The soundtrack to Shrek 2 on Dreamworks/Geffen leads off with "Accidentally in Love," an upbeat new track from Counting Crows (who, incidentally, are scheduled to do a show in July at Chicago's House of Blues).
The soundtrack also includes the exotic male-female techno duo Frou Frou reconstructing the old Bonnie Tyler hit "Holding Out for a Hero," which is also reprised in a disco version at the end of the disc by the voice of Shrek 2's fairy godmother, Jennifer Saunders.
The disc features other covers as well, including Lipps Inc.'s techno update of "Funkytown," Pete Yorn's energetic run-through of Pete Shelley's "Ever Fallen in Love," a goofball revamp of "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas (who also play characters in the film) and young Australian chanteuse Butterfly Boucher pairing up with David Bowie to remake his classic "Changes."
There are a couple of downbeat choices for a movie aimed largely at kids – Tom Waits and Nick Cave each contribute trademark dark-tinged dirges, "Little Drop of Poison," and "People Ain't No Good," respectively. There are also tracks from Dashboard Confessional, Rich Price and Eels.
The soundtrack to Ella Enchanted will please the kids, while tickling their parents' nostalgia bones — it offers a typical array of bubblegum teen girl groups, but nearly all of them are reprising old hits, with plenty of material from the film's star Anne Hathaway.
She gives a girlish take on Queen's "Somebody to Love" and Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and pairs with Jesse McCartney for a cheery cover of Elton John's "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart." Jump 5 punches up a crunchy cover of Katrina & The Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" and American Idol Kelly Clarkson belts out a version of Aretha's "Respect."
Stimulator puts a stronger arrangement to Olivia Newton-John's old gem "Magic," while Darren Hayes (formerly of Savage Garden) slips silkily into ELO's "Strange Magic." Bryan Adams penned "If You Believe," a big Disney ballad duet with Andrea Remanda for the disc, but the veteran singer leaves the spotlight to Remanda on this big ballad — you can barely hear Adams.
It may not have been a great film, but the soundtrack to the 1985 teen-sex comedy Porky's Revenge included a stellar cast of artists and songs, thanks to artist/producer Dave Edmunds. Columbia's Legacy arm is celebrating Edmunds' 60th birthday by reissuing this soundtrack, as well as Edmund's influential one-off 1980 recording with Rockpile, Seconds of Pleasure, and a new singles collection — From Small Things: The Best of Dave Edmunds.
The Porky's Revenge soundtrack is a goldmine of rockabilly and includes Edmunds singing "High School Nights" and the oldies "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Queen of the Hop." There's also an appearance by Robert Plant, who along with Edmunds and Phil Collins, recorded Charlie Rich's "Philadelphia Baby" under the one-off band name The Crawling King Snakes. It's a must-have for fans of Plant's Honeydrippers offshoot project. The disc also includes Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" and tracks from Jeff Beck, George Harrison, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willie Nelson, and even Clarence Clemons, who delivered his usual throaty sax work on the "Peter Gunn Theme."
The reissue also includes two bonus tracks — Carl Perkins' re-recording of his classic "Honey Don't," which was recorded for, but omitted from, the original album, and Edmunds' "Don't Call Me Tonight."
Edmund's new Best of offers all his classic singles from "I Knew The Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)," "I Hear You Knockin,'" "Crawling From the Wreckage," "Almost Saturday Night," "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)," the Jeff Lynne-produced "Information" and more.
Rockpile initially was formed as the touring band to support Edmunds' first album for Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label, but the lineup, which included Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams, became an entity on its own, touring with a mix of classic Chuck Berry/Everly Brothers/Buddy Holly material, as well as their own original work. By the time they recorded a studio album, the members of Rockpile were already moving in separate directions, so Seconds of Pleasure served as their debut and swan song.
The Rockpile reissue includes its classic rockabilly numbers "Teacher Teacher" and "Heart," as well as seven bonus tracks. Four of the included bonus songs were released as an Everly Brothers tribute EP distributed with the original pressing of the Seconds of Pleasure album, while the other three are live recordings, including "They Called It Rock" and "Crawling From the Wreckage."
It seems to be a month for reissues. Columbia's Legacy arm has unearthed a Best of from Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, featuring the short-lived San Diego band's output from 1967 to 1971, including "Woman, Woman" and "Young Girl." The label also offers a two-disc compilation from Johnny Mathis. The Essential Johnny Mathis includes "Fly Me to the Moon," "When Sonny Gets Blue," "Wonderful Wonderful," "Chances Are," "The Twelfth of Never," "Wild Is The Wind" and 34 other Mathis classics.
Meanwhile, Rhino Records has reissued the two hit albums from flash-in-the-pan '70s star Al Stewart. The 1976 disc Year of the Cat and 1978's Time Passages, both produced by Alan Parsons, each gave the British singer top 10 chart hits with their title songs, as well as a couple other moderately successful singles.
But after 1980, Stewart quickly became a subject for "where are they now?" Apparently, Stewart recorded with economy, not leaving extra material in the vaults — unlike Rhino's normal reissues, neither of these releases feature any bonus material.