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

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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!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001FG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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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

Ken
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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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This is the cast album of GREASE, the musical that predates the movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Judging by its copyright date (1972), this version was probably taped after it left its home of Chicago and moved to Off-Broadway. Unlike the 1978 movie, which was crammed with stars and cameos, this stage GREASE is not full of names but gave definite boosts to the careers of Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The sound is fine even though it does not seem to have been digitally remastered (SPARS Code A-A-D). The performances are energetic and sassy-good, the lyrics often a little more graphic than in the movie -- but nothing to recoil at. The lyrics to the song "Mooning," for example, are clearly not about the Moon but about -- shall we say -- pressed ham; but owing to the fact that one of the girls refers to the very subject as "raunchy" we are forced to conclude that Pink Ladies and T-Birds both were more easily shocked in the Fifties than now. (Even so, the singer of "Greased Lightning" refers to his rod as a "p<ssy wagon" so maybe very sensitive listeners should avoid.) Essentially these songs are good-natured send-ups of Fifties situations in Fifties style, just as much parody as pastiche. The irony is self-conscious enough that in the song "Those Magic Changes," the chorus sings out the names of musical keys as accompaniment: A, C, D minor, and so on. GREASE is a creative and fun look at a time in our popular culture that whizzed by very quickly but then refused to die. Please note that if you buy this album, you won't be hearing "Hopelessly Devoted to You," which was written specifically for the movie in a crossover style that had nothing to do with do-wop. Please also note that this version has no album booklet, just front and back pages listing cast and lyrics. But at this price, maybe half of classic Broadway CD's and a third of recent revivals, does it matter? Strongly recommended.
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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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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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