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Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller (1995 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Jerry Leiber , Jerry / Spector, Phil Lieber , Louis St. Louis , B.J. Crosby , Victor Trent Cook , Frederick B. Owens , Ken Ard , Adrian Bailey , Brenda Braxton , Pattie Darcy Jones , David Keyes , DeLee Lively , Michael Park , Mike Stoller Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Performer: B.J. Crosby, Victor Trent Cook, Frederick B. Owens, Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, et al.
  • Conductor: Louis St. Louis
  • Composer: Jerry Leiber, Jerry / Spector, Phil Lieber
  • Audio CD (May 30, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J4V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Act 1. Neighborhood
2. Act 1. Young Blood
3. Act 1. Falling
4. Act 1. Ruby Baby
5. Act 1. Dance With Me
6. Act 1. Neighborhood (Reprise)
7. Act 1. Keep On Rollin'
8. Act 1. Searchin'
9. Act 1. Kansas City
10. Act 1. Trouble
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act 2. Baby, That is Rock & Roll
2. Act 2. Yakety Yak
3. Act 2. Charlie Brown
4. Act 2. Stay A While
5. Act 2. Pearl's A Singer
6. Act 2. Teach Me How to Shimmy
7. Act 2. You're The Boss
8. Act 2. Loving You
9. Act 2. Treat Me Nice
10. Act 2. Hound Dog
See all 35 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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As good as Pomus and Gordy were, they can't compare with the premier rock & roll songwriters of the pre-Beatles era: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Chuck Berry, and Percy Mayfield. The team of Leiber (the lyricist) and Stoller (the composer) created such enduring standards as "Kansas City," "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "Spanish Harlem," "Jailhouse Rock," and many more. Those songs and 33 more were assembled into a bookless Broadway musical called Smokey Joe's Cafe, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards. If this soundtrack album is any indication, the show was an abomination, an act of self-betrayal by Leiber and Stoller, who not only participated in putting the show together but also co-produced the album with Arif Mardin. Instead of remaining true to the songs' rock & roll roots, the soundtrack producers have allowed the obscure stage performers to commit Broadway's worst sins: excessive earnestness, undernourished rhythms, and bombastic over-singing. Everyone in the cast has a good singing voice, but no one has a distinctive musical personality. Michael Park's Presley parody on "Jailhouse Rock," B.J. Crosby's confusion of vocal power for vocal attitude on "Hound Dog," and Victor Trent Cook's syrupy version of "I (Who Have Nothing)" prove Broadway chorus dancers are no substitute for real rock & roll singers. --Geoffrey Himes

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21 songs

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Was AMAZED at the Hines "official" review. I disagree vehemently. (His initial statement seems to indicate that he did NOT see the show ... Major Bummer for Mr. Hines, I'd say.)
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible taste of the best songs ever written January 9, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The combination of Leiber and Stoller is amazing. Together they created some of the best known hits of the 50s and 60s. Who could forget "Jailhouse Rock"? Along with "Jailhouse Rock" many other songs grace the stage in Smokey Joe's Cafe. Get this CD. It is one of the best Broadway musicals I have seen. The talent displayed by this cast is unparalled... even better than the original recording in some cases! I highly recommend this to ANYONE. Heck, I've been listening to it for 5 years... and I'm only 20!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 50s& 60s-Romantic&Energetic Collection December 17, 2001
By D. Nace
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the CD about 4 years ago and listened to it countless times. Then the road tour came to Olympia, WA, and I went to see it. What a pleasure it was to see it, the singers have great voices and just bring the music alive, making it enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed "Little Egypt", and "I'm a Woman..." I recommend this CD to anyone who loves listening to the good times of the 50s and 60s and anyone who has to the chance to see the performance, go and see it! You won't regret it :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Tribute to America's Songwriting Legends July 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
No other Broadway Cast Recording has ever contained the rich and potent performances you'll find when listening to "Smokey Joe's Café". There's no need to go see the show... the album satisfies more than enough for even the most skeptical of listeners. Pattie Darcy Jones sings with one of the most weathered and emotional voices I ever heard, never mind just in theater. The entire company performs successfully together and wails individually as soloists! If I could recommend you buy one album in your lifetime, it should be this one. The cast of "Smokey Joe's Café" captures a piece of Americana long forgotten with every note they sing. Buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The show was even better March 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There was no book for the show. The songs, and their delivery by the cast is everything. And they deliver. The four guys who serve as a blues quartet harmonize like they've were singing together since high school. B. J. Crosby's "Hound Dog" doesn't just deliver power; there is plenty of attitude as well. The biggest problem is that some of it is delivered visually on stage and the soundtrack can't capture all of it.
