Bugsy Malone [Original Cast Recording]

Bugsy Malone [Original Cast Recording]

     
 

This 1976 soundtrack found Paul Williams turning his writing and producing skills to crafting an original song score for a musical that used child actors to bring an adult story about 1930s gangsters to life. The resulting album works like a charm because Williams uses his Tin Pan Alley sense of melodic craftsmanship to creating a series ofSee more details below

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This 1976 soundtrack found Paul Williams turning his writing and producing skills to crafting an original song score for a musical that used child actors to bring an adult story about 1930s gangsters to life. The resulting album works like a charm because Williams uses his Tin Pan Alley sense of melodic craftsmanship to creating a series of short, tight songs that effectively blend modern pop song structures and hooks with pre-rock & roll styles like ragtime jazz and Bing Crosby-style crooner balladry. As one might expect, there are plenty of toe-tapping tunes that evoke the good-timey feel of a speakeasy: "Fat Sam's Grand Slam" mixes a horn-laced up-tempo tune with effective flapper background vocals to create an enticing portrait of the title location, while "Bad Guys" is an amusing tribute to the tough-guy lifestyle that blends a complex multiple-singer vocal arrangment with a jazzy, piano-pounding melody. The up-tempo tracks are balanced out by some surprisingly torchy ballads: "I'm Feeling Fine" is an alluring invitation to romance that boasts a richly-harmonized chorus, and "My Name Is Tallulah" sets tough-girl lyrics to a sultry melody laced with elegant piano fills and stately horns. However, the album's finest moment is the finale, "You Give a Little Love"; this charming tribute to friendship builds from a single piano to a full, ragtime-styled band arrangement that climaxes with a rousing sing-along fade out. Though the album is short, each of the songs holds up to repeated listening and the album flows effortlessly as a result. The end result is one of the best achievements in Paul Williams' career and a charming listen for fans of musicals.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1998
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288127526
catalogNumber:
1275
Rank:
80397

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Bradbury   Violin
Andy Findon   Reeds,Trombone
Alex Lee   Vocals
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
John Pearson   Musical Direction
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Andrew Smith   Piano
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Fizzy Bangers   Track Performer
Tallulah   Track Performer
Bugsy Malone   Track Performer
Hannah Spearritt   Vocals
Laura Whittles   Dancer
Boxers   Track Performer
Paul Lowe   Vocals
Danielle Burns   Dancer
Janee Bennett   Vocals
Ben Bray   Drums
Katie Byles   Dancer
Leanne Connelly   Vocals
Chris Dyer   Vocals
Hayley Fitzpatrick   Dancer
Antonio Fortin   Banjo,Guitar
Julian Fothergill   Guitar,Trumpet
Matt Fraser   Vocals
Lauren Godbold   Dancer
Ben Gray   Drums
Amy Grima   Dancer
Charlene Hammer   Dancer
Katie Harper   Dancer
Nana Kumi   Vocals
Malinda Parris   Vocals
Sheridan Smith   Vocals
Michael Sturges   Vocals
Daniel Wheatley   Bass Guitar
Shean Williams   Vocals
Tara Williams   Dancer
Stuart Piper   Vocals

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Paul Stanley   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
John Pearson   Director,Orchestration
Vini Poncia   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
David Tan   Contributor
John Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Gavin Spencer   Contributor
Stuart Price   Contributor
Mark Douet   Cover Photo
Craig Hewitt   Artwork,Cover Graphics
Jim Bourne   Contributor
Sam Archer   Contributor
Giovanni Spano   Contributor
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Tom Ashbee   Engineer
Daniel Beckett   Contributor
Bobby Bethel   Contributor
Mark Boyle   Contributor
Darren Carnall   Assistant Choreographer
Susan Dale   Contributor
Victoria Gibbins   Contributor
Rudi Gordon   Contributor
Lewis Greenslade   Contributor
Chris Herriot   Contributor
Adam Jenkins   Contributor
Mike Jibson   Contributor
Jeremy Joyce   Contributor
Suzanna Khumalo   Contributor
Russell Labey   Director
Alistair McCalla   Contributor
Chris Meehan   Contributor
Sean Parkins   Contributor
Leon Parris   Contributor
Michael Perryman   Contributor
Kay Shepherd   Choreographer
Jeannette Sutton   Contributor
Jeremy James Taylor   Director,Liner Notes
Barnaby Thompson   Contributor
Robert Wheatley   Contributor
John A. Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Alan Parker   Librettist

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