All songs written by Phil Collins. Original score composed by Mark Mancina. Producers: Phil Collins, Mark Mancina, Rob Cavallo. TARZAN won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. "You'll Be In My Heart" was nominated for the 2000 … see full wiki
The Bottom Line: Straight from the movie, no ifs, ands, or buts. If you liked the movie, you'll probably like this.
So I woke up this morning (10am) a little dazed, a little confused, and wondered what to do with myself. I decided to review Tarzan because it's light fun, and, well, hey, it's Disney, so what do I have to lose? Need something happy and decent to get my mind out of that hazy dream area most people are after just waking up.
As some of you know (and others don't), Phil Collins was asked to do a lot of the songs that you'll find both in the movie and (of course) on the CD. When you don't hear Phil happily singing away, Mark Mancina is the one who's composed the score. Yet another person I have never heard of. After doing a little rooting around I found some interesting things. The first is that Mancina helped with the Broadway version of The Lion King (which I've seen by the way and highly recommend), along with others such as Hans Zimmer (Gladiator). But as for soundtracks as a whole, both Tarzan and The Lion King seem to be a big change for what Mancina typically seems to do - I found his name under a slew of action packed movies like Bad Boys, Con Air, and Speed. Hmm. I wonder what was with the sudden change. Oh well, who cares? On to the music!
It will be simple enough - go through the songs with a lil bit of how they sound and what they're about and then final thoughts at the end. Ready - go!
1.) Two Worlds We start off here with some drums that will make you think of the jungle, no doubt. They start slow, but build up from there very quickly with a slight dark tune brought in by some horns as well as strings. Then things take a turn as Phil jumps in and the movie?s theme begins with a flourish. You'll find this at the very beginning of the movie, leading up to the discovery of Tarzan. "Take strength from those that need you... No words describe a mother's tears, no words can heal a broken heart..."
2.) You?ll Be in My Heart This is Kala - Tarzan's gorilla mother - singing at first. But she only sings a few lines before Phil takes over. "You?ll be in my heart...from this day on, now and forever more?". It's a short version from the full song, ending with Kala whispering, "Always."
3.) Son of Man This is a happy and upbeat song - with Phil singing again of course. It's a fun song really, especially if you've seen the movie because then you can picture little Tarzan doing all his silly things as he tries to become a better gorilla. Eventually Tarzan goes from child to man - as the song does a good job of implicating. "Oh there's no one there to guide you... But with faith and understanding, you will journey from boy to man... Son of man a man in time you'll be."
4.) Trashin' the Camp Now this is a very fun song. Not many instruments. Instead we have plates breaking, pages being ripped, pots and pans being banged around, a typewriter dinging - you know, like those old Pringles commercials where people make music out of everyday objects? As Terk (Rosie O'Donnell) and other gorillas trash the camp of Jane and her grandfather, they make a very musical ordeal of it. Real instruments do come into play (trumpets, drums, etc.) but they play into the rest of the song very well. Good times.
5.) Strangers Like Me Phil's back again! Tarzan has gone from child to man - and now he must go from man to human, so to speak. He's met Jane and the others by this point in the movie, so now in this upbeat, "teach-me" song, the lyrics show Tarzan's willingness to figure out his origins and his attraction to Jane as well. "I wanna know, can you show me? I wanna know about these strangers like me... Come with me now to see my world, where's there's beauty beyond your dreams. Can you feel the things I feel, right now, with you?".
6.) Two Worlds (Reprise) This is the shortest song on here at 0:51 and is pretty much just a quick rehash of the first track - with a few different lyrics of course. This is the first we see of the way the lyrics of the Two Worlds song changes throughout the movie. A neat idea I think.
7.) Trashin' the Camp [Phil and N'Sync version] Ok, this is definitely A.) out of place here in the middle of the CD, and B.) Not one of my favorite tracks. Sure, it's okay for what it is, I mean Phil and N'Sync did a good a cappella job of this song, but it's really just like, "Is this necessary?" I?m not a huge fan of N'Sync as it is so I just wonder, "What are they doing here?"
