Evita [Motion Picture Music Soundtrack]

Evita [Motion Picture Music Soundtrack]

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by A. L. Webber
     
 

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Madonna staked much of her career on Evita, gambling that it would establish her as a proper movie star and a respected actress, as well as reviving her slumping musical career. Both the film and the soundtrack, while worthy efforts, fall just short of their goals, despite their numerous strong points. The double-disc soundtrack to Evita -- which

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Madonna staked much of her career on Evita, gambling that it would establish her as a proper movie star and a respected actress, as well as reviving her slumping musical career. Both the film and the soundtrack, while worthy efforts, fall just short of their goals, despite their numerous strong points. The double-disc soundtrack to Evita -- which essentially is an audio document of the entire film, since there is no dialogue in the movie -- is an exquisitely produced and expertly rendered version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock-inspired musical, yet it remains curiously unengaging. Part of the reason is Madonna's performance. While she gives a startlingly accomplished and nuanced performance -- her voice actually sounds like it matures over the course of the album -- it is impossible to listen to her without getting the impression that she is trying really hard to be credible, which makes it difficult to connect with her. It doesn't help that her supporting cast of Jonathan Pryce and Antonio Banderas are only fitfully successful; Banderas' performance, in particular, suffers from being removed from the visuals. Even with the faults, Evita has its merits, including the written-for-film ballad "You Must Love Me," and is worth investigating. It just isn't the definitive work that it wishes to be.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/1996
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624634621
catalogNumber:
46346
Rank:
5486

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952
  2. Requiem for Evita
  3. Oh What a Circus
  4. On This Night of a Thousand Stars
  5. Eva and Magaldi/Eva Beware of the City
  6. Buenos Aires
  7. Another Suitcase in Another Hall
  8. Goodnight and Thank You
  9. The Lady's Got Potential
  10. Charity Concert/The Art of the Possible
  11. I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You
  12. Hello and Goodbye
  13. Peron's Latest Flame
  14. A New Argentina

Disc 2

  1. On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada 1
  2. Don't Cry for Me Argentina
  3. On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada 2
  4. High Flying, Adored
  5. Rainbow High
  6. Rainbow Tour
  7. The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)
  8. And the Money Kept Rolling (In and Out)
  9. Partido Feminista
  10. She Is a Diamond
  11. Santa Evita
  12. Waltz for Eva and Che
  13. Your Little Body's Slowly Breaking Down
  14. You Must Love Me
  15. Eva's Final Broadcast
  16. Latin Chant
  17. Lament

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Gary Brooker   Track Performer
Jimmy Nail   Vocals,Track Performer
John Mauceri   Conductor
David Caddick   Conductor
Madonna   Vocals,Track Performer
Lorenza Johnson   Background Vocals
Julian Littman   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Gordon Neville   Background Vocals
Laura Pallas   Background Vocals
Mark Ryan   Background Vocals
Linda Taylor   Background Vocals
Peter Polycarpou   Track Performer
Jonathan Pryce   Vocals,Track Performer
Fredrick Warder   Background Vocals
Andrew Wood-Mitchell   Background Vocals
Julia Worsley   Background Vocals
Nick Holder   Background Vocals
Angeline Ball   Background Vocals
Andrea Corr   Track Performer
Antonio Banderas   Vocals,Track Performer
Alex Sharpe   Background Vocals
George Little   Background Vocals
John Gower   Track Performer
Michael Dixon   Conductor
Nick Curtis   Conductor

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Courtney Pine   Contributor
Peter Adams   Contributor
David Caddick   Producer
David Cullen   Orchestration
Lawrence Dermer   Producer
Fridrik Karlsson   Contributor
Paul Keogh   Contributor
Dick Lewzey   Engineer
Steve Pearce   Contributor
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Ralph Salmins   Contributor
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer
Tim Rice   Composer
Keith Fairbairn   Contributor
Gary Moore   Contributor
Alan Parker   Producer

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Evita [Motion Picture Music Soundtrack] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've memorized all of the lyrics to every song. It's absoultly beautiful. madonna and Antonio banderas does a wonderful job as well as everyone else in the background. It's one of my favorite movies of all time and one of my favorite cd's of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is incredible. I can't stop watching it. It is one of my favorites. The soundtrack is incredible also because it basically is the movie. I know every song. I play it over and over. Madonna and Antonio Banderas did a wonderful job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love music. Evita is the best. Madonna is so hot. I am Zach Smith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This definitely shows her versatility in her styles & vocal capacities!!!! I've never enjoyed a movie or soundtrack more!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never really been a big fan of Madonna, but I love her performance in Evita. Even better, though, is Antonio Banderas as Che. He is amazing in the movie, and I don't think his performance is diminished in any way on the soundtrack. I like this soundtrack better than the original Broadway production. The song during the waltz between Eva and Che is one of my favorites, because it shows Eva's many sides, from ambitious to vulnerable. Other performances of Evita have left me disliking Eva intensely, but Madonna's performance puts the listener (and viewer, in the case of the movie) in a tough spot trying to decide whether or not to like Eva - the character is just more well-rounded in this version, to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I'm overly critical, because I came in expecting a Phantom of the Opera type of amazingness. After all, it is Andrew Lloyd Webber! I did like all the melodies, so his part was really good. But I find I wasn't thrilled with Antonio Banderez's voice. It was either mediocre or not good at all. Madonna was just Madonna, good but nothing spectacular. Some of the songs I felt shouldn't have been songs but just speaking parts, because they were awkward (or maybe it was just the people singing them). But it did have its redeeming songs: Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Another Suitcase, Another Hall, Buenos Aires, High Flying Adored, and You Must Love Me. But overall, it was simply eh.
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