Picks and Pans Review: When We Were Kings—the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

updated 02/17/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1997 01:00AM

Various Artists

In 1974, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman went to Zaire for the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle," a championship fight that was something more: a spiritual homecoming for the two African-American sports heroes.

In keeping with the celebratory occasion, a three-day concert was held to showcase this groundbreaking meeting between Africans and American blacks. Among the performers were B.B. King, James Brown, Bill Withers and the Spinners; and the opportunity to experience these stars live, at what many consider their peak, would be reason enough to buy this CD.

But When We Were Kings (the soundtrack to the award-winning documentary about the festivities in Zaire), is more than just a soulful history lesson. The collection features several new cuts, including the single "Rumble in the Jungle," a freestyle battle among the Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, Forte and Busta Rhymes, that—like the rest of this CD—packs a wallop. (Mercury/DAS)

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