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Love Jones: the Music Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002BT5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brother To The Night (A Blues For Nina) Darius' Poem - Larenz Tate
2. Hopeless - Dionne Farris
3. The Sweetest Thing - Refugee Camp All-Stars
4. I Got A Love Jones For You - Refugee Camp All-Stars
5. Sumthin' Sumthin': Mellosmoothe (Cut) - Maxwell
6. Never Enough - Groove Theory
7. Inside My Love - Trina Broussard
8. In The Rain - Xscape
9. You Move Me - Cassandra Wilson
10. Rush Over - Me'shell Ndegeocello
11. I Like It - The Brand New Heavies
12. Girl - Cassie
13. Can't Get Enough - Kenny Lattimore
14. Jelly, Jelly - The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
15. In A Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington
16. Lyric: I Am Looking At Music Nina's Poem - Nia Long

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Format: Audio CD
Wow - this album was before Lauryn Hill blew up, before the "neo-soul" movement (there was only maxwell, d'angelo & Erkyah Badu). Thank God for that or they would've packed this CD w/ plastic afros and synthetic dredlocs w/ people being brain washed saying they are "deep."
This is a great CD and felt well for a good movie. I thought the poem was redundantly horrible but despite that failure the music shines. "Sweetest Thing" is a great song w/ interesting but not trite lyrics about black love. Maxwell's remix of "Somethin' Somethin'" is beautiful. "Jelly, Jelly" roars and blows fillers like Xscape and Kenny Latimore out of the way. Meshell's song is catchy too. Also, the stand out track to me is (if the Oscars knew good music would have gave it a nomination for best song from a film) "Hopeless" by Dionne Ferris. What a perfect song from a true soul/rock artist... "they say I'm hopeless like a penny w/ a whole in it." Despite some extreme fillers this album is one of the best sound track albums from the 90's.
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When I first heard "Hopeless," the Dionne Farris track that opens the film (it's also the first song on the CD), I was hooked. The lyrics are great with a track the reminds one of classic 1970s soul.
Also included in the set is "The Sweetest Thing" by the Refugee Camp All-Stars. This is the first song featuring Lauryn Hill on vocals that captivated me.
Another gem on the CD is "Rush Over" by bassist Marcus Miller with Me'Shell N'degeocello on vocals. The interplay between these two artists on this track help make this CD worth purchasing.
The CD also includes some classic tracks like Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" and a re-recorded version of Minnie Riperton's "Inside My Love" by Trina Broussard. While Ms. Broussard does a nice rendition, you're left wanting to re-visit the classic version.
Overall, the soundtrack is an above average CD. One wishes that some of the other tracks were as distinctive as the ones mentioned above.
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Like some have already said, putting together a soundtrack can be a tricky business, since the songs often picked have NOTHING to do with the movie, and quite often the songs are just leftovers that artists have lying around. "Love Jones" should be a primer for anyone thinking about putting together a soundtrack album, since it's nothing but quality tracks. I love how the spoken word bits bookend the CD, and in between it flows like lava. Dionne Farris and Lauryn Hill have probably the best songs of their careers here, but it's the inclusion of Cassandra, Me'shell and Duke and Trane that make me rejoice. Cassandra and Me'Shell are probably the two most overlooked talents in popular music, artists who don't sell 1/100th of what they should. Each track from each will hopefully have people scurrying to the store (or Amazon) to find more of their albums. Being a jazz fanatic, the inclusion of one of the most beautiful songs ever, "In a Sentimental Mood," was a master stroke. If anyone can hear this classic song and be further inspired to check out REAL jazz, then the world will be a better place. That said, this CD is divine perfection and all by itself can improve the quality of any collection.
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...and this CD is still played very often! My mom got this one around when the movie was released and we still listen to it. It's what got me into less commericial R&B (Ie: Jesse Powell, etc). The better part of the CD however occurs in the first half, and after that it kinda sounds the same throught it...just long slowish predictable R&B Numbers (Good background music for partys or dinner). Dionne Farris opens up after a wierd poem thingy with a song Called "Hopeless" which is cool and mellow, with catchy refrain ("They say you're hopeless like a penny with a hole in it"). The standout track has got to be "The Sweetest Thing" by Lauryn Hill and the Refugee Camp (Fugee's). It has to be her best single solo-wise since "Killing Me Softly." It's also a nice and mellow dance jam. "I've Got A Love Jones For You" is also another cool number and could also be called the Movie's theme. The other one's I like are "Sumthin' Sumthin': Mellowsmothe [Cut]" by male R&B Sensation Maxwell as well as XScape's "In The Rain." The rest I could take or leave but as I said earlier are good for using background party music. Definatly Reccomended to any Lauryn Hill/Fugee's and lite R&B Fan.
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This is one of the very few soundtracks that from beginning to end you get nothing but quality music. Sometimes, in the making of a soundtrack, a label gets caught up in trying to get an all star cast of artists, then it takes away from the qulaity of music on the soundtrack and a lot of times the songs have nothing to do with the movie. It's just an effort to sell units, so to speak. The "Love Jones" soundtrack is a perfect example of what a soundtrack should be. Few soundtracks have been able to match the intensity of this soundtrack. It starts off with a spoken word, by Darius, (Larenz Tate) taking the actual excerpt from the movie. This is an excellent way to start a soundtrack. After that things only get better with one of the best songs on this collection, "Hopeless" by Dionne Farris. Although, this song may be depressing to some people, it's a brilliant example of what the movie "Love Jones" is about and the song actually relates to the two main characters, Darius and Nina. Things only get better after this song: One of the breakthrough songs of Lauryn Hill's solo career, "The Sweetest Thing" is also featured on this soundtrack. This song and "Killing Me Softly" on The Fugees' "The Score" CD had people anxiously awaiting a Lauryn Hill solo project. Other quality performances are given by Maxwell, "Sumthin' Sumthin' Mellosmoothe (Cut)", Groove Theory, "Never Enough", and by The Brand New Heavies with "I Like It". If you like good, quality r&b and jazz music, then this is the soundtrack for you. You'll also enjoy the spoken words taken from the movie.
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