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"The Bodyguard"

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Year of Release: 1992

track listing
  • I Will Always Love You--
    Whitney Houston
  • I Have Nothing--
    Whitney Houston
  • I'm Every Woman--
    Whitney Houston
  • Run To You--
    Whitney Houston
  • Queen Of The Night--
    Whitney Houston
  • Jesus Loves Me--
    Whitney Houston
  • Even If My Heart
    Would Break--
    Kenny G &
    Aaron Neville
  • Someday
    (I'm Coming Back)--
    Lisa Stansfield
  • The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.--
    It's Gonna Be
    A Lovely Day
  • Curtis Singers--
    (What's So Funny
    Peace Love And Understanding
  • Alan Silvestri--
    Theme From
    The Bodyguard
  • Joe Cocker &
    Sass Jordan--
    Trust In Me

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    "The Bodyguard"

    I've never seen the movie, but there was one particular song that changed the whole universe in Pop music, likewise the career of Whitney Houston. "And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII"... (you know the rest...)

    But for those who may not know, or may not want to remember it again, "I Will Always Love You"The Bodyguard.

    As the storyline for the movie goes:
    The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic-thriller film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner stars as a former Secret Service Agent turned bodyguard who is hired to protect Houston's character, a music star, from an unknown stalker. Lawrence Kasdan wrote the film in the 1970s, originally as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. It was directed by Mick Jackson. This film was the acting debut of the Grammy-winning R&B singer, Whitney Houston.

    Wow, Steve McQueen and Diana Ross... another unlikely couple, just as Costner & Houston. Interesting...

    Now, almost 20 years later, the rumour is that this movie will be remade again (2011). The buzz is that R&B singer Rihanna was picked for the Whitney Houston role, yet she declined this rumour. Britney Spears and Alexandra Burke are rumoured for the part, yet there is no mention on who would take on the Costner role at this time. Now that I think about it, maybe a Britney Spears/Denzel Washington combination would be good, or how about Beyonce and Liam Neeson?

    The movie soundtrack is quite superb, only one song I didn't really care for, and that is "It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day" by The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. Putting that "famous song from this movie" aside, the other Whitney tunes are also quite exceptional: "I Have Nothing" is a powerful song, and I'm sure alot of female singers auditioned this song for such shows as American Idol, America's/Britian's Got Talent, The Voice, UK/US X Factor and the likes. Another song in this same caliber, is "I'm Every Woman," another powerful, yet fast-paced and upbeat tune, that if sang correctly, would easily be a chart topper. (It's a wonder how only "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston became the only song song from this soundtrack to reach #1. Definitely I could see "I'm Every Woman" being #1, and even "I Have Nothing."

    Whitney's other songs, "Run To You" is a good ballad, and "Jesus Loves Me" could have easily seen the top spot on Gospel and Christian song charts. However, "Queen Of The Night" is probably the least favorite of mine from the Whitney collection of this soundtrack. It has the typical late 1980s/early 1990s Pop sound, and sounded just like any other song from this particular era.

    Now for the remaining tracks: Kenny G and Aaron Neville team up together on "Even If My Heart Would Break" -- a very soulful tune, as in the style of Van Morrison. Lisa Stanfield's "Someday (I'm Coming Back)" is a good and upbeat number. The remake of Elvis Costello's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding" by the Curtis Singers is a very well-done version. Alan Silvestri conducts the peaceful instrumental "Theme From The Bodyguard," and the last track is a great rocker, from two rocking artists: "Trust In Me" by Joe Cocker & Sass Jordan.

    As mentioned, I have yet to see the movie, and one day I will. The movie receivced mixed reviews from the critics. The music soundtrack is very good, and of course, the standout song was "I Will Always Love You." Some maybe asking if the movie is really worth remaking. It may or may not be as good as Houston/Costner did, but it will be interesting on who the two stars will be. Everyone can narrow down the combinations (or in some cases, rumours) of the singer and secret agent. And of course, will the famous Whitney song be remade for the new movie... It probably will, and most will probably hope it will not. Time will tell, if the remake will become a reality. In the meantime, the 1992 movie soundtrack is definitely enjoyable to listen to.

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