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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Various Artists - Panther OST (1995)

1 Various Freedom (Theme From Panther) (The Black Bag Mix) (4:47)
Arranged By [Vocals] - Angie Stone
Bass - Me'Shell NdegéOcello
Performer - Aaliyah , Billy Lawrence , Blackgirl , Brenda Russell , Cindy Mizelle , Crystal Waters , Emage , En Vogue , Female , Jade , MC Lyte , Mary J. Blige , N'Dea Davenport , Nefertiti , Patra , Queen Latifah , SWV , Salt 'N' Pepa , TLC , Yo-Yo , Zhané
Producer - Dallas Austin , Diamond D
2 Joe Express Yourself (3:49)
Producer - James Mtume
Written-By - Charles Wright
3 Blackstreet We'll Meet Again (4:43)
4 Funkadelic Black People (4:12)
Vocals [Featuring] - Belita Woods , George Clinton
5 Monica And Usher Let's Straighten It Out (4:06)
6 Various The Points (4:55)
Performer - Big Mike , Biggie Smalls , Bone Thugs-N-Harmony , Buckshot , Busta Rhymes , Coolio , Heltah Skeltah , Ill Al Skratch , Jamal , Knowledge , Menace Clan , Redman
Producer - Easy Mo Bee
7 Bobby Brown Slick Partner (2:47)
Producer - Jermaine Dupri
8 Aaron Hall Stand (You Got To) (4:36)
Arranged By [Vocals] - Angie Stone
9 Da Lench Mob The World Is A Ghetto (4:33)
Producer - QD III
Saxophone, Harmonica - Jimmy Z
10 Shanice If I Were Your Woman (4:49)
11 Sounds Of Blackness We Shall Not Be Moved (3:48)
Keyboards - Bernie Worrell
Rap [Featuring] - Black Sheep
12 Female (5) Natural Woman (4:52)
Producer, Performer, Mixed By - Darren "Venus Brown" Floyd*
13 Various Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Dallas' Dirty Dozen Mix) (4:52)
Arranged By [Vocals] - Angie Stone
Bass - Me'Shell NdegéOcello
Performer - MC Lyte , Me'Shell NdegéOcello , Nefertiti , Patra , Queen Latifah , Salt 'N' Pepa , TLC , Yo-Yo
Producer - Dallas Austin , Diamond D
14 Hodge Head Nod (3:34)
15 Tony! Toni! Toné! Stand (4:28)
Written-By - Sylvester Stewart
16 Last Poets, The Don't Give Me No Broccoli And Tell Me It's Greens (What Happened To Our Rythm) (6:18)
Percussion - Don Babatunde
Producer - James Mtume
17 Brian McKnight And Boys Choir Of Harlem, The Star Spangled Banner (3:12)
Guitar - Slash
18 Stanley Clarke The Ultimate Sacrifice (3:15)

AMG.comSoundtrack recordings were once products of one composer, one producer, and songs closely woven to the movie's theme. Now soundtracks are compilations of many different artists, producers, and writers; the songs may or may not be movie-related. The Panther soundtrack has 18 songs, almost as many producers, and enough artists to start a riot. The producers alone read like a who's who of late-'90s R&B, some notable ones include: Brian McKnight, Dallas Austin, Tony! Toni! Tone!, James Mtume, and Teddy Riley. Lots of remakes comprise Panther, and all are excellent. Monica and Usher's version of "Let's Straighten It Out" provides the same chills as Latimore's original version; ditto for Female's in-your-face rendition of "Natural Woman." Female duets with Shanice on Gladys Knight & the Pips' classic "If I Were Your Woman" and gives it a pleasing update. Brian McKnight sings a rousing version of the "Star Spangled Banner" with the Boys Choir of Harlem. So much to choose from; there's something here for everybody. Artists of prominence include Bobby Brown, the Last Poets, George Clinton, the Sound of Blackness, Aaron Hall TLC, and others. You get your money's worth and change with this one.
Review by Andrew Hamilton

Link to movie review:Mario/Melvin Van Peebles - Panther (1995)