Alan Silvestri

" The mambo cue is the best piece of the score "

Written by Thomas Glorieux - Review of the regular release

Ever since it was used as opening tune for the trailer of The Birdcage, and ever since it appeared on the Alan Silvestri compilation Voyages of 1995, people came in contact with Silvestri's infectious mambo music of the score Soapdish, perhaps even more so than when the album was released in 1991. Soapdish starring Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey, Jr., Elisabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, Cathy Moriarty, Garry Marshall, Kathy Najimy, and Carrie Fisher goes about a group of actors of a popular television soap opera, and Alan Silvestri's music couldn't be more infectious. Especially when it opens with those delicious mambo rhythms in "Mambo Glamoroso".

Those rhythms are used enough (tracks 5, 8 and 13) but Silvestri is up to more. Like paying homage to the schemes and tricks of the soap actors, often putting a comical spin on the proceedings like the use of maracas in "I Want Celeste to Burn". The other instrumental approach is to sweeten it down to mellow romanticism, like the lovely strings in "America's Sweetheart (Underbelly), "Life is Soap is Life is ..." and "Lori Meets the Press". Naturally Silvestri's typical eerie suspense is never far away (tracks 4, 7 and the typical soap "Brain Surgery" maneuver).

Silvestri closes things in style with "She's a Boy", putting the dramatic string theme through one final conclusive spin. All in all Soapdish is delightfully approachable, but it's true the best moment is heard at the beginning of the disc. And considering most people will have that already on the Voyages compilation, something tells me Soapdish is not really worth the trouble if you're not a die hard Silvestri fan who is content with 30 minutes of delightful yet not really memorable music.

Favorite Moment - Mambo Glamoroso (0.01 - 3.53)
You can pretty much place the entire track in this moment

Track Listing

1. Mambo Glamoroso (3.53)
2. You're Fired (Just Kidding) (1.39)
3. I Want Celeste to Burn (1.09)
4. On the Machine (0.46)
5. Mr. Barnes' Cha Cha Cha (2.05)
6. America's Sweetheart (Underbelly) (2.11)
7. In the Soup Kitchen (0.51)
8. Makeover Mambo (2.29)
9. El Sol También Se Pone (Instrumental) * (3.03)
10. Mambo Incognito (2.22)
11. Mrs. Moorhead's Tango (0.49)
12. Life is Soap is Life is... (1.59)
13. Mambo Nervoso (0.36)
14. Lori Meets the Press (1.10)
15. Sunset's Showdown (1.49)
16. Brain Surgery (1.45)
17. She's a Boy (2.16)
18. El Sol También Se Pone: Ludar (3.03)

* written by Ludar & Felsenstein

Total Length: 33.55
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Released by

Varèse Sarabande VSD-5322 (regular release 1991)

Conducted by

Alan Silvestri

Orchestrations by

Alan Silvestri & James Campbell