Hairspray [Collector's Edition Soundtrack]

Hairspray [Collector's Edition Soundtrack]

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To coincide with the release of the Hairspray DVD, the two-disc deluxe collector's edition is packed with bonus material including unreleased songs from the movie, collectible cards of the film's stars, a decorative sticker set, exclusive online content including a special Hairspray game, video karaoke, and two video documentaries including "Zac EfronSee more details below

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To coincide with the release of the Hairspray DVD, the two-disc deluxe collector's edition is packed with bonus material including unreleased songs from the movie, collectible cards of the film's stars, a decorative sticker set, exclusive online content including a special Hairspray game, video karaoke, and two video documentaries including "Zac Efron Becomes Link Larkin."

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hairspray began life in 1988 as the first John Waters film to earn a PG rating, despite such subversive elements as the casting of cross-dressing Waters favorite Divine as Edna, the mother of the main character, tubby teenager Tracy Turnblad. The story was further softened in its conversion to a Broadway musical hit in 2002 with a raft of songs written and performed in the period style of 1962 pop
ock; this time, openly gay actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein donned a dress to play the mother, his gravelly bass voice notwithstanding. It is some measure of the work's ongoing move toward the mainstream that in the 2007 movie musical based on the stage musical that was based on the first movie, John Travolta in a fat suit becomes Edna. It may be inevitable that a big-budget movie requires name stars and that those name stars require changes to beef up the parts they play and make them more sympathetic. The satiric edges of Hairspray have definitely been rounded off by now, but Travolta, although he doesn't make much of an impression in the film beyond his makeup and prosthetics (and, with his speak-singing, even less of one on the soundtrack), isn't really to blame for what director Adam Shankman calls the repurposing of the script and score, even though Travolta and another Hollywood name, Michelle Pfeiffer, have been handed a reprise of the song "Big, Blonde and Beautiful" that their characters did not do on-stage. The real beneficiary of that repurposing seems to have been Zac Efron, who gets a whole new song, "Ladies' Choice," in his role as Link, Tracy's romantic ideal. There is a marketplace justification for this, as attendance of early showings of the film could confirm; a whole part of the audience, entirely consisting of females under five feet tall, thought of the film as the new Zac Efron movie based on his instant stardom with the tween set as the result of High School Musical. Among the other new songs, "The New Girl in Town" was actually written for the show, but cut, and is welcome back. Finally, there is "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)," an extra number for another star, Queen Latifah. It's worth noting, however, that this song is not actually shoehorned into the film proper; it's merely performed under the lengthy end credits, along with two songs from the stage show that also couldn't fit, the delightful "Cooties" and "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," the latter rendered as a trio by Nikki Blonsky, the second film's Tracy; Ricki Lake, who appeared in the first film; and Marissa Jaret Winokur, Broadway's Tracy. (Missing entirely is "The Big Dollhouse.") That's a nice touch, even if it means that the score's big finishing number, "You Can't Stop the Beat," now comes three songs from the end; think of the rest as bonus tracks. Whatever one makes of the alterations, it can at least be said that they were instituted by the principals. Composer and co-lyricist Marc Shaiman produced the album, and he clearly took the opportunity of an increased budget to do a bigger version of the score. Broadway cast albums generally have to be recorded in a day due to union rules, but a movie soundtrack can be constructed over time, and the credit list suggests that every session musician in the greater Los Angeles area participated on this recording. As a result, Shaiman really gets the sounds he's after, starting with "Good Morning Baltimore," the Phil Spector copy, which has a genuine Wall of Sound this time, and continuing with the other tunes, each echoing an early-'60s model. Blonsky does not impress as much as Winokur did, but she gets so much support from all concerned that this comes off as Shaiman's best realization of his music yet. Blonsky makes more of an impression in the ballad "I Can Wait," the leadoff track on the bonus disc of odds and ends that is part of the "Collector's Edition" of the soundtrack released to coincide with the film's appearance on DVD. Songwriters always write many more numbers than end up being used in a musical, and Shaiman welcomed the opportunity to showcase more of them here. It's apparent that he and co-lyricist Scott Wittman wanted to try other approaches to the character of villainess Velma Van Tussle besides her big song, "(The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs." The alternate songs "Mrs. Van Tussle Says" and "Save Your Applause 'Til the End" (the latter ably sung here by Broadway star Christine Ebersole) resulted from these efforts, and both are worthy if unnecessary. Nor did Tracy's father need another song, although "It Doesn't Get Better Than This" is an amusing attempt at one. Early on, Shaiman had another prominent friend do a demo for him, resulting in the delightful rough take on "Timeless to Me," sung by Nathan Lane, who handles both parts of the intended duet. The disc concludes with five "karaoke" versions of songs from the score, which is to say the instrumental tracks for those songs with the lead vocals stripped off. Minus their melodies, the tracks reveal even more of the Motown influence than otherwise; they sometimes sound like lost performances by the Funk Brothers studio group.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Watertower Music
UPC:
0794043909825
catalogNumber:
39098

