Various Artists: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (OST) (1997)
In addition, Mr. Eastwood himself steps up to the mike to run the appropriately chosen "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" through his smoky vocal clips. In an effort to prevent the award-winning director from having all the spotlight, leading man Kevin Spacey and Mr. Eastwood's daughter Alison (who also stars and sings in the film) also take turns in the studio.
With the keyboard work of Brad Mehldau and a backing band which includes the likes of Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, Kevin Eubanks and a host of others, this album would have to try to fail. The high points (which are high indeed) include lang's lush orchestrel flow through "Skylark," Cole's sonorous head-voice rendition of "Autumn Leaves," Krauss' beguiling offering of "This Time The Dream's On Me" and, of course, Bennett's version of "I Wanna Be Around," which has every bit of swing and sting as it did when it was recorded in 1962. While Oscar-winner Spacey is a trained vocalist, and while the song is especially germaine to his voodoo-lovin' character in Midnight, his spoken-song lounge-act swing through "That Old Black Magic" argues for his continued success in acting. Contrarily, the younger Eastwood's twangy torch of "Come Rain Or Come Shine" demonstrates that the Eastwood musical apple has not fallen at all. Clint has made our day again, and we should all feel lucky, Punk!
Track Listing: 1. Skylark - k.d. lang 2. Too Marvelous for Words - Joe Williams 3. Autumn Leaves - Paula Cole 4. Fools Rush in (Where Angels Fear to Tread) - Rosemary Clooney 5. Dream - Brad Mehldau 6. Days of Wine and Roses - Cassandra Wilson 7. That Old Black Magic - Kevin Spacey 8. Come Rain or Come Shine - Alison Eastwood 9. AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Clint Eastwood 10. This Time the Dream's on Me - Alison Krauss 11. Laura - Kevin Mahogany 12. Midnight Sun - Diana Krall 13. I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) - Joshua Redman 14. I Wanna Be Around - Tony Bennett
Record Label: Warner Bros.