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ME MYSELF I: SOUNDTRACK

There is variety and lots of it on the Me Myself I soundtrack. Multiple personalities? You bet. Yet somehow it manages to sound coherent; and while there are certainly high and low points, it’s the changes in mood that keep the needle on the right side of the entertainment barometer.

A large segment of the soundtrack is composed and produced by Charlie Chan – she's a keyboard player who records and produces at her Rushcutters Bay home-studio, and has no connection whatsoever with the Honolulu police department. She did, however, compose the new theme for Australian Story (currently screening Thursday nights on ABC) and like her namesake seems to have a penchant for investigation. There is a definite sense of adventure in her exotic percussion explorations, particularly on Two Boys and a Girl – a joyously maverick, jazz excursion featuring the extensive rhythmic talents of David Jones.

While the percussion flies, Chan keeps her piano performances understated, although she demonstrates a delicate touch with the opening figure of the gently poignant Goodbye before deferring to soprano saxophone.

Aside from Chan’s original contributions, there are good and bad dabs of 70’s pop/ easy listening – the best being Captain and Tennille’s Shop Around and the worst a synthetic ditty from the aptly named Plastic Bertrand; plus an assortment of hits and misses in various styles including a spritely offering from Skyhooks (no, not Ego); a beautiful rendition of All By Myself by Maggie Mckinney; a slick but insipid ballad from Simply Red; a magnificent 1959 recording by Peggy Lee of Cheek to Cheek; and appropriately, perhaps, a triad of Me Myself I recordings – with the punchy guitars and driving rhythm of Joan Armatrading’s original outshining the two new dance re-workings.

In summary: plenty of personality, a couple of misfires, but loads of entertainment value . . . and all three of me agree . . . although others may have personal pronoun-cements.

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ME MYSELF I: SOUNDTRACK

TITLE: Me Myself I (original soundtrack)

ID: 3984296242
Warner

PRODUCER: Charlie Chan

FEATURED ARTISTS: Charlie Chan, Marie Wilson, The Murmurs, Errol Brown, Maggie Mckinney, Plastic Bertrand, Captain & Tennille, Skyhooks, Princessa, Simply Red, Peggy Lee, Joan Armstrong, Shanley Del

TRACKS: 18







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