Evita (soundtrack)

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Evita
The lower part of the image shows a number of banners being carried by a crowd. The upper part of the image shows Madonna's profile in light-and-shade, dressed as Eva Perón.
Cover for the two-disc edition of the album
Soundtrack album by Madonna / various artists
Released November 12, 1996 (1996-11-12)
Recorded
  • CTS Studios
  • October – November 1995
  • (London, United Kingdom)
Length 107:30 (2-disc)
77:17 (1-disc)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Madonna chronology
Something to Remember
(1995)
Evita
(1996)
Ray of Light
(1998)
Singles from Evita
  1. "You Must Love Me"
    Released: October 21, 1996
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
    Released: February 4, 1997
  3. "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"
    Released: March 18, 1997

Evita is the third soundtrack album by American singer Madonna. It was released on November 12, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records to promote the 1996 American musical drama film, Evita, based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name about First Lady of Argentina, Eva Perón. The soundtrack also includes solo performances by Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail, but is considered a Madonna album since the majority of the songs are sung by her.[1] After securing the title role in Evita, Madonna underwent vocal training in order to enhance her singing abilities. Director Alan Parker worked with Rice and Webber to compose the soundtrack, reworking the original songs by creating the music first and then the lyrics; they also wrote a new song titled "You Must Love Me" for the film.

Recording sessions for Evita was filled with tension as everyone, being from different professional backgrounds, were nervous about the process. Madonna was not comfortable in recording her vocals inside the studio alongside the orchestra, and after an emergency meeting with the principal personnel, she would record in a separate location. Recording the soundtrack was a slow process and took almost four months before it was completed. Evita was different than the styles of music Madonna had worked previously. Rice and Webber had employed the classical technique while creating the music, taking the central theme, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", and tweaking it to cater to a variety of settings. Through the songs, the soundtrack tells the story of Eva Perón's beginnings, her rise to fame, political career and gradually her death.

The soundtrack was released in two different versions. A two-disc edition entitled Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack featured all the tracks from the film, and Evita: Music from the Motion Picture, a single-disc edition contained a selection of song highlights. Evita was promoted by the release of three singles—"You Must Love Me", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"—the former won the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997. Critical reception towards the soundtrack was mixed, with AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine calling it "unengaging"[2] while Hartford Courant's Greg Morago praised Madonna's singing abilities.[3] It was a commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, while attaining top-ten positions in other major musical markets. In the United States, the soundtrack reached a peak of number two on the Billboard 200 chart, and was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Background and development[edit]

"The hardest work that anyone had to do was obviously done by Madonna. She had the lion's share of the piece, singing as she does on almost every track. Many of the songs were comfortably within her range, but much of the score was in a range where her voice had never ventured before. Also, she was determined to sing the score as it was written and not to cheat in any way".

—Film director Alan Parker talking about working with Madonna on Evita.[4]

In 1996, Madonna starred in the film Evita, playing the role of Eva Perón, the Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina. For a long time, Madonna had desired to play Perón and even wrote a letter to director Alan Parker, explaining how she would be perfect for the part.[5] Madonna had already enlisted the help of composers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who had originally created Evita the musical. Rice believed that the singer would suit in the title role since she could "act so beautifully through music".[6]

However Webber was still wary about Madonna's singing, so after securing the role, she underwent vocal training with coach Joan Lader since Evita required the actors to sing their own parts, and also to increase her own confidence in singing the unusual songs.[6][7] Lader noted that the singer "had to use her voice in a way she's never used it before. Evita is real musical theater — its operatic, in a sense. Madonna developed an upper register that she didn't know she had."[8][9] She taught Madonna how to sing using her diaphragm rather than just her throat. That way she was able to project her voice in a much more cohesive manner. Madonna was thrilled to find the newly discovered nuances in her voice and would go home every night, practicing by telephoning her friends and singing to them.[6]

In the meantime, Parker had finished writing the script for the film. Together with Rice they went to Webber's home in France and worked on the 146 music notes that he had. Since Rice and Webber had not worked together for years after the musical Cricket (1986), it was difficult for Parker to bring them together. One of the many changes that Parker did was to rearrange the most of the last act, eliminating the prolonged recitative of the original. This resulted in Rice and Webber composing new music, including a new song.[10] Parker knew that the pre-recorded playback would be the main backbone for the filming to be commenced later, hence was wary about the decisions he had to make in the recording studio. He had to ponder over the script and the music, expecting any questions that the actors would have for later.[10]

Recording sessions[edit]

A man wearing a grey suit sitting with his hands closed
An old man outside
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice composed the music of Evita, including the new song, "You Must Love Me".

