Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - Rosemary Clooney
Dream - Brad Mehldau
Days Of Wine And Roses - Cassandra Wilson
That Old Black Magic - Kevin Spacey
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Alison Eastwood
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive - Clint Eastwood
This Time The Dream's On Me - Alison Krauss
Laura - Kevin Mahogany
Midnight Sun - Diana Krall
I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande) - Joshua Redman
I Wanna Be Around - Tony Bennett
This Clint Eastwood vanity-project was one of the biggest box office disappointments of 1997, despite a masterful performance by Kevin Spacey, Eastwood's typically subtle direction and, to these ears anyway, one of the mos... more »t satisfying collections of songs gathered in service of a film in many a year. It didn't hurt that they were all penned by the late, great Johnny Mercer (a native of Savannah, GA, the film's locale and most crucial, underrated element) and with the exception of Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around" and Sinatra's classic "Summer Wind," were rendered by an all-star team of jazz players (Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Kevin Eubanks, Christian McBride among them) and an impressive line-up of vocalists including k.d. lang, Paula Cole, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, and Kevin Mahogany. Eastwood has long been a jazz devotee and, in recent years, eager proselytizer; this album plays like a love letter to one of his most beloved musicians and composers. --Jerry McCulley« less
This Clint Eastwood vanity-project was one of the biggest box office disappointments of 1997, despite a masterful performance by Kevin Spacey, Eastwood's typically subtle direction and, to these ears anyway, one of the most satisfying collections of songs gathered in service of a film in many a year. It didn't hurt that they were all penned by the late, great Johnny Mercer (a native of Savannah, GA, the film's locale and most crucial, underrated element) and with the exception of Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around" and Sinatra's classic "Summer Wind," were rendered by an all-star team of jazz players (Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Kevin Eubanks, Christian McBride among them) and an impressive line-up of vocalists including k.d. lang, Paula Cole, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, and Kevin Mahogany. Eastwood has long been a jazz devotee and, in recent years, eager proselytizer; this album plays like a love letter to one of his most beloved musicians and composers. --Jerry McCulley
Bonnie S. (Bonnie) from SUMMIT POINT, WV Reviewed on 11/29/2007...
Except for Skylark, sung by Allison Eastwood, there isn't a darn thing that brings to mind the movie. Of course, I grew suspicious when I read on the disc that it contains music in and inspired by the movie!
Johnny Mercer meets Clint Eastwood
R. Fanning | Grosse Pointe Farms, MI United States | 08/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What ever you think about Clint Eastwood's acting or directing, he has great taste when it comes to jazz. On this soundtrack, you'll hear the wonderful lyrics of Savannah's first son of song, Johnny Mercer, performed by gifted musicians. Many of these tunes you won't hear in the movie, which is really too bad. There's only one song on the whole recording that wasn't done especially for the soundtrack, Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around." Highlights include pianist/vocalist Diana Krall on "Midnight Sun", the late Joe Williams on "Too Marvelous For Words", singer Kevin Mahogany on "Laura" and bluegrass violinist/vocalist Alison Krauss on "This Time the Dream's On Me". Great instrumentalists as well with guest appearances by tenor saxophone greats Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman and Ernie Watts, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassists Charlie Haden and Christian McBride, and arrangements by Clint's close friend Lennie Niehaus. You'll be pleasantly surprised by kd lang on "Skylark" and even more surprised by actor Kevin Spacey's singing on "That Old Black Magic". I'm not crazy about daughter Alison Eastwood's Billie Holiday impression on "Come Rain or Come Shine", Paula Cole's "Autumn Leaves" or especially, Clint's singing on "Accentuate the Positive" (though the jazz musicians backing them up are great). But Rosemary Clooney makes you forget their performances with her "Fools Rush In". I only wish that Clint would have had Margaret Whiting sing Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern's "I'm Old Fashioned". Otherwise, a great recording of music by one of the greatest lyricists of all time."
"Too Marvelous For Words".....
