Anastasia [Music from the Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since Anastasia is animator Don Bluth's attempt at a sweeping epic along the lines of Disney's Beauty and the Beast or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it's not surprising that its score duplicates the Disney formula of balancing big show tunes from the film with re-recorded MOR pop versions of the same song. In this case, it's Aaliyah singing "Journey to the Past," and Deana Carter's cover of "Once Upon a December," and the Donna Lewis and Richard Marx duet on "At the Beginning" -- fine versions of fine songs that sound better in their original incarnation also included on the disc. Fortunately, the bulk of the album is comprised of selections from the soundtrack. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since Anastasia is animator Don Bluth's attempt at a sweeping epic along the lines of Disney's Beauty and the Beast or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it's not surprising that its score duplicates the Disney formula of balancing big show tunes from the film with re-recorded MOR pop versions of the same song. In this case, it's Aaliyah singing "Journey to the Past," and Deana Carter's cover of "Once Upon a December," and the Donna Lewis and Richard Marx duet on "At the Beginning" -- fine versions of fine songs that sound better in their original incarnation also included on the disc. Fortunately, the bulk of the album is comprised of selections from the soundtrack. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have written the songs for Anastasia, and their work is generally quite good; occasionally the lyrics are silly "Rumor in St. Petersburg", but perhaps that should be expected, given the difficulty of making the story of Anastasia into an animated musical. On the whole, Anastasia might not live up to the high standards that The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast set, but it's as good as Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and that's not bad company at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678305320
  • Catalog Number: 83053
  • Sales rank: 10,502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Rumor in St. Petersburg (3:25)
  2. 2 Journey to the Past (2:55)
  3. 3 Once upon a December (2:48)
  4. 4 In the Dark of the Night - Jim Cummings (3:21)
  5. 5 Learn to Do It (2:36)
  6. 6 Learn to Do It (1:45)
  7. 7 Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart) - Ensemble (3:02)
  8. 8 At the Beginning - Donna Lewis (3:40)
  9. 9 Journey to the Past (4:04)
  10. 10 Once upon a December (3:34)
  11. 11 Prologue (6:23)
  12. 12 Speaking of Sophie (2:36)
  13. 13 The Nightmare (3:05)
  14. 14 Kidnap and Reunion (4:29)
  15. 15 Reminiscing with Grandma (3:17)
  16. 16 Finale (2:59)
  17. 17 Viaje Tiempo Atrás (Journey to the Past) - Thalía (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rene Toledo Acoustic Guitar
Glen Burtnik Vocals, Ensemble
Michael Thompson Electric Guitar
Bernadette Peters Track Performer
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Robin Clark Vocals, Ensemble
Vaneese Thomas Vocals, Ensemble
Anne Dudley Piano
Thalía Track Performer
Kelsey Grammer Track Performer
Alix Korey Vocals, Ensemble
Aaliyah Track Performer, Finger Snapping
Edwin Bonilla Percussion
Vivian Cherry Vocals, Ensemble
Jim Cummings Track Performer
Al Fritsch Vocals, Ensemble
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Mike Harvey Vocals, Ensemble
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Jeanette Jurado Shaker
Curtis Rance King Jr. Vocals, Ensemble
Richard Marz Track Performer
Cindy Mizelle Vocals, Ensemble
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
Karen Silver Vocals, Ensemble
Frank Simms Vocals, Ensemble
Tim Weidner Keyboards
Lillias White Vocals, Ensemble
Liz Callaway Track Performer
Angela Lansbury Track Performer
Niki Haire Background Vocals
Deana Carter Track Performer
Madeleine Doherty Vocals, Ensemble
Joseph Kolinski Vocals, Ensemble
David Lowenstein Vocals, Ensemble
Bill Nolte Vocals, Ensemble
Kenny Karen Vocals, Ensemble
Donna Lewis Track Performer
Randy Jackson Bass
Billy Porter Vocals, Ensemble
Ellen Bernfeld Vocals, Ensemble
Jonathan Dokuchitz Track Performer
Marty Frasu Synthesizer
Michele Pawk Vocals, Ensemble
Ted Sperling Vocals, Ensemble
Judy Blazer Vocals, Ensemble
Emily Skinner Vocals, Ensemble
Selina King-Murrell Background Vocals
Patrick Quinn Vocals, Ensemble
John Jellison Vocals, Ensemble
Henry Jackman Keyboards
J.K. Simmons Vocals, Ensemble
Jan Horvath Vocals, Ensemble
Jeff Blumenkrantz Vocals, Ensemble
Victoria Clark Vocals, Ensemble
Brooks Almy Vocals, Ensemble
Ted Brunetti Vocals, Ensemble
Darius de Haas Vocals, Ensemble
Robert DuSold Vocals, Ensemble
Gregg Edelman Vocals, Ensemble
Kyle Gordon Vocals, Ensemble
David Newman Conductor
Technical Credits
Douglas Besterman Orchestration
Emilio Estefan Jr. Producer
Steve Fitzmaurice Engineer
Trevor Horn Producer
John Kurlander Engineer
Mario Lucy Engineer
Richard Marx Arranger
Michael Omartian Producer
Guy Roche Arranger, Programming, Producer
Dan Wallin Engineer
Tim Weidner Programming, Engineer
Aaron Zigman String Arrangements
Moana Suchard Engineer
Freddy Piñero Jr. Engineer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Randall Barlow Programming
Sean Chambers Engineer
Craig Kallman Executive Producer
Javier Garza Engineer
Stephen Flaherty Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Juan Carlos García translation
Daniel Hamuy Orchestration
Xandy Jenko Orchestration
Henry Jackman Programming, String Arrangements
Darren Higman Executive Producer
Patricia P. Azar translation
Lynn Ahrens Producer
David Newman Composer, Producer, Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best CDs I have ever heard

