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The Movie Songbook [Enhanced]

Sharleen Spiteri Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0031RG4Q8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Xanadu 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. If I Can't Have You 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. God Bless The Child 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Between The Bars 2:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Sound Of Silence 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. What's New Pussycat? 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Windmills Of Your Mind 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Take Me With You 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Many Rivers To Cross 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Oh, Pretty Woman 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. This One's From The Heart 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Take My Breath Away 3:290.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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The Movie Songbook is the follow up to Sharleen Spiteri's top three debut solo album Melody, and the ninth studio album from a 21 year recording career. A collection of Sharleen’s favourite soundtracks, the album is a musical journey from pop to country via disco, bossa-nova, folk, rockabilly and jazz. Phil Ramone (who has produced various Hollywood legends from Marilyn Monroe to Frank Sinatra via Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand) is on production duties for the album , which includes "God Bless The Child",  "Xanadu", "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" and "The Sound Of Silence".

BBC Review

Fresh from the commercial success of Melody, her debut solo offering in 2008, Sharleen Spiteri steps away from 60s pastiche to root herself solidly in the middle of the road with a baker’s dozen-worth of never more than passable covers aimed squarely at Radio 2.

The Movie Songbook is hardly a cutting-edge idea, more a blunt re-hashing of a disparate collection of songs strung together by the mere coincidence of having featured on a film soundtrack. Agreeably enough, Spiteri doesn’t always opt for the obvious choice, but she never seems completely certain of how to make the material her own. The production – shared by the singer with Phil Ramone and Texas bandmate Johnny McElhone – echoes the uncertainty, pulling in every direction it can and on too many occasions all at once.

When Spiteri stays closest to the original – as with Jeff Lynne’s bright, buoyant Xanadu and the Bee Gees’ anthemic jeremiad If I Can’t Have You – the results are enjoyable enough. But that’s before you encounter the spectacularly misconceived cover of Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child (Spiteri bizarrely pitching it as a seductive torch song), the unconvincing, rockabilly-laced Cat People (Putting Out Fire), and a strung-out and strangulated This One’s From the Heart that Tom Waits himself would struggle to recognise as his own.

Ramone’s fingerprints are all over a brooding Sound of Silence and a brassy What’s New Pussycat?, both of which benefit from vocal performances unhindered by Spiteri’s well-intentioned but otherwise woefully executed urge to ‘characterise’ songs. Straining for effect in Jimmy Cliff’s Many Rivers to Cross, she rapidly descends into an unintelligible whole as the airbrushed production goes doodling off on its own.

Perhaps it just seems worse than it is because it’s not as good as it could have been. Or perhaps it’s because this is material that makes too many demands of a voice with a narrow range and a tendency to clot and congeal. --Michael Quinn

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Melody, but a damn good effort! 29 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I honestly don't know why people are cutting into this album. I feel that most of the tracks on this album are very good, some of the tracks even better than the originals!

I think that there are about two tracks on here where I am not a huge fan of the originals, but even though, I have to say, this makes for a pretty good album. I was particuarly impressed by the slow, smokey bar numbers, God Bless the Child,
Windmills of your Mind and This ones from the Heart.

I urge you guys to try listening to this album and giving it another try. ;-)
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Few Good Tracks, But Plenty Of Fillers 28 Feb 2010
By Mellow Yellow TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have been a massive fan of Sharleens since the Texas days and I was worried that when Texas took some time out that we wouldnt hear from her again. My worries proved unfounded when she embarked on a solo career.

Sharleen's Sixties sounding album "Melody" was excellent and had some brilliant tracks, but was very underated which was a huge shame.

However, Sharleen is back, this time with an album of covers and what a mistake this is. Do not get me wrong there are some cracking tracks on the album including "Xanadu", "If I Can't Have You", "The Sound Of Silence" and "Take My Breath Away" but what is going on with some of the other tracks. She has turned into a crooner and this style really does not suit her at all. Even "Xanadu" when I first heard it on the radio, didnt sound like Sharleen, in fact I thought it was Olivia Newtown John as it sounded identical to her version. If you are going to do a cover of such a fabulous song and you have the tremendous voice that Sharleen has why on earth wouldnt you put your own mark on it? Its a real shame.