8.) You'll Be in My Heart [Phil version] Now we get to hear the full song from track 2. Except there aren't as many symphonic sounds, and it's more Phil-isized if you catch my drift. Electronic sounds play more, though there are a few strings that can be heard. But it's still a good song. This is the one you'd hear on the radios. "Don't listen to them, 'cause what do they know? We need each other, to have to hold. They'll see in time, I know?"
9.) Two Worlds [Phil version] Once again, another song filled to completion by Phil in the way only Phil can. Actually this is exactly the same as track 1 - except it's just done Phil style and there's no instrumental break for parts of the movie. Other than that, there's really no difference. Not even any extra lyrics this time.
10.) A Wonderous Place YAY! Finally we get to sheer instrumentals, and you get the sense of jungle right off with drums and little flutes. The strings give it the sentimental feel. This is a hard one to place, movie wise. I think this is where Tarzan decides to leave the jungle with Jane and the others. The way the strings and flutes go it sounds almost exactly like another spot. This is the longest track on the CD at 5:18. It's sad for the most part, horns lowing, strings floating along like the wind, and that little flute just sadly whistling away. Don't forget a tad bit of mournful chorus action. I love choruses. They always add so much to a song. Now this song ends as Tarzan decides to take over as the lead gorilla, so where this song is in the movie in it's entirety, I don't know. Never have been able to figure it out. You know, it might actually be in different places and only together here...
11.) Moves Like an Ape, Looks Like a Man Evenly paced drums alternate with strings, stopping for a moment as Tarzan reminisces; the flute says it all on it's own. Then it drops off for a moment only to allow a horn to come through. Aww, it's so sad!
12.) The Gorillas Another slow, mournful start - and that flute pops in again, but only to lead the rest of the instruments into the song. But then things get tense and exciting very quick as Clayton and his men start trapping gorillas. Now it's Tarzan's turn to come in! He and Clayton have some unfinished business to attend to. Drums and brass have the dominance here as the two go at it in a winner takes all fight.
13.) One Family This is one of my favorite tracks, even though it's sad, flutes and strings starting and then going to a sort of music box tune of You'll Be in My Heart as Tarzan realizes his past and his future. It's very sweet, but still sad.
14.) Two Worlds (Finale) This is the very last song you'll hear in the movie. Jane's father talks some sense into her and she decides to stay with Tarzan and the gorillas, so it isn't very long before Phil comes back into action, singing the final version of the song, with the addition of some female singers and the last thing you hear is Tarzan's trademark cry. Good ending if you ask me.
Thoughts? I enjoyed it. You have to be able to not have a problem with Phil Collins bursting in all the time in most of the songs (or just not mind Phil at all) to be able to listen to this CD because it happens all the time as you can plainly see. For doing so many action movies, Mancina is pretty impressive with capturing the essence of the jungle and the ways of gorillas. Things matched the movie quite nicely. These guys must do their homework.
However, my issues are these. None of these songs is in order. Ok, so some of them are, but 10-14 definitely are not and I have great difficulty placing some of them. 10 and 11 I don't think I've ever been entirely able to grasp. I really do think 10 is split up in the movie, from Tarzan shows Jane and the others where the gorillas are to when the lead silverback gorilla Kerchak dies. I know the latter is at least correct. The first one I'm always gonna be iffy on. As for 11 I'd have to go watch the movie on, but at best I think it's when Tarzan decides to leave with Jane - it's probably another mish mosh of pieces split up in the movie.
My biggest problem? Where was the jaguar fight?? In the movie Tarzan had this nasty fight with a crazy (it was crazy, trust me, no normal jungle cat acts like that) jaguar, but nowhere on this CD is that fight. Unless they used track 12 twice...wait...hold on a second.....nope. It's not. *lol* Yes folks, I actually got out the movie and looked. =P
Aside from all that, it's a good CD. I think they could have left out track 7 entirely, but then that's just me. If you don't like Phil Collins though, then avoid this. However, given what he was working with (an ape-man, gorillas, and dense jungle) somehow Phil works very well in this movie. See what you think.
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