Maid in Manhattan

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972421322
  • Catalog Number: 724213
  • Sales rank: 56,676

Tracks

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect!

    What makes a good movie is a GREAT soundtrack! Glenn Lewis and Norah Jones is just a few names on the soundtrack, who can ask for more? Watching the movie and hearing these songs is what made this film a PERFECT date movie ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I will no longer be a slave 2 fashion

    Regretfully, it is time to hang up the air jordans and bobby socks. It's time for a breath of fresh air, and this cd drives it home. Call me prude or call me a mountain lion. It's lackluster and has no soul. Not that I have one, but I at least know a coffee cake from a rag top.

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