Various Artists – Boys On The Side (OST) (1995)

FrontCover1Boys on the Side is a 1995 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross (in his final film as a director). It stars Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Mary-Louise Parker as three friends on a cross-country road trip. The screenplay was written by Don Roos.

 

Three unique women embark on a cross-country road trip: Jane (Whoopi Goldberg), a lesbian lounge singer in search of a new life after breaking up with her girlfriend and getting fired; Holly (Drew Barrymore), a pregnant girl who just wants to escape her brutal boyfriend; and Robin (Mary-Louise Parker), an uptight real estate agent who has her own secrets (namely being infected with HIV).

Robin puts an ad in the newspaper that she is looking for a traveling companion to accompany her on a cross country trip to California. Jane answers the ad and agrees to join Robin after her car gets towed during their meeting. Jane and Robin leave New York City and travel through Pittsburgh to take Jane’s friend Holly to lunch. They stumble across a knock out-fight between Holly and her abusive boyfriend, Nick, over some missing drugs.

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They leave him there bound to a chair with tape after Holly hits him in the head with a bat to stop him from attacking Jane. Later, he frees himself from the chair, stumbles across the floor, falls and hits his head on the bat and dies. The three unlikely travelers then form a special friendship on their journey which sees them through ultimately tragic times.

After discovering that Nick is dead and that Holly is pregnant, the three women decide to continue across country and end up in Tucson, Arizona when Robin has to be hospitalized. They decide to stay in Tucson, hoping to start a new life. However, Jane has a secret crush on Robin, Holly falls in love with and eventually confesses to a local police officer named Abe Lincoln (Matthew McConaughey), and Robin finds the courage to face her impending death.

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Shortly after Jane and Robin have a falling out over Jane telling a friendly bartender (James Remar) who was interested in Robin that she has HIV, Holly is arrested by Abe. She is taken back to Pittsburgh to face the consequences of her actions. The return to Pittsburgh involves Robin and Jane making peace with each other on the courthouse’s “Bridge of Sighs” while the Pittsburgh Police process Holly.

A few months pass, in Tucson, Holly is free and with Abe and her daughter, which is celebration to all family and friends. Robin is now farther along with AIDS and is not expected to live much longer. The party asks Robin to sing the Roy Orbison song “You Got It” as she performed that song in a Star Search contest; though weak, she manages to sing with Jane backing her singing. In the final scene, Robin has died from AIDS as her wheelchair is now empty, Holly and Abe plan to stay in Arizona and become a family, while Jane hits the road to finally seek a life of her own.

The film’s soundtrack album is made up entirely of contributions from female pop/rock artists, including lesbian icons Melissa Etheridge (“I Take You With Me”), Joan Armatrading (“Willow”) and the Indigo Girls (“Power of Two”). Previous hit singles by Annie Lennox (“Why”) and The Cranberries (“Dreams”) are also included, as are new recordings by Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders among others. The hit single from the movie soundtrack was Bonnie Raitt’s cover of the Roy Orbison hit “You Got It”, which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. (by wikipedia)

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Boys on the Side is a collection of mainstream ’90s rock dominated by female artists, which is appropriate for the feminist nature of the film. Not all of the music is first-rate, but much of it is, particularly Bonnie Raitt’s cover of Roy Orbison’s “You Got It.” Fans of the film will find much to enjoy here, but the record doesn’t quite hold together as an individual entity. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

This is just such an amazingly wonderful collection of beautiful songs, from the movie of the same title. This CD is like a warm, happy, occasionally sad, emotional journey through the eyes & hearts of some really talented women! I’m going to stockpile some more copies of this CD, as I never want to be without it! (by Mary Jo Ashleyon)

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This has always been one of my favorite CDs, given the assortment of some of the best tracks of a series of female artists. Recently on a trip out west I inadvertently left the CD playing when my daughter (4th grade) got in the car–it is now her favorite album as well, and I don’t have to listen to the teeny bop music she usually pleads for–what a relief!!
I had never heard many of these artists before, given that I stopped hearing new artists about when my daughter was born and Raffi took over our lives, and it was such a delight to discover so much talent–it really sent me out to get acquainted with more of their music on their own individual albums. (by an Amazon customer)

