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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: #20,623 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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This movie was definitely Madonna's best performance.
Even though this is the soundtrack, her singing is by far her best.
When listening to this soundtrack, one can almost visualize the storyline.
Highly recommend.
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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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By A Customer on Sept. 16 2001
Format: Audio CD
Middle-class girl, can act a bit, moves to the big city, climbs up the ladder and over a few men, sets her sights on nothing less than worldwide fame, does anything and everything to make that happen, and makes sure everyone in her life works toward the same goal. EVITA is, of course, the autobiography of Madonna. Or, at the very least, the story of Argentina's controversial populist hero Eva Peron is the role of Madonna's life. Say what you want about how well she acts it, but this lush pop-rock soundtrack is hard digital proof that she was born to sing it. Completely giving herself over to the role--the one thing her critics doubted she could everdo--Madonna turns in a vocal performance that may well surpass that on any of her own records.
Madonna also, not surprisingly, dominates this soundtrack. She sings some parts, including the sad ballad "Another Suitcase In Another Hall," that weren't written for the role of Eva Peron; and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who won a slew of Tony Awards for the 1979 Broadway version of "Evita," have given her a new ballad, "You Must Love Me," that works equally well as an anthem for either Madonna or Peron. Actor Antonio Banderas, following up his small singing role in the movie "Desperado," proves a more-than-capable Che Guevara.
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In contrast to the show's stellar Broadway run, the movie proved relatively disappointing: the added material perpetrated historical inaccuracies and made the show too pro-Evita. The peculiar genius of this musical is that it balances the popularized image of "Santa Evita," unblemished servant to the poor, with the gritty realism of Eva Peron, bloody wife to a tyrant. The movie does not work because it ignores this delicate balance.
Madonna steals the show, of course, but she destroys it in the process. This is not completely her fault: she is neither an untalented actress nor an unskilled singer. However, someone decided that her Eva Peron--the most famous female fascist of the twentieth century--should be portrayed merely as a martyr, saint, and tragic heroine.
The only criticism Eva receives is from Che Guevara (Antonio Banderas: looks, 10; voice, 3). Unlike the real Che Guevara, Banderas retains a cynical detachment and rarely sings with the passionate intensity of Mandy Patinkin (who played Che on Broadway). Banderas' Che even kisses Evita's coffin at the end of the movie, an action insultingly out-of-character for a confirmed communist revolutionary. Moreover, Jonathan Pryce, normally a wonderful performer, is strangely staid as Juan Peron. Perhaps he was asked not to draw too much focus from the real star of the movie.
The Original Broadway Cast remains the essential recording of Evita. Banderas' awkward warblings can't approach Mandy Patinkin's Tony-award-winning performance (perhaps the finest of his distinguished career), and Bob Gunton brings life and fervor to a role that for Jonathan Pryce (I'm sorry to say) is dull and lifeless. Madonna's voice is less full-bodied than LuPone's, and she doesn't belt a single note.
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By A Customer on July 23 2001
Format: Audio CD
Madonna hit all the right notes on this terrific soundtrack to the sorely underappreciated "Evita" movie the soundtrack in brilliant and Madonna's voice is out of this world. Madonna's really told this project serious and what came out is some really great music. Madonna's version of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "A New Argentina" are outstanding! Putting her voice to the test and passing with flying colors. The ever catchy "Buenos Aires" ended up being a dance hit, but then again which Madonna song hasn't been a dance hit. And then there is "You Must Love Me", where Madonna showcase amazing vocal presence, this is one song you can feel the emotion, experince the pain in Madonna's voice, this a very powerful song. Madonna has every reasong to be proud of her "Evita" projects, the soundtrack is excellent the movie was worth seeing and she now has a Golden Globe to prove it, and critical acclaim for this soundtrack. A+
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