Camp

Camp

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Listening to an exceptional soundtrack album like Camp drives you to the credits to find out who compiled it, and it seems one must praise the film's music supervisor, Linda Cohen, who has put together some seemingly unlikely materials to come up with a disc that sets a new standard for the various-artists collections that soundtracks have become. Of course,

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Listening to an exceptional soundtrack album like Camp drives you to the credits to find out who compiled it, and it seems one must praise the film's music supervisor, Linda Cohen, who has put together some seemingly unlikely materials to come up with a disc that sets a new standard for the various-artists collections that soundtracks have become. Of course, Cohen had a special project to work with. Writer/producer/director Todd Graff's valentine to his days at a summer camp for aspiring musical theater performers may be described accurately as "Fame goes to the Catskills," but that only sets the stage; what matters, particularly on the soundtrack album, are the performances and the songs. It wouldn't be surprising to hear that Cohen had some connection to Warner Bros. Records in the 1980s, since she re-conceives two key songs from that company and era, Bob Telson and Lee Breuer's "How Shall I See You Through My Tears" from their 1984 show Gospel at Colonus (recorded by Warner), and Todd Rundgren's "The Want of a Nail" from his 1989 Warner album Nearly Human, giving them impassioned choral treatments that will be inspiring high-school choruses from now on. That doesn't explain her familiarity with the obscure "Turkey Lurkey Time" from the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises or the better-known "The Ladies Who Lunch" from the 1970 show Company, however. It's cast members Alana Allen and Anna Kendrick's performance of the latter that will determine the listener's acceptance of this unorthodox collection of songs; either you buy the idea of 15-year-olds performing this song, which is way beyond their life experiences, or you don't. But by the time you get to it, you are likely to have swallowed the film's (and the album's) concept whole. The six rock songs that conclude the disc after the eight songs sung by the film's actors come as something of a letdown (you wish you could hear more of those young talents), but there is more than enough here to establish Camp as a superior, and surprising, film musical. (The CD is "enhanced" with the film trailer, other movie excerpts, and bios of the film's young stars.)

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Jim Farber
Director-writer Todd Graff has expanded the whole notion of theater music through his dizzying choice of tunes. [A]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044003828025
catalogNumber:
000066712

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Todd Graff   Vocals
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Arthur Fiacco   Cello
Tim Weil   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals
Jerry Vivino   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Daniel A. Weiss   Organ
Idina Menzel   Vocals
Kenny Brescia   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Potter   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Aisha Dehaas   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Victoria Williams   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Martin Bell   Composer
Paul Clifford   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Martin Gilks   Composer
Michael Gore   Composer
Todd Graff   Liner Notes
Miles Hunt   Composer
Jon Lind   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Malcolm Treece   Composer
Noel Gallagher   Composer
Tim Weil   Producer
Robert Telson   Composer
Lee Breuer   Composer
Keith Shortreed   Engineer
Lynn Ahrens   Composer
Gary Lightbody   Composer
Mark McClelland   Composer
Jonny Quinn   Composer
Cindy Zaplachinski   Music Business Affairs

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Camp 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Camp" is a good movie - - but it is driven by a GREAT!!! soundtrack. I love everything about this. From the opening number - - to the incredible finale. This one is not to be missed!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vlad sucks. They all suck. Except for the girl with the jaw wiring, she was good. And we only heard her once. Shameful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole soundtrack the people who sing on the soundtrack are really very talented! it is an amazing soundtrack to an incredible movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is amazing,but the soundtrack it's like taking those big dance numbers with you anywhere you want. The whole CD just makes me smile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've put "The Want of a Nail" on repeat, and listened to it every day! I listened to the original song, but it wasn't nearly as good. My chorus teacher heard it, and is trying to find an arrangement, so the class can perform it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The exceptional and dynamic movie "Camp" is about a group of talented kids who learn to grow up and accept roles that could eventually shapen their lives. So many reviewers are missing the point that this movie/CD is about finding acceptance among your friends, your family and your career peers. There were so many wonderful intriguing subplots to this movie that kept you captivated -- laughing and crying right along with the characters. As a gay man who absolutely adores the theatre and ALL it has to offer, I'm hoping an encore is in store. It's a shame to close the curtain on performances like this and not follow up to actually see how these characters live until the next "Camp."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was phenominally directed. Everything was great, and i laughed, cried everything. I watched it the first time on tv and totally had to get it. I would " try" to sing the songs and would sing them when i was alone, or doing dishes...great movie. Being fifteen has made me understand the need for movies like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest movies I've seen, and the soundtrack is a must-have. The abilities of these young adults are nothing short of amazing. I love all the songs. Each song jogs the memory of the movie. I strongly recommend this soundtrack... it's AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago