West Side Story (The Original Soundtrack Recording)
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West Side Story (The Original Soundtrack Recording)

September 26, 2012

  Song Title Artist
Ouverture Johnny Green & His Orchestra
Prologue Johnny Green & His Orchestra
Jet Song The Jets, Russ Tamblyn
Something's Coming Jim Bryant
Dance At the Gym Johnny Green & His Orchestra
Maria Jim Bryant
America Betty Wand, George Chakiris, The Sharks & Their Girls
Gee, Officer Krupke The Jets, Russ Tamblyn
I Feel Pretty Joanne Miya, Suzie Kaye, Yvonne Othon, Marni Nixon
Tonight Marni Nixon, Jim Bryant
One Hand, One Heart Marni Nixon, Jim Bryant
Quintet The Staks, The Jets, Betty Wand, Marni Nixon, Jim Bryant
The Rumble Johnny Green & His Orchestra
Somewhere Marni Nixon, Jim Bryant
Cool The Jets, Tucker Smith
A Boy Like That Marni Nixon, Betty Wand

Product Details

  • Label: Music square
  • Copyright: (p) Music Square
  • Total Length: 1:08:01
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  • ASIN: B009JPZZ52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,068 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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283 of 287 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this, but don't stop there October 20, 2002
By Dan3
Format:Audio CD
Most people are trying to choose between this (the movie soundtrack) and the Original Broadway Cast recording. I am here outlining the principal differences between these two CDs.

1) The movie soundtrack contains the entire Dance at the Gym sequence, some of the best music in West Side Story. PLUS there is an absolutely tremendous trumpet player who takes an extended solo in the Mambo that has to be heard to be believed. It's not in the music, so you won't find it anywhere but here. The Original Broadway Cast recording starts at the second half of the Mambo, and leaves out the Blues number entirely (among others).
[Edit 11/17/2005: I recently learned that trumpet player's name is Uan Rasey. He is the same guy who plays on lots of old movie soundtracks, including An American In Paris and Chinatown.]

2) Jim Bryant (on the movie soundtrack) goes up to this great high note at the end of Something's Coming that Larry Kert does not attempt in the Broadway recording. Again, not in the music, but amazing.

3) The movie version of America, pitting the Sharks against their girlfriends, is far superior.

4) The movie's Prologue has been revised, and now includes the "Cool" theme as well as *most* of the original material. The two themes are interwoven in an interesting way. But you do lose a couple of great moments from the original...

5) There is no ballet sequence in the movie! Very unfortunate.

6) Much of the singing is done more musically in the Broadway Cast recording, by Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence; pay attention to their diction and phrasing, it's no contest.

7) Many of the songs (e.g. Cool) were reorchestrated for the movie, adding things like electric guitar and bass, and they're a little tacky.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having grown up on the original Broadway cast recording, I was skeptical about the movie soundtrack, but its musical direction is impeccable and turning "America" into a boys v. girls number is inspired. The cd's addition of previously unreleased dance music makes the experience more complete. Even Bernstein's own recording with his hand-picked cast (Te Kanawa, Carreras, etc.) can't match the vivacity and excitement of the soundtrack. Bravo to all!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not all there! July 18, 2002
By marknyc
Format:Audio CD
I bought this assuming it would restore all the material cut for the LP, but was saddened to find it didn't. The same cut in the "Prologue" that was made for the LP appears here - about a minute. So one of Bernstein's nicer themes is never heard on the CD or LP.
There is new material, but a lot of it has dialogue over it! Who wants to listen to dialogue scenes over and over again? Bad decision.
Finally, it's nice to see Marni Nixon and Jim Bryant get their proper credit, but Betty Wand did >not< sing "America" or the "Quintet" - those are both Rita Moreno, who has a great voice but couldn't sing "A Boy Like That" since it was below her range. So let's credit the shadow-singers, but let's not get carried away!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic soundtrack has disappointing expansion! June 25, 2002
By Joe NY
Format:Audio CD
The movie soundtrack for WEST SIDE STORY is among one of the all time greats. A huge best selling LP, I cannot think of one individual who grew up with LPs that did not have a copy. I greatly anticipated this long-awaited "expanded and re-mastered" CD release, expecting generous underscore segments, which could not be included on the LP format. Unfortunately I was disappointed to learn that the new material is simply lifted off of the final, "mixed" film tracks, which come complete with dialog, sound effects and lengthy silent sequences. Therefore I can only recommend this release with reservations. The CD's producers have missed a great opportunity to give West Side Story's' soundtrack the ultimate audio presentation which would have been possible if the "unmixed" music masters were utilized.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best recording May 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"West Side Story" features some of the greatests music ever to reach both the stage and the big screen. Leonard Bernstein's incredible score and Stephen Sondheim's wonderful lyrics are what make both the play and the film memorable.
Hands down, this recording from the film is the best of all recordings for several reasons.
1. Almost all of the music Bernstien wrote is available on this disc. This CD includes the Overture, the complete "Dance at the Gym" with the Blues, Mambo, and Jump that was missing from the LP release, the underscore for the "Rumble" sequence, and the "Finale" that underscores Tony's funeral procession. The only major piece that is missing is the "Ballet" sequence.
2. The orchestra plays the songs at reasonable tempos that are neither grudgingly slow nor lightning fast. Conductor Johnny Green knew what he was doing when he slowed the "Mambo" down from the original Broadway release; in the Broadway version, the "Mambo" is finished in less than 2 minutes!!!
3. In the movie, "America" features both the male and female Sharks; in the Broadway version, only the girls are in the song. With new lyrics and the guys, "America" is a much more memorable piece than it was before.
4. Finally, the music was re-orchestrated for the better. The orchestra sounds fuller and more powerful than in the Broadway release.
If you have any choice, buy the movie version; it is far superior to any other release. Or, buy both the movie and the Broadway versions, but stay away from any others. Only the originals are worth owning.
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Some of the tracks not able to hear when downloaded onto a tablet,best to order a remastered version.Sound quality not there.
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Published 1 month ago by Leonard Ross Jr.
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