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Footloose [Original Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The successful 1984 film Footloose was more of an extended music video à la MTV than a movie musical. There was plenty of music, most of it written or co-written by composer Tom Snow with individual tunes by Kenny Loggins, Sammy Hagar, Jim Steinman, and Eric Carmen among others and lyricist/screenwriter Dean Pitchford, and it was popular; the soundtrack album topped the charts and sold eight million copies, and five singles -- "Almost Paradise," "Dancing in the Sheets," "Footloose," "Holding out for a Hero," "Free," and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" -- became hits. But the movie characters didn't sing those songs, and the songs were not directly tied into the plot. Thus,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The successful 1984 film Footloose was more of an extended music video à la MTV than a movie musical. There was plenty of music, most of it written or co-written by composer Tom Snow with individual tunes by Kenny Loggins, Sammy Hagar, Jim Steinman, and Eric Carmen among others and lyricist/screenwriter Dean Pitchford, and it was popular; the soundtrack album topped the charts and sold eight million copies, and five singles -- "Almost Paradise," "Dancing in the Sheets," "Footloose," "Holding out for a Hero," "Free," and "Let's Hear It for the Boy" -- became hits. But the movie characters didn't sing those songs, and the songs were not directly tied into the plot. Thus, Pitchford, in turning his screenplay into a stage musical libretto, had the challenge of retaining the popular songs only "Dancing in the Sheets" is missing and somehow putting them into the mouths of the characters, while writing extra material to fill out the more extensive needs of a musical score. At the same time, the property's advantages for transfer to the stage were obvious: It was a known property, much of the score was already familiar, and, by definition, the plot involved a lot of dancing. When the show opened on Broadway on October 22, 1998, theater critics known for their disdain of rock music felt Pitchford had failed, but Footloose settled in for a long run. Perhaps inevitably, the cast album is not as impressive as the soundtrack, and the new songs Snow and Pitchford have written, such as the duet "Learning to Be Silent" and "Can You Find It in Your Heart?," are closer to character-based theater songs, but also inconsistent with the lively, rock tone of the familiar hits. Onstage, audiences never have long to wait for another driving, danceable production number, but the record's production never matches the sound of the original soundtrack.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5014636207424
  • Catalog Number: 807744
  • Sales rank: 55,111

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Sherman Percussion
Joseph Baker Synthesizer
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Clint DeGanon Drums
Charlie Giordano Accordion
Doug Katsaros Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor
Bob Rose Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Donna Lee Marshall Vocals, Track Performer
Robin Baxter Vocals, Track Performer
Dee Hoty Vocals, Track Performer
Stephen Lee Anderson Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Hartung Vocals, Track Performer
Rosalind Brown Vocals, Track Performer
Hunter Foster Vocals
Paul Castree Vocals
Tom Plotkin Vocals
John Hillner Vocals
Technical Credits
Sammy Hagar Composer
Tom Snow Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tommy Krasker Producer
Joel Moss Engineer
Dean Pitchford Composer
Alan Zuba Artwork
Doug Johnson Logo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Show; Amazing Soundtrack!

    I saw the show and I really loved it. The soundtrack is wicked awesome, too. They are up-beat and danceable songs that will have you singing and dancing along with them. The singers have really amazing voices and you can hear their voices perfectly clearly. I really recommend this soundtrack and I defininetly recommend the show if you haven't seen it yet! Go and see the show and then go and buy this soundtrack-both are defininetly worth the money and time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely a tremendous arrangement !!!!!!

    I have worked on alot of different musicals but this one has the most outstanding music in 15 years of doing sound for musicals. This is a must have for any Broadway fanatic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Footloose Lets Loose

    I bought the CD having never seen the movie or the show. I really didn't know what to expect, but from the first notes of the first song all the way through to the last notes of the last song, Footloose kept me spellbound. The music is a great mixture of dance/uptempo (Footloose, We Need a Hero) and slower ballads (Can You Find it in Your Heart, I Confess). It's a great CD from beginning to end and I love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!

    I saw this show in NYC recently and it was outstandingly amazing. It was awesome music and wonderful dancing. Great story and very well done... even though it's more for teenagers... all the adults on my trip loved it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Soundtrack

    I went and saw this when it came through Denver, Co, this summer, and this play had a lot of energy. At the bookstore around the corner, they happened to be giving out sample CDs of this soundtrack. I took it home, gave it a try, and absolutely loved it. I've been looking forward to getting the 'whole' Soundtrack for a long time, and hopefully I'll recieve it in my stocking for X mas!! (P.s. It's great cruising music!)

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