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The Prince of Egypt

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How confident was DreamWorks about the success of their animated Bible epic The Prince of Egypt? So confident that they decided to simultaneously release three soundtracks for the film, each targeted at a different audience. It was an audacious move, since there were few songs in the film -- which means that not only did "the official soundtrack" feature only a handful of tunes from the movie, but there were two companion records that had nothing to do whatsoever with the actual picture, other than existing as tributes. Ironically, those two records turned out to be better and more focused than the original soundtrack. The Prince of Egypt [Original Soundtrack] combines elements of the score with songs from the film, adding a few tracks by contemporary superstars (Boyz II Men's "I Will Get There," K-Ci & Jo-Jo's "Through Heaven's Eyes," Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston's unexpected -- and unexpectedly dull -- duet "When You Believe") for good measure. If that sounds similar to Disney's approach to soundtracks in the '90s, it's because the men behind the album -- Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer -- worked on Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Lion King. Schwartz and Zimmer try valiantly to write ambitious songs that remain accessible, but they don't always reach their goal. Part of the problem is that the subject itself is difficult to tackle, since the life of Moses doesn't really lend itself to this style. More often than not, they succeed, but the results are often easier to admire than love, especially since the big names are considerably less successful in their efforts than the singers from the movie. In addition to that problem, the score sometimes feels out of place on the record -- even though it's written by Schwartz and Zimmer, it doesn't fit with the emotional tenor or flow of the album. There are enough strong moments to make The Prince of Egypt a good listen, but it simply isn't as rewarding as its two cousins.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Prince Of Egypt (When You Believe) (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Interprets
00:05:02

Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Mariah Carey, MainArtist - WHITNEY HOUSTON, MainArtist - Babyface, Composer, Producer

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

2
Deliver Us (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Ofra Haza
00:07:16

Hans Zimmer, Producer - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Ofra Haza, MainArtist - Eden Riegel, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

3
The Reprimand (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:04:05

Various Artists, MainArtist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

4
Following Tzipporah (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:01:00

Various Artists, MainArtist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

5
All I Ever Wanted (with Queen's Reprise) (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:51

Harry Gregson-Williams, Producer - Hans Zimmer, Producer - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Amick Byram, MainArtist - Linda Dee Shayne, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

6
Goodbye Brother (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Ofra Haza
00:05:31

Hans Zimmer, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Ofra Haza, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

7
Through Heaven's Eyes (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Brian Stokes Mitchell
00:03:42

Brian Stokes Mitchell, MainArtist - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Greenaway, Producer

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

8
The Burning Bush (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:07:14

Various Artists, MainArtist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

9
Playing With The Big Boys (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:52

Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - STEVE MARTIN, MainArtist - John Power, Producer - Martin Short, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

10
Cry (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Ofra Haza
00:03:49

Hans Zimmer, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Ofra Haza, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

11
Rally (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:00:42

Various Artists, MainArtist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

12
The Plagues (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:40

Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Amick Byram, MainArtist - Gavin Greenaway, Producer - Ralph Fiennes, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

13
Death Of The First Born (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:01:07

Various Artists, MainArtist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

14
When You Believe (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Michelle Pfeiffer
00:04:55

Hans Zimmer, Producer - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Sally Dworsky, MainArtist - Michelle Pfeiffer, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

15
Red Sea (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:05:11

Various Artists, MainArtist - Hans Zimmer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

16
Through Heaven's Eyes (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
K-Ci & JoJo
00:05:08

Rory Bennett, Producer - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - K-Ci & JoJo, MainArtist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

17
River Lullaby (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Amy Grant
00:03:56

Michael Omartian, Producer - Amy Grant, MainArtist - Stephen Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - STORMIE OMARTIAN, Producer

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

18
Humanity (The Prince Of Egypt/Soundtrack Version)
Various Artists
00:04:31

Various Artists, MainArtist - Buster & Shavoni, Producer - LOUIS BROWN III, ComposerLyricist - Scott S. Parker, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 SKG Music L.L.C.

19
I Will Get There (A Cappella)
Boyz II Men
00:04:21

Diane Warren, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Producer - JIMMY JAM, Producer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer - Boyz II Men, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1998 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

How confident was DreamWorks about the success of their animated Bible epic The Prince of Egypt? So confident that they decided to simultaneously release three soundtracks for the film, each targeted at a different audience. It was an audacious move, since there were few songs in the film -- which means that not only did "the official soundtrack" feature only a handful of tunes from the movie, but there were two companion records that had nothing to do whatsoever with the actual picture, other than existing as tributes. Ironically, those two records turned out to be better and more focused than the original soundtrack. The Prince of Egypt [Original Soundtrack] combines elements of the score with songs from the film, adding a few tracks by contemporary superstars (Boyz II Men's "I Will Get There," K-Ci & Jo-Jo's "Through Heaven's Eyes," Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston's unexpected -- and unexpectedly dull -- duet "When You Believe") for good measure. If that sounds similar to Disney's approach to soundtracks in the '90s, it's because the men behind the album -- Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer -- worked on Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Lion King. Schwartz and Zimmer try valiantly to write ambitious songs that remain accessible, but they don't always reach their goal. Part of the problem is that the subject itself is difficult to tackle, since the life of Moses doesn't really lend itself to this style. More often than not, they succeed, but the results are often easier to admire than love, especially since the big names are considerably less successful in their efforts than the singers from the movie. In addition to that problem, the score sometimes feels out of place on the record -- even though it's written by Schwartz and Zimmer, it doesn't fit with the emotional tenor or flow of the album. There are enough strong moments to make The Prince of Egypt a good listen, but it simply isn't as rewarding as its two cousins.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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