4. 4 A Change Is Gonna Come - Al Green (5:27)
  5. 5 Ain't No Way (4:12)
  6. 6 Sometimes - Bilal (7:11)
  7. 7 20 Dollars (4:42)
  8. 8 For Your Precious Love - Truth Hurts (5:26)
  9. 9 Bring It on Home to Me - David Elliott (2:28)
  10. 10 The Greatest - Everlast (5:24)
  11. 11 Mistreated - Shawn Kane (3:57)
  12. 12 Tomorrow - Salif Keita (5:11)
  13. 13 All Along the Watchtower - The Watchtower Four (4:24)
  14. 14 Odessa (3:42)
  15. 15 See the Sun - Pieter Bourke (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walt Whitman's Soul Children of Chicago Choir, Chorus
Salif Keita Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Al Green Track Performer
The Soul Children Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Gage Choir, Chorus
Percy Bady Keyboards
Dewey Browder III Bass
Jonathan DuBose Jr. Guitar
Donnie Lyle Guitar
Jeffrey Morrow Choir, Chorus
James Poyser Organ
Rachel Robinson Choir, Chorus
Johnny Rutledge Choir, Chorus
Angie Stone Track Performer
Martin Tillman Track Performer
Andre Booth Keyboards
Norman Hedman Percussion
Stevie Robinson Choir, Chorus
Joan Collaso Choir, Chorus
?uestlove Drums
Arty White Guitar
Matthew Robinson Choir, Chorus
Kendall D. Nesbitt Keyboards
Rodney Davis Jr. Keyboards
Bilal Track Performer
Alicia Keys Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Amber Morrow Choir, Chorus
Joseph Morrow Choir, Chorus
Leah Robinson Choir, Chorus
Simbryt Whititngton Choir, Chorus
David Elliott Track Performer
Truth Hurts Track Performer
Robin Robinson Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Everlast Producer
Tony Black Engineer
R. Kelly Arranger, Producer
Keith Ciancia Producer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Lisa Gerrard Producer
Trevor Horn Producer
Michael Mann Executive Producer
James Poyser Producer
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Michael Verdick Engineer
Pieter Bourke Producer
Jon Peters Producer
Chad Fischer Producer
Tom Vedvik Producer
Kathy Nelson Producer
Tim Donovan Engineer
Edwin "Eddie Ed" Ramos Engineer
Steve Stoute Producer
Lia Vollack Producer
Carl Robinson Engineer
?uestlove Producer
Abel Garibaldi Programming, Engineer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction
Kerry Brothers Producer, Engineer, Digital Programming
Ian Mereness Programming
Gerald Isaac Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Ray Murray Producer
Alicia Keys Producer
Soulquarians Producer
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