Bridget Jones's Diary [Bonus Tracks]

Bridget Jones's Diary [Bonus Tracks]

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When she published Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, budding British writer Helen Fielding not only stumbled on a blockbuster of a novel, she also created a thirtysomething every woman character whose obsessions with men, her weight, and her various inadequacies touched a real nerve with female folks all over the globe. So it's no surprise to finding thisSee more details below


When she published Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, budding British writer Helen Fielding not only stumbled on a blockbuster of a novel, she also created a thirtysomething every woman character whose obsessions with men, her weight, and her various inadequacies touched a real nerve with female folks all over the globe. So it's no surprise to finding this engaging story up on the big screen (with Renée Zellweger as Bridget), accompanied by a punchy, ladies-only soundtrack -- the exception being Brit pop star Robbie Williams, who offers a rousing, big-band style take on the Sinatra classic "Have You Met Miss Jones" and the lightly romantic original "Not of This Earth." The rest of the tracks focus on some of today's most commanding female singers, including Grammy winner Shelby Lynne (the booming new "Killin' Kind" and the previously released "Dreamsome"), Sheryl Crow (the rousing new track "Kiss That Girl"), and Tracy Bonham, whose "Just Perfect" has an Aimee Mann-like lilt. Elsewhere, onetime Spice Girl Geri Halliwell shakes her groove thang on a cover of the Weathergirls' hit "It's Raining Men" and Australian-born singer Jamie O'Neal sheds her country leanings on a version of Eric Carmen's '70s power ballad "All By Myself." Rounding out this addictive disc are a couple of vintage tracks from the '70s -- Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye's soulful duet "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" and Chaka Khan's insanely appropriate disco tune "I'm Every Woman" -- and one track's worth of score material from Scottish composer/actor Patrick Doyle. And to up the Bridgetness quotient, the disc is also enhanced to include a "Bridget-o-Meter" (a self-graded quiz); half of the first chapter of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; and links to a web site that includes an author biography, photos from the film, and notes on the artists.

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All Music Guide - Brad Kohlenstein
Based on the comic best-seller, Bridget Jones's Diary documents a year in the life of an unmarried 30-something publisher. She searches for love, self-confidence, and a slimmer waistline in a struggle to become the "perfect modern woman." The resulting soundtrack assembles a cavalry of strong female artists. Chaka Khan's dance anthem "I'm Every Woman" feels like the centerpiece for this collection that includes new music from Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynn, and Tracy Bonham. Aside from score composer Patrick Doyle, the only boys invited to play here are British heartthrob Robbie Williams and Marvin Gaye, who shares his space with Diana Ross on their Motown classic, "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)." Williams appears twice and offers one of the many remakes on the album, a charming version of Frank Sinatra's "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Other covers include a just-as-sappy rendition of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" and a smooth R&B take on Van Morrison's "Someone Like You." Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell contributes a catchy but slightly painful version of "It's Raining Men," while some of the album's more interesting tracks come from its lesser-known artists. Popular U.K. acts Gabrielle and Alisha's Attic deliver distinctive ballads, and promising New Yorker Rosey brands her own form of bluesy pop
ock on "Love." Despite several edgy performers, the collection has an easy listening feel. It lacks the feel-good hits common to successful soundtracks and may have been well served to trade in some of the sentiment for a little more fun. However, each selection feels right for the film. The album is nostalgic while still in vogue, full of both kitsch and ardor, just like any romantic comedy should be. [A special edition was released at the same time with four bonus tracks: Alisha's Attic's "Pretender Got My Heart," Jamie O'Neal's "All by Myself," Robbie Craig and the Artful Dodger's "Woman Trouble," and Aaron Soul's "Ring, Ring, Ring"]

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Polygram Uk


  1. Out of Reach  -  Gabrielle
  2. Respect  - Aretha Franklin
  3. It's Raining Men  - Geri Halliwell
  4. Have You Met Miss Jones?  - Robbie Williams
  5. I'm Every Woman  - Chaka Khan
  6. Don't Get Me Wrong  -  Pretenders
  7. Kiss That Girl  - Sheryl Crow
  8. Killin' Kind  - Shelby Lynne
  9. Someone Like You  - Dina Carroll
  10. Not of This Earth @@Robbie Willams
  11. Can't Take My Eyes off You  - Andy Williams
  12. Love  -  Rosey
  13. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)  - Diana Ross
  14. Dreamsome  - Shelby Lynne
  15. It's Only a Diary  - Patrick Doyle
  16. Pretender Got My Heart  -  Alisha's Attic
  17. All by Myself  - Jamie O'Neal
  18. Woman Trouble  -  Artful Dodger
  19. Ring, Ring, Ring @@Aaron Soul

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelby Lynne   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Marvin Gaye   Track Performer
Diana Ross   Track Performer
Sheryl Crow   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Gary Prim   Synthesizer
Dina Carroll   Track Performer
John Barclay   Trumpet
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Dave Bishop   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Brand   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Guy Chambers   Keyboards
Chaka Khan   Track Performer
Mathew Cooker   Celli
Mitch Dalton   Electric Guitar
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Simon Gardner   Trumpet
Julie Gigante   Violin
Jerry Hey   Conductor
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Roland Kato   Viola
John Kelton   Bass,Piano
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Andrew MacKintosh   Alto Saxophone
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Organ
Marilyn Powell   Background Vocals
Ralph Salmins   Drums
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Conductor
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Philip Todd   Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Trott   Bass,Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Dave Arch   Piano
Yolanda Charles   Bass Guitar
Rosey   Track Performer
Johnathan Shorten   Keyboards
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Andrew Williams   Track Performer
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Mark Lawson   Background Vocals
Derrick Taylor   Bass Guitar
Alisha's Attic   Track Performer
Robbie Williams   Track Performer
Sally Burgess   Double Bass
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Geri Halliwell   Track Performer
Anthony Kerr   Vibes
Craig Young   Bass,Drums
Harriet Roberts   Background Vocals
Carlton Carter   Background Vocals
James Shearman   Conductor
Iain Dixon   Alto Saxophone
Dave Rainger   Guitar
Carl Hergesell   Piano,fender rhodes
Fionn Ó Lochlainn   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Thomas Dienner   Viola
Dylan Howe   Drums
David Revelli   Drums
Dominic Kelly   Oboe
David Stewart   Keyboards,Bass Trombone
Robin Wright   Vocals
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Neil Taylor   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Jabara   Composer
Steve Power   Producer
Peter Collins   Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Paul Shaffer   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Jim Brumby   Engineer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Guy Chambers   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Hal Davis   Producer
Andy Duncan   Programming,drum programming
Jerry Hey   String Arrangements
Nick Ingman   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Lipson   Programming,Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Steve Sidwell   Arranger
Keith Stegall   Producer
Guy Thomas   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Producer
Johnathan Shorten   Producer
Patrick Doyle   Orchestration
Daniel "Sonny" Norton   Engineer
Lawrence Ashmore   Orchestration
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Craig Young   Programming
Iain Roberton   Engineer
James Shearman   Orchestration
Michael Melnick   Engineer
Fionn Ó Lochlainn   String Arrangements
Tom Jenkins   Engineer
Dean Baskerville   Engineer
Alan Pell   Executive Producer

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