After collaborating with Tim Rice on the enormously successful Lion King soundtrack, Elton John once again joined forces with the veteran stage lyricist on a contemporary score for Verdi's AIDA.
Based on Egypt's enslavement of Nubia in the time of the Pharoahs, AIDA tells the story of ill-fated love between Prince Radames and a Nubian slave whose name graces this work.
John recruited a cavalcade of musical superstars, stopping long enough to duet with Lulu ("The Messenger"), Janet Jackson ("I Know The Truth"), LeAnn Rimes ("Written In The Stars") and Heather Headley and Sherie Scott, members of the stage show ("A Step Too Far.")Elsewhere, John and Rice wrote material that ranges from Sting's Sly & Robbie-produced reggae romp "Another Pyramid" to the rhythmically explosive teaming of Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo on "Easy As Life."
John's broad musical palette find him using Motown-flavored rhythms on Lenny Kravitz's infectious "Like Father Like Son," fusing hip-hop and gospel on Kelly Price's "The Gods Love Nubia" and giving Headley a chance to show off vocal chops on "Elaborate Lives."
1. Another Pyramid - Sting
2. Written In The Stars - John, Elton & Leann Rimes
3. Easy As Life - Turner, Tina
4. My Strongest Suit - Spice Girls
5. I Know The Truth - John, Elton & Janet Jackson *
6. Not Me - Boyz II Men
7. Amneris' Letter - Twain, Shania
8. Step Too Far - John, Elton & Heather Headly/Sherie S
9. Like Father Like Son - Kravitz, Lenny
10. Elaborate Lives - Headley, Heather
11. How I Know You - Taylor, James
12. Messenger - John, Elton & Lulu
13. Gods Love Nubia - Price, Kelly
14. Enchantment Passing Through - Dru Hill
15. Orchestra Finale
* Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Personnel includes: Elton John, Tina Turner, Spice Girls, Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men, Shania Twain, Heather Headley, Sherie Scott, Lenny Kravitz, James Taylor, Lulu, Kelly Price, Dru Hill, Angelique Kidjo, LeAnn Rimes, Sting (vocals); Kenny Mims, Michael Grimes, Lloyd Willis (guitar); Gavyn Wright, Roger Garland, Chris Tomling, Pat Kiernan, Boguslav Kostecki, Vaughan Arman, Simon Fischer, Wilf Gibson, John Bradbury, Mark Berrow, Jackie Shave, Liz Edwards, Perry Montague-Mason (violin); Robbie Lynn (keyboards); Carl Herrgesell (Wurlitzer piano, harmonium); Phillippe Saisse (Fender Rhodes); Craig Young, Robbie Shakespeare (bass); Edgar Meyer (acoustic bass); Omar Hakeem (drums, percussion); Sly Dunbar (drums); Twiggy (background vocals).Producers include: Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Peter Collins, Jean Hebrail, Jimmy Jam.Engineers include: Garfield McDonald, Delroy Harrison, Mike Malak.Includes liner notes by Tim Rice.
Label : The Rocket Record Company – 524 651-2
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