Recording sessions for the film's songs and soundtrack began on September 1995, and took place at the CTS Studios in London with Madonna accompanied by co-actors Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce.[10] Recording engineer David Reitzas conducted the mixing of the track at Larrabee North Studios, utilizing their Solid State Logic 9000 J series consoles for the mix.[11] For the first day's sessions, music supervisor David Caddick suggested to record "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" with the 84 piece orchestra backing Madonna's vocals. Webber was apoplectic about the instrument arrangement, conductor, engineer, orchestra configuration, as well as criticized the closeness of the violins to the studio wall.[10] Parker declared the first day of recording as "Black Monday", since it was "being filled with trepidation and nerves ... All of us came from very different worlds—from popular music, from movies, and from musical theater—and so we were very apprehensive".[7]

The rest of the cast was also nervous, Banderas found the experience "scary" while Madonna was allegedly "petrified" when it came to recording the songs. "I had to sing 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' in front of Andrew Lloyd Webber ... I was a complete mess and was sobbing afterward. I thought I had done a terrible job", the singer recalled.[7][12] Conductor John Mauceri recalled that another challenge the production faced was adapting the stage numbers into a feature film; "On film, it's different than being on stage because the person on the screen in front of you is never farther than someone on the pillow in bed next to you".[4]

According to producer Nigel Wright, the lead actors would first sing the numbers backed by a band and orchestra "then they would go off with Alan and David in a more intimate recording environment and perfect their vocals".[4] However, more trouble arose as Madonna was not completely comfortable with laying down a "guide vocal" simultaneously with an 84 piece orchestra inside the studio. She was used to singing over a pre-recorded track and not have musicians listen to her. Also, unlike her previous soundtrack releases, she had little to no control over the project; "I'm used to writing my own songs and I go into a studio, choose the musicians and say what sounds good or doesn't ... To work on 46 songs with everyone involved and not have a big say was a big adjustment", she recalled.[13]

An emergency meeting was held between Parker, Webber and Madonna where it was decided that the singer would record her part at Whitfield Street Studios, a contemporary studio, while the orchestration would take place somewhere else. She also had alternate days off from the recording to save and strengthen her voice.[10][14] Recording the soundtrack was a slow process and took almost four months before it was completed.[6] But Parker noticed at the end of recording that they did not have the new song in place. Recalling in his The Making of Evita essay:

Finally, while I was visiting Andrew at his country estate in Berkshire to play him the tracks we had recorded, he suddenly sat down at the piano and played the most beautiful melody, which he suggested could be our new song. Needless to say, I grabbed it. However, we still needed lyrics and Tim dutifully began to put words to the music. The vast majority of the original Evita score had been done this way: music first, lyrics afterwards. After many weeks of nail biting, Tim was finally cajoled into writing the lyrics that now accompany the music to "You Must Love Me".[10]

Music and lyrical interpretation[edit]

Antonio Banderas in a blazer
Jonathan Pryce looking to the camera
Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce were the other principal vocalists on the soundtrack, besides Madonna.

Madonna's vocals are featured on 15 of the 19 tracks present in the soundtrack. Other principal vocalists include Banderas, Pryce and Jimmy Nail. Author Rikky Rooksby noted in this book, The Complete Guide to the Music of Madonna, that Evita was different than the styles of music Madonna had worked previously. The soundtrack ended up being her most challenging endeavor, since the Stephen Sondheim songs for the 1990 film, Dick Tracy. Rice and Webber had employed the classical technique while creating the music, where a composer takes a central theme and tweaks it to cater to a variety of settings, keys and tempos.[15] The central backbone of the soundtrack is "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", which acts as the theme for many of the tracks. It tells the story of Eva Perón's beginnings, her rise to fame, political career and gradually her death.[16]

