Life [Original Soundtrack]

Life [Original Soundtrack]


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Since Life stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, it shouldn't be surprising that its soundtrack is a collection of hip-hop and urban soul. It may be a little disingenuous, since the film is set in the depression, but a collection of hot dance music isn't going to sell records. That said, Music Inspired by the Motion Picture Life (the "inspired by" tag is one of the great escape hatches for record companies in the '90s) is a very good collection -- one of the better soundtrack-type records of 1999. Its success is due to the presence of R. Kelly and Wyclef Jean, the two masterminds behind the majority of the soundtrack. Each follows their natural inclinations, turning out smooth urban soul and funky, eclectic hip-hop in turn. Fortunately, they're both working with a strong roster of artists, including Xzibit, Juvenile, DJ Quik, Destiny's Child, Maxwell, Talent, Vox and even Kenny G, who contributes a totally plausible cameo on Wyclef's "New Day." Trisha Yearwood's country ballad "Follow the Wind" might stick out like a sore thumb, but in its own way, it's every bit as good as the rest of the record. Sure, Life is a bit messy -- that's the nature of soundtracks, even "Music Inspired By" soundtracks. This time around, the mess is appealing, and that's saying quite a lot.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/1999
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949031428
catalogNumber: 90314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trisha Yearwood   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Kenny G   Saxophone
Bill Meyers   Piano,Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Yvonne Gage   Choir, Chorus
Brian McKnight   Track Performer
Richard Todd   Horn
R. Kelly   Track Performer
Robert Bacon   Bass,Guitar
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Jon Clarke   Flute
Larry Corbett   Celli
DJ Quik   Rap,Track Performer
Joel Derouin   Violin
Ernest Ehrhardt   Celli
Harris Goldman   Violin
Maurice Grants   Celli
Susan Greenberg   Flute
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Ronald Isley   Track Performer
Peter Kent   Violin
Khadejia   Track Performer
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Brian Leonard   Violin
Timothy May   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Meyer   Horn
Jeffrey Morrow   Choir, Chorus
Barbara Porter   Violin
Anthony Ransom   Choir, Chorus
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Tina Soule   Celli
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Alan Vavrin   Percussion
Brad Warnaar   Horn
Cheryl Wilson   Choir, Chorus
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Ezra Kliger   Violin
Susan Chatman   Violin
Rodney Jerkins   Multi Instruments
Daniel Smith   Celli
Renita Koven   Viola
Maxwell   Track Performer
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Bob Peterson   Violin
Xzibit   Track Performer
K-Ci & JoJo   Track Performer
Wyclef Jean   Track Performer
Kelly Price   Track Performer
Stevie Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Joan Collaso   Choir, Chorus
Destiny's Child   Track Performer
Sparkle   Track Performer
Lynn Grants   Viola
G-One   Keyboards
Mocha   Rap
Eve Butler   Violin
Ja Rule   Vocals,Rap,Track Performer
Opal Staples   Choir, Chorus
Doprrell Mays   Bass Guitar
MB²   Background Vocals
Gerry Hilera   Violin
Mausberg   Rap
Talent   Track Performer
City High   Track Performer
Bob Becker   Viola
Simbryt Whititngton   Choir, Chorus
Dana Little   Celli
Michele Richards   Violin
Robin Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   Arranger
R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Sturm   Programming
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer
Stan Wood   Engineer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Barry Hankerson   Executive Producer
Blake Chaffin   Programming,Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Bryon Rickerson   Programming
Jeff Vereb   Programming
G-One   Programming,Producer
Eric Schlotzer   Engineer
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton   Programming
Chris Wood   Engineer

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