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on September 27, 2002
Surprisingly, when Whitney Houston made the leap from music to movies, nobody ever expected the music to be as powerful and enduring as it remains today. Nevertheless, she proved that music did matter in every single film, and every single soundtrack sale that gets highly overlooked for movies.
The 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard, consists of half the songs Whitney Houston recorded for the film. The songs are just tough and everlasting as they always remain to be. From her mega-hits I Will Always Love You, to Queen Of The Night, and even I Have Nothing. The soundtrack also has other good, strong gems from others, including Joe Cocker's soulful ballad, Trust In Me, and Kenny G's performance with Aaron Neville on Even If My Heart Would Break.
While many soundtracks lay into dust these days, because of the lackluster music they create for the films, the music from The Bodyguard is still a constant into the cross between music and movies.
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There have been a lot of successful soundtrack albums from "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music" to "Grease" and "Titanic," but in all of those cases the movies were big successes as well. However, in the case of "The Bodyguard" the album was way more successful than the film selling over 15 million copies, spending 20 weeks at the top of the charts, and winning the Grammy award for Album of the Year. Then there was the hit single, "I Will Always Love You," a powerful cover of Dolly Parton's sweet little song, which hit the #1 spot on the Billboard singles chart and stayed there for 15 weeks. Of course where "The Bodyguard" was different from most soundtracks was that the leading lady not only did her own singing but happened to be at the top of her game. True, she only sang the first six songs on the album (what would have been the first side of the record back in the olden days), but these were songs that sounded like Houston was still recording "I'm Your Baby Tonight," except with better songs. Consequently, there is nothing here that is regarded as a stretch for the singer turned actress (compare the results with what Bette Midler had to do in her first film, "The Rose"; Midler is a pretty good singer but Janis Joplin-type songs are not her forte).
Most of the other songs made it high up on various charts: "I Have Nothing" was #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Run to You" was #10 on Adult Contemporary, "I'm Every Woman" was #1 for Hot Dance Music/Club Play; and "Queen Of The Night" was #1 for Hot Dance Music/Club Play. For four years the album made it to the top spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. If you want more of an explanation for the album's success than Whitney Houston's voice and Kevin Costner's buzz cut, then the variety of charts these songs covered evidences its widespread popularity. The only serious complaint is that Houston only does the first half of the ablum and the rest is just the sort of filler than usually makes its way onto soundtrack albums in the last decade or so even if having Kenny G, Aaron Neville, and Joe Cocker doing the filling was above average. But in comparison to the way the album started the second half could not help but suffer in comparison. There had not been a soundtrack so "A" side "B" side since the Beatles put out "Yellow Submarine" and I just cannot round this one up when it comes to the rating.
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on November 28, 2002
Ain't it funny? This CD hit the spot and the mark where her previous studio album failed.
It was indeed word of mouth due to the movie, but you must admit that most of the material provided by Whitney is far superior than the one she cut for I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT.
And she only sings 6 tunes on this one...
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU started the whole commotion, reaching # 1 and spending time there as one of the most longeve hits.
The David Foster production is impeccable.
I feel quite strong in saying this has become since then Whitney's signature song.
The cover of Chaka's I'M EVERY WOMAN is updated to the '90's thanks to Clivilles/Cole supervision, and has become another dancefloor fav.
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT is produced by Babyface and brings out the rock side of Nippy.
Lisa Stansfield, Kenny G. & Aaron Neville and Curtis Stiger contribute with other nuggets.
A great original soundtrack album.
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on August 25, 2000
Whitney impressive vocals and sleek beauty compensate for the fact that she is a rotten actress. "I Will Always Love You" and "I Have Nothing" are two soul-stirring ballads, especially the latter, which I feel is superior to the former. David Foster is a producer of some merit, and knows how to showcase Houston's superb singing with dramatic, over the top orchestration. The dance tracks produced by Babyface are passable, but nothing more. The non-Houston songs are less than memorable, and the less said about them, the better.
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on January 12, 1998
The soundtrack to the hit movie the "Bodyguard" is absolutely fabulous! While the songs from Whitney Houston are great-there needs to be more of them! END
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on February 10, 1999
The movie was pretty good. One of my early favourites. I finally bought the soundtrack last summer and I am really pleased with it.
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on July 8, 2015
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