Cadillac Records

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Cadillac Records is Hollywood's version of the Chess Records story. Founded by Leonard Chess played by Adrian Brody, it became the signature home of the Chicago blues, rhythm & blues, and early rock & roll. Its artist roster included Etta James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and dozens of others. The official soundtrack features re-recordings of songs from Chess' classic catalog by contemporary artists -- who have prime roles in the film -- as well as new songs by current talent, and one original stalwart, thank goodness. As such, this set is a mixed bag, and one of two packages that features music from the film. The album's first ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Cadillac Records is Hollywood's version of the Chess Records story. Founded by Leonard Chess played by Adrian Brody, it became the signature home of the Chicago blues, rhythm & blues, and early rock & roll. Its artist roster included Etta James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, and dozens of others. The official soundtrack features re-recordings of songs from Chess' classic catalog by contemporary artists -- who have prime roles in the film -- as well as new songs by current talent, and one original stalwart, thank goodness. As such, this set is a mixed bag, and one of two packages that features music from the film. The album's first single is Beyoncé Knowles' playing Etta James' cover of the latter vocalist's classic "At Last". It's one of her three selections here, and on it Knowles possesses little of the legendary singer's power or edgy finesse. She's entirely too polished and restrained. Her phrasing doesn't come close in terms of inventiveness or inspiration, and her emotional conviction is lacking, to say the least. She fares far better on "I'd Rather Go Blind," that's closer to vintage Northern soul. She gets in a bit of the grit and looseness that the melody and lyric suggest. That said, her lone original "Once in a Lifetime," produced by Amanda Ghost, the Rural, and Ian Dench, could have come from either of her own solo records. It sounds insipid in this context. Jeffrey Wright plays Waters in this film, and his readings of "I'm a Man" and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" are excellent. Waters may have been the hardest of the originals to pull off. And Wright comes the closest vocally. He has the requisite vocal depth and can reach for that combination of otherworldliness, abandon, and slight menace that Waters possessed in abundance. He comes closer than hundreds of others who've attempted it over the past 50 years. Likewise, Columbus Short's reading of Dixon's "My Babe" is another highlight. Mos Def as Berry isn't nearly so successful. Berry's voice is one of the most recognizable in recorded history, and the rapper turned actor and -- now "blues" singer? -- doesn't have the authority, hedonistic rebellion, or sexual swagger in his vocal grain as Berry does. He can't seem to raise himself to the disciplined level of phrasing or storytelling, either. While the vocalists don't cut it, the backing bands mostly do, peopled with blues legend Hubert Sumlin, ex-Fabulous Thunbderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, Danny Kortchmar, Steve Jordan, Eddie Taylor, Jr., and bassist Larry Taylor, to name a few. What's really strange here is the inclusion of new neo-soul cuts by Raphael Saadiq and Solange, and Mary Mary, all of which feel forced, stylized and, to be honest, quite cynical in getting the maximum bang for the buck by the album's producers. They need to get this on the radio, and Knowles, no matter how popular, isn't going to make Etta James sound contemporary enough for the suits who program radio or run record labels. Also included as the last cut -- inexplicably -- is an already released track by Nas in "Bridging the Gap," a blues-hop track with his dad, Olu Dara. Original Chess bluesman Little Walter appears here on the track "Last Night" that somehow, with Wright's contributions, redeems most of this slab. This will likely appeal to those moviegoers who are fans of the above stars, particularly Knowles. As far as the story of Chess goes, this music does little to illuminate the magic of the period or Chess' brand of turbulent, fast, loose, genius.
Billboard - Jeff Vrabel
The songs are performed in "Walk the Line" fashion by the actors: Mos Def does Chuck Berry ("No Particular Place to Go"), actor Jeffrey Wright channels Muddy Waters ("I'm a Man"), and, most notably, Beyoncé leaves Sasha Fierce at the club door for a reverent turn as Etta James ("At Last," "I'd Rather Go Blind").
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973693629
  • Catalog Number: 736936
  • Sales rank: 878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Man (3:50)
  2. 2 At Last (3:00)
  3. 3 No Particular Place to Go (2:47)
  4. 4 I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (3:54)
  5. 5 Once in a Lifetime (3:59)
  6. 6 Let's Take a Walk (2:28)
  7. 7 6 O'Clock Blues - Solange (3:37)
  8. 8 Nadine (2:50)
  9. 9 The Sound (3:29)
  10. 10 Last Night (2:53)
  11. 11 I'd Rather Go Blind (3:10)
  12. 12 My Babe - Columbus Short (2:57)
  13. 13 Bridging the Gap (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Vincent Henry Guitar, Harmonica, Strings, Baritone Saxophone
Larry Taylor Bass
Kim Wilson Harp
Olu Dara Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet
Greg Curtis Organ, Wurlitzer
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Barrelhouse Chuck Goering Piano
Leon Pendarvis Piano
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
Salaam Remi Bass, Guitar, Drums
Lisa Fisher Background Vocals
Raphael Saadiq Bass, Vocals
Onitsha Shaw Background Vocals
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Drums
Billy Flynn Guitar
Eddie Taylor Jr. Guitar
Dontae Winslow Horn
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon Guitar
Bobby Ozuna Drums, Tambourine
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Olu Dara Composer
Niko Bolas Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Warryn "Smiley" Campbell Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Marshall Chess Executive Producer
Greg Curtis Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Howard Drossin String Arrangements
Bill Foster Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Mack Gordon Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Neil Pogue Mix Control
Salaam Remi Producer
Solange Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ian Dench Composer, Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Jim Caruana Engineer
Bosco Mann Composer
Walter Jacobs Composer
James Cruz Mastering
Amanda Ghost Composer, Producer
Beyoncé Knowles Producer
Sean Cooper Sound Design
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Warryn Campbell Composer
Neal Sugarman Composer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Producer
James Dring Composer
Ellington Jordan Composer
Nasir "Nas" Jones Composer
Charles "Biscuits" Brungardt Engineer
Homer Steinweiss Composer
Quincy Jackson Marketing
Thomas Brenneck Composer
Erica Campbell Composer
Tina Campbell Composer
Marcos Tovar Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nice vocals

    Nice compilation. I wish the recording was better.

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