This is a strong album for strong women … And I love strong women …

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Tracklist:
01. Bonnie Raitt: You Got It (Lynne/Orbison/Petty) 3.25
02. Melissa Etheridge: I Take You With Me (Etheridge) 4.48
03. Sheryl Crow: Keep On Growing (Clapton/Whitlock) 5.24
04. Indigo Girls: Power Of Two (Saliers) 5.22
05. Stevie Nicks:  Somebody Stand By Me (Crow/Wolfe) 5.05
06. The Pretenders: Everyday Is Like Sunday (Morrissey/Street) 3.41
07. The Cranberries; Dreams (Hogan/O’Riordan) 4.30
08. Annie Lennox: Why (Lennox) 4.53
09. Sarah McLachlan: Ol’ 55 (Waits) 4.11
10. Joan Armatrading: Willow (Armatrading) 4.01
11. Jonell Mosser: Crossroads (Johnson) 2.49
12. Whoopi Goldberg: You Got It (Lynne/Orbison/Petty) 3.08
13. Bonnie Raitt: You Got It (Lynne/Orbison/Petty) 3.25

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Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)

frontcover1Tuesday Night Music Club is the debut solo album from American singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, released on August 3, 1993. The lead single “Run Baby Run” was not particularly successful. However, the album gained attention after the success of the third single, “All I Wanna Do,” based on the Wyn Cooper poem “Fun” and co-written by David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Sheryl Crow, and Kevin Gilbert. The single eventually reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, propelling the album to number three in the US Billboard 200 album charts, selling over 5.3 million units there as of January 2008. On the UK Album Chart, Tuesday Night Music Club reached #8 and is certified 2× platinum.

It is listed as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The title of the album comes from the name for the ad hoc group of musicians including Crow, the “Tuesday Music Club”, who came together on Tuesdays to work on the album. Many of them share songwriting credits with Crow.

The front cover of the album shows Crow wearing a denim shirt with “a sheepish smile”. The back cover has a neon cafe sign of the “Jenny Rose Cafe”, consisting of the heart-shaped neon light behind the sign “CAFE” and above the other sign “JENNY ROSE”.

crow01The group existed as a casual songwriting collective prior to its association with Crow, but rapidly developed into a vehicle for her debut album after her arrival (she was at the time dating Kevin Gilbert, who actually co-wrote most of the songs for this album along with Crow, Baerwald, Ricketts, Bottrell, Schwartz and MacLeod). Her relationship with Gilbert became acrimonious soon after the album release and there were disputes about songwriting credits. In interviews later, Crow claimed to have written them. Both Gilbert and Baerwald castigated Crow publicly in the fallout, although Baerwald later softened his position. A similar tension arose with TNMC member Bill Bottrell after her second album, on which he collaborated during the early stages.

In February 2008, Bottrell said, “The truth is hard to describe, but it lies between what all the people were shouting. It was all very vague and very complicated. She wrote the majority of the album. The guys and I contributed writing and lyrics, including some personal things. However, the sound was the sound that I developed”. However, this was said while promoting their most current work together and contradicts most previous statements by him including those in Richard Buskin’s highly detailed book about the situation. Bottrell in earlier times had said Crow was given the second-largest portion of the publishing splits on the album in order to motivate her to work hard, as she still had to pay the very large debt from her unreleasable real first record, publishing being the only way she was likely to earn any money from her new record.

