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The Cradle Will Rock


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 8 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003A9F7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nickel Under The Foot - Polly Jean Harvey
2. Cradle Opening Theme
3. Moll's Song - Emily Watson
4. Goings On
5. Croon Spoon - Eddie Vedder/Susan Sarandon
6. Marc In The Park
7. Joe Worker - Audra McDonald
8. Hazel & Crickshaw
9. Let's Do Something - Erin Hill/Dan Jenkins
10. Honolulu - Tim Jerome/Vicki Clark/Erin Hill/Dan Jenkins
11. Cradle Theme Version 2
12. Hazel Testifies/Crickshaw Drinks
13. Oh What A Filthy Nightcourt - Henry Stram/Tim Jerome/Vicki Clark/Erin Hill/Dan Jenkins/Chris McKinney
14. Reverend Salvation - Chris McKinney/Vicki Clark
15. Bedrooms
16. Diego Gets Thrown Out
17. Art For Art's Sake - Henry Stram/Tim Jerome/Vicki Clark/Erin Hill/Dan Jenkins/Chris McKinney
18. Renegade Conga
19. Freedom Of The Press - Henry Stram/Tim Jerome
20. 59th & 7th
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Sure, Cradle Will Rock is about politics, but at its most convincing level, the movie is a showcase for its namesake--Marc Blitzstein's Federal Theater Project-funded operetta from 1937. In the film, we see the long-forgotten musical rehearsed, dissected, critiqued and convincingly performed by the movie's cast (even the musicians seen in the film are the actual performers on the soundtrack). This disc features many of the musical's best moments and David Robbins's equally impressive melting pot of an instrumental score, which includes folk songs, gypsy music, klezmer and jazz. But there are also a few surprises: Polly Jean Harvey gives a noir-ish and impassioned version of Cradle's "Nickel Under the Foot", while Eddie Vedder and Susan Sarandon's duet on "Croon Spoon" is only slightly less convincing. Broadway star Audra McDonald, though, shows us how Blitzstein's "Joe Worker" would sound on the Great White Way today. It's a great package, but the music featured in the film--for starters, the infectious and cute "Honolulu" and Emily Watson's endearing performance of "Moll's Song"--is the real highlight. - -Jason Verlinde

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The soundtrack to Tim Robbins' excellent, frenetic "Cradle Will Rock" is, well, excellent, and a little frenetic. David Robbins' score, a hybrid of klezmer, gypsy, and Eastern European, eschews the heavy-handedness and sentimentality the partnership of a less skilled director and composer might leap to for such portentous material as the movie discusses - but the real gem of the CD is the cache of songs from Marc Blitzstein's titular musical. Putting a brassy spin on the style made famous by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Blitzstein's songs run the gamut from haunting and moody ("Joe Worker," sung by the fabulous Audra MacDonald), to upbeat and catchy ("Let's Do Something"), to blithe and charming ("Honolulu") - not to mention timeless, as shown by performances of Blitzstein songs by Polly Jean Harvey (an excellent, brooding "Nickel Under the Foot") and the less-well-executed duet of Eddie Vedder and Susan Sarandon (both are talented singers - neither seems to be able to handle the intricacy of "Croon Spoon"). One complaint is that the CD only includes the "Cradle" songs featured in the film - perhaps for context's sake, the inclusion of the entire Blitzstein score would have lent greater meaning to the songs herein. And the inclusion of Emily Watson's rendition of "I'm Checkin' Home Now" proves Watson a great actress, but a lousy singer. But aside from that, this is a terrific, vibrant CD, the demerits of which don't detract from the overall quality.
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After seeing this at the Ritz, walked 20 blocks to Tower to be told the soundtrack wasn't available until 1/14/2000. This is why I love the truthtellers at Amazon, where I just ordered this. This movie was wonderful, and the closing credits with songs sung by others as well (PJ Harvey) made the soundtrack an irresistable purchase! I have also ordered the 1994 production, based on the reviews here. I plan to get some books about that era as well.
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I originally bought this C.D. because I'd been waiting for the movie to come out for a year. I got hooked in two seconds! The songs are so great, especially the ones performed by the theatre folk. Even the actors who sing on this C.D. do a great job. The duet between Susan Sarandon and Eddie Vader has become one of my favorite duets. Good job, Tim Robbins! (and David Robbins for doing the music)
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This is an excellent done recording featuring actors known for movies (Susan Sarandon, Joan Cusack, Emily Watson, Hank Azaria) and Broadway Actors (The FABULOUS ERIN HILL and AUDRA MCDONALD).
This music is wonderful~!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An amazing piece of work! May 23 2000
By Farin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this C.D. because I'd been waiting for the movie to come out for a year. I got hooked in two seconds! The songs are so great, especially the ones performed by the theatre folk. Even the actors who sing on this C.D. do a great job. The duet between Susan Sarandon and Eddie Vader has become one of my favorite duets. Good job, Tim Robbins! (and David Robbins for doing the music)
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
"Cradle" does rock. Dec 16 1999
By Alex Gradet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to Tim Robbins' excellent, frenetic "Cradle Will Rock" is, well, excellent, and a little frenetic. David Robbins' score, a hybrid of klezmer, gypsy, and Eastern European, eschews the heavy-handedness and sentimentality the partnership of a less skilled director and composer might leap to for such portentous material as the movie discusses - but the real gem of the CD is the cache of songs from Marc Blitzstein's titular musical. Putting a brassy spin on the style made famous by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Blitzstein's songs run the gamut from haunting and moody ("Joe Worker," sung by the fabulous Audra MacDonald), to upbeat and catchy ("Let's Do Something"), to blithe and charming ("Honolulu") - not to mention timeless, as shown by performances of Blitzstein songs by Polly Jean Harvey (an excellent, brooding "Nickel Under the Foot") and the less-well-executed duet of Eddie Vedder and Susan Sarandon (both are talented singers - neither seems to be able to handle the intricacy of "Croon Spoon"). One complaint is that the CD only includes the "Cradle" songs featured in the film - perhaps for context's sake, the inclusion of the entire Blitzstein score would have lent greater meaning to the songs herein. And the inclusion of Emily Watson's rendition of "I'm Checkin' Home Now" proves Watson a great actress, but a lousy singer. But aside from that, this is a terrific, vibrant CD, the demerits of which don't detract from the overall quality.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For any Broadway fan! Dec 21 1999
By "jbhapgood2" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent done recording featuring actors known for movies (Susan Sarandon, Joan Cusack, Emily Watson, Hank Azaria) and Broadway Actors (The FABULOUS ERIN HILL and AUDRA MCDONALD).
This music is wonderful~!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great CD (Based on Movie) Dec 31 1999
By Ron Ozer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After seeing this at the Ritz, walked 20 blocks to Tower to be told the soundtrack wasn't available until 1/14/2000. This is why I love the truthtellers at Amazon, where I just ordered this. This movie was wonderful, and the closing credits with songs sung by others as well (PJ Harvey) made the soundtrack an irresistable purchase! I have also ordered the 1994 production, based on the reviews here. I plan to get some books about that era as well.


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