The soundtrack begins with the tracks "A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952" and "Requiem for Evita", both conducted by John Mauceri, dealing with the announcement about the death of Eva. Following this "Oh What a Circus" begins, where Banderas takes the lead vocals.[16] Built on the uptempo melody of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", the song has rock music influences and piano sounds. Madonna sings the final verses, uttering the lines "share my glory, so share my coffin". After a short interlude by Nail, singing "On This Night of a Thousand Stars", a distorted electric guitar and funky bass heralds "Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City".[16] Here the lyrics talk about warning Eva from strangers in the big city, with Madonna singing the line "Screw the middle class" near the end. Sound of train horns, Latin percussion, drums, and light guitars introduce "Buenos Aires", talking about Eva arriving finally to the city. The melody takes Madonna on a higher range and the song has a sinister theme in the middle, with heavy guitar, trumpets and discordant music.[17] "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" begins with soft strummed guitar in broken chords, and consists of strings and acoustic guitar played in a subdued manner. Madonna sings about Eva moving from one home to another, portraying an image—the suitcase in the hall—"to express the nomadic nature of modern civilization".[17]

In "Goodnight and Thank You", Madonna and Banderas trade verses, talking about ending their love affairs, followed by Banderas' solo "The Lady's Got Potential", musing about Eva's gradual rise on the society ladder.[17] The gentle ballad, "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You", is about Eva meeting her husband Juan Perón, composed of flutes, classical guitar and subdued strings.[18] Military drum beats and a brass section start off "Peron's Latest Flame", where Banderas sings loudly about the general population disapproving of Eva. In the middle of a male backing chorus, Madonna sings her lines, accompanied by stereo tom-tom drum and synth sounds.[18] For "A New Argentina", electric guitar and chorus form the main backbone. Composed as an "uprising hymn", Rooksby noted that Madonna's vocals sounded "aggressive and growling".[18]

A 17 second clip of "You Must Love Me", with Madonna singing the chorus over the restrained piano sounds.

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The second disc of the Evita soundtrack opens with "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", whose title came from an epitaph on a plaque at Eva's grave in the La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires.[19] Lyrically, the song is described as a "string of meaningless platitudes" by Rice, adding that it worked as a speech by a "megalomaniac woman" like Eva, trying to win the favor of the people of Argentina.[20] The composition consist of pizzicato strings, and the song jumps from being light to heavy and extravagant, with one section of it being hummed by choral voices.[20] "High Flying, Adored" has an Elton John like style according to Rooksby, who described the lyrics as narcissistic and a parallel with Madonna's life.[21] "RainBow High" features instrumentation from drums, guitars, horns and strings, with the lyrics being about Eva's materialistic needs.[21]

With "Waltz for Eva and Che", the soundtrack's atmosphere becomes tense, as Banderas and Madonna sing the politics influenced lyrics accusing each other, on top of bass and timpani. The bittersweet song "You Must Love Me" starts with the sound of orchestra and piano. Lyrically it talks about Eva's discovery that her husband Juan had actually loved her all along and not merely seen her as a political prop.[22] As the song moves towards the chorus, the piano sounds stop and the cello plays with Madonna belting out the lyrics: "Deep in my heart, I'm concealing, Things that I'm longing to say", when the piano and the orchestra sounds come back again. It proceeds in the same way and gradually fades out.[22] Final track on the soundtrack, "Lament", finds Madonna singing in a whispered tone, about Eva looking back at her life on her deathbed. Accompanied by classical guitar and harp, Banderas also sings over Eva's grave, and the track gradually fades out as an anti-climax.[22]

Release and promotion[edit]

The soundtrack was released on November 12, 1996, in the United States almost two weeks before the release of the film.[23] According to Tim Devin, manager of Tower Records retail chain, before its official release the soundtrack was in huge demand. "People are seriously clamoring for it. We are getting more inquiries about this record than anything else right now," Devin explained to Billboard's Larry Flick.[7] However, since the film was not supposed to be released two weeks after the soundtrack, Warner Bros. depended on pre-release press reviews, consumer curiosity and the timely release of singles from the album, lead by "You Must Love Me" on October 27, 1996. Jeff Gold, VP/GM of Warner Bros. declared the release as a "worldwide event that has ignited public interest throughout each stage of its evolution".[7] Steven Baker, president of the same label, expected that the connection of the soundtrack to the film would mutually benefit each other, resulting in artistic and commercial success.[7]

