For Love of the Game

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
A more agreeable bunch of grown-up pop songs you're unlikely to find anywhere. In keeping with the themes of maturing and learning to accept -- then transcend -- one's limitations, the supremely easy-listening soundtrack accompanying FOR LOVE OF THE GAME offers a parade of artists who've been around the block more than once, and are all the better for it. There's Lyle Lovett, whose lived-in rendition of the Frank Sinatra standard "Summer Wind" opens the album, setting the tone of wisdom and experience that follows through it. There's aging country pinup Vince Gill's disarming confession "Loving You Makes Me a Better Man." There's dear, departed Roy Orbison, who may ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
A more agreeable bunch of grown-up pop songs you're unlikely to find anywhere. In keeping with the themes of maturing and learning to accept -- then transcend -- one's limitations, the supremely easy-listening soundtrack accompanying FOR LOVE OF THE GAME offers a parade of artists who've been around the block more than once, and are all the better for it. There's Lyle Lovett, whose lived-in rendition of the Frank Sinatra standard "Summer Wind" opens the album, setting the tone of wisdom and experience that follows through it. There's aging country pinup Vince Gill's disarming confession "Loving You Makes Me a Better Man." There's dear, departed Roy Orbison, who may be singing with the seraphim now, but whose poignant "The Only One" reminds us that he gave us a taste of the heavenly host every time he opened his mouth on earth. A clutch of countrified cuts from the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Kim Richey, and Kami Lyle further the ultra-mellow vibe, as do Steely Dan's vintage ode to acting one's age, "Reeling in the Years," and Semisonic's sentimental title track. The feistiest this album gets is, believe it or not, Joan Osborne's contribution, the restless and edgily bluesy "Baby Love." Even a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black," by cherubic young guitar upstart Jonny Lang, is subdued and tasteful. While we could live without the generic guy-gal R&B duet by Chanté Moore and Jojo of K-Ci & Jojo, this pleasant collection is a capable antidote to a rough day at the office.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The soundtrack to Sam Raimi's ultimate crossover bid For Love of the Game -- face it, a baseball-themed romantic melodrama starring Kevin Costner is the furthest away from Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead movies as can possibly be imagined -- is as smooth and measured as the film itself, appealing to a wide range of audiences and managing to find the right tone. Of course, it's almost as incoherent as the average big-budget soundtrack, featuring oldies, covers, and newly recorded tunes with chart aspirations, but most of the album has an appealingly mellow vibe, whether it's through country Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Kim Richey, Lyle Lovett, modern rock Semisonic's title track, Joan Osbourne's cover of "Baby Love," Jonny Lang's reading of "Paint It, Black", or even lite reggae Shaggy, with "Hope". Apart from Lovett's previously unavailable cover of "Summerwind," there aren't really any major new items here and it probably isn't something that will be played too often, but it sounds good while it's playing, and that's half the battle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811206840
  • Catalog Number: 12068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer Wind - Lyle Lovett (2:55)
  2. 2 Hope (4:04)
  3. 3 The Fun of Your Love - Jennifer Day (3:57)
  4. 4 Come Around - Kim Richey (3:54)
  5. 5 For the Love of the Game - Semisonic (3:53)
  6. 6 Baby Love - Joan Osborne (4:16)
  7. 7 Loving You Makes Me a Better Man - Vince Gill (3:32)
  8. 8 The Only One - Roy Orbison (3:53)
  9. 9 Paint It Black - Jonny Lang (3:34)
  10. 10 Reelin' in the Years - Steely Dan (4:35)
  11. 11 Lover Man - Kami Lyle (4:29)
  12. 12 Something So Right - Trisha Yearwood (4:11)
  13. 13 Just One Breath - Mulberry Lane (3:18)
  14. 14 I See You in a Different Light - JoJo Of K-Ci & JoJo (4:25)
  15. 15 The Suite - Basil Poledouris (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trisha Yearwood Track Performer
Lyle Lovett Track Performer
Roy Orbison Track Performer
Steely Dan Track Performer
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Chanté Moore Track Performer
Vince Gill Track Performer
Basil Poledouris Conductor, Track Performer
Kim Richey Track Performer
Joan Osborne Track Performer
Shaggy Track Performer
Steven Scott Smalley Conductor
Semisonic Track Performer
Jonny Lang Track Performer
Kami Lyle Track Performer
Mulberry Lane Track Performer
Jennifer Day Track Performer
JoJo Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Producer
Roy Orbison Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Rob Mounsey Arranger
Billy Williams Producer
Mike Campbell Producer
Robert Byrne Producer
Neal Avron Producer, Engineer
Tim Boyle Producer
Tony Brown Producer
David Z. Producer
Rob Eaton Engineer
Manu Katché Producer
Gary Katz Producer
John Kurlander Engineer
Patrick Leonard Producer
Robert Livingston Producer
Steve Lowery Engineer
Mario Lucy Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Producer
Roger Nichols Engineer
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer
Basil Poledouris Producer
Guy Roche Arranger, Producer
Michael Rosenblatt Executive Producer
Don Smith Engineer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Joan Osborne Producer
Aaron Comess Producer, Engineer
G. Marq Roswell Producer
Russ Titleman Producer
Semisonic Producer
Gordon Dukes Engineer
Doug Trantow Producer
Mulberry Lane Producer
Gary Ashley Executive Producer
The Groove Brothers Producer, Remixing
Heinz Meir Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's great

    I think that this cd is great. I can picture it all with what happens in the movie. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jonny Lang's remake of Paint it Black makes buying soundtrack worthwhile.

    This soundtrack has a few good songs. The best were Trisha Yearwood and Jonny Lang. I purchased the CD to hear Jonny's remake of Paint it Black. I definately do not regret it. This amazing young artist has a voice comparable to the greatest male singers of all time, and he definately does the song (and the soundrack)justice.

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