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Grease Original recording, Soundtrack, Double LP
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Now its back - and many of the movie's fans who sing along with the songs in the theatre were not even born when the movie first came out. Much as it reminds me of my advancing age, I am thrilled that a movie musical - and, lets face it a pretty silly one at that - can still inspire such passionate support.
GREASE was not exactly new to me that summer of 1978 - having already seen the Broadway show which had premiered 6 years earlier and would continue for another 3 years after the release of the film. But the stage show is really a different animal: the kids are tougher, and the score was orchestrated for a more authentic 50s feel.
GREASE, the film, smoothed out the rough edges and cleaned up some of the rougher language. It also fiddled with the song lineup cutting "Freddy My Love", "Mooning", "Alone at a Drive-in Movie" and "All Choked Up" and adding a handful of genuine 50s tunes as well as the songs "Sandy", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "You're the One that I want" and the title song - all of which are vast improvements. In fact, it might be smart for a Broadway producer to find a way to include these songs in future stage revivals.
The soundtrack album has been a best-seller for years now, but the CD transfer makes the same mistake that marred the original 2 LP set: The songs are in the wrong order making it impossible to follow the story. The CD booklet is no help as it offers no synopsis or notes of any kind.
To correct this glaring error one must program the CD to play: #23, #24, #2, #7, #3, #8, #9, #6, #19, #12, #13, #16, #14, #15, #11, #5, #20, #21, #4, #22 & #1.
Note that #10, #17 & #18 are not used in the film.
The order of songs on the soundtrack frontloads the theme song and singles in the first part before getting back in movie order for the rest. Now, in order of the movie...
After the brief "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," comes the title song, the perfect marriage of the 50's, exemplified by singer, Frankie Avalon, and the catchy disco-like rhythms of the 70's, hardly surprising given that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees penned this song.
"Summer Nights" the first duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featuring members of the cast, harkens back to its stage origins, with the differing versions of what went on in Danny and Sandy's fateful summer marked by vocal tradeoffs between the two, highlighted by predominantly male voices in Travolta's segment, female ones in Newton-John's.
"Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" too is a stagey song, sung by Stockard Channing when making fun of Sandy, with references to Elvis, Troy Donahue, and Doris Day making it a look back at the late 50's. The sugary pop ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was tailor-made for Newton-John, a ballad alternately with steel guitars one moment, strings the next.
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Track 1 on the Bonus Disc is an instrumental version of the film's theme, "Grease", written and produced by Barry Gibb. Frankie Valli's voice has been replaced by a saxophone. The chorus is vocal, but the voices are not those in the original song. You could use this as a sing-along version, as it would be easy to sing over the sax. Tracks 2-5 are officially sing-along versions. "Summer Nights" includes the chorus vocals from the film and sounds good. "You're the One That I Want" has new chorus vocals of questionable merit. "Sandy" is a new arrangement. It's not as good as the film version, but you can sing along. Track 6 is the single version of "Greased Lightning" that you may have heard on the radio back in the day. It's differs from the original in that the bad words have been replaced for radio airplay. Tracks 7-8 are previously unreleased instrumentals from the film. "Greased Up and Ready to Go" is lively. Tracks 9-10 are mixes that I occasionally hear on the radio. The "Grease Megamix" and the "Grease Dream Mix" are fun, if awkward. Tracks 11-12 are Martian Remixes of "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want". They retain the original vocals, but set them to a Latin rhythm. They make pretty good dance tracks.
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Old favorite I purchased in MP3 format to share with mm children. What's not to like?Published 18 hours ago by Rachel Goble
I loaded this to my mp3 player and have the old 33 album and love it. But the CD is not a good sound. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Marsha P
Liked the album, all songs from movie there. Some I believe are in the wrong order, though!Published 10 days ago by Vinnie
Grease is the word. This cd was every bit as good as I remembered. Well, I guess as good as the album I bought years ago after loving the movie. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Violet Flame