Soundtrack

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On The Other Side of Me, her first album for Verve, Linda Eder branched out from her show music environment to dabble in country. Soundtrack, her second Verve release, consists of movie songs, which might suggest she is returning to her familiar style. But the collection of 11 tracks is sufficiently unusual in terms of selection and musical arrangements to mark another step into unknown territory for the singer. She and producer Peter Collins appear to have decided to limit their choices to movies released during Eder's lifetime, which means that the 48-year-old looks back as far as the Elvis Presley standard "Can't Help Falling in Love" from 1961's Blue Hawaii and as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On The Other Side of Me, her first album for Verve, Linda Eder branched out from her show music environment to dabble in country. Soundtrack, her second Verve release, consists of movie songs, which might suggest she is returning to her familiar style. But the collection of 11 tracks is sufficiently unusual in terms of selection and musical arrangements to mark another step into unknown territory for the singer. She and producer Peter Collins appear to have decided to limit their choices to movies released during Eder's lifetime, which means that the 48-year-old looks back as far as the Elvis Presley standard "Can't Help Falling in Love" from 1961's Blue Hawaii and as near as the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly" from 2007's Once. And Eder has not returned to string-filled traditional pop arrangements, preferring small band jazz and folk-pop treatments. So, for example, the lead-off song, "I Will Wait for You," is given a low-key, jazzy accompaniment, and "Charade" is treated as if it were being played by Django Reinhardt & the Hot Club of France, while "Everybody's Talking" is rendered as a samba. Many of the performances have a downcast or even mournful tone, as Eder sings plaintively, often either with her own overdubbed harmony voice or a background singer joining her on individual lines. When love is the subject, it is a little desperate ("Against All Odds," "If I Can't Have You"), and sometimes the subject is the singer's own psychological distress ("Help," "Valley of the Dolls"). Maybe that's reflective of where the movies have been at during her life, or maybe she's drawing a pessimistic tone out of her choices. Either way, Soundtrack is an album of moody music from the movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527133621
  • Catalog Number: 001322402
  • Sales rank: 3,992

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Linda Eder Primary Artist, Vocals
Lonnie Plaxico Bass
Peter White Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello, Soloist
David Davidson Violin
Barry Green Trombone
Tony Levin Bass
Sam Levine Flute, Alto Flute
Jerry Marotta Drums
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Craig Nelson Bass
Kim Scharnberg Trombone, Conductor
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Billy Jay Stein Piano, Keyboards, Musical Direction
Kristin Wilkinson Leader, Viola
Jennifer Kummer French Horn
Ben Butler Guitar
Roger M. Weissmeyer English Horn, Oboe
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Fred Neil Composer
Phil Collins Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Michael Kamen Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
André Previn Composer
Peter Collins Producer
Robin Gibb Composer
Dory Previn Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
David Bryson Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
David Immerglück Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Kim Scharnberg String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Billy Jay Stein Engineer
George David Weiss Composer
Adam Duritz Composer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Paul Antonell Engineer
Hollis King Art Direction
Glen Hansard Composer
Pete Caigan Engineer
Matthew Malley Composer
Markéta Irglová Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Help, audio voice by Linda Elder.

    The story is entrancing as the voices of Jackson, Mississipi pour out their words of the south in the early 60's. The raw pain of the black and differences of living in the south becomes apparent as black maids courageous voices tell of living through obstable after obstacle. Life was difficult in the homes of the white folk they serve. White people determined the quality of life of the black people who survived on minimum wage and who had little recourse if they were let go. It was a struggle to find another job and if blackballed, the maid could not find another job and her family felt those consequences too.

    Good white ladies of those days tended to misuse their power and treat their servants with disrespect despite their church attendance and good manners, some of them were cruel to those who served them. The white women lived their lives hypnotically, dancing to the tune of society and they lived their lives according to what "society" expected of them in the south of that day. It was more important to look good than to be good or to look within for growth and development.

    But one young white woman changed many lives as she struggled with the southern culture and the way she had been raised. Her eyes opened after she finished college and learned how little she really knew about life and living. Stepping out of her hypnotic trance she began to see the cruelty imposed on blacks while truly opening her eyes to the cruelty and hypocrisy of her parents generation and of her peers.

    By reaching out and learning to trust each other, the white woman and black maids work together in secrecy to tell their stories. It is a long journey for them but it allows all of them to look at their lives in a new way, to find strengths they didnt know they had and to make choices based on a new found paradigm.

    Granted, the whites lived within the confines of their culture when blacks were considered not to be as smart, as clean or inferior to the white women who voiced their prejudices even in front of their maids as if they could not hear, did not feel. Many black maids raised their children, cooked their meals, cleaned their houses, used separate toilets and ate their meals in the kitchen unable to join their employer eating in the dining room.

    The feelings come out in the simple telling of the stories by the black maids and one white female. Sometimes the black maids were verbally abused at work and at home. Separate water fountains, separate toilets, and the back of the bus are all evident in these sometimes painful stories the maids tell. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are part of the background of their lives but they are moving to the front.

    What sustains these courageous black women was the love they had for their families, their children and their friends. Their churches were important in their lives for support, and though downtrodden church members tried to help each other and received support from their pastor.
    Their sustenance and existence hinged on their being able to satisfy the white people for whom they were employed. One maid was imprisoned on the word of her white employer and the meager money she was saving to send her twins to college was lost to legal representation but her church vowed to save the money so the twins could have a chance for a better life-college.

    Each woman tells a different story, sometimes angry, sometimes sad but always with a generosity of spirit and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Linda!!

    Gave this as a gift and the recipient was thrilled...have other of Linda's CD's..she's great

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CD

    WHAT A VOICE!LINDA EDER CAN SING ANYTHING EXCEPTIONALLY WELL!
    I JUST WISH SHE WAS BETTER KNOWN AND PUBLICIZED MORE! NOT ENOUGH
    PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER! THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE MISSING....
    I LOVE THE SONGS ON THIS CD, AS IN THE OTHERS SHE HAS OUT.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    LINDA at her BEST...

    This is by far the best Linda Eder album! Her voice is amazing and the orchestration on each track great! I wish she could work with Diana Krall in the future!!!Hey, they are in the same record label!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Rich Vocals and Fresh arrangements of Popular Music

    LInda Eder has to be one of the most versitile, amazing artists on the planet! The nuances & richness of her voice shine through in every track of this CD. The arrangements are subtly jazzy and hip. Each track adds a new twist and raw emotion to popular familiar songs. Listening to this CD you just get lost in beautiful music.

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