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Ally McBeal Vol.1 - Soundtrack

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Genre: Soundtrack / Artist: Various / Release Date: 1998 / Genre: Soundtracks

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      23.07.2008 08:22
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      Just listen to the damn thing and pretend someone bought you it as a gift

      Ally McBeal is always a strange one for me. It really shouldn't be my type of show (I always think the Soprano's wasn't quite brutal enough) but I loved it. Actually found myself looking forward to the evening if there was an episode on that night. And one of the things I enjoyed about it was the Vonda Shepard songs and covers. Now, this is another enigma because she really isn't my type of singer - way too easily listening. I do like a bit of grit in my songs. But for some strange reason I was gripped by her every note. From the title song, "Searching My Soul" to "Tell him" I listened intently. There is something about the latter - just an amazing song. Obviously I am completely at ease with all of this in hindsight but for a while you do worry having, Vonda sitting in there between your Iron Maiden and Pearl Jam albums. A fantastic soundtrack to a fantastic show, which is, now, sadly missed and has never been topped by David E Kelley since.

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      01.01.2001 16:19

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      I'm a big fan of Ally Mcbeal and this album is totally awsom! It has greatest song from Ally Mcbeal and it's fun and Ally style. I think that it's a perfect gift for all Ally fans. I have this dance teacher who's just crazy about Ally, so although I don't own this album I have listened it guite a lot. She used to play it in every lesson. So it was nice to listen it and sing along! Songs are pretty good too, they have that rhythm they're pretty guick and all! And of course Vonda Shepard has a great voice. There's lots of classics featuring in this album, lots of cover versions, but I like them. Ally has the best music of all tv series, that's partly because of Vonda! My favourite Christmas song is Santa baby because Ally's secretary sang that in one memorable serie of Ally Mcbeal. Well on Saturday I was watching Top of the Pops and Kylie Minogue sang that particular song, but she was so bad!

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      23.12.2000 05:24

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      I bought this album after watching the show and hearing a few tracks on it, such as "Tell Him" "The Shoop Shoop Song" and "Hooked on a feeling". The covers on this album are well done, I think, converted into a rather groovy piano, guitar and drum effort with Vonda Shepards deep and powerful voice singing on top. All of the cover tracks are the ones that stood out to me first, "I only want to be with you" was another, and they are mixed with Shepards own songs such as "Searching my soul" (The title track to Ally Mcbeal) and some other ballady tracks. Together the album is highly listenable too, combining funky tracks, with some very solem pieces, almost too dull if you ask me. The second Ally Mcbeal album is also very good, and I think is better as a whole album, whereas this has some real indiviual gems.

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      09.10.2000 20:05
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      I am totally addicted to the TV show (as you will have read in my opinion of it ;-)), so it was only natural that I decided to buy the soundtrack. As there are now 2 available, I wasn't sure which one to chose as the actual names of the songs didn't mean much to me, and in the end I chose this one purely because it had the theme tune on it - so that's at least one song I'd recognise! Unfortunately, the album was a bit of a let down as it didn't trigger anywhere near the kind of emotions I usually experience when watching the show. Also, because the episodes which the songs correspond to were broadcast so long ago I can't remember their relevance to the show. I am not sure why the title states that it is by Various Artists, as it seems to me that most of the songs are sung by dear old Vonda who, by the way, ought to get much more credit for the album - it was a bit unfair to put Ally on the front, I think. Here is the track listing: 1. Searchin' For My Soul {the theme tune} 2. Ask The Lonely 3. Walk Away Renee 4. Hooked On A Feeling 5. You Belong To Me 6. Wildest Times Of The World 7. Someone You Use 8. The End Of The World 9. Tell Him 10. Neighborhood 11. Will You Marry Me? 12. It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) 13. I Only Want To Be With You 14. Maryland As you have probably recognised, most (or all?) of these songs are covers of timeless classics - personally I don't think there is anything wrong with that, but a lot of people may disagree. As for actually listening to this album, well, it's quite nice to hear once or twice but it's not the sort of thing I'd constantly have on my stereo as I have a feeling that it would soon begin to bug me...

