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Sister Act

Sister Act

by Marc Shaiman Marc Shaiman
Sister Act

Sister Act

by Marc Shaiman Marc Shaiman


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The main appeal of this soundtrack is, of course, the r&b songs that appear either in their classic original recordings, such as Fontella Bass's "Rescue Me," Dee Dee Sharp's "Gravy," and Etta James' "Roll With Me Henry," or in renditions by "Deloris & The Sisters," aka Whoopi Goldberg and company, with Andrea Robinson doing some key solos. This is a record that likes to mix its musical metaphors, the introduction to "My Guy (My God)" owing a lot less to Mary Wells than it does to the Shangri-Las, which actually makes it into even more of a novelty performance than it already was; the extended finale of "Shout" is almost worth the price of admission -- this all-girl rendition is the first one that this reviewer has heard that could make it into the same rarified league of frenzied ecstacy achieved by the Isley Brothers. The presence of C&C Music Factory's "Just A Touch Of Love" is a little incongruous here on a stylistic level, though it does no violence to the underlying appeal of the CD, which transcends the allure of the movie, ending on Lady Soul's soaring "If My Sister's In Trouble." The period music is mastered to state-of-the-art clarity and presence, and the modern recordings manage to achieve a mix of smooth professionalism and excitement that makes them utterly enjoyable. They're interspersed with some mostly forgettable instrumental material by music director Marc Shaiman, though he does come up with one piece, "Getting Into The Habit," that's a nice piece of string writing; indeed, on an actual full-length instrumental soundtrack, it might even have been noticed.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/1992
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0720616133427
catalogNumber: 161334
Rank: 6080


  1. The Lounge Melody
  2. The Murder
  3. Getting into the Habit
  4. Rescue Me
  5. Hail Holy Queen
  6. Roll with Me Henry
  7. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
  8. My Guy (My God)
  9. Just a Touch of Love (Everyday)
  10. Deloris Is Kidnapped
  11. Nuns to the Rescue
  12. Finale: I Will Follow Him
  13. Shout
  14. If My Sister's in Trouble

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Shaiman   Primary Artist
Etta James   Track Performer
C+C Music Factory   Track Performer
Dee Dee Sharp   Track Performer
Artie Kane   Conductor
Lady Soul   Track Performer
Whoopi Goldberg   Vocals,Track Performer
Fontella Bass   Track Performer
Pat Crawford Brown   Choir, Chorus
Susan Browning   Choir, Chorus
Georgia Creighton   Choir, Chorus
Charlotte Crossley   Vocals,Track Performer
Edith Diaz   Choir, Chorus
Ellen Albertini Dow   Choir, Chorus
Beth Fowler   Choir, Chorus
Prudence Wright Holmes   Choir, Chorus
Sheri Izzard   Choir, Chorus
Arthur Kane   Conductor
Ruth Kobart   Choir, Chorus
Darlene Koldenhoven   Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Lewis   Vocals,Track Performer
Andrea Robinson   Vocals
Carmen Zapata   Choir, Chorus
Susan Johnson   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Tom "Bones" Malone   Arranger,Orchestration
Eddie Holland   Composer
Hummie Mann   Arranger,Orchestration
Mark McKenzie   Arranger,Orchestration
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer
Dale Ramsey   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Adaptation to CD
Maurice Starr   Producer
Jim Viviano   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Vivino   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration

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