    I don't on the CD but I know what on it because I own the movie and the music is one of the main reasons I love the movie so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a perfect performance

    This album is very well.I love it.Thalia's song wonderfull in this soundtrack.Thalia is my number one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love these songs

    im 14 years old...and i just recently re-discovered why i used 2 be obsessed w/ the movie. i keep watching it..mainly bcuz of the amazing songs. i love the songs more than every disney movie..or any animated movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DRH

    I love the song "at the beginning." It's my 8th grade graduation song and never fails to make me cry whenever I think of it... buy this soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, Beautiful, Haunting

    The 'Anastasia' soundtrack is one of my favorite CDs, primarily because it is so many things - at times funny, at times frightening, but always beautiful. The CD has a little bit of everything in it - a few silly songs ("A Rumor in St. Petersburg", "Learn to Do It"), a heroines theme ("Once Upon a December", "Journey to the Past"), and even a bawdy Broadway-ish tune! ("Paris Holds the Key") The instrumentals are also very pretty - I especially enjoyed "Reminiscing With Grandma". The Spanish song was really out of place on this CD, as was "Journey to the Past" with Aaliyah (sorry, fans) and "Once Upon a December" with Deana Carter. I did enjoy "At the Beginning", which was played over the closing credits in the film. Liz Calloway is a lovely singer, I hope to see (and hear) more of her. She brought alot to the song "Once Upon a December" - a lilting ballad of love and loss. All in all, very pretty piece of work - recomended to anyone who saw the film and enjoyed it, or listens to soundtracks from the Disney films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Chicken

    No question bout it... this is one, GREAT, soundtrack. The movie's great... brings the tears to the eyes, seriously. And the soundtrack brings back memories of the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great sound track

    the Anastasia sound track is great! The singing is good but the instamental is the best Iv heard. Even though Its a hour long Its a good Hour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anastasia soundtrack is the best!!

    THIS SOUNDTRACK HAS SOME OF THE BEST SONGS EVER!!!!!! THE MOVIE WAS A COMPLETE SUCCESS!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    g-r-e-a-t great great great!!!

    oh i loved it! i love the movie too. the songs are so great and they touch your heart, i definantely reccomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE the movie and the soundtrack!!!!!

    I absolutely love this CD!!! My sister and I watch the movie all the time because we love to watch the movie so we can sing along with the characters. ''At The Beginning'' is my favorite song, and its a perfect graduation song!! My other favorite is ''Once Upon A December''. Also, I've been comparing prices on this soundtrack from other stores, and Barnes and Nobles, has the cheapest one, unless you buy a used one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it

    this is te best soundtrack ever made. its the only one where i LOVE the insramentals, they are so good. great voices but i dont think the spanish track fits. i mean, it should have been done in russian because the movie is about a russian princess...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Russian History Never Sounded So Good!

    Anastasia is a great idea for a movie and the music in it was fantastic. I thought I was listening to a Disney soundtrack. ''Journey to the Past'' and ''Once Upon a December'' are great! A great non-Disney soundtrack like this doesn't come very often but I hope to hear another soon!

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