Madonna performing the lead single, "You Must Love Me"', on the Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008–09). It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Evita consisted of mainly two formats, a two-disc edition titled The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack, containing all the tracks used on the film, and a single-disc edition, Music from the Motion Picture, which contained only a selection of highlights. International release strategy of the soundtrack was similar to that of the United States, with November 25 as the date, with the single-disc edition planned for release later that month.[7] Originally, there were also talks of releasing an Evita EP, containing remixed versions of "Buenos Aires", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall".[24]

Singles[edit]

"You Must Love Me" was released as the soundtrack's lead single on October 27, 1996. It was written specifically for the film with the hopes of obtaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.[25] According to Webber, the song's main inspiration was to showcase Eva's emotional state at the time as well as her relationship with Juan.[26] The song garnered positive response from music critics, many of them highlighting Madonna's enhanced singing ability.[27] It went on to win the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997.[28][29] It was also a moderate commercial success, becoming a top-ten hit in some countries including Finland, Italy and the United Kingdom, while reaching the top-twenty in the United States, where it achieved a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[30][31][32][33][34] The song's music video for the song was directed by Parker and featured Madonna performing the track inside a small hotel room.[35]

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" was released as the second single from the album on February 4, 1997. A separate version called the "Miami Mix", which included re-recorded vocals in English and Spanish and an Argentinean bandoneon in the song's intro, was promoted to radio.[24] Madonna's vocals received positive critical response[36] and the song went on to reach the top of the charts across Europe, Spain and the remix reached number-one on US Dance Club Songs charts.[37] The song also reached the top-ten of the charts a number of nations, including the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and received gold certifications from five of them.[38]

"Another Suitcase in Another Hall" was the third and final single released on March 3, 1997.[39] Upon its release, the song garnered positive response from music critics and reached the top-ten of the charts in Italy and the United Kingdom.[40][32][41] The track "Buenos Aires" received remix treatment from duo Pablo Flores-Javier Garza. Warner Bros. was initially reluctant to release the remixes, but decided to finally release it to coincide with the home video release of Evita the film. Flores and Garza kept the Latin composition of the track, while "flattening" the groove to make it cater to dance floor. They also added a live percussion and keyboard lines to the remix. Larry Flick from Billboard commented that "Buenos Aires" displayed Madonna's "increased comfort and dexterity as a stylist".[42] Following its promotional release in October 1997, "Buenos Aires" peaked at number three on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.[37]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Baltimore Sun (negative)[43]
Hartford Courant (positive)[3]
The Herald Journal (positive)[44]

Evita has received generally mixed reviews from music critics. J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Madonna: An Intimate Biography, wrote: "As Evita Perón, Madonna is responsible for singing on most of the songs of the musical, alone or with her co-stars. When she makes her first appearance on the soundtrack ... she is supple and strong, and doesn't sound at all out of place".[45] Authors Allen Metz and Carol Benson wrote in their book The Madonna Companion that the soundtrack gave Madonna "some of the post-disco queen/sex machine credibility she so desperately crave[d]".[46] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave a mixed review; writing that "The double-disc soundtrack to Evita... remains curiously unengaging. Part of the reason is Madonna's performance. While she gives a startlingly accomplished and nuanced performance – her voice actually sounds like it matures over the course of the album—it is impossible to listen to her without getting the impression that she is trying really hard to be credible, which makes it difficult to connect with her".[2] Writing for the Hartford Courant, Greg Morago opined that "Not only does Madonna sing beautifully, she possesses a remarkable understanding of the material ... While some of the numbers have lost their sharp edge ('A New Argentina' lacks requisite anger), the recording benefits from its concentration on the characters' voices. There is a vibrant, contemporary energy and fearless cinematic sweep to this welcome new stamp on the mythic life of Eva Duarte de Perón".[3]

While reviewing the film, San Francisco Chronicle's Octavio Roca's feeling about the soundtrack was mixed, saying that the "delicious irony of Rice's lyrics remains intact, as does the freshness of Lloyd Webber's music. However, the original score's endearingly British conflation of just about every Latin American rhythm except Argentina's own tango is glossed over in the motion picture—first by John Mauceri's languid conducting of the soundtrack, and most of all by Vincent Paterson's choreography."[47] A negative review came from The Baltimore Sun; critic J. D. Considine felt the soundtrack would disappoint Madonna fans "because Evita just isn't pop music—or, at least, not the kind of pop music Madonna usually makes on her own ... As a result, slogging through Evita is like listening to an opera written by someone who never got beyond learning how to write recitativo".[43] Considine was also disappointed with the vocal abilities of Madonna and co-star Antonio Banderas; "they lack the power and tone to lend this intoned dialog a patina of musicality".[43]

