The Commitments

The Commitments

by The Commitments


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Alan Parker's adaptation of Roddy Doyle's crackerjack novel The Commitments kept its focus on the music -- the classic American R&B and soul the titular workingman band cranked out in pubs across Ireland. As a book and film, The Commitments was all about love of music, so it didn't matter if the soundtrack offered workmanlike versions of oldies the band and audience knew by heart: as long as it was done with some, well, soul, the film would work, and the soundtrack would too. In that sense, the Commitments were a cousin to the Blues Brothers, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's tribute to the very same music but where Jake and Elwood managed to hire Stax's house band (such are the perks of stardom) , the group Parker assembled were working Irish musicians. This would seem to lend The Commitments some degree of authenticity and it does to a certain extent, as these guys can crank out familiar favorites without missing a step, but the description of working musicians suggests that there is some grit here, which there's not. After all, this is music for a movie, so it is cleanly produced: the horns have a punch, the guitars are crisp, the drums tight and neat, all the better to showcase the bar band growl of Andrew Strong -- his Otis worship comes out like Rod Stewart crossed with Mick Hucknall -- and Maria Doyle's salute to Aretha Franklin. All of this sounds fine, if a bit generic: these are great songs performed ably and if they're not distinctive, they at least suit the spirit of the film's open-hearted hero worship.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/1991
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811028626
catalogNumber: 10286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Commitments   Primary Artist
Conor Brady   Guitar
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Ronan Dooney   Trumpet
Maria Doyle   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Carl Geraghty   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Felim Gormley   Alto Saxophone
Dean Parks   Guitar
Andrew Strong   Vocals,Track Performer
Niamh Kavanagh   Vocals,Track Performer
Angeline Ball   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Donald Bryant   Composer
Paul Bushnell   Producer
Kevin Killen   Producer,Engineer
Tim Martin   Engineer
Kenneth McCluskey   Contributor
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Bonny "Mack" Rice   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Alan Parker   Producer

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The Commitments 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would love to see them in person, are they still appearing anywhere in Canada
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had the pleasure of hearing this album and seeing the movie. The music was awesome and the movie is funny and bittersweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago