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Evita (The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 12 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002NAK
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. A Cinema In Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952 - Orchestra/John Mauceri
2. Requiem For Evita - Orchestra/John Mauceri
3. Oh What A Circus - Antonio Banderas, Madonna
4. On This Night Of A Thousand Stars - Jimmy Nail
5. Eva And Magaldi / Eva Beware Of The City - Madonna, Jimmy Nail, Antonio Banderas, Julian...
6. Buenos Aires - Madonna
7. Another Suitcase In Another Hall - Madonna
8. Goodnight And Thank You - Madonna, Antonio Banderas
9. The Lady's Got Potential - Antonio Banderas
10. Charity Concert / The Art Of The Possible - Jimmy Nail, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas...
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Disc: 2
1. On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada 1 - Jonathan Pryce
2. Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Madonna
3. On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada 2 - Madonna
4. High Flying, Adored - Antonio Banderas, Madonna
5. Rainbow High - Madonna
6. Rainbow Tour - Antonio Banderas, Gary Booker, Peter Polycar...
7. The Actress Hasn't Learned The Lines (You'd Like To Hear) - Madonna, Antonio Banderas
8. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out) - Antonio Banderas
9. Partido Feminista - Madonna
10. She Is A Diamond - Jonathan Pryce
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's ground-breaking musical Evita finally makes it to the big screen. Starring Madonna as Eva Peron, Antonio Banderas as Che Guevara and Jonathan Pryce as Juan Peron, the film, which was directed by Alan Parker. Evita--The Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack is a two-CD/cassette package containing all the music from the film.


Evita was finally filmed in 1996, 20 years after its initial incarnation as a studio-bound rock opera. In between, of course, it was one of the most successful and long-running musicals on either side of the Atlantic. Given such a long history, the film might easily have been a stale anticlimax, fatally holed by our overfamiliarity with songs such as the ubiquitous "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." On the contrary, it was an impressive and immensely satisfying production. The numbers, augmented by a new song for Eva ("You Must Love Me"), sound fresh and the singing is excellent. Coming from Jonathan Pryce (Peron) and Jimmy Nail (Magaldi), this is hardly a surprise. The real revelation is Antonio Banderas as Che, a kind of one-man Greek chorus commenting on Eva's rise and the price she must pay. His warm tenor dispels memories of previous, rougher interpretations from such singers as David Essex and Colm Wilkinson. Ultimately, though, the star is Madonna. She is totally immersed in the role of Eva from start to finish, her singing ranging from girlish delicacy to a hard-edged stridence as the dictator's wife achieves her goals. Rarely has a film so successfully given a stage show such a new lease on life. --Piers Ford

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Format: Audio CD
I've watched the movie so many times over the years, so when I got the soundtrack I was a little disappointed. I understand that they had to re-record the songs for sound quality, but Madonna, Jonathan, and Antonio could have tried harder to make certain songs sound like they did on the screen. For a person who's heard the same thing over and over and expected the same thing on the soundtrack, it was very disconcerting. It pulls me out of being swept up in the marvelous orchestration and lyrics and gives me the "nails on the chalkboard" feeling.
I still recommend the soundtrack, but just be aware that it's not exactly what you're used to...
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Francamente es una lastima que en esta grabacion, hecha a mayor gloria de MADONNA, que proporciona una 'Evita' muy bien cantada pero que peca de distante por momentos, se hayan descuidado algunos papeles, como el fundamental 'Che', que aqui esta a cargo de un ANTONIO BANDERAS muy bien el la vertiente psicologica del personaje, pero muy flojo en la parte meramente musical. Lo mismo puede decirse del 'Peron' de JONATHAN PRYCE, que es actor pero no cantante.
Cumple mucho mejor como 'Magaldi' un JIMMY NAIL, que sin tener la fuerza de un tanguero real sabe sacarle partido a su rol. De lujo la 'Amante de Peron' que nos brinda ANDREA CORR (la vocalista de "The Corrs", que aqui se luce con ganas.) Secundarios y coro cumplen con suficiencia, y algo mejor la orquesta.
Un disco que para los amantes de Madonna puede tener mucha calidad, pero para los amantes del musical es francamente de un nivel de correcta suficiencia, pero ¿es que acaso no se puede hacer nada mejor a dia de hoy con 'Evita' que una version solo correcta?
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This is a masterpiece. Everything is as it should be. Madonna may not have been the first woman to play Eva, but she is the woman who finally did Eva justice. Everyone else that played her played it bitchy the whole time. Madonna allowed herself to be soft and sentimental when it was needed, such as the beautiful, soaring ballads "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," and "Eva's Final Broadcast." Maybe it was just because she was pregnant at the time, but it was the most fragile and sweet I've ever seen her. She did it beautifully. She played it nasty and bitchy on the songs were it was needed like "Good Night and Thank You."
And Antonio...mmm...let's put it this way: I never understand what the fuss about him was til I saw this. He is gorgeous, talented and dang near perfect. Wonderful man. Perfect for Che.
The musical may no be entirely historically accurate, but it was like Madonna was channeling Eva anyway. The whole thing is perfect. A must have for any music fan.
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If you enjoyed the bombastic fury of the powerful stage opera, you will probably find Madonna's EVITA merely a pale ghost of the original. On the other hand, if you are a Madonna fan, there is likely no comment that will convince you the original New York cast recording with Patti Lupone is superior to the film soundtrack. But in spite of the reviews by faithful fans who applaud even her failures, the Madonna recording of EVITA is a mediocrity at best.
There are several disappointments re this recording. The first are the voices. Madonna is a brilliant pop singer, but she lacks the range for this particular role, and the score had to be rewritten for her; Banderas and Price are merely so-so. The material has been considerably softened from the super-tough stage show about the power-hungry and bombastic Eva Peron, and the result is a considerably less interesting "poor little me" Eva who--as sung by Madonna--is less inclined to eat up those who oppose her than to sigh and be sad. The result is very, very mild cheese indeed. One day Madonna will find a film that truly explores her obvious talent. Regretfully, EVITA was not it. And the soundtrack merely reflects the failure of the film itself.
GFT, Amazon reviewer
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At first when I saw the movie, I thought what the heck had I just seen? All these people who keep singing and singing non-stop and this central figure, a woman by the name of Eva Duarte/Peron... I came out of the cinema utterly disappointed. But then I had a revelation the next day when I went to school, my friend told me that Evita was actually a MUSICAL. Not having a single clue what a musical was, I did a bit of research myself and found out that the composer was Andrew Lloyd Webber and the lyricist, Tim Rice, both big names in the business I was told. So with this info in mind and a short synopsis of the film, I marched into the cinema again and watched Evita again but this time, I finally understood what the whole show was about. I mean, I was crying at the end of the show when the windows of Evita's room became darkened... I was devastated. Most of the songs in the show stuck on me like superglue especially that "Eyes, hair, mouth, make-up" bit and I was humming them when the show ended so I rushed to the nearest CD shop and bought this recording. Upon arrival at my home, I listened eagerly to the first disc on my discman and wow, was I blown away. I got to understand the story a bit better by following the lyrics and playing the songs repeatedly, something you can't do at the cinema or theater. The lyrics are compelling most of the time but at some points you really cannot fathom the use of certain lyrics.
Madonna's vocal performance is awesome, I believe she performed best on the recording than any of her previous or later recordings since the role of Evita required extensive vocal range and was demanding both vocally and acting-wise. She is great in all her big numbers but "Don't cry for me Argentina" and "You must love me" must receive special attention.
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