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ROAD TO EL DORADO: SOUNDTRACK

No stranger to gold, Sir Elton. For over three decades now, the ostentatious knight has been cutting gold (and platinum . . . and multi-platinum) records with ridiculous prolificacy . . . and wearing quantities of precious metal on his less than demurely costumed personage that would have brought a blush to the countenance of Croesus.

Teaming up for a second round of animation scoring with Lion King cohorts Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer Ė augmented by the opulent talents of Jewel producer Pat Leonard Ė must have seemed a surefire formula for another chart-topping Bonanza. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, time to repave it with the gold ingots beckoning at the end of the Road to El Dorado.

But the mythical cityís riches are proving elusive as ever. For once, the bespectacled, singing peruke with the Midas touch has found himself on the road to the wrong end of the Billboard charts. Unfairly. This CD is considerably different to the onscreen soundtrack that has met with a tepid response from US critics, and while it may lack a 24-carat standout a la Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Sir Elton has once again plucked a plethora of musical gems from his multi-jewelled tiara of talent.

There are five songs on the CD that didnít make the movie and considerably reworked versions of those that did. Tinged with Latin American accoutrements of Spanish guitar and percussion-laden rhythms, EJís familiar piano/vocal style is given a fresh twist on beautifully crafted numbers such as Friends Never Say Goodbye, The Panic in Me and My Heart Dances. But the crowning glory is Itís Tough To Be a God, a deliciously jaunty duet with another animation soundtrack guru Randy Newman. As an added bonus, there are three joyous excerpts from the Latin-laced score of Hans Zimmer and John Powell.

Yes, Itís Tough To Be a God, but itís easy to be a disciple of this soundtrack. Pardon my proselytising, but you really should ignore the under-whelming US response. This Road to El Dorado is the real deal. Itís a treasure.
Brad Green

Review published: September 7, 2000

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TITLE: Elton Johnís The Road to El Dorado

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SONGS: Elton John, Pat Leonard, Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice (lyrics)

SCORE: Hans Zimmer, John Powell

PRODUCER: Pat Leonard

FEATURED ARTISTS: Elton John

GUEST ARTISTS: Randy Newman

TRACKS: 14







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