Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan

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The soundtrack to the romantic comedy, Maid in Manhattan -- a Cinderella story starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes -- features a lively assortment of both classic pop and R&B songs from Paul Simon ("Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard") and Teena Marie ("Lovergirl") and contemporary material from Glenn Lewis ("Fall Again") and Norah Jones ("Come Away WithSee more details below

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The soundtrack to the romantic comedy, Maid in Manhattan -- a Cinderella story starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes -- features a lively assortment of both classic pop and R&B songs from Paul Simon ("Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard") and Teena Marie ("Lovergirl") and contemporary material from Glenn Lewis ("Fall Again") and Norah Jones ("Come Away With Me"). Although the album doesn't include a new song from J. Lo, it bridges the gap between old-school and contemporary soul with two versions of the infectious dance-floor jam "I'm Coming Out" -- the original sung by Diana "the Boss" Ross and a new version by up-and-coming songbird Amerie.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like most various-artists compilations released as soundtrack albums, Maid in Manhattan's "music from the motion picture" collection comes off, in a listening unrelated to a viewing of the film itself, as a random miscellany of pop songs. If you have actually seen the movie, however, it makes a bit more sense. One of the character details, for example, is that the grade-school son of the main character has been studying the 1970s and become obsessed with it, so that, although he is a Hispanic living in the Bronx, he listens to things like Bread's "The Guitar Man" on his personal stereo. (His interest in Simon and Garfunkel leads to the use of Paul Simon's Latin-tinged "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," and Eva Cassidy's remake of the duo's "Kathy's Song.") The plot, a modern Cinderella story concerning a hotel maid, may justify the inclusion of self-help titles like "I'm Coming Out" (oddly, in both Diana Ross' original and a new, soundalike remake), Teena Marie's "Lovergirl," the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can Can," and a bowdlerized remake of Jefferson Starship's "Miracles." Newly recorded or contemporary tracks by Kelly Rowland, Glenn Lewis, Norah Jones, and Daniel Bedingfield give the soundtrack a current feel. (There are no performances by the film's star, Jennifer Lopez.) Typically for an album of this sort, a smidgen of Alan Silvestri's actual score is included in two cues adding up to less than six minutes of music. His title music makes for an attractive mixture of Latin percussion and rhythms with orchestral elements, while "At Last" is a collection of bland, heartwarming themes. Such are the possible justifications for what is here, and those who enjoyed the film may find the result an entertaining souvenir. On its own, however, it remains a random miscellany of pop songs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972421322
catalogNumber:
724213
Rank:
12693

Tracks

  1. I'm Coming Out - Amerie
  2. Train On A Track - Kelly Rowland
  3. Yes We Can Can - Pointer Sisters
  4. Lovergirl - Teena Marie
  5. Miracles - Res
  6. Fall Again - Glenn Lewis
  7. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
  8. If You're Not The One - Daniel Bedingfield
  9. Kathy's Song - Eva Cassidy
  10. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon
  11. Guitar Man - Bread
  12. I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
  13. Maid In Manhattan - Alan Silvestri
  14. At Last - Alan Silvestri

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Alan Silvestri   Conductor
Mark Batson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Jerry Vivino   Saxophone
Nioka Workman   Cello
RES   Vocals
Glenn Lewis   Vocals
Amerie   Background Vocals
Marlene Rice   Violin
Alexander "Spanador" Mosley   Guitar

Technical Credits

Teena Marie   Arranger,Producer
Paul Simon   Producer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
David Gates   Producer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Arnaé   Vocal Arrangements
David Bifano   Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Orchestral Arrangements
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Roy Halee   Producer
George Karras   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
David Rubinson   Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Alan Silvestri   Producer
Mark Taylor   Producer
Mark Batson   Producer,String Arrangements
Glen Brunman   Executive Producer
Randall Poster   Executive Producer
Jesse Harris   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Rob Williams   Engineer
Corey Rooney   Arranger,Producer
Steve Kempster   Engineer
Jerry Vivino   Horn Arrangements
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Chris Biondo   Producer
Lia Vollack   Executive Producer
Rob Fusari   Producer
Loren Dawson   Arranger,Producer
RES   Vocal Arrangements
Norah Jones   Composer
Daniel Bedingfield   Producer
José Miguel Sánchez   Engineer
Marlene Rice   String Arrangements
Tiaa Wells   Vocal Producer

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