Commitments - Commitments (CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Film Composers
- Number of Items
- Country of Origin
- USA / Canada
- Mca Dist Corp
- Universal Distribution
- Mono / Stereo
- Stereophile (2/93, p.109) - "...its rendition of Soul is deep, solid, and driving...16-year-old lead singer Andrew Strong, who knows the music, has terrific phrasing, great pitch, and an impossibly cool, raspy voice that sounds like a young Joe Cocker..."
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Mustang Sally - Andrew Strong
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Mr. Pitiful - Andrew Strong
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Maria Doyle
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] In the Midnight Hour - Andrew Strong
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Bye Bye Baby - Maria Doyle
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Slip Away - Robert Arkins
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Take Me to the River - Andrew Strong
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Chain of Fools - Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Dark End of the Street - Andrew Strong
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Destination: Anywhere - Niamh Kavanagh
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Can't Stand the Rain - Angeline Ball
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Try a Little Tenderness - Andrew Strong
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Treat Her Right - Robert Arkins
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Niamh Kavanagh
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Mustang Sally
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Take Me to the River
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Chain of Fools
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Dark End of the Street, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Destination: Anywhere
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Can't Stand the Rain
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Try a Little Tenderness
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Treat Her Right
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Mr. Pitiful
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] In the Midnight Hour
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Bye Bye Baby
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Slip Away
- Release Date
- 28 May 1999
Producers: P. Bushnell, Kevin Killen, Alan Parker.
Personnel: Maria Doyle, Angeline Ball (vocals, background vocals); Andrew Strong, Niamh Kavanagh (vocals); Conor Brady, Dean Parks (guitar); Felim Gormley (alto saxophone); Carl Geraghty (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ronan Dooney (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Killen.
Recording information: Hit Factory, London, England; Ocean Way Recording, L.A., CA; Ringsend Road Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
Photographer: David Appleby.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kenneth McCluskey.
Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music -- the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house band (such are the perks of stardom) , the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians. This would seem to lend The Commitments some degree of authenticity and it does to a certain extent, as these guys can crank out familiar favorites without missing a step, but the description of working musicians suggests that there is some grit here, which there's not. After all, this is music for a movie, so it is cleanly produced: the horns have a punch, the guitars are crisp, the drums tight and neat, all the better to showcase the bar band growl of Andrew Strong -- his Otis worship comes out like Rod Stewart crossed with Mick Hucknall -- and Maria Doyle's salute to Aretha Franklin. All of this sounds fine, if a bit generic: these are great songs performed ably and if they're not distinctive, they at least suit the spirit of the film's open-hearted hero worship. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
- 46m 16s
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Date Released
- Kevin Killen; Tim Martin
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