At the Beginning

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"At The Beginning"
Single by Donna Lewis and Richard Marx
from the album Anastasia: Music from the Motion Picture
Released October 21, 1997
Format CD Single, Cassette Single
Recorded Sarm West Coast, O'Henry
Genre Pop
Length 3:42
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Stephen Flaherty, Richard Marx, Lynn Ahrens
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Donna Lewis singles chronology
"Mother"
(1994)
"At the Beginning"
(1997)
"I Could Be the One"
(1998)
Richard Marx chronology
"Until I Find You Again"
(1994)
"At the Beginning"
(1997)
"Days In Avalon"
(2000)

"At the Beginning" is a song by Donna Lewis and Richard Marx, released as the first single from the Anastasia soundtrack. It was released as a CD and cassette single on October 21, 1997 on Atlantic Records.

The song reached No. 45 on the Hot 100 giving Lewis her third Hot 100 hit and Marx his 17th. To date, neither has hit the Hot 100 since "At the Beginning" dropped out. It reached No. 2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, but did spend a week at No. 1 on Radio & Records' Adult Contemporary Chart before being knocked out by Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On".

The song gave Marx his eighth and final number one hit single as a singer. Lewis would go on to have one more song topping a chart.

Composition[edit]

The song is a moderate pop ballad [1]

Critical reception[edit]

Filmtracks noted that in addition the two pop reprises of songs features in the credits, "The unique entry is the tolerable "At the Beginning," which seems to have been meant to be the centrepiece of the pop songs but was overshadowed in popularity by the cast song adaptations." The site added "For soundtrack collectors, the song "At the Beginning" is interesting in that it included contributions by two composers still on the rise, including piano performances by Anne Dudley and string arrangements by Aaron Zigman, for whom it would be another ten years before his name would be widely known. "[2]

Allmusic notes the film "duplicates the Disney formula of balancing big show tunes from the film with re-recorded MOR pop versions of the same song"; despite this being an original song the genre is still MOR pop.[3] Film Score Monthly said "only the Richard Marx-Donna Lewis pairing "At the Beginning" holds any interest (it's the only original song not performed in the film)".[4] TimeOut described it as "uplifting".[5]

Billboard wrote "the romantic At The Beginning solidly ushers in the soundtrack to Anastasia, with Lewis and Marx proving to be a surprisingly chemical pair. Her waifish voice gracefully flutters around his rock edged grit, while producer Trevor Horn provides a reliably grand and dramatic musical environment. Although this oh-so-charming recording deserves widespread pop play, it will likely begin its radio life at AC, where programmers are often quicker to appreciate such a lushly arranged power ballad".[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song features a girl (a live action version of Anastasia) visiting an old building. Throughout the video, Marx and Lewis are shown performing the song, intercut with scenes from Anastasia.

It is unknown who directed the music video.

The music video was also added on to some VHS copies of the film Anastasia.

Track listing[edit]

  1. At the Beginning (Album Version)
  2. At the Beginning (Instrumental)
  3. At the Beginning (Remix)

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