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THE SAPPHIRES soundtrack, which features all the music as seen in the film, is a collection of Soul Classics that defines a generation. With classics such as Heard It Through The Grapevine, What A Man and Ill Take You There performed by one of the films stars, Jessica Mauboy. Set in 1968, music is integral to the feel good Aussie film that follows four young Aboriginal girls; ‘The Sapphires’, through a turbulent time in history set to the backdrop of some of the greatest hits of the 60’s. In addition to the songs from the film, the soundtrack also features a track written by Jessica Mauboy along with Ilan Kidron from the Potbelleez and Louis Schoorl, which was inspired by songs from the film.

  1. Land Of A Thousand Dancers - Jessica Mauboy
  2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Jessica Mauboy
  3. What A Man - Jessica Mauboy
  4. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Jessica Mauboy
  5. Who’s Loving You - Jessica Mauboy
  6. I’ll Take You There - Jessica Mauboy
  7. Gotcha - Jessica Mauboy
  8. Soul Man - Sam & Dave
  9. Hold On, I’m Coming - Sam & Dave
  10. Run Through The Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  11. Today I Started Loving You Again - Jessica Mauboy, Juanita Tippens & Jade Macrae
  12. People Make The World A Better Place - Juanita Tippens
  13. Yellow Bird - Jessica Mauboy & Lou Bennett
  14. Ngarra Burra Ferra - Jessica Mauboy, Lou Bennett, Juanita Tippens & Jade Macrae
  15. Shouting Out Love - The Emotions
  16. In The Sweet Bye & Bye - Darren Percival


sapphires1The 1968-set Australian film musical The Sapphires – written by the son of one of the band’s original members – received a standing ovation at Cannes and is preparing for much local adoration and toe-tapping.

The soundtrack features renditions of the catchiest 60s soul tunes as sung by some of Australia’s best indigenous vocal talent, including the incredible Jessica Mauboy. Along with songs already in your head by the end of this review like ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ and ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’, the original modernised-60s track ‘Gotcha’ will delight and entertain.

fiona-hardy-picFiona Hardy sells books and talks too much to customers at Readings Carlton, and puts together Dead Write for the Readings Monthly. She blogs haphazardly about movies and books (and sometimes music) and you can follow her on twitter - @readwatchtweet.

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