Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller (1995 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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Saw the show in NYC in December, 1996 -- bought the CD in the theatre lobby on my way out, as I KNEW I had to own it. It's worn from use (by myself and by my 22 year old daughter).
Yes, I own the original versions of many of the songs ... have a big collection which includes many CD's, tapes, and LP's (Yes, I'm THAT old...) of the Drifters, Coasters, and Ben E. King. I have loved all these songs since dancing to them at my high school sock-hops 30+ years back. Classics. What's not to like?
I see no reason to make a comparison between the original artists' renditions, and the versions found on this album. I frankly find it absurd to judge artistic works (or various interpretations of the same works) as if they were in competition with one another.
I receive just as much enjoyment from listening to the songs on "Smokey Joe's Cafe" as I do listening to the original artists' renditions. And this CD offers a compilation and variety that is hard to resist.
I recommend this HEARTILY, whether or not you ever see the show.
My biggest problem is limiting myself to a top 10 of the 38 songs.
I think the whole collection is an education in this genre of music, and every time I hear one of the songs, I'm transported back to that evening, sitting in the darkened theater, enjoying the fun on stage. Some of the songs, like "Baby Don't Say Don't" were made famous by Elvis, and I actually thought he wrote them, but I'm not put off by having loved them by a more famous singer and then hearing them from the stage production.
Any time I put one of these CDs into the player, I have to get up and dance to at least one of the songs, and my Shih Tzu puppy thinks I'm insane. He's probably right, but I don't have any other CDs that I enjoy this much, and I love many kinds of music from Blues to Enya to Blue Grass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have the video and love it. The music is awesome, so I decided to buy the mp3 album. One of the best decisions. It's great!!!Published 18 months ago by Wanda Rattliffe
Disappointed in the sound. I saw the play in Flat Rock. Their performers were far better than this. Wish I could get a Flat rock version!Published 22 months ago by June Dozier Fowler