Prince of Egypt

Prince of Egypt

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by Hans Zimmer
     
 

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How confident was DreamWorks about the success of their animated Bible epic The Prince of Egypt? So confident that they decided to simultaneously release three soundtracks for the film, each targeted at a different audience. It was an audacious move, since there were few songs in the film -- which means that not only did "the official soundtrack" feature only aSee more details below

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How confident was DreamWorks about the success of their animated Bible epic The Prince of Egypt? So confident that they decided to simultaneously release three soundtracks for the film, each targeted at a different audience. It was an audacious move, since there were few songs in the film -- which means that not only did "the official soundtrack" feature only a handful of tunes from the movie, but there were two companion records that had nothing to do whatsoever with the actual picture, other than existing as tributes. Ironically, those two records turned out to be better and more focused than the original soundtrack. The Prince of Egypt [Original Soundtrack] combines elements of the score with songs from the film, adding a few tracks by contemporary superstars (Boyz II Men's "I Will Get There," K-Ci & Jo-Jo's "Through Heaven's Eyes," Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston's unexpected -- and unexpectedly dull -- duet "When You Believe") for good measure. If that sounds similar to Disney's approach to soundtracks in the '90s, it's because the men behind the album -- Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer -- worked on Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Lion King. Schwartz and Zimmer try valiantly to write ambitious songs that remain accessible, but they don't always reach their goal. Part of the problem is that the subject itself is difficult to tackle, since the life of Moses doesn't really lend itself to this style. More often than not, they succeed, but the results are often easier to admire than love, especially since the big names are considerably less successful in their efforts than the singers from the movie. In addition to that problem, the score sometimes feels out of place on the record -- even though it's written by Schwartz and Zimmer, it doesn't fit with the emotional tenor or flow of the album. There are enough strong moments to make The Prince of Egypt a good listen, but it simply isn't as rewarding as its two cousins.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1998
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0600445004122
catalogNumber:
4500412
Rank:
41811

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Tracks

  1. The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)  - Mariah Carey
  2. Deliver Us  - Eden Riegel
  3. The Reprimand
  4. Following Tzipporah
  5. All I Ever Wanted (With Queen's Reprise)  - Amick Byram  - Linda Dee Shayne
  6. Goodbye Brother  - Ofra Haza
  7. Through Heaven's Eyes  - Brian Stokes Mitchell
  8. The Burning Bush
  9. Playing with the Big Boys  - Martin Short
  10. Cry  - Ofra Haza
  11. Rally
  12. The Plagues  - Ralph Fiennes
  13. Death of the First Born
  14. When You Believe  - Michelle Pfeiffer
  15. Red Sea
  16. Through Heaven's Eyes  -  K-Ci & JoJo
  17. River Lullaby  - Amy Grant
  18. Humanity  - Jessica Andrews
  19. I Will Get There  -  Boyz II Men

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist
Steve Martin   Track Performer
Amy Grant   Track Performer
Ofra Haza   Track Performer
Boyz II Men   Track Performer
Whitney Houston   Track Performer
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Louis Price   Background Vocals
Ladd McIntosh   Performing Ensemble
Tom Fowler   Performing Ensemble
Beth Andersen   Background Vocals
Mike Brittain   Double Bass
Amick Byram   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mariah Carey   Vocals,Track Performer
Carmen Carter   Background Vocals
Alvin Chea   Background Vocals
Kay Cole   Background Vocals
Craig Copeland   Background Vocals
Bob Daspit   Synthesizer
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals
Sally Dworsky   Track Performer
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Gary Falcone   Background Vocals
Scottie Haskell   Background Vocals
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Angie Jaree   Background Vocals
Andrew Lippa   Background Vocals
Steve Lively   Background Vocals
Richard Morgan   Oboe
Yvonne S. Moriarty   Performing Ensemble
Bobbi Page   Background Vocals
Wilbur Pauley   Background Vocals
Joe Pizzulo   Background Vocals
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
George Robertson   Viola
Jeff Rona   Woodwind
Rodney Saulsberry   Background Vocals
Jack Smalley   Performing Ensemble
Gary Stockdale   Background Vocals
George Wall   Tuba
Mervyn Warren   Background Vocals
Stephen Wick   Tuba,Cimbasso
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Maurice Murphy   Trumpet
Martin Short   Track Performer
Rev. Andrew Johnson   Vocals
George Ball   Background Vocals
Jonathan Snowden   Flute
K-Ci & JoJo   Track Performer
Keith Bernardo   Background Vocals
Marcy Dicterow-Vaj   Performing Ensemble
Willy Falk   Background Vocals
Elizabeth Finch   Performing Ensemble
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Harry Gregson-Williams   Conductor,Background Vocals
Rupert Gregson-Williams   Conductor
Hugh Panaro   Background Vocals
Michelle Pfeiffer   Track Performer
Michael Cole   Background Vocals
Peter Samuel   Background Vocals
Chrisopher Marquette   Vocals
Stephen Zinnato   Background Vocals
Sariel Beckenstein   Background Vocals
AnnMarie   Background Vocals
Boy Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral   Choir, Chorus
Zoe Bright   Background Vocals
Justin Timsit   Vocals
Marla Schaffel   Background Vocals
Scott Schwartz   Background Vocals
Hugh Seenan   French Horn
Erik Lundborg   Performing Ensemble
Eden Riegel   Track Performer
Darryl Leonard   Performing Ensemble
Brian Lane Green   Background Vocals
Janice Hughes   Background Vocals
Diane Pennington   Background Vocals
Walter O'Neil   Background Vocals
Ralph Fiennes   Track Performer
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Track Performer
Linda Dee Shayne   Track Performer
Bill Damaschke   Background Vocals
Michael Chapman   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Ali Jihad Racy   Contributor
Babyface   Producer
John Bilezikjian   Contributor
Adam Rudolph   Contributor
Rory Bennett   Producer
Jheryl Busby   Executive Producer
Evelyn Halus   Vocal Coach
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Avi Kipper   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Producer
Andrew Lippa   Vocal Arrangements
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Michael Omartian   Producer
Michael Ostin   Executive Producer
Shavoni   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Producer,Score Producer
Martin Erskine   Arranger
Fred Selden   Contributor
Slamm Andrews   Pre-production Engineer
Adam Smalley   Score Producer
Gavin Greenaway   Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams   Producer
Buster   Producer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Pejman Hadadi   Contributor
John Powell   Producer

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