The Movie Songbook

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The Movie Songbook
Sharleen Spiteri - The Movie Songbook.jpg
Studio album by Sharleen Spiteri
Released March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, soul, country, disco, bossa nova, folk, rockabilly, jazz
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Producer Phil Ramone, Sharleen Spiteri, Johnny McElhone
Sharleen Spiteri chronology
The Movie Songbook
Singles from The Movie Songbook
  1. "Xanadu"
    Released: February 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[1]

The Movie Songbook is the second studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Sharleen Spiteri. It was released on 1 March 2010. The album consists of film song covers, chosen and recorded by Spiteri in 2009.[3]


Spiteri had not intended to record another solo album following her debut, but instead return to working with her band Texas. On preparing to write however, she found it difficult to return to their soft rock style. At her record company's suggestion, she agreed to do a cover version album. The songs selected were Spiteri's own choices and she was happy with the outcome of the recordings.[4]

On release however, the album met with a poor critical reception. said of the album that: "A fair chunk of the song selection is so pedestrian it deserves its own crossing" and that the songs are "completely undone by their horrific arrangements".[5] Allmusic said the album sounded "half-hearted" and like "karaoke" in a mostly negative review, but did comment on her "unquestionable singing talents".[2]

The album failed to capture the success of her previous album, but still managed to hit the UK top 20 at number 13. "Xanadu" was released as the lead single.

Track listing[edit]

Standard release[6][7]
No. Title Original artist Length
1. "Xanadu" (originally featured on Xanadu) Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John  
2. "If I Can't Have You" (originally featured on Saturday Night Fever) Yvonne Elliman / The Bee Gees  
3. "God Bless the Child" (song used in Schindler's List) Billie Holiday  
4. "Between the Bars" (originally featured on Good Will Hunting) Elliott Smith  
5. "The Sound of Silence" (song used in The Graduate) Simon & Garfunkel  
6. "What's New Pussycat?" (originally featured on What's New Pussycat?) Tom Jones  
7. "The Windmills of Your Mind" (originally featured on The Thomas Crown Affair) Noel Harrison  
8. "Take Me with You" (originally featured on Purple Rain) Prince and Apollonia Kotero  
9. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (originally featured on Cat People) David Bowie  
10. "Many Rivers to Cross" (originally featured on The Harder They Come) Jimmy Cliff  
11. "Oh, Pretty Woman" (song used in Pretty Woman) Roy Orbison  
12. "This One's from the Heart" (originally featured on One from the Heart) Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle  
13. "Take My Breath Away" (originally featured on Top Gun) Berlin  

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
UK Albums Chart 13[8]
French Albums Chart 28[9]
Belgium Albums Chart (Vl) 27[10]
Belgium Albums Chart (Wa) 57[11]


  • Produced by Phil Ramone, Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone
  • Recorded by Al Schmitt
  • Mixed by Johnny McElhone, except tracks 1 and 2 mixed by Tom Elmhirst


  1. ^ "digital spy review". 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon (2010-03-23). "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Sharleen Spiteri reveals her new album of movie covers". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  4. ^ Rick Fulton (2010-01-23). "Sharleen Spiteri reveals her new album". Daily Record. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  5. ^ Published Thursday, March 4, 2010, 15:18 GMT (2010-03-04). "Sharleen Spiteri: 'The Movie Songbook' - Music Album Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Sharleen Spiteri | Releases". Archived from the original on 2010-10-24. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Direct Current - Music News / New Music - Sharleen Spiteri - The Movie Songbook". Archived from the original on 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  8. ^ "2010-03-13 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts. 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "French Albums Chart". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Belgium Vl Albums Chart". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  11. ^ "Belgium Wallonia Albums Chart". Retrieved 2012-08-29.