Sunday, July 7, 2013

CD Review: Movie Soundtrack Shows How Close Some Come To "Stardom"

Back in June, we saw the release of one of the finest soundtracks of the year, "20 Feet From Stardom: Music From The Motion Picture." The album was released on June 18 through Columbia Records and features some of the greatest songs of seventies rock mixed with some modern renditions of some more classic songs.

The movie is a documentary about the lives of back-up singers to some of the biggest bands in the world including The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson. The movie was directed by Morgan Neville and features Merry Clayton (Rolling Stones), Lisa Fischer (Luther Vandross), Judith Hill (Michael Jackson) and Darlene Love (The Crystals) amongst others. It gives insight to the world of a back-up singer and how important they are to a top artist's performances.

The soundtrack starts off with a couple of classic rock staples from Lou Reed ("Walk On The Wild Side") and the Talking Heads ("Slippery People"), before hearing a true to heart, gospel rendition of the blues song, "Nobody's Fault But Mine" performed by the cast. Joe Cocker's "Space Captain" is the perfect example of how important back-up singers are to a song's meaning and power. The album spotlights a couple of Merry Clayton's top hits, her cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and also her cover of Neil Young's "Southern Man." NBC's "The Voice" contestant Judith Hill lends her vocal talents to the original song, "Desperation," which was also co-written by Hill. The soundtrack closes with the cast once again coming together to perform a heartfelt rendition of Bill Withers' "Stand By Me."

The soundtrack is available now. For more information, please visit

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