On her review of Evita, Janet Maslin from The New York Times commented that "[Madonna's] performance, which consists of cutting a glamorous swath through crowded settings and passionately feigning the emotions on the soundtrack, is legitimately stellar and full of fire".[48] Stefan A. Meyer, from The Herald Journal, felt that "there's a little something for everyone in Evita. It's a pop-culture clash that is sometimes quite annoying (especially in Rice's left-field rhymes) but still works like a charm".[49] Spin's Annie Zaleski noted that the soundtrack demonstrated Madonna's "astronomical growth as a vocalist ...Evita marked the start of Madonna's Serious Phase, one where she balanced youthful coquettish-ness with a more mature, introspective outlook".[50] Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly called it a "soundtrack of mediocre '70s rock".[51]

Chart performance[edit]

No Doubt's third studio album, Tragic Kingdom, prevented Evita from topping the Billboard 200 chart.

In the United States, Evita debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart for the issue dated November 30, 1996. It was the first entry on the chart for a broadway musical which transitioned into a film soundtrack, since Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1978).[52] The soundtrack tumbled down to number 28 the next week. Its trajectory started an upward movement when the film was released into theaters. Within five weeks it crept back into the top-ten of the Billboard 200 and for the issue dated 1997-02-08, reached a peak of number two on the chart.[1] The movement to its peak was spurred by Madonna winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, that week. Sales increased by 17.5% to 122,000 sold for that week according to Nielsen SoundScan.[53] It remained there for two weeks, being kept from topping the chart by No Doubt's third studio album, Tragic Kingdom, which only had an 8% sales decline to 143,000 copies.[1][54]

Evita was present for a total of 30 weeks on the Billboard 200, and ranked at number 26 on the year-end chart.[55][56] Along with the Billboard 200, Evita reached the top of the Soundtracks Albums chart.[57] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had certified the soundtrack double platinum by 1997. Two years later, it was certified quintuple platinum, for shipment of 2.5 million copies across the country.[58][59] By July 2010, the album had sold 2,005,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[60] The single-disc edition of the soundtrack charted separately on the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of number 167.[55]

In Canada, Evita debuted at number 27 on the RPM Top Albums/CDs chart.[61] It reached a peak of number five on the chart, and stayed for a total of 27 weeks.[62][63] The single-disc edition also charted separately, reaching a peak of number 91.[64] In Australia, the soundtrack debuted on the ARIA Charts at number six. After fluctuating down the charts for the next few weeks, it climbed into the top-ten in March 1997, and peaked at number five.[65] The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified the two-disc edition as gold and the singe-disc edition as platinum for shipment of 35,000 and 70,000 copies respectively.[66][67] The soundtrack had a similar trajectory in New Zealand, where it peaked at number six on the albums chart, and was present for a total of 18 weeks.[68] The Recorded Music New Zealand (RMNZ) certified it platinum, for shipment of 15,000 copies.[69]

Evita debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart and ended up reaching the top of the charts in February 1997, becoming Madonna's fifth number one album in the country. It was present on the chart for a total of 44 weeks and ranked at number 23 on the year-end chart.[32][70] The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it double platinum for shipment of 600,000 copies.[71] Across Europe, Evita reached the top of the charts in Austria, Belgium (both Flanders and Wallonia), Scotland and Switzerland, as well as top-ten in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.[72][73][74] Its performance across the European markets resulted in the soundtrack reaching the top of the pan-European Top 100 Albums chart.[73] According to Carol Clerk's book Madonnastyle, the soundtrack has sold a total of 11 million copies worldwide.[75]

