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.
What they were about was to bring together black and white rather than masters of melody in the Lennon/McCartney sense.Collaborating with others at times or even rewriting other people's songs (eg Kent Harris' Clothes Line which became the Coasters' Shoppin' for Clothes)their earliest known songs were for black singers like Jimmy Witherspoon,the Robins and Charles Brown from 1951 but the first mainstream hit was for a mixed white group the Cheers in 1954-the song Black Motorcycle Boots and Denim Trousers was covered in France by Edith Piaf-while the Robins became the Coasters which would mean that both groups were regarded as the same when the albums and CDs began so Smokey Joes Cafe is on all Coasters collections.By 1957 they had begun a series of hit singles from Searchin' onwards.
In the U K info came through in dribs and drabs such as the fact that Elvis had charted high with Hound Dog but no one knew the song had been made earlier by Big Mama Thornton a song which was heard in Las Vegas by Elvis when he saw Freddie Bell & the Bellboys who were possibly the first to cover it.You began to realise that it was more suitable for a woman but Leiber /Stoller's songs were in the main larger than life as they dispensed with the idea of the blues being risque.Analyse the lyrics close enough and you can see that the idea was to inject comedy like the songs were an audio version of Amos n Andy
In todays world though the PC brigade would read horrible things into the lyrics same as they've done with Nursery Rhymes.Read more ›
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I know what your thinking, music of who? You will know just about every song, and love them!Published 5 months ago by Lovin' Life
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 on July 26, 2014 by Wanda Rattliffe