Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida"

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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
Following the blockbuster success of "The Lion King," it's no surprise that Disney approached Elton John and Tim Rice about another collaboration. It is a pleasant surprise that their creation, AIDA, lacks the bombast of a commercial behemoth. Although they stay true to Verdi's story of love amidst oppressive politics, the music is adapted to contemporary styles and sung unpretentiously by a cast of superstars, starting with Sting, Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men, Leann Rimes, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, the Spice Girls, and Tina Turner. The result is less Disney, more Red Hot and Verdi: Sly and Robbie pair up with Sting on a reggae-ish "Another Pyramid," the Spice Girls ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
Following the blockbuster success of "The Lion King," it's no surprise that Disney approached Elton John and Tim Rice about another collaboration. It is a pleasant surprise that their creation, AIDA, lacks the bombast of a commercial behemoth. Although they stay true to Verdi's story of love amidst oppressive politics, the music is adapted to contemporary styles and sung unpretentiously by a cast of superstars, starting with Sting, Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men, Leann Rimes, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, the Spice Girls, and Tina Turner. The result is less Disney, more Red Hot and Verdi: Sly and Robbie pair up with Sting on a reggae-ish "Another Pyramid," the Spice Girls make like the Supremes on a humorous "My Strongest Suit," Kravitz adds funk and muscle to "Like Father Like Son," and Turner and Angelique Kidjo turn in a wonderful duet on "Easy as Life." Before the Broadway version kicks in, this recording is a rare chance to hear the music without the star power getting in the way.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Lion King proved to be one of Elton John's most successful projects -- which is quite an achievement for one of the most successful rockers in history. Given its level of popularity, it's only logical that John would re-team with his Lion King collaborator Tim Rice. Perhaps to some it was surprising that they adapted Verdi's Aida as their next project, but it made sense -- Rice's background was in show tunes and John's songs tended to sound like show tunes. Hence, they were a perfect pair to modernize Aida for the Great White Way -- at least in theory. In practice, their collaborations sound like soft rock and adult contemporary tunes, especially the way they're presented here. None of the songs on Aida are performed in the order they are in the show, nor are they performed in character. However, they are performed by a variety of different vocalists, including John, Sting, the Spice Girls, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, James Taylor, Janet Jackson and Tina Turner, plus Heather Headley, the only member of the cast to be featured on this record. As such, the album doesn't feel like a show -- it feels like an afternoon of adult contemporary radio. This isn't a bad thing, since John is a virtuoso of the form, and many of his contributions here are worthy often better than his Lion King work and all the featured players do them justice. Still, Aida feels incomplete, quite possibly because it is structured as a various-artists album, not a cast recording -- which is really what you want when you want to listen to cast recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452462824
  • Catalog Number: 524628
  • Sales rank: 186,710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Another Pyramid - Sting (3:50)
  2. 2 Written in the Stars (4:17)
  3. 3 Easy as Life (5:12)
  4. 4 My Strongest Suit (4:11)
  5. 5 I Know the Truth (5:36)
  6. 6 Not Me (4:53)
  7. 7 Amneris' Letter (1:42)
  8. 8 A Step Too Far - Heather Headley (4:19)
  9. 9 Like Father, Like Son (4:10)
  10. 10 Elaborate Lives (4:24)
  11. 11 How I Know You - James Taylor (3:19)
  12. 12 The Messenger (5:11)
  13. 13 The Gods Love Nubia (4:49)
  14. 14 Enchantment Passing Through (5:46)
  15. 15 Orchestral Finale (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Rob Mathes Conductor, Guitar, Keyboards
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Edgar Meyer Acoustic Bass
Lenny Kravitz Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Timpani, Track Performer, Wurlitzer
David Tofani Alto Flute, Flute
Angela Clemmons-Patrick Background Vocals
Chevelle Franklyn Background Vocals
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Karen Kamon Background Vocals
Lauren Kinhan Background Vocals
Charles Mangold Background Vocals
Peter Mann Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes Background Vocals
James "D-Train" Williams Background Vocals
Toby Baker Bass
David Finck Bass
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Zev Katz Bass, Electric Bass
Mary Scully Bass
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Craig Young Bass
Virgil Blackwell Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
David Taylor Bass Trombone
Diane Barere Cello
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Richard Locker Cello
Martin Loveday Cello
Caryl Paisner Cello
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Frank Schaefer Cello
Laura Sewell Cello
Mark Orrin Shuman Cello