Track listing and formats[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim Rice, all music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack – Disc 1[76]
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952"     1:20
2. "Requiem for Evita"     4:16
3. "Oh What a Circus"   5:44
4. "On This Night of a Thousand Stars"   Jimmy Nail 2:24
5. "Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City"  
  • Madonna
  • Jimmy Nail
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Julian Littman
5:20
6. "Buenos Aires"   Madonna 4:09
7. "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"   Madonna 3:33
8. "Goodnight and Thank You"  
  • Madonna
  • Antonio Banderas
4:18
9. "The Lady's Got Potential"   Antonio Banderas 4:24
10. "Charity Concert / The Art of the Possible"  
2:33
11. "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"  
  • Madonna
  • Jonathan Pryce
4:18
12. "Hello and Goodbye"  
1:46
13. "Peron's Latest Flame"  
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Madonna
5:17
14. "A New Argentina"  
  • Madonna
  • Jonathan Pryce
  • Antonio Banderas
8:13
Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack – Disc 2[76]
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 1)"   Jonathan Pryce 1:28
2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"   Madonna 5:31
3. "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 2)"   Madonna 2:00
4. "High Flying, Adored"  
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Madonna
3:32
5. "Rainbow High"   Madonna 2:26
6. "Rainbow Tour"  
4:50
7. "The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)"  
  • Madonna
  • Antonio Banderas
2:31
8. "And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out)"   Antonio Banderas 3:53
9. "Partido Feminista"   Madonna 1:40
10. "She Is a Diamond"   Jonathan Pryce 1:39
11. "Santa Evita"     2:30
12. "Waltz for Eva and Che"  
  • Madonna
  • Antonio Banderas
4:31
13. "Your Little Body's Slowly Breaking Down"  
  • Madonna
  • Jonathan Pryce
1:24
14. "You Must Love Me"   Madonna 2:50
15. "Eva's Final Broadcast"   Madonna 3:05
16. "Latin Chant"     2:11
17. "Lament"  
  • Madonna
  • Antonio Banderas
5:17
Total length:
107:30
Notes
  • The two-disc edition includes the entire soundtrack to the film, while the single-disc edition includes the highlights from the film soundtrack.
  • "Latin Chant", which appears as a separate track on the 2-CD edition, is incorporated into "Eva's Final Broadcast", hence the longer running time.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Performers
  • Madonna – principal artist, vocals
  • Antonio Banderas – principal artist, vocals
  • Jonathan Pryce – principal artist, vocals
  • Jimmy Nail – principal artist, vocals
  • Andrea Corr – vocals
  • Julian Littman – vocals, background vocals
  • Gary Brooker – vocals
  • Peter Polycarpou – vocals
  • John Gower – vocals
  • Angeline Ball – background vocals
  • Nick Holder – background vocals
  • Lorenza Johnson – background vocals
  • George Little – background vocals
  • Gordon Neville – background vocals
  • Laura Pallas – background vocals
  • Mark Ryan – background vocals
  • Alex Sharpe – background vocals
  • Linda Taylor – background vocals
  • Fredrick Warder – background vocals
  • Andrew Wood-Mitchell – background vocals
  • Julia Worsley – background vocals
Musicians
Technical personnel
  • Nigel Wright – record producer, audio mixing
  • Alan Parker – record producer
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber – record producer
  • David Caddick – record producer
  • Lawrence Dermer – record producer
  • Madonna – audio mixing
  • Dave Reitzas – engineer, audio mixing
  • Dick Lewzey – engineer
  • Robin Sellars – engineer
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – engineer
  • Jake Davies – assistant engineer
  • Lee McCutcheon – assistant engineer
  • Gustavo Moratorio – assistant engineer
  • Matt Silva – assistant engineer
  • Dave Wagg – assistant engineer
  • Toby Wood – assistant engineer
  • Dave Collins – audio mastering
  • Mark Graham – music copyist
  • Nick Mera – music copyist
  • David Appleby – photography

Credits and personnel adapted from the 2-CD edition of the soundtrack's liner notes.[76]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[97] Platinum 60,000*
Australia (ARIA)[67] Platinum 70,000^
Australia (ARIA)[66]
Two-disc edition
Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[98] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[99] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[100] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[101] Platinum 20,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[102] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[69] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[103] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[87] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[104] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[58] 5× Platinum 2,500,000[a]
Summaries
Worldwide N/A 11,000,000[75]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

  1. ^ The Recording Industry Association of America considers double CD as two different units, resulting in the quintuple platinum certification for shipments of 2.5 million copies.[59]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (April 10, 2015). "Madonna's 21 Top 10 Albums: From 'Madonna' to 'Rebel Heart'". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Evita [Motion Picture Music Soundtrack] > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Morago, Greg (November 14, 1996). "Album Review – Motion Picture Soundtrack – Evita". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Soundtrack of 'Evita'". Universal Pictures. Archived from the original on December 6, 1999. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
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