The Sapphires (soundtrack)

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The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Sapphires soundtrack cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 27 July 2012 (2012-07-27)
Genre
Length 45:50
Language
  • English
  • Yorta Yorta
Label Sony
Producer Bry Jones
Singles from The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Gotcha"
    Released: 13 July 2012

The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a soundtrack album for the film The Sapphires (2012), released on 27 July 2012 by Sony Music Australia. It features the vocals of Jessica Mauboy, Jade MacRae, Lou Bennett, Juanita Tippens and Darren Percival, with Mauboy singing in ten of the sixteen songs.[1] Produced by Bry Jones,[2] the soundtrack contains songs from the 1960s, including: "Land of a Thousand Dances", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "What a Man". The track "Ngarra Burra Ferra" is a song based on the traditional Aboriginal hymn "Bura Fera" in the Yorta Yorta language of Victoria, Australia, the language spoken by the indigenous Yorta Yorta people of the Goulburn Valley and Murray River valley centered on modern-day Echuca.[3]

"Gotcha", an original song co-written by Mauboy, Ilan Kidron and Louis Schoorl was released as a single and peaked at number 43 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The album was well received by critics who praised the vocals and songs chosen to appear on the soundtrack. The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack peaked at number one on the ARIA Album Chart and was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). It also reached number 15 on the New Zealand Albums Chart. A deluxe edition, featuring an additional five songs, was released on 16 November 2012.

Reception[edit]

Mauboy performing "Ngarra Burra Ferra" at the 2013 Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs, Northern Territory with Aboriginal Australian students from Yipirinya State Primary School, of which Mauboy is the official ambassador.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
News.com.au 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Age 4/5 stars[5]
The Music Positive[6]

The soundtrack received mostly positive reviews from critics who praised Mauboy's vocals on the tracks. Cameron Adams of News.com.au was pleased to hear Mauboy sing "old-school soul and R&B" and the songs "Land of a Thousand Dances", "I Can't Help Myself [Sugar Pie Honey Bunch]" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" showcased her "pure voice".[4] Warwick McFadyen of The Age called the soundtrack a "gem" and noted that "Land of a Thousand Dances", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "What a Man", "set the standard, both in selection and execution, for the soundtrack". He also praised Mauboy's singing, and commented that the vocals of Jade MacRae, Lou Bennett and Juanita Tippens on some of the tracks added "more vocal lustre".[5] Lynne McDonnell of TheMusic.com.au described the Yorta Yorta language song "Ngarra Burra Ferra" as "one of the many musical pillars in the album that draw you in". She ended her review, saying: "If there’s anything keeping this soundtrack from dominating other chart releases it is the sheer length, but the balance of modern and old makes for a great listen and a more than decent driving album."[6] The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album at the ARIA Music Awards of 2012.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

In Australia, The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack debuted at number 17 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[8] Two weeks later it reached number one, where it remained for two consecutive weeks, and became the first Australian soundtrack since Moulin Rouge! (2001) to top the chart.[9] It is the forty-first soundtrack in Australian record chart history to peak at number one.[10] Additionally, the album is the 651st (since music data collection began in Australia in 1965), and the 510th (when the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) took over data collection in 1983) to peak at number one in Australia.[10] The Sapphires – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting 140,000 copies shipped in Australia.[11] On 15 October 2012, the album debuted at number 21 on the New Zealand Albums Chart, and peaked at number 15 on 29 October 2012.[12]

Singles[edit]

An original song, "Gotcha", was released as the soundtrack's lead single on 13 July 2012.[13] Co-written by Mauboy, Ilan Kidron and Louis Schoorl,[14][15] it was praised for "deftly manag[ing] to be modern and retro all at once",[4] and peaked at number 43 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Land of a Thousand Dances"   Jessica Mauboy 2:40
2. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"   Jessica Mauboy 3:30
3. "What a Man"   Jessica Mauboy 3:03
4. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"   Jessica Mauboy 2:44
5. "Who's Lovin' You"   Jessica Mauboy 4:05
6. "I'll Take You There"   Jessica Mauboy 2:45
7. "Gotcha"   Jessica Mauboy 3:08
8. "Soul Man"   Sam & Dave 2:38
9. "Hold On, I'm A Comin'"   Sam & Dave 2:31
10. "Run Through the Jungle"   Creedence Clearwater Revival 3:06
11. "Today I Started Loving You Again"  
3:02
12. "People Make the World a Better Place"   Juanita Tippens 3:13
13. "Yellow Bird"   Jessica Mauboy and Lou Bennett 2:11
14. "Ngarra Burra Ferra"  
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Lou Bennett
  • Juanita Tippens
  • Jade MacRae
1:31
15. "Shouting Out Love"   The Emotions 3:12
16. "In the Sweet Bye and Bye"   Darren Percival 2:31
Notes
  • The deluxe edition bonus track "Get Used to Me" is an original song written by Diane Warren.[18]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] 2× Platinum 140,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Version Format Label
Australia 27 July 2012 Standard edition[21][22] CD, digital download Sony Music Australia
16 November 2012 Deluxe edition[17]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Siemienowicz, Rochelle (14 August 2012). "Timing and Talent: The Secrets Behind The Sapphires’ Success, with Director Wayne Blair". Australian Film Institute (AFI). Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "The lyrics to Bura Fera". towalkwithyou.com. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Adams, Cameron (1 August 2012). "Latest releases: The Sapphires, Jennifer Lopez and Lake Air". News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b McFadyen, Warwick (27 July 2012). "EG weekly music reviews – The Sapphires". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b McDonnell, Lynne (21 August 2012). "Various Artists – The Sapphires: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Review". themusic.com.au (Street Press Australia Pty Ltd). Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "2012 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Medien, Steffen. "Soundtrack – The Sapphires (album)". Australian Charts Portal. (Hung Medien). Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Adams, Cameron (20 August 2012). "Guy Sebastian has sixth number one on ARIA charts with Lupe Fiasco on song Battle Scars". News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (19 August 2012). "The Sapphires Becomes First Soundtrack Since Mamma Mia To Reach No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Medien, Steffen. "Soundtrack – The Sapphires (album)". New Zealand Charts Portal. (Hung Medien). Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "'Gotcha' – Single – Jessica Mauboy". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Bub, Adam (12 July 2012). "Watch: Jessica Mauboy gets sexy on the set of new clip 'Gotcha'". Ninemsn (Nine Entertainment Co. (Microsoft)). Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Staff (3 July 2012). "'The Sapphires' Soundtrack To Release July 27". Filmink. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Medien, Steffen. "Jessica Mauboy – Gotcha (song)". Australian Charts Portal. (Hung Medien). Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Sapphires: Deluxe Edition Soundtrack". Sanity. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Sapphires Deluxe Edition To Be Released On November 16". Jessica Mauboy Official Website. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart – 2012". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Albums 2012". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sapphires, The – Ost – Soundtrack". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "The Sapphires (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 September 2012.