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Grease: A New 50's Rock 'N Roll Musical - The Original Broadway Cast Album [Cast Recording]

Warren Casey, Walter Bobbie, Carol Demas, Jim Jacobs, Grease (Related Recordings), Barry Bostwick, Various ArtistsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001FG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alma Mater/Alma Mater (Parody)
2. Summer Nights
3. Those Magic Changes
4. Freddy, My Love
5. Greased Lightnin'
6. Mooning
7. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee
8. We Go Together
9. It's Raining On Prom Night
10. Born To Hand-Jive
11. Beauty School Dropout
12. Alone At A Drive-In Movie
13. Rock 'N' Roll Party Queen
14. There Are Worse Things I Could Do
15. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)
16. All Choked Up
17. We Go Together (Reprise)

Editorial Reviews

This is Grease when it was "A New '50s Rock 'n' Roll Musical" on Broadway. The 1978 film was fun, but this 1972 show was raw and rowdy (like real rock 'n' roll): Summer Nights; Greased Lightnin'; Beauty School Dropout; All Choked Up , and more!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Broadway Original February 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The original Broadway version of Grease is much different that the movie version. The chief difference is that the biggest hits from the movie, the title song, "You're The One That I One Want" & "Hopelessly Devoted To You", were written specifically for the movie and do not appear here. The play also had a harder edge to it, taking place in an urban environment and was more explicit. Fans of the movie will recognize songs like "Greased Lightnin'", "Summer Nights", "Beauty School Dropout", "Born To Hand Jive" and "We Go Together" but other standouts include "All Choked Up", "Those Magic Changes" & "Freddy My Love".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grease, Grit and Parody November 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
At some point in the early 1970's, nostaglia for the 1950's started running out of control. At a time when America was dealing with many social changes, somehow the decade of the 1950's became yearned after for

fun, innocence, rock and roll, and postwar prosperity. The realty being it was a decade that also included

economic issues, open descrimination, and very tame music (the name "the quiet generation" was there for a reason).

Grease came to life as a parody of the 1950's nostaglia craze, and it painted a truer, grittier portrait of the late 50's at an urban high school. The movie that came out in 1978, and the Broadway revival of the 90's whitewashed the story, and cleaned up the language so much the original Broadway musical got lost in the shuffle.

The great score is lead by Adrienne Barbaue, Barry Bostwick, and Carol Demas, and a number of songs never made it to the film, including Those Magic Changes, and Freddy My Love. Yes, in the 1950's there still was a draft!. Adrienne's character of Rizzo steals the show with her numbers, Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee, and There Are Worse Things I Could Do, finally the "Bad Girl" is allowed to be human. Summer Nights, It's Raining On Prom Night, and Rock N Roll Party Queen speak to the teenager that remains in all of us.

