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De-Lovely [Soundtrack]

Cole Porter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000295S7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. It's De-Lovely (Album Version)Robbie Williams 4:40Album Only
Listen  2. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Album Version)Alanis Morissette 3:21Album Only
Listen  3. Begin The Beguine (Album Version)Sheryl Crow 4:26Album Only
Listen  4. Let's Misbehave (Album Version)Elvis Costello 2:34Album Only
Listen  5. Be A Clown (Album Version)Kevin Kline;Peter Polycarpou and Chorus 2:55Album Only
Listen  6. Night And Day (Album Version)John Barrowman and Kevin Kline 2:45Album Only
Listen  7. Easy To Love (Album Version)Kevin Kline 2:49Album Only
Listen  8. True Love (Album Version)Ashley Judd and Tayler Hamilton 2:09Album Only
Listen  9. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Album Version)Lemar 2:37Album Only
Listen10. I Love You (Album Version)Mick Hucknall 2:07Album Only
Listen11. Just One Of Those Things (Album Version)Diana Krall 3:17Album Only
Listen12. Anything Goes (Album Version)Caroline O'Connor and;Chorus 2:02Album Only
Listen13. Experiment (Album Version)Kevin Kline 2:33Album Only
Listen14. Love For Sale (Album Version)Vivian Green 5:35Album Only
Listen15. So In Love (Album Version)Lara Fabian and Mario Frangoulis 3:31Album Only
Listen16. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Album Version)Natalie Cole 3:43Album Only
Listen17. Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Album Version)Jonathan Pryce;Kevin Kline;Cast and Chorus 2:50Album Only
Listen18. In The Still Of The Night (Album Version)Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd 2:30Album Only
Listen19. You're The TopCole Porter with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks 3:250.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

At first glance, the approach picked for De-Lovely will be familiar to those who already own Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter. On both albums, contemporary pop stars cover classics by Porter. But many of the interpretations on Red Hot + Blue were modernised, whereas the approach on De-Lovely is more traditional---it's the soundtrack to a biopic about Porter, after all, so a classic (though not quite period) sound prevails. What's surprising is how well many of the singers deal with the songs without the crutch of a contemporary pop retooling. Who would have thought that Alanis Morissette had such a natural affinity for "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," for instance? She fares equally well in her screen cameo, whereas Diana Krall sounds superb on "Just One of Those Things" but looks horribly uncomfortable in the movie. Other good surprises include Robbie Williams's "It's De-Lovely" and Kevin Kline as Porter, coming across as a more-tuneful Rex Harrison. Elvis Costello, meanwhile, confirms he's a better songwriter than singer, and as Linda Porter, Ashley Judd is hesitant at best. In a nice touch, a recording of Cole Porter himself performing "You're the Top" provides the album's coda. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the top! 11 Oct 2004
By Ruth Ludlam VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to the excellent film of the same name, and is pretty much the same thing as the film - a big homage to Cole Porter by today's artists. Essentially a tribute album, but with some rather unexpected stars appearing. Robbie Williams (no stranger to this style of song) clearly loves every moment of singing the title track, and does do it justice. However, the appearance of Alanis Morisette and Mick Hucknall took me more by surprise, but still their performances are superb. Morisette particuarly benefits from showing a sweeter, more quiet side of herself. Elvis Costello's performance is visually hilarious (consummate showman that he is) so it's worth seeeing the film as well.
However, it's also a good collection of songs, because it tries to encompass the very best of Porter's songs in one album (which you'd never get in one show, for instance).
I think the quality of the lyrics really sells this album though, cos Porter's song-writing is timeless - clever and sweet, and delightfully funny. This is the only man in the world who could have written a seduction song and got away with a line about educated fleas...
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
One of the more interesting aspects of the "De-Lovely," the musical biography of Cole Porter, is that despite the appearance of major recording stars such as Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette to sing the songs it is the songs that you remember much more than the singers. This soundtrack collection does a nice job of presenting pretty much everything we heard in Irwin Winkler's 2004 film and if nothing here is a definitive version of a classic Cole Porter tune, then that is okay because the idea here is to introduce a new generation of fans to those songs while the rest of us take a nice musical walk down memory lane.
My favorite track is when Kline's Porter instructs John Barrowman's character on how to sing "Night and Day." My only serious complaint about the movie is that Kline really has to restrain his performances so that they are more in keeping with Porter's own singing abilities (which are amply demonstrated on the final track, "You're the Top"). If somebody wanted to let Kline record a collection of Cole Porter songs that would sound good to me; with Porter's witty lyrics having a performer who brings the sensibilities of an actor more than those of a singer, that would make sense to me. In a similar vein, I like Ashley Judd's sweet little duet with Tayler Hamilton on "True Love," so do not be surprised if you like the actors more than the singers on this one.
The spirited renditions of "Anyting Goes," "Be a Clown" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" by the cast lose a little something reduced to just the audio dimension, but that is standard with any good production number from a movie. Elvis Costello's "Let's Misbehave" is okay, and the same is true for Crow's "Begin the Beguine" and Morissette's "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new look at some classic set-pieces 25 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
OK, Ella it ain't, but then maybe it's about time someone breathed a new life into these tracks. This album may disappoint some traditionalists (and some illiterate children!) but its fresh approach brings a smile to the face and highlights how well-penned the originals were. All in all an intelligent and pleasurable expreience, recommended to everyone who's lived, laughed or loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the DVD 15 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loved the DVD and just had to have the CD to complement it. I never tire of listening to these 'old songs' with their versions sung by today's artists I
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1.0 out of 5 stars De-Lovely 7 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the limited edition of the film with the soundtrack cd and never got it back so bought both as separate items and the cd tracks did not match the info on the cd cover or the songs in the film. Not impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Jan 2013
By Euan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ordered this product for my Mum. Ordered it a bit late, but it arrived in time for xmas and was exactly as described. No complaints.
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