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Radio [Hip-O]

  • 1. Eyes of the Heart (Radio's Song) - (Radio's Song)
    2. We Can Work It Out
    3. That Lady, Pt. 1
    4. I'll Be Around
    5. If You Don't Know Me By Now
    6. Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)
    7. We're an American Band
    8. China Grove
    9. Wake Up Everybody, Pt. 1
    10. Rubberband Man, The
    11. Be Thankful for What You Got
    12. Going in Circles
    13. Radio's Day
    14. Gift of the Ball
    15. Learning the Ropes
    16. Being Left Behind
    17. Resignation
    18. Never So Alone
    19. Night Game
    20. Radio
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000149402

  • Credits
    ProducerSimon Rhodes; Chris Jasper; Ernie Isley; John Florez; James Harris III; John Davis & The Georgia Sea Island Singers; Kenny Gamble; Al Green; Leon Huff; Marvin Isley; O'Kelly Isley; Ronald Isley; Rudolph Isley; Stevie Wonder; Ted Templeman; Todd Rundgren; Willie Mitchell; Thom Bell; Terry Lewis; James Wright
    EngineerSimon Rhodes

    Original score composed by James Horner.
    Recorded at Todd Scoring Stage, Studio City, California.
    Audio Mixer: Simon Rhodes .
    Recording information: Todd Scoring Stage, Studio City, CA.
    Arrangers: Chris Jasper; Ernie Isley; John Davis ; Marvin Isley; O'Kelly Isley; Ronald Isley; Rudolph Isley; Thom Bell.
    The soundtrack to the feel-good movie Radio features two very different types of feel-good songs. The album's newer material, like India.Arie's "Eyes of the Heart," tries to make the listener feel good by pouring on the saccharine. Arie gives the song as much dignity as she can, but with lyrics like "In the eyes of a child, we are all the same," it's too gooey to save. Fortunately, most of the soundtrack features music that makes the listener feel good simply because it sounds good. The '70s soul and rock that make up the bulk of the album are so genuinely exuberant that the newer songs sound all the more pitiful. It's hard to deny the power of Stevie Wonder's "We Can Work it Out," the Isley Brothers' "That Lady, Pt. 1," the Spinners' "I'll Be Around," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and even the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove." Al Green's "Sha La La (Make Me Happy)," the Spinners' "The Rubberband Man," and William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for What You Got" are very nearly as uplifting. Radio also features excerpts of James Horner's score, which, like the rest of the movie's original music, tends toward the treacly. It's well-crafted treacle, though; "Radio's Day" manages to be more heartwarming than sickening, although some cues, such as "Resignation" and "Being Left Behind," are slightly overwrought. Chuck Brodsky's "Radio" closes out the soundtrack, essentially telling the story of the real Radio with less overstated sentiment than the movie itself does. Still, the parts of the soundtrack that work do their job, creating a nostalgic, and genuinely emotional, atmosphere. ~ Heather Phares

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