I hate writing negative reviews which is why I have given her 3 stars instead of 2. I really like Sharleen Spiteri but this is abit of a disappointing release from her.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice But Dim !! 16 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love the sound of Sharleen Spiteri's vocal chords and when I saw this album, I thought..interesting!!! However, whilst she does a good job on all the songs, there is nothing really improved on the originals and the album in total falls short. It's very 'lounge music' in flavour and the collection is too nice and unadverturous. I expected a rip-roaring rendition of the Prince-penned 'Take Me With You' and a sublime 'Take My Breath Away' but both are very mediocre. 'The Sound of Silence' and 'Windmills of my Mind' are enjoyable, whilst 'Oh! Pretty Woman' is just awful. A mixed bag, but really doesn't add much to my CD collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I was in texas 12 April 2010
By Zippy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is my own fault, I guess I should have not assumed that these would songs would have an individual twist to them. I love Texas and Sharleen's voice is haunting - but as far as I am concerned, it was all lost on these songs. I love a sing a long in the car as much as anyone, and that was the purpose of this purchase. It didn't do it for me though - sorry. I have given this a 3* rather than a 2* though because fans of musicals will like it, I was hoping for something more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Karoke disaster 3 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Oh dear, I've been listening & purchasing Sharleen Spiteri since I Don't Want A Lover with Texas all those years ago. Occasionally over the years she's put out a track which has been grating but after the last solo album I thought this might be a new era of interesting music. Even after I found out this was an album of cover versions I wasn't put off. After all some artists have pulled it off in the past. But no, this is not the case. Imagine your favourite songs killed in the style of x-factor runner-ups - you know the voice is potentially good but over the dodgy backing tracks it just doesn't work. Sharleen, for pitys sake please get back to Texas (only avoid any dodgy Method Man/RZA collaborations please).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, I'm like every other Texas fan...I've been listening to Sharleen Spiteri rock the house for the last twenty years. I feel that I know her voice well enough to single her out in Grand Central Station! So, I was delighted with her first solo effort, "Melody".

When I heard the news regarding Songbook, I thought, "An album of soundtracks? In a Lady Gaga kinda decade? Wow, what a ballsy chick!" Well, I really don't share Sharleen's love of movie soundtracks but I bought the cd anyway...well, because....that's what fans do.

I can't tell you how happy I am that Ms. Spiteri has the mondo-sized cojones that she does!:) The album is killer! The music is lush and as always, Sharleen's voice is exquisite. HOWEVER, what stole my heart is the range of songs that she choose and how she presents them. This is no ordinary cover album! She puts her own spin and personality into each and every selection. She's coy and tongue-in-cheek with, "Pretty Woman" and "What's New Pussycat?". Something for the girls.:) "If I Can't Have You" is better than the original (by far) and "Many Rivers To Cross" is just beautiful! "God Bless The Child", "This One's From The Heart" and "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" all make me want to pour myself a dry martini (shaken, not stirred) and hang out in a piano bar. But my favorite track is "Sound of Silence". I've always loved that song and once wrote the lyrics in my journal in a moment of teenage angst. Sharleen Spiteri's rendition made me remember that moment in vivid detail. Additionally, this deluxe set has a 7 inch vinyl and a cd of demos. I'd love to thank whomever decided to include the demos. They are wonderful and have an intimate feel to them. Great inclusions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Highs, Some Lows, Mostly in the Middle
I have the deluxe version of this CD but, as that appears to be no longer available to buy, I'll restrict this review to the songs that are on the standard release. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Syder
3.0 out of 5 stars No surprise
Sharleen Spiteri has a beautiful voice of course, but the songs are well-known and she is better with the originality of Texas.
Published 6 months ago by Bertrand Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars sharleen spiteri
the second album I have just bought still good value for money and also as good as first will buy more
Published 6 months ago by joanbailey
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Sharleen has such a great voice and this album shows her in a different light, each song is a joy to hear, unlike many who totally change the tone of the original song Sharleen... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but.........
.......strange selection of songs, some good and some you want to skip over, that said, Sharleen Spiteri has a stunning voice!
Published 13 months ago by Bella Secret Stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharlene Spiterri
Sharleen Spiteri has one of the finest voices in this country. This is the first cd where she has sung songs by other artists and she has made a fine job of it.
Published 14 months ago by barnjoan
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
I like Sharleen Spiteri and was excited when I heard she was recording an album of film tracks. However,she is badly let down by choice of material. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. P. Greenhill
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COVER ALBUM FROM SPITERI
Sharleen Spiteri has a great voice,wonderful to hear Sharleen
sing 'Sound of Silence' ,the jazzy songs are also great,she
can sing anything,a strong cover of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Auke
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Sharleen!
I was never a big fan of Texas but liked their songs when I heard them on the radio and definitely always liked Sharleen's voice. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anagram
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great cd
Yet another great cd from this truly great artist. Movie songbook does just what it says. Easy to listen too
Published 21 months ago by miss j m lake
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