For Colored Girls [Music From and Inspired By the Original Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The soundtrack to Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 Tony-nominated play consists of new and previously unreleased material. Most of the artists -- an impressive mix of distinct personalities, much like the film's cast -- contribute strong material that benefits from the context; each selection sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack for this particular film. Only Leona Lewis' "I Know Who I Am" sounds empty, as if it was performed for a talent competition. The central inclusion is "Four Women," even though it's placed near the end of the sequence. It begins with Nina Simone's 1966 recording; after a minute, it gives way (almost seamlessly) to a new version ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The soundtrack to Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 Tony-nominated play consists of new and previously unreleased material. Most of the artists -- an impressive mix of distinct personalities, much like the film's cast -- contribute strong material that benefits from the context; each selection sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack for this particular film. Only Leona Lewis' "I Know Who I Am" sounds empty, as if it was performed for a talent competition. The central inclusion is "Four Women," even though it's placed near the end of the sequence. It begins with Nina Simone's 1966 recording; after a minute, it gives way (almost seamlessly) to a new version featuring the original verses delivered by Izibor, Ledisi, and Simone's daughter (named Simone). It could have been a train wreck, but it is pulled off to startling effect, with each vocalist bringing a new emphasis to the stereotypes illustrated in Simone's composition. The disc should be considered another valued outgrowth of Shange's work: a deeply resonating cultural touchstone, whether first encountered via the play, book, television film, or Perry's theatrical film. All due credit to Perry for not doing something like enlisting Michael Bublé to cover "Isn't She Lovely."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678892929
  • Catalog Number: 526227
  • Sales rank: 163,979

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title - Kimberly Elise (3:50)
  2. 2 Longer & Stronger - The Dap-Kings (3:46)
  3. 3 All Day Long (Blue Skies) - Estelle (3:47)
  4. 4 What More Can They Do - Laura Izibor (3:27)
  5. 5 Sun - Lalah Hathaway (2:42)
  6. 6 Ansomnia - Zaki Ibrahim (5:11)
  7. 7 Settle - Gladys Knight (3:33)
  8. 8 La Donna In Viola - Andrea Jones-Sojola (3:30)
  9. 9 Sechita (A Senhora em Amarelo) - Carondelet Percussion Ensemble (1:59)
  10. 10 Stand Up - Macy Gray (3:16)
  11. 11 Without A Fight - Harmony Samuels (3:39)
  12. 12 Four Women - Simone (3:58)
  13. 13 I Know Who I Am - Leona Lewis (4:18)
  14. 14 [Untitled] (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Violin
Nathan East Bass
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Aaron Zigman Piano, Conductor
Michael Skinkus Hand Drums
Keith Eaddy Bass
Eric Hall Saxophone
Derrick Tabb Snare Drums
Kevin Randolph Keyboards
Macy Gray Vocals
Shep Crawford Keyboards
Caviar Chant
Kenneth Young Background Vocals
Adam Klemens Conductor
Laura Izibor Piano, Vocals
Lake View Terrace Voices Of Praise Choir, Chorus
Vonciele Faggette Background Vocals
Karen Slack Soprano
Professa Funk Guitar
Andrea Jones-Sojola Soprano
Antonio "Da Maestro" Santiago Keyboards
Kevin Arline Bass
Alfreda McDaniels Background Vocals
Daniel Adaggio Strings
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Nina Simone Composer
Gladys Knight Executive Producer
Melissa Manchester Composer, Instrumentation
Greg Barnhill Composer
Jerry Hey Producer
Kenny Mason Director
Dennis Sands Engineer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Aaron Zigman Composer, Producer
Montell Jordan Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Chin Injeti Composer
Randy Jackson Executive Producer
Craig Kallman Executive Producer
Jay Weigel Composer, Producer
Juan Winans Composer
Justin Smith Mastering
Kevin Weaver Executive Producer
Anne Catalino Engineer
Bosco Mann Producer
Harvey Mason Jr. Producer
Andrew Hey Producer, Engineer
Ntozake Shange Composer
Macy Gray Composer, Producer
Shep Crawford Producer, drum programming
Warryn Campbell Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Kenya Ivey Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Tavia Ivey Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Neal Sugarman Composer
Chris Finney Engineer
Joanna Cotten Composer
Jason Schweitzer Engineer
Joel C. High Executive Producer
Gabriel Roth Engineer
Brian Kierulf Programming, Instrumentation
Jeffrey Bluestein Composer, Producer
Lisa Winans Composer
Ryan Kennedy Engineer
Rebecca Rienks Assistant Music Supervisor
Steve Salani Engineer
Anthony "Shep" Crawford Composer
Kannon "Caviar" Cross Composer, Producer
Zaki Ibrahim Composer
Nick Bilardello Art Direction
Laura Izibor Composer
William McDowell Executive Producer
Vit Kral Engineer
Michael Stern Engineer
Estelle Swaray Composer
Stan Malveaux Engineer
Erika Nuri Composer
Jimmy "Professa" Russell Composer, Producer
Uli Pallemanns Engineer
Tyler Perry Executive Producer
S. Jones Composer
Eric Bellinger Composer
Melissa "Honey" Larochelle Composer, Producer
Corey Simon Composer
Cristian DeLano Engineer
Avriele "Avenue" Crandle Composer, Producer, Engineer
Antonio "Da Maestro" Santiago Composer
Kevin Arline Composer
Bruce Beauchner Engineer
Ozzie Areu Executive Producer
Harmony Samuels Composer, Producer
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