Tuesday Night Music Club went on to sell some 7.6 million copies in the US and UK during the 1990s. The album also won Crow three Grammy Awards in 1995: Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Performance.

crow02Travis Tritt’s 2002 album Strong Enough features a song titled “Strong Enough to be Your Man” and was written as a reply to Crow’s original song. (by wikipedia)
Sheryl Crow earned her recording contract through hard work, gigging as a backing vocalist for everyone from Don Henley to Michael Jackson before entering the studio with Hugh Padgham to record her debut album. As it turned out, things didn’t go entirely as planned. Instead of adhering to her rock & roll roots, the record was a slick set of contemporary pop, relying heavily on ballads. Upon hearing the completed album, Crow convinced A&M not to release the album, choosing to cut a new record with producer Bill Bottrell. Along with several Los Angeles-based songwriters and producers, including David Baerwald, David Ricketts, and Brian McLeod, Bottrell was part of a collective dubbed “the Tuesday Night Music Club.” Every Tuesday, the group would get together, drink beer, jam, and write songs. Crow became part of the Club and, within a few months, she decided to craft her debut album around the songs and spirit of the collective. It was, for the most part, an inspired idea, since Tuesday Night Music Club has a loose, ramshackle charm that her unreleased debut lacked. At its best — the opening quartet of “Run, Baby, Run,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Strong Enough,” and “Can’t Cry Anymore,” plus the deceptively infectious “All I Wanna Do” — are remarkable testaments to their collaboration, proving that roots rock can sound contemporary and have humor. That same spirit, however, also resulted in some half-finished songs, and the preponderance of those tracks make Tuesday Night Music Club better in memory than it is in practice. Still, even with the weaker moments, Crow manages to create an identity for herself — a classic rocker at heart but with enough smarts to stay contemporary. And that’s the lasting impression Tuesday Night Music Club leaves. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
David Baerwald (guitar)
Bill Bottrell (guitar, pedal steel-guitar)
Sheryl Crow (guitar, piano, vocals)
Kevin Gilbert (keyboards, guitar, drums on 01., bass on 09.)
Brian MacLeod (drums)
Dan Schwartz (bass, guitar)
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David Ricketts (bass on 02.)

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Tracklist:
01. Run Baby Run (Crow/Baerwald/Bottrell 4.53
02. Leaving Las Vegas (Crow/Bottrell/Baerwald/Gilbert/Ricketts 5.10
03. Strong Enough (Crow/Bottrell/Baerwald/Gilbert/MacLeod/Ricketts 3.10
04. Can’t Cry Anymore (Crow/Bottrell) 3.41
05. Solidify (Crow/Hunter/Bottrell/Baerwald/Gilbert/Ricketts/MacLeod) 4.08
06. The Na-Na Song (Crow/Bottrell/Baerwald/Gilbert/Ricketts/MacLeod) 3.12
07. No One Said It Would Be Easy (Crow/Bottrell/Gilbert/Schwartz) 5.29
08. What I Can Do For You (Crow/Baerwald) 4.15
09. All I Wanna Do (Crow/Gilbert/Cooper/Baerwald) 4.32
10. We Do What We Can (Crow/Bottrell/Gilbert/Schwartz) 5.38
11. I Shall Believe (Crow/Bottrell) 5.34

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She was born in November 1963 the day Aldous Huxley died
And her mama believed that every man could be free
So her mama got high, high, high and her Daddy marched on Birmingham
Singing mighty protest songs and he pictured all the places
Where he knew that she’d belong but he failed and taught her young
The only thing she’d need to carry on

He taught her how to
Run baby run baby run baby

Past the arms of the familiar and their talk of better days
To the comfort of the strangers slipping out before they say
So long baby loves to run

She counts out all her money in the taxi on the way to meet her plane
In stares hopeful out the window
At the workers fighting through the pouring rain
And she’s searching through the stations for an unfamiliar song
And she’s think of all the places where she knows she still belongs
She smiles the secret smile and sure she knows exactly how to carry on

So run baby run baby

From their old familiar faces and their old familiar ways
To the comfort of the strangers and slipping out before they say
So long, and baby loves to run

And she’s searching through the stations for an unfamiliar song
And she pictures all the places where she knows she still belongs
And she smiles the secret smile because she knows exactly how
To carry on

So run baby run baby