SOURCE: Atlantic Records

June 08, 2007 11:41 ET

"TALK TO ME - MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE": Atlantic Release Celebrates Label's Sixties Soul Legacy With Classics by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. & The MGs, and Many

Others; Album Arrives July 3rd; Focus Features Movie With Don Cheadle Opens July 13th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of "TALK TO ME - MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE," the musical companion to the new Focus Features movie. Due July 3rd, the album is highlighted by a raft of groundbreaking Sixties soul classics drawn from Atlantic's extraordinary R&B legacy. "Talk to Me" -- which stars Don Cheadle ("Ocean's Thirteen," "Hotel Rwanda") as legendary radio personality Petey Greene -- arrives in theatres on July 13th.

Now approaching its 60th Anniversary, Atlantic Records has long been home to the most innovative, compelling, and enduring artists in urban music, from deep soul and doo-wop to R&B and hip-hop. "TALK TO ME - MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE" features iconic tracks from one of the label's most progressive and fertile eras -- the 1960s. Included on this star-studded soundtrack are such favorites as Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose," Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'," Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music," Archie Bell & The Drells' "Tighten Up (Part 1)," Eddie Floyd's "Knock On Wood," and the Capitols' "Cool Jerk."

The album also dips into the Atlantic Records vault for further contributions from such soul sensations as Booker T. & The MGs and Barbara Lewis. In addition, the collection features Meshell NdegeOcello's contemporary interpretation of "Compared To What," the Atlantic classic originally recorded by Les McCann & Eddie Harris.

Alongside its Atlantic selections, the "TALK TO ME" collection includes James Brown's signature anthem "Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud" and The Dramatics' "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get."

In this summer's Focus Features release "Talk to Me," Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. Petey's story is funny, dramatic, inspiring -- and real. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself -- sometimes to outrageous effect -- and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell Watson (Taraji P. Henson), the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. He forges a friendship and a partnership with fellow prison inmate Milo's (Mike Epps) brother Dewey Hughes (double Golden Globe Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor). From the first wild morning on the air, Petey relies on the more straight-laced Dewey to run interference at WOL-AM, where Dewey is the program director. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk (Cedric The Entertainer) and Sunny Jim (Vondie Curtis Hall). Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey openly courts controversy for station owner E.G. Sonderling (Emmy Award® winner Martin Sheen).

Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during an exciting and turbulent period in American history. As Petey's voice, humor, and spirit surge across the airwaves with the vitality of the era, listeners tune in to hear not only incredible music but also a man speaking directly to them about race and power in America like few people ever have. Through the years, Petey's "the truth just is" style -- on- and off-air -- would redefine both Petey and Dewey, and empower each to become the man he would most like to be.

Dewey continued managing Petey for years before (in 1980) buying WOL, which then became the foundation for Radio One, Inc. (now the U.S.' seventh-largest radio broadcasting company, and the largest primarily for African-American and urban listeners).

Directed by Kasi Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou"), "Talk to Me" is produced by Mark Gordon, Sidney Kimmel, Joe Fries, and Josh McLaughlin. The screenplay is by Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa, from a story by Michael Genet.


                     "TALK TO ME -
                  (Atlantic Records)
                Release Date: July 3rd

1.   Archie Bell & The Drells -- "Tighten Up (Part 1)"
2.   The Capitols -- "Cool Jerk"
3.   Otis Redding & Carla Thomas -- "Tramp"
4.   The Dramatics -- "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"
5.   Sam & Dave -- "Hold On! I'm Comin'"
6.   Eddie Floyd -- "Knock On Wood"
7.   Otis Redding -- "I Can't Turn You Loose"
8.   Clarence Carter -- "Looking For A Fox"
9.   Booker T. & The MGs -- "Hip Hug-Her"
10.  Arthur Conley -- "Sweet Soul Music"
11.  Barbara Lewis -- "Hello Stranger"
12.  James Brown -- "Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud"
13.  Meshell NdegeOcello -- "Compared To What"

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