Stand Up Guys [Soundtrack]

Stand Up Guys [Soundtrack]



When a hip crime thriller stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin, you can safely assume the filmmakers are not aiming for the youth market, and the soundtrack album to the movie Stand Up Guys fittingly aims for a cool retro vibe, serving up a selection of blues and R&B classics, a handful of like-minded new numbers from contemporary artists, and a few cues from the film's background score. The biggest drawing card on the Stand Up Guys album is a pair of new songs from Jon Bon Jovi, which also stand out a bit from the rest of tracks; "Old Habits Die Hard" and "Not Running Anymore" are musically and thematically similar in their simple acoustic arrangements, rueful tone, and undertow of macho sentimentality, and they find Bon Jovi in fine voice, though the clichéd tone of the lyrics undercuts their impact. Most of the other tunes are considerably grittier, especially recent material from soul revivalists Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley, and blues-rock guitar phenom Gary Clark, Jr. Beyond a few excerpts from Lyle Workman's original groove-jazz score, the rest of the disc is devoted to an eclectic selection of oldies, ranging from big hits (Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love") and acknowledged classics (Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man") to noteworthy obscurities (Baby Huey and the Babysitters' version of Curtis Mayfield's "Hard Times" and the frantic "Sock It to 'Em JB" from Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers), and at least one obvious goof (can anyone demonstrate the Duck, the dance Wayne Cochran repeatedly urges listeners to perform on "Get Down with It"?). The Stand Up Guys soundtrack is not essential for anyone other than Jon Bon Jovi's die-hard fans, but there's enough top-shelf blues and soul on board to make for a fun listen, even if most of these tracks can be readily found elsewhere and in more satisfying company.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2013
Label: Lakeshore Records
UPC: 0780163430424
catalogNumber: 343042

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Austin Clark   Dobro
Ian Fitchuk   Keyboards
Marco Giovino   Percussion,Drums
Mike Waldron   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Elvin Bishop   Composer
Jon Bon Jovi   Composer,Producer
Bobby Marchan   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Rex Garvin   Composer
David Guy   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Lyle Workman   Composer
John Bergin   Art Direction
Jacquire King   Producer
Clayton Dunn   Composer
Skip Williamson   Executive Producer
Jeeve   Composer
Brian McNelis   Executive Producer
Homer Steinweiss   Composer
Leon Michels   Composer
Gary Clark   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer
Daniel Foder   Composer
Raney Shockne   Composer
Charles Bradley   Composer
Sharon La Faye Jones   Composer
Pete Holman   Composer
Bradley Bivens   Engineer

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