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Bye Bye Birdie [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like all Broadway musicals, Bye Bye Birdie underwent some changes on its way to the big screen. In the case of this show, a parody of the 1950s rock & roll fervor that took off from Elvis Presley's departure for the army, the main alteration had to do with the balance of emphasis among the characters. Although it was an ensemble piece, on-stage the starring role was that of Albert Peterson, manager and songwriter for teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie, who conceives a promotional stunt in which Birdie will kiss an ordinary teenager on The Ed Sullivan Show just before beginning his military service. Dick Van Dyke became a star playing Peterson and had gone on to his own ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Like all Broadway musicals, Bye Bye Birdie underwent some changes on its way to the big screen. In the case of this show, a parody of the 1950s rock & roll fervor that took off from Elvis Presley's departure for the army, the main alteration had to do with the balance of emphasis among the characters. Although it was an ensemble piece, on-stage the starring role was that of Albert Peterson, manager and songwriter for teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie, who conceives a promotional stunt in which Birdie will kiss an ordinary teenager on The Ed Sullivan Show just before beginning his military service. Dick Van Dyke became a star playing Peterson and had gone on to his own TV series, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and since he was repeating his performance, one might have expected him to dominate the film. Instead, his role was reduced of the five songs cut from the show for the movie, three were his, while the minor role of Kim McAfee, the teenager, was expanded, the better to employ the talents of 21-year-old Ann-Margret. Her significance was unmistakable; the film opened and closed with her onscreen alone, singing a newly written title song. Also reduced was the role of Peterson's fiancée, who had been played on-stage by Chita Rivera. In the film, Janet Leigh handled it, and she had much less to do. Paul Lynde repeated his performance as Mr. McAfee, singing "Kids," and Jesse Pearson replaced Dick Gautier as an adequate Birdie. Teen star Bobby Rydell was underutilized as Kim's unhappy boyfriend, Hugo Peabody. The beefed-up arrangements gave the score a Hollywood sheen and de-emphasized the attack on rock & roll. Songwriters Lee Adams and Charles Strouse had written some deliberately bad songs for Birdie to sing, which didn't bother a Broadway audience in 1960, but by 1963 rock was better accepted, and the filmmakers didn't want to offend the broader film audience. Ann-Margret was a big addition, but the original Broadway cast recording was still the one to own. The 2003 reissue added three minor tracks, the most notable of which was the exotic instrumental "The Sultans' Ballet," even if it sounded out of place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765421720
  • Catalog Number: 54217
  • Sales rank: 3,785

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bye Bye Birdie - Ann-Margret (1:29)
  2. 2 Opening Credits - Columbia Studio Orchestra (2:51)
  3. 3 The Telephone Hour @@Sweet Apple Teenagers (2:53)
  4. 4 How To Be A Lovely Woman - Ann-Margret (2:41)
  5. 5 We Love You Conrad (Film Version) @@Sweet Apple Teenagers (0:52)
  6. 6 Honestly Sincere - Jesse Pearson (3:20)
  7. 7 Hymn For A Sunday Evening - Mary La Roche (2:15)
  8. 8 One Boy - Janet Leigh (5:08)
  9. 9 Put On A Happy Face - Dick Van Dyke (3:37)
  10. 10 Kids - Bryan Russell (2:34)
  11. 11 One Last Kiss (gym rehearsal outtake) - Jesse Pearson (2:31)
  12. 12 A Lot Of Livin' To Do - Jesse Pearson (6:02)
  13. 13 The Sultans' Ballet (film version) - Columbia Studio Orchestra (3:40)
  14. 14 One Last Kiss - Jesse Pearson (2:12)
  15. 15 Rosie - Dick Van Dyke (2:15)
  16. 16 Bye Bye Birdie - Dick Van Dyke (1:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Horn Woodwind
Al Caiola Guitar
Justin Gordon Woodwind
Bobby Rydell Vocals, cast
Maureen Stapleton Vocals, cast
Al McKibbon Bass
Ann-Margret cast
Frank Beach Trumpet
James A. Decker Horn
Johnny Green Conductor
Jules Jacob Woodwind
Harry Klee Woodwind
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Janet Leigh Vocals, cast
Hank Levine Conductor
Earl Palmer Drums
Bill Pitman Guitar
Ray Sherman Piano
Kenny Shroyer Trombone
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Dick Van Dyke Vocals, cast
William Kraft Drums
Stanley Chaloupka Harp
Emanuel Klein Trumpet
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Columbia Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ed Sullivan cast
Charles Butler Woodwind
Paul Lynde Vocals, cast
Jesse Pearson Vocals, cast
Bryan Russell Vocals, cast
Mary La Roche Vocals, cast
Morris Crawford Woodwind
Ann-Margret Pettersson Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Wolf Composer
Lee Adams Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Reissue Coordinator
Seth Justman Composer
Hank Levine Arranger
Neely Plumb Producer
John Snyder Producer
Charles Strouse Composer
John Norman Engineer
Joe Lopes Engineer
Darcy Proper Reissue Coordinator
Pete Ciccone Art Direction
Jen Wyler Remixing
Lee Adams Composer
Darcy M. Proper Reissue Producer, Mastering
Jennifer Wyler Remixing
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