My biggest problem is limiting myself to a top 10 of the 38 songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could you repeat that?! July 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Everything everyone says is true! This is a GREAT CD!You'll want to get two copies.You can't listen to it and not dance!This is one cd that you won't have to skip over tracks to get to the next "good" song.You'll listen to it all the way through. Press the REPEAT button on your cd player!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 10 Best muscials of the century! January 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The original Broadway cast of Smokey Joe's Cafe is one of the best I have ever heard. The cast, comprising of nine of the most talented actors and actresses there are, do a wonderful job of performing the songs of Leiber and Stoller. One can barely tell that they, in fact, are not the original artists, a good example being Yakety Yak. All the cast members work well together in this pleasing album, as well as solo; It's astounding how one minute Derick Owens, Adrian Bailey, Ken Ard, and Victor Cook are a completely in-sync quartet of amazing voices, and the next they are absolutely beautiful as the soloists. DeLee Lively exhibits her copious talents in this recording, perhaps the most being in the sobering number of "Falling." Her many other talents, although you can't tell them all from this CD, are represented in the show itself when she performs "Teach Me How To Shimmy." Patti Darcy Jones is an incredibly blessed young woman--this is especially evident in "Kansas City." B.J. Owens has one of those soul-searching voices that make you want to get up and sing along with her. Brenda Braxton is an intelligently seductive, and often conniving, character. Both her voice and body help her out in this musical revue. All the men are so extremely talented, I am almost at a loss for words. They are ALL truly extraordinary. This is defintiely one for musical collection--don't miss it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret it!!!
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 4 days ago by Wanda Rattliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Smokey Joe's Cafe
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 3 months ago by June Dozier Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Capture of the 50's and 60's
A duplicate of the highly successful Broadway show. Excellent production values on this clean, well-made audio recording. No way you can listen to this and be still!
Published 11 months ago by Biglickbrewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Original cast delight
This original cast album is definitively awesome.
The vibrant energy and truthfulness of the renditions by singers and musicians is nothing short of a miracle
Listen over... Read more
Published 18 months ago by d. crib
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack of adolescence
Leiber & Stoller provided much of the soundtrack of American kids growing up in the Fifties in particular. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stephen J. Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokey Joe's Csfe
I saw a production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe years ago at a local Little Theater and fell in love with the music and the songs. I was so happy to find the CD on Amazon!!
Published 19 months ago by boach1
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music
This 2-cd set is wonderful The only thing better than this cd is watching the show itself. I bought this as a "used" cd. The package was cracked but never opened. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Only in America
One of the key ingredients in the British Invasion was the songs of Leiber/Stoller.
What they were about was to bring together black and white rather than masters of melody in... Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars missing song
It appeared to e a commercially packaged CD. I don't know how it can happen but the tile song "Smokey Joes Cafe" is missing from the CD.
Published on September 20, 2011 by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokey Joe's
Great CD. Love the 50s/60s music. I didn't realize Leiber and Stoller wrote so many memorable tunes from early rock and roll era. What a trip down memory lane!
Published on September 19, 2011 by K Caraway
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