This CD is the soundtrack to the awesome 1991 film 'Beaches', which starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. It is a story about two of the bestest friends, they're friends for life, and face many trials and difficulties during their lives - which they help each other with. They argue too, of course.
The music comprises of some original material written for the film, such as Oh Industry and The Glory Of Love, and some old favourites - like Wind Beneath My Wings and Bette's cover of Under The Boardwalk.
HIGHLIGHTS: Wind Beneath My Wings, The Glory Of Love, I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
LOWLIGHTS: I Know You By Heart
Track 1 - Under The Boardwalk - Bette's cover of Under The Boardwalk is awesome. It's slower, more synthy, and more Midlery. It shows off her voice very well. I like it! And one of the bits I love, it begins with a little trumpet fanfare which is awesome.
Track 2 - Wind Beneath My Wings - just about everybody knows this song! And most people love it. It's one of the songs most used for Weddings, And Funerals too!
Probably Bette's most popular song.
The only qualm I have is that this is supposed to be the Soundtrack of the film - but they don't use the same version as they do in the film! They use the original which is excellent and probably better, but for a Bette fan like myself, it would be cool to have the version from the film.
But yes - an excellent song. A karaoke favourite!
Track 3 - I've Still Got My Health
This Song is used in a part of the film where Bette, or CC Bloom, is singing in a jazz bar in the '60s.
It's lovely and jazzy and light, it's ok! No soaring melodies or drama here.
Track 4 - I Think It's Gonna Rain Today
Awesome song - great if you fancy a cry.
Track 5 - Otto Titsling
Funny song about the invention of the Titsling - or the Brassiere (if that's how you spell it, hmmm) - it's in the film when she's so driven wanting to be a star she'll do anything. And Hilary her best friend comes and sees it - and doesn't approve. Prude! But anyway - amusing.
Track 6 - I know you by heart - w/ David Pack
I don't really like it. Bit crap. and his voice is horrid! ugh. It's ok i suppose.
Track 7 - The Glory Of Love
ONE OF MY FAVOURITEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER EVER EVER! i adore it. it has varous incarnations in the film - as a child CC sings a cabaret-ish version, it is used as an orchestral theme a lot, and at the end after the bad thing happens (won't spoil it), she sings a wonderful version and it makes me cry every time... im a bit teary now thinking about it! anyway it's a gorgeous song, jazzy, it's just lovely and i love it :)
Track 8 - Baby Mine
Also lovely. Very cheesy but good :)
Track 9 - Oh Industry
LUVVIT - is used in a part of the film where CC gets her first lead in a weird musical with masks.... anyway it's good - lots of 80s90s synthy noises. Bette's voice is amazing as always! Sounds kinda egyptian - anyway, 'sgood.
Track 10 - The Friendship Theme
Little snippit taken from the film which is actually barely memorable and a bit rubbish!
Anyway so yes - if you're into your led zeppelin and your darkness and your franz ferdinand and stuff like that only, well, this probably isn't for you.
But if something a bit less rocky and a bit more jazzy and a bit more feminine is your thing, you'll love this CD, and you will love, the awesome, the divine, Miss Bette Midler.
"Fly..... Fly.... So high against the sky... so high I almost touch the sky...
Thank you, Thank you, Thank god for you,
The Wind Beneath My Wings"
Fly out to the shops and by it! little joke for ya there.
*please note this review is not plagiarised, I wrote it and have posted it both here and on Ciao.co.uk)
First things first,it's best to listen to this album with headphones on and the lights out. This is the kind of mellow album only spoiled by the lousy, brash remix of Blur's 'On your own', but there's loads of bits you'll miss if you're not totally immersed in it. The shocking realisation of Orbital's 'Beached' (featuring a speech by Leo) is by far the best track, really bringing the album to a fantastic end. The 'most unlikely' award goes to the Dario G track 'Voices', a track that you wouldn't believe came from the cheesy dance group. Meanwhile, the rhythmic rolling of Underworld's '8 ball', the growling smoothness of Faithless' 'Woozy' and the opening track that takes you there- Leftfield's 'Snakeblood' all make up part of this pleasant surprise. Even the normally coarse sound of Asian Dub Foundation is changed to a softer reggae style instrumental funk on 'Return To Django' with trumpets aplenty. It's quite a relief to find that most of the tracks are actually used in the movie at some point, unlike with some other movie soundtracks. And, beautifully, the songs actually fit with the movie. But apart from the Blur remix, the song that doesn't quite seem to fit on the album is the All Saints' huge hit 'Pure Shores'. Compared to the rest of the tracks it begins to feel terribly out of place and commercial-probably due to its massive airplay. When it comes to the sounds, you can't really fault this. The Beach soundtrack-great for the beach, great for the home, great all day long.