Enjoy this very real trip into the late 1950's

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the REAL Grease. January 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Grease, here in its original form, is an adventurous, raw, rowdy, INSIGHTFUL show that paints a very accurate picture of a pivotal moment in American history when rock and roll was giving birth to the Sexual Revolution. Grease is not a silly, brainless 50s parody, but is instead a smart, insightful, alternative piece of theatre (inspired in many ways by HAIR), with real muscle, attitude, rawness, and a thrilling, subversive, over-sexed energy. If you want to hear what Grease SHOULD sound like, if you want to hear the real sound of early rock and roll, get this original 1972 recording. Forget the awful revival, and forget the movie (as fun as it may be) -- THIS is Grease. [...]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original, The One That I Want! July 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw the original production of Grease and it was hysterical. It was originally intended as an affectionate parody of the 50's and was a laugh riot. Then Hollywood got a hold of it and turned it into the cotton candy, pop fluff that the world see's it as now, totally missing the point (and losing alot of the fun). The original cast led by Barry Bostwick, Adrienne Barbaue and Carol Demas, were a blast! Stick to this version if you like real parody, humorous and true to the 50's rock style.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GREASE ... version one February 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
GREASE began at an off-Broadway theatre on Valentnes Day 1972. At first it didn't look like a hit, but it was a cheap show to run: Small cast, small orchestra, and a basic unit set and althouh not selling out, it was attracting enough of a crowd to warrant a move to the Royale theatre on Broadway where it ran..and ran..and ran. It was still running in 1978 when the movie came out and suddenly GREASE became a huge hit on screen and on stage. When it finally closed in 1981 it had become Broadway's longest running show. (A few years later A CHORUS LINE would overtake that record.)
The original cast album was done by M-g-M records and was not a well produced affair. Sound is not well balanced and the performers really seem to be overdoing it but after all, the stage show is a satire on the 1950s.
On CD the sound is acceptable and the whole score is here except for the opening of Act II (In the show, "Shakin' at the High School Hop" segues into "It's Raining on Prom Night." On the recording, just the latter song is heard.)
While GREASE wil never be ranked as one of Broadway's great shows, it is still frequently performed by community groups and high schools (though often with a censored script: the original is quite filthy!!) Because of the popularity of the songs written for the movie ("Grease", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "You're the One That I Want" and "Sandy") many modern productions try to incorporate these songs. Its a mistake because the move script was re-written to set these numbers up and they don't really work in the stage production.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It lacks... November 3, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I am one of those people hates when musicals are made into movies. Only because the best parts of the musical are always cut out... I had purchased the stage show script for grease, and it is true, the play is MUCH better. (Even though I can tell that Jim Jaccobs and Warren Casey must have cleaned it up a bit before they made it availible for amature/proffessional theatre productions, cuz it's not as dirty as they made it seem on VH1 Behind The Music...). I ordered the original cast CD after listening to the new broadway cast recording (That one had great vocals, but the Rock And Roll band simplicity wasn't there...). I got my CD, and I was dissapointed. Sandy sounds too gutsy to be a Sandy, she sounds more like a Rizzo. I think the girl who played Sandy should have switched parts with the girl who played Rizzo. Barry Bostwick (Of Rocky Horror and Spin City fame) was a great Danny, I have to give him that. But the rest of the cast (Especially in the group numbers) sounds like a bunch of drunk people in their late 20s trying to sound like 17 year olds, and are doing horrible at it. The music (The instruments) arent loud enough. I guess you can blame this on the fact that the album was recorded in the early 70s. I mean, sure, its cool to see where the Grease phenomonom began, but I think maybe with better recording equipment or something... I dont know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like this Broadway version, movie is better
I needed this CD because I will be appearing in a community play of the Broadway version of Grease. I am more used to the movie version and much prefer it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by ShelleyZ
5.0 out of 5 stars "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee, lousy with virginity..."
This is the cast album of GREASE, the musical that predates the movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this album
This is a wonderful album. Our High School put on this musical, and they learned the music by listening to this album.
Published 2 months ago by B. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Boop she boop, etc etc
The original play is soooo much better than the movie. Barry Bostwick was fantastic, and Adrian Barbeau really hits her
Rizo character better than Stockard Channing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. G. Harpster
5.0 out of 5 stars Grease Rocks!
Brought me right back to the days when I would sit in the audience at the Roayale Theater in NYC where I say watching this play more times than I can count.
Published 11 months ago by June Birkbeck
1.0 out of 5 stars Revirew of Grease and Bolero
This was 2nd CD I have received recently that I did not like at all.......this and the Revel Bolero......not good music on them
Published 14 months ago by Leah M. Barone
5.0 out of 5 stars Mooning over "Grease"
The real deal! Snarky and fun...Alan Paul (Manhattan Transfer) as "Teen Angel" delivers his transcendent falsetto beautifully. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Waldo Lydecker
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Version Out There
This is by far the worst Grease album out there, and the performers sound terrible. However, it's the original, which is the version that most schools and community theatres... Read more
Published 14 months ago by razzledazzleme
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipped Fast - Great Product
Great CD! Shipped quickly. Very happy. No problems. My children were very pleased. Grease is one of their favorite musicals.
Published 18 months ago by Brent Brandt
4.0 out of 5 stars Music still fun!
Show is a little dated and flimsy story but the music is still lots of fun. Brings back lots of memories!
Published 18 months ago by mjb
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