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture" CD(Warner Bros/Malpaso)is as the song goes, "Too Marvelous For Words". It's a light, jazzy and romantic tribute to Johnny Mercer and includes 14 fabulous tracks sung by some of the greats.
k.d. lang's strong and beautiful voice opens the album with a touching rendition of "Skylark". Legend Rosemary Clooney treats us to "Fools Rush In(Where Angels Fear To Tread)",The sentimental "Laura" gets a dreamy sound by Kevin Mahogany. Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and, Paula Cole(a gorgeous version on "Autumn Leaves") are also among the fabulous voices to cuddle by the fire with. Clint Eastwood(who directed the film) takes a fun turn at "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" and even Kevin Spacey(star of the film) and Allison Eastwood turn in wonderful performances of "That Old Black Magic" and "Come Rain or Come Shine".(See buying info for complete list of songs and artists).
Th CD is a fine quality and sounds wonderful. It's a good length at almost an hour. The 14 tracks run from 2:10 to a beautiful 5:10 for "Dream". Included is a nice booklet, "A Johhny Mercer Songbook". It has the words to the songs, and credits for each track including all the outstanding instruments heard. There are also some nice pix from the film as well.
This is one of those rare soundtracks, that stands on it's own. Whether or not you have seen this film, if you are a Johnny Mercer fan, you will love hearing his works done with the feeling these legendary voices add.
"That old black magic has me in it's spell" enjoy.....Laurie
also recommended: Orchestral Album Con Air: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack No Mercy
How can you go wrong with Johnny Mercer?
firstname.lastname@example.org | San Francisco Bay Area | 07/22/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Loved the book and instinctively knew that a movie couldn't capture the essence of it. As for the CD, I think the soundtrack for "L.A. Confidential" was much more evocative of time and place. How can one go wrong using great songs with Johnny Mercer's lyrics? Hear them sung by amateurs, who at best, sound like lounge singers, and you'll know. Kevin Spacey does a passable job on "That Old Black Magic", but the artful arrangement doesn't require him to sustain a note for long. Clint Eastwood may be an icon, but he can't sing, and it's disappointing to pay good money to hear less than top performances. The absolute best version of "Accentuate the Positive" is by Johnny Mercer himself (on the "L.A. Confidential" soundtrack). Since this CD is something of a tribute to Mercer, it would have been great to include one of his vocals. The best performance by an amateur on this CD is Alison Eastwood's sweet and lanquid rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine." The great tunes on this CD are performed by the people who really are musicians: K.D. Lang's lovely version of "Skylark" is much better than Linda Rondstadt's, but no one can surpass Ella's. The superb selection on this CD is Alison Krauss singing "This Time the Dream's on Me" - sheer perfection."
Possibly my all-time favorite movie soundtrack.
No one of consequence | Cincinnati | 02/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I watched the movie and enjoyed it, would give it three stars, maybe four. Listened to the soundtrack and absolutely LOVED it. This is one of the classiest collections of songs I have ever had the privilege to feast my ears upon.
Generally speaking, this is a compilation mostly of songs written by the venerable Johnny Mercer, performed by some accomplished jazz stylists and the likes of Rosemary Clooney, k.d. lang, and Alison Krauss. It also includes "I Wanna Be Around" by the great one himself, Tony Bennett (his own performance). Although several of the songs are on the light side, I would characterize the overall flavor of this CD as quiet, mellow, maybe even a little somber at times, but all great jazz hits -- and I'm usually not a big fan of jazz.
This is also one of the most relaxing collections I know. Serve it up with a rich cabernet and it's guaranteed to bring your stress level down a few notches. The only hiccup on the way is a rather uninspired performance by Clint Eastwood -- with that voice he really should stick to tough-guy acting. But don't let that turn you away from an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. My ears have devoured it more times than I can count, and I don't plan to stop any time soon."
email@example.com | 01/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is full of great songs. I was really impressed with K Spacey's version of "that old black magic"...what a pro. I have the movie on both dvd and tape (somewhere) as well as the book, but what I revisit more than all of those is this soundtrack. This is a throwback to when songs had depth and soul, as opposed to the slick singles that you hear on the radio these days. Basically, to sum it all up, if you want to own a timeless collection of songs, then buy this cd.The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is b/c of Eastwood's song."