Ellen Westerman Cello
Sly Dunbar Drums
Shawn Pelton Drums
Philippe Saisse fender rhodes
Ed Calle Flute, Saxophone
Pamela Sklar Flute
David Barry Guitar
Clem Clempson Guitar
Julian Gallagher Guitar
Kenny Mims Guitar
James Taylor Guitar, Track Performer, Vocals
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar
Carl Herrgesell Harmonium, Piano
Bob Carlisle Horn
John Clark Horn
Diane Lesser Horn, Oboe
Guy Babylon Keyboards
Clifford Carter Keyboards
Baby Dave Keyboards
Robby Lynn Keyboards
Matt Rowe Keyboards
Daryl Simmons Keyboards
Jimmy Jam Multi Instruments
Terry Lewis Multi Instruments
Christopher Hooker Oboe
Merilee Klemp Oboe
Luis Conte Percussion
Russ Kunkel Percussion
Scott Meeder Percussion
Jeff Bova Piano
Doug Katsaros Piano
Vance Taylor Piano
Jill Dell'Abate Tambourine
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone
Boyz II Men Track Performer
Dru Hill Track Performer
Heather Headley Track Performer
Janet Jackson Track Performer
Lulu Track Performer
Kelly Price Track Performer
LeAnn Rimes Track Performer
Sherie René Scott Track Performer
Spice Girls Track Performer
Tina Turner Track Performer
Shania Twain Track Performer
Michael Davis Trombone
Larry Farrell Trombone
Jim Pugh Trombone
Dana Teboe Trombone
Tony Concepcion Trumpet
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Jeff Kievet Trumpet
Byron Stripling Trumpet
Julien Barber Viola
Juliet Haffner Viola
Peter Lale Viola
Carol Landon Viola
Sue Pray Viola
Robert Smissen Viola
Sabina Thatcher Viola
Kate Wilkinson Viola
Abe Appleman Violin
Elena Barere Violin
Mark Berrow Violin
John Bradbury Violin
Avril Brown Violin
Barry Finclair Violin
Simon Fischer Violin
Helen Foli Violin
Roger Frisch Violin
Roger Garland Violin
Wilfred Gibson Violin
Rebecca Hirsch Violin
Jean Ingraham Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Ann Leathers Violin
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Jan Mullen Violin
Paul Peabody Violin
Julia Persitz Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Liz Sobieski Violin
Marti Sweet Violin
Donna Tecco Violin
Daria Tedeschi Violin
Carol Webb Violin
Gavyn Wright Violin
Technical Credits
Elton John Musical Director
Rob Mathes Arranger, String Arrangements
Rob Mounsey Arranger
Michael Hanna Arranger
Jean Hébrail Arranger, Engineer, Producer
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer
Angélique Kidjo Arranger
Lenny Kravitz Arranger, Horn Arrangements, Producer
Terry Lewis Arranger, Producer
Nathan Morris Arranger
Wanya Morris Arranger
Sisqó Arranger
Shawn Stockman Arranger
Jim "Big Jim" Wright Arranger
Richard Pandiscio Art Direction, Artwork
Fred Vaughn Choir Arrangement
Mike Long Contributor
Pat Thrall Digital Editing, Programming
Adrian Bushby Engineer
Steve "Barney" Cahse Engineer
Barney Chase Engineer
Jan Fairchild Engineer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Delroy "Dr. Marshall" Harrison Engineer
Steve Hodge Engineer
John Holbrook Engineer
Thom "TK" Kidd Engineer
Matt Knobel Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer, Producer
Pete Lewis Engineer
Mike Malak Engineer
Terry Manning Engineer
Garfield McDonald Engineer
Olle Romo Engineer
Tim Rice Liner Notes
Boyz II Men Producer
Peter Collins Producer
Jill Dell'Abate Producer
Dru Hill Producer
Sly Dunbar Producer
Russ Kunkel Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Producer
Phil Ramone Producer, Executive Producer
Matt Rowe Producer, Programming
Robbie Shakespeare Producer
Daryl Simmons Producer, drum programming
Ivy Skoff Producer
Richard Stannard Producer
Lee Blaske String Arrangements
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Kelly Price Vocal Arrangements
Alexander Richbourg drum programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jake Davies Programming
Jan Folkson Programming
Julian Gallagher Programming
Paul Waller Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    quality

    Elton John and Tim Rice do an amazing job with the musical. The absolute best part is the amazing cast that was assembled for this project. First off, Adam Pascal (the original Roger in RENT) plays Radames. He has such a strong and powerful voice that makes him perfect for the part. Heather Headley, who was in the Lion King, has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. It can be soft and gentle or filled with love or pain. The third star is Sherrie Rene Scott whose character skillfully keeps things lighthearted and fun even though things get hard. When all three come together in one song, A Step Too Far, their voices blend beautifully without one outshadowing anot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great -- But please note!

    This is a fantastic disc -- however make note before hitting the order button. This is -NOT- the cast recording! This is a fantasic compilation of songs from the show sung by contemporary artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    I have also seen the musical on Broadway and I have never seen such a wonderful thing. The songs and the actors are really great. If you have the oportunity to go there do so, if I ever come back to NY I will go again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I have seen the real Aida play and it is fantastic. This cd is wonderful, but it doesn't quite do justice to the wonderful voices of all the actors. The music touches your soul. The sets are breathtaking. Everyone should see this play and if not get this cd.

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