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The Commitments

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Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music -- the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house band (such are the perks of stardom) , the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians. This would seem to lend The Commitments some degree of authenticity and it does to a certain extent, as these guys can crank out familiar favorites without missing a step, but the description of working musicians suggests that there is some grit here, which there's not. After all, this is music for a movie, so it is cleanly produced: the horns have a punch, the guitars are crisp, the drums tight and neat, all the better to showcase the bar band growl of Andrew Strong -- his Otis worship comes out like Rod Stewart crossed with Mick Hucknall -- and Maria Doyle's salute to Aretha Franklin. All of this sounds fine, if a bit generic: these are great songs performed ably and if they're not distinctive, they at least suit the spirit of the film's open-hearted hero worship.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Mustang Sally (The Commitments/Soundtrack Version)
The Commitments
00:04:01

Paul Bushnell, Producer - KEVIN KILLEN, Producer - Bonny Rice, ComposerLyricist - ALAN PARKER, Producer - Andrew Strong, FeaturedArtist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Take Me To The River
The Commitments
00:03:38

Mabon Hodges, ComposerLyricist - Al Green, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Chain Of Fools
The Commitments
00:02:58

Don Covay, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
The Dark End Of The Street
The Commitments
00:02:36

Chips Moman, ComposerLyricist - Dan Penn, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Destination Anywhere
Niamh Kavanagh
00:03:09

Niamh Kavanagh, MainArtist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, ComposerLyricist - Valerie Simpson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
I Can't Stand The Rain
The Commitments
00:03:11

Ann Peebles, Composer - Donald Maurice Bryant, Composer - BERNARD MILLER, Composer - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Geffen Records

7
Try A Little Tenderness
The Commitments
00:04:32

Jimmy Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Reg Connelly, ComposerLyricist - Harry M. Woods, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Geffen Records, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
Treat Her Right
The Commitments
00:03:35

Roy Head, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist - Gene Kurtz, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
The Commitments
00:03:16

Chips Moman, ComposerLyricist - Dan Penn, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Mr. Pitiful
The Commitments
00:02:08

Otis Redding, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I Never Loved A Man
The Commitments
00:03:10

Ronnie Shannon, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
In The Midnight Hour
The Commitments
00:02:22

Wilson Pickett, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Geffen Records

13
Bye Bye Baby
The Commitments
00:03:24

Mary Wells, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Slip Away
The Commitments
00:04:30

Wilbur Terrell, ComposerLyricist - William Armstrong, ComposerLyricist - Marcus Daniels, ComposerLyricist - The Commitments, MainArtist

℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music -- the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house band (such are the perks of stardom) , the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians. This would seem to lend The Commitments some degree of authenticity and it does to a certain extent, as these guys can crank out familiar favorites without missing a step, but the description of working musicians suggests that there is some grit here, which there's not. After all, this is music for a movie, so it is cleanly produced: the horns have a punch, the guitars are crisp, the drums tight and neat, all the better to showcase the bar band growl of Andrew Strong -- his Otis worship comes out like Rod Stewart crossed with Mick Hucknall -- and Maria Doyle's salute to Aretha Franklin. All of this sounds fine, if a bit generic: these are great songs performed ably and if they're not distinctive, they at least suit the spirit of the film's open-hearted hero worship.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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