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The Movie Songbook

14 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 42:55
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  • ASIN: B0039DSSF4
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,919 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella N. Garcia on 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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Format: Audio CD
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.

The disc starts promisingly with Xanadu. I've been an ELO fan since before Texas were formed, but after I heard this version for the first time I preferred it to the original. Then comes If I Can't Have You. Again, for this listener, an improvement on the original.

Then it started to go downhill. A great deal of what follows is piano-bar music: inoffensive background music, but not something I want to actively listen to. The remaining tracks that I actively enjoyed were Cat People (Putting Out Fire) and Many Rivers to Cross. In the case of the former, I was pleasantly surprised at how different it was from David Bowie's version, as a long-standing Bowie fan.

The songs I haven't mentioned are at best background music. It's interesting to note that one of the tracks on the second disc (currently unavailable) is Streets of Philadelphia. It's a shame they couldn't discard one of the "background-music" songs to make way for this on the main disc.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Hunter on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Scott P. Wheeler on 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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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.Yes, there are songs from Michel Legrand and Burt Bacharach but too use much of the rest is bland overused dross. There are songs from composers such John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini and Francis Lai which would be perfect for Sharleen. A wasted opportunity for sure.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Kirwan on 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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