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Elton John And Tim Rice's Aida (1999 Concept Album)

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1. Another Pyramid - Sting
2. Written In The Stars - Elton John/LeAnn Rimes
3. Easy As Life - Tina Turner ft. Angelique Kidjo
4. My Strongest Suit - Spice Girls
5. I Know TheTruth - Elton John/Janet Jackson
6. Not Me - Boyz II Men
7. Amneris' Letter - Shania Twain
8. A Step Too Far - Elton John/Heather Headley/Sherie Scott
9. Like Father Like Son - Lenny Kravitz
10. Elaborate Lives - Heather Headley
11. How I Know you - James Taylor
12. The Messenger - Elton John/Lulu
13. The Gods Love Nubia - Kelly Price
14. Enchantment Passing Through - Dru Hill
15. Orchestral Finale - Elton John

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Following hot on the heels of their enormously successful collaboration for The Lion King, Elton John and Tim Rice have once again culled their talents to create another Disney contemporary musical, based this time on Verdi's opera Aida. The album, recorded by some of the biggest talents of pop, country, and R&B, features songs from the stage show, which recounts the well-known tale of a love triangle further complicated by slavery, royalty, and the armed forces. John duets to great effect with country crooner LeAnn Rimes, the enchanting Janet Jackson, and the lovely Lulu of To Sir with Love fame. Lush and lively, the soundtrack hits a hoot of a (decidedly not highbrow) high point with the infectious pop of the Spice Girls warbling the merits of undergarments on "My Strongest Suit" ("Always wear underwear/Anytime, anywhere"). Lenny Kravitz funks things up with "Like Father Like Son." Shania Twain's husky emoting makes a fine pop ballad of the brief "Amneris' Letter." "Not Me" chronicles the goodness of love as Boyz II Men coo dreamily, their harmonies nestling into John's sumptuous score. --Paige La Grone

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John,Elton ~ Aida

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd Jan. 2 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great Cd Love the different tracks, and various artists,Spice Girls the strongest suit is a stand out track as well as written in the stars. recommend~~
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4.0 out of 5 stars good variety and feeling June 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good CD. "Written in the Stars" is an extremely emotional song, and it is my favorite on the album. I would like to see the show on Broadway, but I have to say I don't think it can be too much better than this CD
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sour Concepts June 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
It takes so much to try to get a musical to make its way upon Broadway. Sometimes you really need to understand how to make it really happen within the passion of the storytelling music. In that case with Elton John, he nearly seemed to make it with Aida. While the music for Broadway always seems to have at least something completely mgaical and a dash of power in it. Sometimes, you really need to understand it, to make it happen, and others don't see it from the start. Although Elton John has had great music for years, at least once in a era, something goes a little flat.
The 1999 Aida, was not a studio album from Elton, but a preview from what was happen on Broadway. The various artists record contains so many different artists in the record including Tina Turner, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, and the upcoming Heather Headley. Before Heather made it as a singer, she made it right here in Aida, on this record. The only decent song that was a hit was Written In The Stars, which Elton performed with Leann Rimes. The song was also the last song Elton cracked Billboard's Top 40. Still, there really wasn't a lot of enjoyment within most of the record, and it fell into a sleeper. Considering that Elton is already planning on making another smash musical on Broadway, hopefully he'll do better with the concept record.
When it does come to making it on Broadway, it isn't really anything exciting, unless it truly is a smash, and Aida is a smash on Broadway, just not the record. Still, if you're a die hard fan of Aida, buy this record. Otherwise, it could be a hitless miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living Elaborate Lives... Nov. 2 2002
By k. lane
Format:Audio CD
Aida was Elton John and Tim Rice's baby, providing a concept soundtrack album before even setting the stage on fire, the tracks are generally sweeping show ballads.
Elton teams up with several lovely and talented ladies, in LeAnn Rimes, Janet Jackson, and Lulu. "Written In The Stars" could be a vocal gladiator battle, the way LeAnn and Elton sing it. Janet and Lulu prove themselves as more mellow duet partners.
Kelly Price makes "The Gods Love Nubia" her own, the song is tied up in soul with her voice being smooth as silk. The far too short "Amneris' Letter" shows off Shania Twain's voice to perfection also. Pop culture phenomenon the Spice Girls turn "My Strongest Suit" into the most obvious pop stomper of this set. Another strong point is Heather Headley's solo "Elaborate Lives". A rich ballad, Headley recently embarked on an R&B singing career with the track "He Is". The legendary Tina Turner provides a fiery perfomance, her track being the powerful "Easy As Life" with Angelique Kidjo.
Duds are also present, Sting and Dru Hill's tracks are admitted stinkers. James Taylor, Boyz II Men, Sherie Scott, and Lenny Kravitz also deliver perfomances on the album. This album is well put together, with strong tunes and a short-list of superstars presenting them. A fun buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's good if you like bad music. Oct. 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who has gone to see the live broadway show or has heard the obc version, this cd is a strong disappointment. I strongly recommend the obc version if you don't want to hear poor pop reditions of great songs. For example, in "Another Pyramid," Sting does a weak version of a song that was perfect in every way. Then the Spice Girls do a version of "My Strongest Suit" that some could say was even worse than Sting's rendition of "Another Pyramid." Sherie Rene Scott's voice is strong and perfect for the song, but the Spice Girl version is very breathy and doesn't at all sound like it should.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good but get Bway cast. May 10 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
HERES THE LOW DOWN.HEATHER GREAT BUT BETTER IN BWAY.SO IS SHERIE BETTER IN OTHER. GODS LOVE NUBIA NICE SOUL SOUND. SHANIA IS AWESOME AS ALWAYS.LEANN IS A HIT. ELTON IS ALWAYS GOOD ESPECIALLY IN TRUTH BUT DISSAPOINTING IN STEP TO FAR.BOYZ 2 MEN ARE A LITTLE TOO POP. STING WAS DISSAPOINTING. BOTH TINA AND THE SPICE GIRLS ARE CROAKY.FATHER LIKE SON HAS A NICE 70's BEAT. JAMES SOUNDS TOO OLD AND ENCHANTMENT ISN'T GREAT. THE FINALE HAS A HARMONICA?! MESSENGER ACCEPTABLE SOUNDS LIKE LES MIZ. BOTTOM LINE MISSING A LOT IN PLAY GET Bway. BUT MESSENGE AND POP COOL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album That Inspired The Broadway Show Dec 3 2001
By John Kwok TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful concept! Have some of the finest talents in rhythm and blues, pop, rock and country sing songs composed by Elton John and Tim Rice for a musical based on Verdi's opera Aida. Surprisingly, it works quite well. Most notable is Elton's duet with country singer LeAnn Rimes, which was a minor hit from this CD. Artistically, this is a far more successful collaboration than the "Two Rooms" tribute to Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Guy Babylon, the current keyboard wizard of Elton's band, composed the orchestrations, and the band's musical director, Davey Johnstone, plays guitar on a couple of tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Compilation!! Nov. 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who can appreciate an outstanding collection of music and talented artists, this is the CD you should have in your library. This is one of the best compilation albums that I have heard. You can criticize it for it's "pop-sound", but where else will you hear a duet with Janet Jackson and Elton John - it's fabulous! And where else will you own Tina Turner and Dru Hill on the same CD??
It says in it's title that it is a "concept album". Can you imagine the time in the studio that these artists spent recording this music? This sounds like it was a very cool opportunity for them to work with Elton John and Tim Rice. It's obvious that they know talent, for choosing these artists to record their music.
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