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      19.08.2000 19:27
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      Songs from Ally McBeal featuring Vonda Shepard is the first of a trio of soundtracks from the hit television series, Ally McBeal. If you haven’t seen Ally McBeal yet you are really missing out, it’s a truly magical comedy about a lawyer and how she battles through life and love. However, for me, the real star is not Calista Flockheart (actress who plays Ally) but is Vonda Shepard. If you’ve seen the programme, you will instantly recognise Vonda and the talent she possesses – she is found every episode down in the bar, playing the piano and singing wonderfully whilst the ‘stars’ dance the programme to a close. Now Vonda Shepard has actually been ‘going’ for a number of years, though I didn’t know of her until the Ally McBeal series (like many I suspect), and if you don’t like the idea of a soundtrack I would certainly point you in the direction of ‘By 7:30’ one of her previous albums. However please don’t be put off by the fact that it’s a soundtrack, this album contains some great tracks and should be welcomed onto anybody’s CD rack. Here’s the playlist; 1. Searchin' My Soul (Ally McBeal theme tune) 2. Ask The Lonely 3. Walk Away Renee 4. Hooked On A Feeling 5. You Belong To Me 6. Wildest Times Of The World 7. Someone You Use 8. The End Of The World 9. Tell Him 10. Neighborhood 11. Will You Marry Me? 12. It's In His Kiss 13. I Only Want To Be With You 14. Maryland Well as you can see, there are a few cover versions of songs there, like ‘It’s in his kiss’ but unlike so many attempts at covers, Vonda pulls them off supremely. Each song conjures emotion in me, be it Searchin’ My Soul (an upbeat ‘fun’ song) which not only do I find myself singing along to each time, but puts me in a happy mood, whereas songs like ‘Ask the L
      onely’ have me in floods of tears. ‘Just ask the lonely, they know the pain, of loosing a love you can never regain….’ I’ve included that little verse, because I always cry as it’s sung, and I don’t know why, maybe just because I’m a soft touch or something. Now I like Ally McBeal, but I’m not a huge fan, I can’t remember when these songs were played during the show so, unlike other dooyooers, emotion is conjured by the song, not the thought of when the song was played (that probably doesn’t make much sense.) (I’ll try and wrap it up now, I know I’ve rambled) In my opinion this is a great ‘individual’ (I would love it even if it wasn’t a soundtrack) album, combining mellow, soft, sad music with tracks that are upbeat and uplifting. The combination of some good piano pieces (I don’t know if that’s the word I want, maybe beat? – I don’t know much about music) and Vonda’s stunning voice really convey the emotion of each song. If I have one quibble, it is that the soundtrack only includes Vonda – no Barry White! But still it’s great to listen too, even if you’re into heavy rock, I don’t think that anyone could be unmoved by songs like ‘You Belong to me’. Also, you can pick this up for £6.99 at most music shops and remember to look out for the second soundtrack, Heart and Soul and the third, A Very Ally Christmas (various artists)!

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        31.07.2000 23:57
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        If you're familiar with the C4 series 'Ally Mcbeal', you'll almost certainly be familiar with the songstress Vonda Shepard, who's beautiful songs form the soundtrack and appears regularly throughout the series at her trusty piano. The album is chock full with the popular songs from the series including 'Searchin my soul', the track that features in the credits of the show, 'Tell him', Allys 'theme song' (watch and find out!) and the ass kicking 'Will you marry me'. A class act from start to finish, 'Songs from Ally Mcbeal' is a marvellous blend of soul, blues, moody melodies and feelgood rock. Whether you're an Ally fan or not, this album is sure to please. I defy anyone not to hum along to 'Tell him' or sob along to "Neighbourhood"!!!!

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