- Released: November 12, 1996
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Fly Like an Eagle
- 2.The Winner
- 3.Space Jam
- 4.I Believe I Can Fly
- 5.Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)
- 6.I Found My Smile Again
- 7.For You I Will
- 8.Upside Down ('Round-n-'Round)
- 9.Givin U All That I ve Got
- 10.Basketball Jones
- 11.I Turn to You
- 12.All of My Days
- 13.That s the Way (I Like It)
Full title: Music From And Inspired By The Space Jam Motion Picture.
Producers: Seal, Brian Dobbs "The Wino", Jay "Ski" McGowan, Poke And Tone, C.C. Lemonhead, D'Angelo, David Foster, Rashad Smith, Armando Colon, Todd Terry, Lou Adler, Jamey Jaz, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, R. Kelly, Danny Kortchmar, Peter Denenberg, Dominique Trenier, Dominic Owen.
Engineers: Tim Weidner, C.C. Lemonhead, Leonard Jackson, Stephen George, Russell Elevado, Felipe Elgueta, Carl Nappa, Greg Thompson, Bill Klatt, Matthias Heilbronn, John Vann-Est, Steve Hodge, Chris Brickley, Peter Denenberg, Rob Reeney, Carl Nappa.
"I Believe I Can Fly" won the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television, and was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. "Fly Like An Eagle" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. "Space Jam" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
The movie sets Michael Jordan in the midst of an animated basketball team made up of classic Looney Toons characters. The soundtrack finds some equally unlikely settings for rap, soul and hip-hop songs and their singers. Among the inspired covers here are Seal's smooth, funky take on Steve Miller's classic-rock chestnut "Fly Like An Eagle"; the Spin Doctors' spin on "That's The Way (I Like It)" (on which they're joined by rapper Biz Markie); and a hilarious remake of Cheech & Chong's comedy classic "Basketball Jones" by Barry White and a fast-talking Chris Rock.
Bugs Bunny provides a straightforward rap track, "Buggin'," with the help of Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. The soundtrack, like the film, is full of energy and silliness, but there are moments of genuine sweetness: All-4-One's earnest and soulful "I Turn To You" and R. Kelly's gospel-inspired "I Can Fly."
Personnel: D'Angelo (vocals, keyboards); R. Kelly (vocals, programming); Delious (vocals); Danny Kortchmar, Michael Thompson , Mike Campbell , Nile Rodgers, Seal (guitar); Mike Scott (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Paul Riser (strings); Erik Lawrence , Andrew Lippman, Todd Horton (horns); Rashad Smith, Armando Colon (keyboards, drums); Ivan Neville, Percy Bady, Terry Burrus, Billy Steele, David Foster (keyboards); Earl Harvin (drums); Jamey Jaz, Mr. Lee, Stephen George (programming); Alexander Richbourg, Poke, Tone (drum programming); Jeff Pescetto, Caitlin Cornwell, Zoe Ellis, Lynette Holmes, Naimeh Heath, Mikelyn Roderick, The Luv Club, K.E.I., Robin S., Sue Ann Carwell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Leonard Jackson ; Jason Mauza; Bill Esses; John VanNest; Mick Guzauski; Poke; R. Kelly; Rashad Smith; Russell Elevado; Stephen George; Steve Hodge; Tim Weidner; Tone; Bill Klatt; C.C. Lemonhead.
Audio Remixer: Rashad Smith.
Recording information: Acme Studios; Axis Studios; Battery Studios; Boon Docks Studio; Chartmaker Studios; Dix Hills, NY; Encore Studios; HIt Factory; Larrabee Studios; Quad Recording; SKip Saylor Recording.
Director: Percy Bady.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Billy West ; Motown Romance String Orchestra; Theresa Fitzgerald.
Arrangers: Jimmy Jam; R. Kelly; Terry Lewis; David Foster.
Space Jam is a captivating, engaging, and expressive work inspired from the making of the motion picture of the same name, featuring basketball icon Michael Jordan and a cast of charming Looney Tunes personalities. It is a collection of enthusiasm and charm, bold in expression and passionate in both it's lyrical quality and amazing variety of artists, bringing forth a broad landscape of musical style and form. Seal opens up the jam with the universally appealing single "Fly Like an Eagle." Coolio addresses the listeners and a generation of youth about the satisfaction of being a winner, and the mood of the song creates a great sense of belief in oneself, energizing one to genuinely work to accomplish and be a meaningful success in life. Quad City DJ's create more electricity with an anthem perfect for game play with the song entitled "Space Jam." B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Method Man collaborate as rap virtuosos to create a blend of soulful grooves and thought-provoking lyrics in "Hit 'Em High." D'Angelo provides the album's moment of wonder and enthusiasm, helping everybody "find their smile again." Monica lights up her promise to be there for you, and lay her life on the line with "For You I Will." A song of faith and optimism, it's perfect for the happy couple during this movie night date at the theatre. Salt-N-Pepa shake it up with a scintillating jam about the one you admire even though which you don't know his name, proclaiming "boy you turn me upside down." Robin S. sparks up this work with a percussive electric dance tune perfect for your neighboring dance club. "Keep your head up high/Give my a love a try/I'm giving you all that I've got/My love is free" is a happy and hopeful message. Barry White and Chris Rock get the groove on with melodic blend of romance and comedy. All-4-One lifts up the spirits and melts the heart with this hopeful ballad of trust and a promising future in "I Turn to You." R. Kelly introduces Changing Faces and Jay-Z into the mix with "All of My Days," a mix of hip-hop, expressive rap, and honest melodic harmonies. Spin Doctors light up the track with a big-band-oriented, jazz rock fusion feel, featuring guest artist Biz Markie in the '70s dance hit "That's the Way (I Like It)." Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd put an exclamation point on this fun-filled listening experience with splendor in "Buggin'." ~ Shawn Haney