The Commitments

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music -- the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music -- the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house band such are the perks of stardom , the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians. This would seem to lend The Commitments some degree of authenticity and it does to a certain extent, as these guys can crank out familiar favorites without missing a step, but the description of working musicians suggests that there is some grit here, which there's not. After all, this is music for a movie, so it is cleanly produced: the horns have a punch, the guitars are crisp, the drums tight and neat, all the better to showcase the bar band growl of Andrew Strong -- his Otis worship comes out like Rod Stewart crossed with Mick Hucknall -- and Maria Doyle's salute to Aretha Franklin. All of this sounds fine, if a bit generic: these are great songs performed ably and if they're not distinctive, they at least suit the spirit of the film's open-hearted hero worship.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/1991
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811028626
  • Catalog Number: 10286
  • Sales rank: 12,422

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Commitments Primary Artist
Conor Brady Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass
Ronan Dooney Trumpet
Maria Doyle Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Carl Geraghty Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Felim Gormley Alto Saxophone
Dean Parks Guitar
Andrew Strong Vocals, Track Performer
Niamh Kavanagh Vocals, Track Performer
Angeline Ball Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Donald Bryant Composer
Paul Bushnell Producer
Kevin Killen Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tim Martin Engineer
Kenneth McCluskey Contributor
Spooner Oldham Composer
Bonny "Mack" Rice Composer
Alan Parker Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT GREAT GREAT

    I would love to see them in person, are they still appearing anywhere in Canada

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is an album to make you sing and dance!

    I have had the pleasure of hearing this album and seeing the movie. The music was awesome and the movie is funny and bittersweet.

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    Posted October 6, 2009

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