Cars [Original Soundtrack]

Cars [Original Soundtrack]

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Overview

Disney's latest heart-warmer replaces the anthropomorphic playthings of Toy Story with humanized automobiles -- but it retains the careful balance of good-time pop and gently rollicking, family-friendly rock 'n' roll that made for such an enjoyable soundtrack. Cars relies a bit more on big names and familiar tunes than its Pixar-ish predecessors, but those elements are conjoined in ways that aren't entirely expected. Country kingpins Rascal Flatts, for instance, are called upon to retool Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" -- a song that takes well to its relocation to Nashville's interstate -- while John Mayer tries his hand at updating "Route 66." Mayer does a credible job, offering an appealing rendition that's practically bursting with eagerness; but he can't quite manage to outstrip Chuck Berry's original (a fact that's hard to ignore, since the Berry version is also presented here). Sheryl Crow's "Real Gone" easily stamps itself as the best of the disc's freshly minted songs, thanks to the singer's playful, coquettish delivery, but the real treat is Randy Newman's score, which takes up the last half the disc. Admittedly, incidental music is usually just that, but Newman packs these ten pieces with enough offbeat instrumentation and stylistic winks to make them worth going back to again and again -- especially for those whose musical diet is sorely lacking in bluegrass tuba workouts.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050086134977
catalogNumber: 861349
Rank: 23239

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Berry   Vocals
Randy Newman   Conductor,Vocals
James "J.T." Taylor   Vocals
James Taylor   Vocals
Chords   Band,Ensemble
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
John Mayer   Vocals
Hank Williams   Vocals
Brad Paisley   Vocals
John Mayer   Vocals
Rascal Flatts   Vocals,Ensemble
Chords   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Randy Newman   Composer,Producer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Tom Cochrane   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Niko Bolas   Engineering
Frank Filipetti   Engineering
Dann Huff   Producer
John Mayer   Producer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineering
Hank Williams   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineering
William Edwards   Composer
Brian David Willis   Engineering
James Edwards   Composer
Carl Feaster   Composer
Claude Feaster   Composer
James Keyes   Composer
Floyd McRae   Composer
Sandy De Crescent   Score Conductor
John Shanks   Composer,Producer,Engineering
Mark Cross   Engineering
Greg Hayes   Engineering
Richard Barrow   Engineering
Steve Jordan   Producer
Brad Paisley   Composer
John Mayer   Producer
Glen Lajeski   Composer,Marketing
Rascal Flatts   Producer
Frank Rogers   Composer,Producer
Adam Michalak   Engineering
Russell Bartmus   Supervising Copyist
Jeff Rothschild   Engineering
Mark Graham   Supervising Copyist
Darla K. Anderson   Producer
John Lasseter   Director
Unspecified   Composer
Richard Barlow   Engineering

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