Wild Thornberrys

The Wild Thornberrys

     
 
The Thornberry family's animated TV adventures move to the big screen, journeying to Africa with an exotic soundtrack that features big-name musicians from around the world and an exhilarating tapestry of styles that range from rap to rock to reggae. Paul Simon gives a heartfelt performance in "Father and Daughter," a soft blend of acoustic guitar, light tympani, and

Overview

The Thornberry family's animated TV adventures move to the big screen, journeying to Africa with an exotic soundtrack that features big-name musicians from around the world and an exhilarating tapestry of styles that range from rap to rock to reggae. Paul Simon gives a heartfelt performance in "Father and Daughter," a soft blend of acoustic guitar, light tympani, and vocals. Reggae flavors several tunes, including "Accident" by the Baha Men and "Monkey Man" by the ska band Reel Big Fish. Several well-known African musicians appear, including trumpeter/singer Hugh Masekela, who contributes the ska-tinged Afro-beat of "Motla Le Pula"; South African-born Dave Matthews, who pairs up with Benin-born pop star Angelique Kidjo for the Afro-pop song "IWOYA"; and Senegalese vocalist Youssou N'Dour, who appears in "Don't Walk Away," a mellow duet with Sting, and with Peter Gabriel and Shaggy in the hip-hop- and reggae-flavored "Shaking The Tree." Bow Wow, P. Diddy, and Brandy take a walk on the rap side in "Dance with Us," while the rock segment is represented by Euro-pop/rock singer Sita ("Happy"), the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter ("End of Forever"), and the Pretenders ("Get Out of London"). What these varied songs have in common are the sounds and rhythms of traditional African music, making this the perfect soundtrack for a great African adventure.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Nickelodeon's feature film The Wild Thornberrys, based on their cartoon series about a family of explorers, features an apt and surprisingly hip mix of world music, teen pop, hip-hop, and globally-inspired rock. Chief among the highlights are contributions from some of the collection's biggest names, including Paul Simon's mellow, amiable "Father and Daughter," Dave Matthews and Angélique Kidjo's duet "Iwoya," and Hugh Masekela's "Motla le Pula (The Rainmaker)." Peter Gabriel contributes two tracks, a new remix of "Shaking the Tree" featuring Shaggy and "Animal Nation," a quirky new track that suggests that a children's album by Gabriel could be a treat. Aside from appearing on "Shaking the Tree," Youssou N'Dour also appears on "Don't Walk Away," a meditative duet with Sting that is pleasant but doesn't fit with the rest of the relatively energetic soundtrack, particularly the tracks that surround it -- Reel Big Fish's "Monkey Man" and the Baha Men's frenetic "Accident." Overall, though, The Wild Thornberrys does a pretty good job of weaving diverse tracks like P. Diddy, Brandy, and Bow Wow's "Dance With Us," the Pretenders' "Get Out of London," and Wes' "Awa Awa" together into a fairly cohesive album. Sita's "Happy" and Nick Carter's "End of Forever" provide the daily minimum requirement of teen pop, but overall the soundtrack ends up as one big happy musical family that just might spark kids' interest in more eclectic sounds.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Nick Records
UPC:
0012414850324
catalogNumber:
48503

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Father & Daughter @@Paul Simon
  2. Iwoya @@Angelique Kidjo featuring Dave Matthews
  3. Dance With Us @@P. Diddy & Brandy featuring Bow Wow
  4. Animal Nation @@Peter Gabriel
  5. Happy @@Sita
  6. Motla Le Pula (The Rain Maker) @@Hugh Masekela
  7. Don't Walk Away @@Youssou N' Dour featuring Sting
  8. Acci-dent @@Baha Men
  9. Monkey Man @@Reel Big Fish
  10. Shaking The Tree (02 Remix) @@Peter Gabriel & Youssou N' Dour featuring Shaggy
  11. Get Out Of London @@The Pretenders
  12. Africa @@Las Hijas Del Sol
  13. End Of Forever @@Nick Carter
  14. Awa Awa @@Wes END

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hi String,Guitar (Nylon String)
Bernie Worrell   Organ,fender rhodes
Kevin Armstrong   Guitar
Michel Alibo   Electric Bass
Javier Anguera   Saxophone
Douglas Carr   Keyboards
Guy Chambers   Guitar,Keyboards
Martin Chambers   Drums
Ira Coleman   Acoustic Bass
Aiyb Dieng   African Percussion
Habib Faye   Bass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Andy Hobson   Bass
Chrissie Hynde   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Romero Lubambo   Guitar (Nylon String)
Abdou M'Boup   African Percussion
Joao (Tombo) Mota   Electric Guitar
Vincent Nguini   Acoustic Guitar
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Dan Regan   Trombone,Vocals
Adam Seymour   Guitar
Phil Spalding   Bass
Assane Thaim   African Percussion
Babacar Faye   African Percussion
Gonzalo Benavides   Choir, Chorus
Yrvis Mendez   Bajo Licencia
?uestlove   Drums
Matt Wong   Bass
Aaron Barrett   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Klopfenstein   Organ,Vocals
Antonio Pallares   Trombone
Cheik Mbaye   African Percussion
Nisan Stewart   Multi Instruments
Mamadou Diabate   Kora
Carlos de la Garza   Drums
Claire Worrall   Background Vocals
Adriana Simon   Background Vocals
Tyler Jones   Vocals
Neil Taylor   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Paco Ibanez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Composer,Producer
Paul Simon   Producer
Bill Laswell   Mixing Translation
Steve Power   Producer
George Acogny   Producer,Executive Producer
Danny Browne   Programming
Jim Brumby   Programming
Douglas Carr   Programming,Producer
Guy Chambers   Arranger,Producer
David Clayton   Programming
D.X.T.   Pro-Tools
Dave Darlington   Engineer
Andy Duncan   drum programming
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Mike Mangini   Programming
Robert Musso   Engineer
Youssou N'Dour   Composer,Producer
David Tickle   Engineer
Brandy   Vocal Producer
Simon Richmond   Programming
Michel Sanchez   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
David Naughton   Programming
Mike Patterson   Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Gonzalo Benavides   Arranger,Producer
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Kamil Rustam   Programming
Aaron Barrett   Producer
Nisan Stewart   Producer
Richard Flack   Programming
Gabor Csupo   Programming,Executive Producer
Albie Hecht   Executive Producer
Arlene Klasky   Executive Producer
Hal Waite   Executive Producer
D-Man   Producer
Juan Carlos Blancas   Pro-Tools
Shawn Sullivan   Engineer
Marcos Liviano   Vocal Engineer
Steve Greenberg   Producer

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