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January 22, 2010, 1:14 pm
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Sharleen Spiteri
The Movie Songbook

[Mercury; March 1]

For her second solo album, Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri has dipped into her favourite movie soundtracks for a collection of covers that range from Billie Holiday to David Bowie, Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle to Berlin. Not the most original of concepts, but Sharleen at least has the right people on her side to make this sound good. Phil Ramone, producer of such Hollywood legends as Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand, is at the helm of this project, which promises to be “a musical journey from pop to country via disco, bossa-nova, folk, rockabilly and jazz”. At least she doesn’t seem to have reproduced the epic speech that is ‘I Knew These People’ from Ry Cooder’s soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ ‘Paris, Texas’, the movie that inspired the name of Spiteri’s band. Although a definitive tracklist has yet to be announced, a Texas fansite provided the following list of songs recorded for the project (movie and original performer details added by us).

Xanadu (from ‘Xanadu’, original: Olivia Newton John)
If I Can’t Have You (from ‘Saturday Night Fever’, original: The Bee Gees)
God Bless The Child (from ‘Schindler’s List’, original: Billie Holiday)
Between The Bars (from ‘Good Will Hunting’, original: Elliott Smith)
Sound Of Silence (from ‘The Graduate’, original: Simon & Garfunkel)
What’s New Pussycat (from ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, original: Tom Jones)
Windmills Of Your Mind (from ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’, original: Noel Harrison)
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (from ‘Cat People’, original: David Bowie)
Take Me With You (from ‘Purple Rain’, original: Prince)
Many Rivers To Cross (from ‘The Harder They Come’, original: Jimmy Cliff)
Pretty Woman (from ‘Pretty Woman’, original: Roy Orbison)
This One From The Heart (from ‘One From The Heart’, original: Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle)
Take My Breath Away (from ‘Top Gun’, original: Berlin)

Sharleen Spiteri website
Label website

‘Xanadu’ [live on ‘The Graham Norton Show’]

‘Take My Breath Away’ [live on ‘The Graham Norton Show’]

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