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Songs by:
John Kander

Lyrics by:
Fred Ebb

Score Composed and Produced by:

Score Conducted by:
Steve Bartek

Songs Conducted by:
Paul Bogaev

Album Produced by:
Ric Wake
Randy Spendlove
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Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax
(January 14th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
The song "I Move On" was nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award. The score was nominated for a BAFTA Award. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you hold the previous recordings of Chicago dear to your heart and you loved hearing the dynamic vocal performances in this lively adaptation.

Avoid it... if you're not inclined toward musicals in the first place and you're not enough of a Danny Elfman collector to purchase an album for seven minutes of his original jazz.
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WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/10/09
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Chicago: (John Kander/Danny Elfman) Those naughty girls of the windy city were back with force in 2002, destined to sing and strip their way to Oscar gold. The early 2000's were suddenly a time when flamboyant musicals (and the predictable religious backlashes against them) were back in vogue, due mostly to the stunning success of Moulin Rouge in 2001. The story of Chicago had come a long way since its 1975 debut. A 1996 New York City Center's "Encore!" series revival moved to the big Broadway lights in 1997 and, throughout 2002, hit the big screen in an equally popular movie musical form. The feature version of John Kander and Fred Ebb's music and lyrics was a long time in the making, and although the film itself, like Moulin Rouge, turned into more of a fantasy-based event, the original music from the show stayed largely intact. The production's main attraction (other than the plethora of scantily clad women) is its zippy and highly spirited 1920's-era Chicago jazz. The musical numbers by Kander are rambunctious, dynamic, and ranging in personality from seedy to downright vulgar. Their authenticity in tone, especially in the application of wild brass performances throughout, is remarkable in every number. Humor in the lyrics is the key to the story, and once again, the movie version holds true enough to the original play for purists to be satisfied (even though some songs are combined into single numbers to condense the narrative). Catherine Zeta-Jones, as Velma, is fortunate enough to have had some professional singing experience, and thus performs with confidence. Renée Zellweger, as Roxie, has a more amateur (and mousy) voice, but she compensates with the attitude she injects into every verse, which not surprisingly adds to the swinging appeal of the songs in which she performs. It would seem, in fact, that Zellweger, along with rap artist Queen Latifah, improve their respective songs the most through their mere enthusiasm and affinity for their parts. Richard Gere's voice is adequate, and his sleazy inflection is intriguingly appropriate for his character. In sum, the vocal performances hide whatever deficiencies in talent they may slightly exhibit with precise inflective style and the often rowdy accompaniment of the percussion and brass elements.

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Total Time: 70:16
• 1. Overture/And All That Jazz - performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones/Renee Zellweger/Taye Diggs (6:04)
• 2. Funny Honey - performed by Renee Zellweger/John C. Reilly/Colm Feore/Taye Diggs (3:39)
• 3. When You're Good to Mama - performed by Queen Latifah/Taye Diggs (3:19)
• 4. Cell Block Tango - performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones/Susan Misner/Deidre Goodwin/Denise Faye (7:22)
• 5. All I Care About - performed by Richard Gere/Taye Diggs (3:48)
• 6. We Both Reached for the Gun - performed by Richard Gere/Christine Baranski/Cleve Asbury/Shaun Amyot (3:59)
• 7. Roxie - performed by Renee Zellweger (3:22)
• 8. I Can't Do It Alone - performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones/Taye Diggs (3:51)
• 9. Mister Cellophane - performed by John C. Reilly (3:57)
• 10. Razzle Dazzle - performed by Richard Gere (3:47)
• 11. Class - performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones/Queen Latifah (2:54)
• 12. Nowadays (Roxie) - performed by Renee Zellweger/Taye Diggs (2:14)
• 13. Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag Medley Title - performed by Renee Zellweger/Catherine Zeta-Jones/Taye Diggs (3:28)
• 14. I Move On - performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones/Renee Zellweger (4:00)
• 15. After Midnight - written by Danny Elfman (3:24)
• 16. Roxie's Suite - written by Danny Elfman (3:58)
• 17. Cell Block Tango/He Had It Comin' - performed by Queen Latifah/Lil' Kim/Macy Gray (3:40)
• 18. Love Is a Crime - performed by Anastacia (3:20)

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The insert includes extensive credits. The CD advertised that it would "unlock" extra footage and interview material.
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