Grease [The Soundtrack from the Motion Picture]

Grease [The Soundtrack from the Motion Picture]

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No one expected the stage production of this in-your-face homage to high school, high hairdos, and hamburgers to succeed. Least of all Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the two out-of-work actors who wrote it. But the Broadway production of GREASE ran for more than eight years, a record for its time. GREASE also spawned the wildly popular 1978 film, starring John Travolta… See more details below

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No one expected the stage production of this in-your-face homage to high school, high hairdos, and hamburgers to succeed. Least of all Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the two out-of-work actors who wrote it. But the Broadway production of GREASE ran for more than eight years, a record for its time. GREASE also spawned the wildly popular 1978 film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which begot one of the largest-selling soundtracks of all time. The peppy and effervescent score did not survive the transition to screen intact, but "Summer Nights," "Beauty School Dropout," and "Freddy My Love" still have charm to spare. These originals have been augmented by fool-proof commercial fare like John Farrar's "You're the One That I Want" and "Hopelessly Devoted to You," as well as the Barry Gibb-penned title song, sung by Frankie Valli, -- all of which became monster singles. The soundtrack is padded with some golden oldies performed by Sha-Na-Na, but GREASE is still the word when it comes to slumber parties, drag races, and prom night.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Grease was a huge success as a Broadway musical prior to hitting the big screen in 1978. That was the version that transformed Grease into a phenomenon -- it was a runaway box office success, and then became a TV, cable, and video favorite. The soundtrack rivaled its film counterpart as a pop culture perennial, and it's not hard to see why -- its good-natured pastiche of doo wop and early rock & roll is infectious and charming, due in no small part to John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's charismatic, engaging performances. They sing the majority of the originals -- "Summer Nights," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," "Sandy," "Greased Lightnin'" -- which were the reason why the film and soundtrack became blockbusters. The fact that the originals hold up better than the '50s tunes is largely due to Sha Na Na's workmanlike performances, but the originals are so giddily enjoyable -- not only the quintet mentioned above, but also Frankie Avalon's "Beauty School Dropout," Stockard Channing's "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee," and Frankie Valli's title track -- that everything works. Some listeners may prefer the Broadway cast recording, but the fact of the matter is, the sleek pop production the movie's soundtrack boasts and the cast's enthusiastic performances go a long way in making this Grease the definitive Grease.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/1991
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0042282509529
catalogNumber:
825095
Rank:
22919

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Tracks

  1. Grease  - Frankie Valli
  2. Summer Nights  - John Travolta
  3. Hopelessly Devoted to You  - Olivia Newton-John
  4. You're the One That I Want  - John Travolta
  5. Sandy  - John Travolta
  6. Beauty School Dropout  - Frankie Avalon
  7. Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee  - Stockard Channing
  8. Greased Lightnin'  - John Travolta
  9. It's Raining on Prom Night  - Cindy Bullens
  10. Alone at a Drive-In Movie  - Ernie Watts
  11. Blue Moon  -  Sha Na Na
  12. Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay  -  Sha Na Na
  13. Those Magic Changes  -  Sha Na Na
  14. Hound Dog  -  Sha Na Na
  15. Born to Hand Jive  -  Sha Na Na
  16. Tears on My Pillow  -  Sha Na Na
  17. Mooning  - Louis St. Louis
  18. Freddy, My Love  - Cindy Bullens
  19. Rock & Roll Party Queen  - Louis St. Louis
  20. There Are Worse Things I Could Do  - Stockard Channing
  21. Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee  - Olivia Newton-John
  22. We Go Together  -  Cast
  23. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing  -  Studio Orchestra
  24. Grease  - Frankie Valli

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cindy Bullens   Track Performer
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Olivia Newton-John   Track Performer
Sha Na Na   Track Performer
Frankie Valli   Track Performer
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Greg Mathieson   Keyboards
Jerome Richardson   Saxophone
Ray Pizzi   Saxophone
Frankie Avalon   Track Performer
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
John Farrar   Guitar
Tom Garvin   Keyboards
John Travolta   Track Performer
Kerry Chater   Background Vocals
Aarons   Trumpet
Curt Becher   Background Vocals
Max Bennett   Bass
George Bitzer   Keyboards
Bill Bodine   Bass
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Ollie E. Brown   Drums
Paulette Brown   Background Vocals
Robert Bryant   Trumpet
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Dean Cortez   Bass
Hog Cowart   Bass
Antoine Dearborn   Percussion
Loren Farber   Background Vocals
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Gerald Garrett   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
James Getzoff   Concert Master
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Mitch Gordon   Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Pat Henderson   Background Vocals
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
John Kelson   Saxophone
Bhen Lanzaroni   Keyboards
Diana Lee   Background Vocals
John Lehman   Background Vocals
Maxayn Lewis   Background Vocals
Melissa MacKay   Background Vocals
Timothy May   Guitar
Cliff Morris   Guitar
Joey Murcia   Guitar
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Dorothy Remsen   Harp
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Lisa Roberts   Background Vocals
Bob Rose   Guitar
Dan Sawyer   Guitar
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Zedric Turnbough   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
Jackie Ward   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Jerry Whitman   Background Vocals
Gayle Levant   Harp
William Hungate   Bass
Stockard Channing   Track Performer
Beau Charles   Background Vocals
Mike Land   Keyboards
Lincoln Majorca   Keyboards
David Allen Ryan   Bass
M. Ann White   Background Vocals
Ron Zeigler   Drums
Louis St. Louis   Keyboards,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Fannie Flagg   Contributor
Dody Goodman   Contributor
Barry Gibb   Producer
Susan Buckner   Contributor
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes   Contributor
David J. Holman   Engineer
Jay Lewis   Engineer
Barry Pearl   Contributor
Karl Richardson   Engineer
Eirik Wangberg   Engineer
Eve Arden   Contributor
Joan Blondell   Contributor
Sid Caesar   Contributor
Michael Carnevale   Engineer
Annette Charles   Contributor
Jeff Conaway   Contributor
Eddie Deezen   Contributor
Jamie Donnelly   Contributor
Alice Ghostley   Contributor
Lorenzo Lamas   Contributor
Dinah Manoff   Contributor
Dennis C. Stewart   Contributor
Ellen Travolta   Contributor
Michael Tucci   Contributor
Kelly Ward   Contributor
Darrell Zwerling   Contributor
David Patterson   Contributor
Louis St. Louis   Composer
Didi Conn   Contributor
David White   Composer

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