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Emperor's New Groove
     

The Emperor's New Groove

5.0 2
by John Debney
 
Disney's holiday 2000 animated offering The Emperor's New Groove promises a sassy, fast-paced flick more along the lines of Aladdin than, say, Pocahontas, and the soundtrack backs up this impression. With contributions from Sting, Eartha Kitt, and Tom Jones, the songs

Overview

Disney's holiday 2000 animated offering The Emperor's New Groove promises a sassy, fast-paced flick more along the lines of Aladdin than, say, Pocahontas, and the soundtrack backs up this impression. With contributions from Sting, Eartha Kitt, and Tom Jones, the songs are a treat for those of cocktail-sipping age, though the big, brassy arrangements are lively enough to keep Shirley Temple drinkers entertained as well. Both Kitt (who also voices a character in the film) and Jones breathe fire into their selections ("Snuff Out the Light" and "Perfect World," respectively) -- the latter with a Latin tempo by way of Las Vegas -- and they're having so much fun we wish they'd stage their comebacks more often. A bit more restrained and refined is Sting, of course, who brings a touch of understatement to the movie's swooping ballads with his renditions of "My Funny Friend and Me" and "One Day She'll Love Me" (a duet with Shawn Colvin). Sting also collaborated with musician David Hartley on six new songs for the soundtrack, the latter half of which consists of selected bits from composer John Debney's playful orchestral score. The final result? When Sting gets into the "Groove" with Disney, musical magic ensues.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Deborah Orr
Disney's holiday 2000 animated offering The Emperor's New Groove promises a sassy, fast-paced flick more along the lines of Aladdin than, say, Pocahontas, and the soundtrack backs up this impression. With contributions from Sting, Eartha Kitt, and Tom Jones, the songs are a treat for those of cocktail-sipping age, though the big, brassy arrangements are lively enough to keep Shirley Temple drinkers entertained as well. Both Kitt (who also voices a character in the film) and Jones breathe fire into their selections ("Snuff Out the Light" and "Perfect World," respectively) -- the latter with a Latin tempo by way of Las Vegas -- and they're having so much fun we wish they'd stage their comebacks more often. A bit more restrained and refined is Sting, of course, who brings a touch of understatement to the movie's swooping ballads with his renditions of "My Funny Friend and Me" and "One Day She'll Love Me" (a duet with Shawn Colvin). Sting also collaborated with musician David Hartley on six new songs for the soundtrack, the latter half of which consists of selected bits from composer John Debney's playful orchestral score. The final result? When Sting gets into the "Groove" with Disney, musical magic ensues.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Disney's The Emperor's New Groove, about a haughty young emperor in pre-Colombia, South America, who gets his comeuppance when he is turned into a llama by scheming courtiers, features songs written by Sting and David Hartley and a score by John Debney. Tom Jones and Eartha Kitt lend their voices to Latin pop and R&B-inspired songs such as "Perfect World" and "Snuff Out the Light," while Sting himself sings "My Funny Friend and Me" and performs a duet with Shawn Colvin on "One Day She'll Love Me." Debney's score is the album's star, however, ranging from tense and taut to soft and gentle on pieces like "Beware the Groove," "Jungle Rescue," and "A New Hope." Strangely, several of the Sting-penned songs included on the soundtrack were not used in the final cut of The Emperor's New Groove; that's a pity, because even though the film's songs aren't quite as inspired as the work that Howard Ashman and Alan Mencken have done for Disney, they're still some of the more interesting songs related to the studio in recent years.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086068975
catalogNumber:
860689

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Debney   Primary Artist,Conductor
Eartha Kitt   Track Performer
Shawn Colvin   Vocals
Sting   Track Performer
Tom Jones   Track Performer
David Barry   Guitar
Terry Lewis   Background Vocals
Tony Tolbert   Background Vocals
David Hartley   Conductor
Jay DeMarcus   Track Performer
James Grear   Background Vocals
James "Big Jim" Wright   Background Vocals
Jack Yates   Background Vocals
Roosevelt George   Background Vocals
Rachael Hurst   Background Vocals
Ida Pittman   Background Vocals
Rascal Flatts   Vocals
T. Jones   Track Performer
Joe Don Rooney   Track Performer
Gary LeVox   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Terry Lewis   Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineer,Score Mixer
Andrew Page   Director,Music Direction
Alexander Richbourg   drum programming
David Rideau   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jeffrey Shannon   Engineer
Brian Vibberts   Engineer
Marty Williams   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Andy Bass   Engineer
Mark Bright   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Brad Dechter   Orchestration,Score Orchestration
Luis Fernandez   Art Direction
Frank Bennett   Orchestration
David Hartley   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements
Don Nemitz   Orchestration,Score Orchestration
Luis M. Fernández   Art Direction
Tim Lauber   Engineer
Jim Caruana   Engineer
Tom Hardisty   Engineer
John Debney   Producer,Score Producer
Marc Gebauer   Engineer
Chris Klatman   Orchestration,Score Orchestration
Jay Selvester   Engineer
Tulio Torrinello   Engineer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Brian Dixon   Engineer
Gina Fant-Saez   Engineer
Pablo Munguia   Engineer,Assistant Vocal Engineer
James Stone   Engineer
Joel Berke   Producer,Assistant Music Supervisor
Shawne Zarubica   Management
Michael Mason   Producer,Score Producer
Jon Rooney   Engineer

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The Emperor's New Groove 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was cool you guys really put in the stars on this more People well like this new hit disney movie The Emperor's New Groove really gave me the taste of being a loma well long story short this movie was a ok this I give 3 thumbs up and my sister loved it and I liked it because I'm not that fond with disney I mean I like it but it's just that this movie is ok and the director who made this movie should be proud of him or her's movie. story by Zac Conway and Sarah Conway
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very groovy soundtrack from Disney's 2000 Holiday animated offering. The first song, ''Perfect World'', is my favorite,and with a catchy Latin beat and zany, hilarious lyrics, why wouldn't it be?! It is sung by Tom Jones who is ''Theme Song Guy'' in Emperor Kuzco's court. Stings songs are very good, also, but much mellower, of course. The scores are very emotional, and yet at the same time very comedic. Cartoon-ey music to say the least. Overall, I can say I really enjoyed the album.