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The Prince of Egypt

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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] ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 600445004122
  • Catalog Number: 4500412
  • Sales rank: 4,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe) - Mariah Carey (5:04)
  2. 2 Deliver Us - Eden Riegel (7:15)
  3. 3 The Reprimand (4:05)
  4. 4 Following Tzipporah (1:00)
  5. 5 All I Ever Wanted (With Queen's Reprise) - Amick Byram & Linda Dee Shayne (2:51)
  6. 6 Goodbye Brother - Ofra Haza (5:33)
  7. 7 Through Heaven's Eyes - Brian Stokes Mitchell (3:41)
  8. 8 The Burning Bush (7:17)
  9. 9 Playing with the Big Boys - Martin Short (2:52)
  10. 10 Cry - Ofra Haza (3:50)
  11. 11 Rally (0:42)
  12. 12 The Plagues - Ralph Fiennes (2:40)
  13. 13 Death of the First Born (1:07)
  14. 14 When You Believe - Michelle Pfeiffer (4:55)
  15. 15 Red Sea (5:14)
  16. 16 Through Heaven's Eyes - K-Ci & JoJo (5:05)
  17. 17 River Lullaby - Amy Grant (3:57)
  18. 18 Humanity - Jessica Andrews (4:32)
  19. 19 I Will Get There - Boyz II Men (4:20)
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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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    OMG I LOVE THIS SOUNDTRACK! A MUST HAVE!!

    I haven't watched the movie in a couple of years and stumbled upon this on the Internet. I decided to get the CD and boy oh boy, was that the best choice I made all year!! This soundtrack is so authentic and every night since I got it, I have listened to it. I love this soundtrack. I has a great moral and really tells about what happened in Eygpt. Great soundtrack for all ages!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!!

    I love this soundtrack. I listen to it all day in the car. I have the tape and although it has not given out on me yet, I am still going to purchase the cd just in case it does. I am also going to buy the movie because I love it so much. This movie and this soundtrack are among the best I have ever seen and heard. I usually don't get this much into cartoons but this one just grabbed me. I feel funny even about calling it a cartoon. Everyone NEEDS this soundtrack and movie. It is well worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Sound Track

    I think this Soundtrack was Great, Except for the fact that one individuals credit was left of off the credit list. His name is Rick Charles Nelson or Rick Nelson, I know he participated on this project and even has a credit on the Original Soundtrack CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    dissapointment

    I ordered this cd and I got the collectors edition twice. I am very unhappy, because it does not have the whole soundtrack, obviously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Wonderful Music!

    I loved how the instruments gave you a feeling of being in that time. It was both a wonderful movie and an excellent CD. I did have a tape, but I used it so often the tape player ate it.

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