This song is definately one of my favourites!!, although some new song which are being released are starting to fill the spot left by Pure Shores!, however this will always remain one of my favourites!!, I went to see the film 'the beach' and the only good part i liked was when this music was playing!, it lacked a good story line and ideas!, All Saints have produced many good songs but none as good as this one!, Black coffee is also good but the one released after that is a poor excuse of a song!, i think it is awful!! (soryr i cannot remember the title!). The words in the song make sense and have a good meaning!, the sound of the tune is fantastic!!
Well the soundtrack has attempted to use cool songs that are en vogue at the moment, and if you own Moby Play and a couple of other albums then you will have most of the good songs on here. None the less it is a good selection of songs, and if you don't have many of those on here then a great buy! All-Saints Pure Shores stands out as the cream of the selection (thanks to William Orbit) and for that alone it is worth buying!!
Images of beaches conjure up luscious chilled out sounds with samples of waves and exotic birds, not hard hitting techno and garbled rubbish from Blur’s off days. Only a few tracks stand out, Pure Shores by All Saints (I prefer the remix of the single), Spinning Away by Sugar Ray and Porcelain by Moby. The score is by the excellent composer Angelo Badalamenti, who is often used by David Lynch, yet his End Credits theme is ruined by the decision to include Leonardo DiCaprio’s narration over the top of it, which sounds like a more patronising Baz Luehrmann song (and don’t get me started on the casting of Leo!) and will force you to forward through about three minutes till he finishes. Don’t bother buying this, as you probably already own the good tracks from other albums. Lousy film, lousy soundtrack, lousy cast, but still a great book.
As you may have guessed by my reviews, I really like 'The Beach'. As a fan of the book who was disappointed by the film, I find this song absolutely perfect. It has a great start, reminiscent of the languid, relaxed journey in the book, and then moves uptempo to match the book's final stages. The lyrics are beautiful - anyone who has read the book must know that this states prescisely what the point of the novel is: a search for paradise, a journey to find heaven. My best praise for this song is that this is the only one that I can listen to over and over again without ever tiring of it.
The soundtrack to The Beach is thankfully much more interesting than the film it owes its name to. As can be read in my film review of the film, the visual aspect of this film is excellent; it looks great at all times. The music sort of matches in a way the pictures in that 'paradise-in-a-box' sort of way. There is a whole pile of top quality artists on this CD, including one of my old favourites Moby, Leftfield, Underworld, Blur, Faithless, and Richard Ashcroft (ok, he's not great, but that voice is unique, innit. You've got to give him that). Then of course, there's Pure Shores, by All Saints. Not exactly my number one track of all time, by a long way. In fact, I thought it was pretty pants, especially after all the airplay it got. Borrow it, but don't buy it.
This is a (somewhat) wonderful compilation of songs. I love listening to it on sunny, breezy days (the few that we have here in Britain!) and it really does give a sense that you are somewhere in a tropical island or lounging on 'the beach' or on a sailboat headed to a secret island resort. The much aired song Porcelain by Moby is very soothing to listen to, as are Voices by Dario G (remember SunChyme? that was great) and the final score by the composer who did the Twin Peaks theme, Angelo Badalamenti. It also features some lines from the film, which are very meaningful and a must if you want to fall asleep listening to Leonardo Dicaprio's voice! Spinning Away by Sugar Ray is also great and a really happy song. And Pure Shores by All Saints must be one of their best songs to date. The song Lonely Soul also features Richard Ashcroft. Overall I would say that it is a good soundtrack but just like the movie, there are some parts that I wish I could edit out, hence me saying that it is *somewhat* wonderful above.
I really like Pure Shores. When I first heard it on MTV, I thought, well, it's been a long time since All Saint's last single released - but this excellent one sure makes up for it!!! I love the perfect tune, it just suits The Beach great. It is sang by four very talented, young, female singers, who togther, make up the All Saints!!!! I like All Saints a lot and Pure Shores is just another one of their excellent singles!!!!! I am sure that All Saints will continue to release brilliant songs, just like this one!!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Under The Boardwalk
2 I've Still Got My Health
3 Otto Titsling
4 Glory Of Love
5 Oh Industry
6 Wind Beneath My Wings
7 I Think It's Going To Rain Today
8 I Know You By Heart
9 Baby Mine
10 Friendship Theme