Phenomenon (soundtrack)

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ReleasedJune 1996 (1996-06)
ProducerRobbie Robertson

The Phenomenon soundtrack is a compilation album by various artists released for Reprise Records, who contributed to the music score of the 1996 American romantic fantasy drama film Phenomenon, starring John Travolta.[1] The soundtrack features performances by international music stars including Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry and Peter Gabriel, and went on to be a high-selling soundtrack release. The single "Change the World", performed by Eric Clapton, which was released off the album became a global hit and helped to promote the soundtrack's sales figures.[2] "Everyday Is A Winding Road", from Sheryl Crow's 1996 self-titled album, was featured in the film, but not on the soundtrack.


The soundtrack album topped the Billboard 200 album chart and sold more than 1,5 million copies while on chart, gaining a Platinum disc from the Recording Industry Association of America.[3] Critics from the MovieTunes website called the release "more than simply an aural souvenir of a magical movie experience. It is the cutting edge of a collaborative art-form whose time has come".[4] In his review for the music website AllMusic, journalist and critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine notes:

Designed for adult contemporary listeners, the soundtrack to the John Travolta movie Phenomenon has a cross-section of singer/songwriters, mellow blues, and synthesized soul-inflected pop. Out of all the contributors – which include such heavy hitters as Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale, Taj Mahal, and a duet between Aaron Neville and Robbie Robertson – the standout track is "Change the World", a song Babyface wrote and produced for Eric Clapton. The two musicians work surprisingly well together, creating a laid-back, soulful number that is quietly seductive. Nothing on the album works quite as well, but it is a pleasant listen, if not a particularly memorable one.

— Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic[5]

Track listing[]

Phenomenon track listing[5]
1."Change the World"Gordon Kennedy · Wayne Kirkpatrick · Tommy SimsEric Clapton3:56
2."Dance with Life (The Brilliant Light)"Bernie Taupin · Martin PageBryan Ferry6:14
3."Crazy Love"Van MorrisonAaron Neville · Robbie Robertson4:30
4."Corrina"Jesse Ed Davis · Taj MahalTaj Mahal3:00
5."Have a Little Faith in Me"John HiattJewel4:24
6."I Have the Touch"Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel5:27
7."Piece of Clay"Gloria Jones · Pam SawyerMarvin Gaye5:11
8."Para Donde Vas"Joe Cabral · Rod HodgesThe Iguanas3:18
9."Misty Blue"Bobby MontgomeryDorothy Moore3:39
10."A Thing Goes On"J.J. CaleJ.J. Cale2:38
11."The Orchard"Thomas NewmanThomas Newman2:33
Total length:44:50


  1. ^ "Phenomenon – Soundtracks – IMDb". Internet Movie Database., Inc. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Various Artists – Phenomenon: Music From The Motion Picture – Music"., Inc. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Applefeld Olson, Catherine (July 11, 1998). "Soundtracks Spark Chart Heat" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. 110 (28): 84. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Soundtrack Album: Phenomenon". Movie Tunes. Hollywood, United States: The Band Info. June 1996. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Phenomenon – Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
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