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Prince of Egypt.

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If you are looking for the soundtrack for DreamWorks Pictures' The Prince of Egypt, be warned: there is more than one CD, and only one contains music from the film. In a unique marketing strategy, the music from The Prince of Egypt extends beyond what is heard in the movie itself. For the first time, three distinctly different albums have been produced in support of one film -- the soundtrack plus two "inspired by" compilations.

The Prince of Egypt -- Soundtrack features music from the film, including the song "When You Believe," a much-hyped duet performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Other songs on the album are performed by the movie's main voice actors, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Ralph Fiennes, Steve Martin, Martin Short and critically acclaimed Israeli singer Ofra Haza.

The Prince of Egypt -- Nashville is a compilation of songs performed by such country artists as Reba McIntire, Vince Gill and Randy Travis.

The Prince of Egypt -- Inspirational brings together a number of top-selling pop, urban and gospel artists including Boyz II Men, Jars of Clay, DC Talk and Brian McKnight. The songs tell the story of Moses from different perspectives. For example, CeCe Winans sings "The River," a plea from Moses' mother to keep her son safe as she sets him in the river, and Donnie McClurkin's "I Am" has God speaking to Moses from the burning bush.

I preferred the Soundtrack songs to those on the Inspirational CD -- they seem more accessible. However, I did enjoy DC Talk's rendition of "My Deliverer" (co-written by Rich Mullins/Mitch McVicker) and Jars of Clay's "Everything in Between." If you like modern Christian pop and gospel music, then this CD is for you. If you are looking for music from the film, then make sure you pick up the soundtrack.

Heather Chappell is program assistant, Stewardship and Education for Mission, Life and Mission Agency.
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