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Good Morning Baltimore  -  Nikki Blonsky
  2. The Nicest Kids In Town  - James Marsden
  3. It Takes Two  - Zac Efron
  4. (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs  - Michelle Pfeiffer
  5. I Can Hear The Bells  -  Nikki Blonsky
  6. Ladies' Choice  - Zac Efron
  7. The New Girl In Town  -  Brittany Snow
  8. Welcome To The 60's  -  Nikki Blonsky
  9. Run And Tell That  - Elijah Kelley
  10. Big, Blonde And Beautiful  - Queen Latifah
  11. Big, Blonde And Beautiful (Reprise)  - Michelle Pfeiffer
  12. (You're) Timeless To Me  - Christopher Walken
  13. I Know Where I've Been  - Queen Latifah
  14. Without Love  -  Amanda Bynes
  15. (It's) Hairspray  - James Marsden
  16. You Can't Stop The Beat  -  Amanda Bynes
  17. Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)  - Elijah Kelley
  18. Cooties  - Aimee Allen
  19. Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now  -  Nikki Blonsky
  20. [CD-ROM Track]

Disc 2

  1. [Extras from the Film] I Can Wait  -  Nikki Blonsky
  2. [Extras from the Film] Breakout  - Chester Gregory
  3. [Extras from the Film] Boink-Boink  - Arthur Adams
  4. [Extras from the Film] Trouble on the Line  - Corey Reynolds
  5. [Extras from the Film] Mr. Pinky's Theme
  6. [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Mrs. Van Tussle Says  - Pattie Darcy
  7. [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Save Your Applause 'Til the End  - Christine Ebersole
  8. [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Turn Back the Hands of Time  - Jennifer Lewis
  9. [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Timeless to Me  - Nathan Lane
  10. [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sin  - Keala Settle
  11. [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] It Doesn't Get Better than This
  12. [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Ladies' Choice [Versio
  13. [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Welcome to the 60's [V
  14. [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Run and Tell That [Ver
  15. [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] You Can't Stop the Beat [Instrumenta
  16. [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) [Inst
  17. Run and Tell That
  18. Zac Efron Becomes Link Larkin
  19. You Can't Stop the Beat

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Price   Vocals
Arthur Adams   Vocals
Michael Thompson   Musician
John Travolta   Vocals
Mass Choir   Choir, Chorus
Peter Calo   Musician
Francisco Centeno   Musician
Keith Cotton   Vocals,Musician
Jim Cox   Musician
George Doering   Musician
Nathan East   Musician
Mike Fisher   Musician
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Rick Gratton   Musician
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Musician
Queen Latifah   Vocals
Jennifer Lewis   Vocals
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Bobbi Page   Vocals
Dean Parks   Musician
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Larry Saltzman   Musician
Marc Shaiman   Vocals
David Spinozza   Musician
Neil Stubenhaus   Musician
Frank Wolf   Vocals
Nathan Lane   Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Christine Ebersole   Vocals
Michelle Pfeiffer   Vocals
Ayanna Williams   Vocals
Michael Valerio   Musician
Christopher Walken   Vocals
Shayna Steele   Vocals
Terita Redd   Vocals
Michael Mayo   Vocals
Jennifer Gambatese   Vocals
Ricki Lake   Vocals
Aimee Allen   Vocals
Chester Gregory   Vocals
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Clarke Thorell   Vocals
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Larry Williams   Saxophone
Shoshana Bean   Vocals
Carmel Echols   Vocals
Marissa Jaret Winokur   Vocals
Jessica Rotter   Vocals
Lucian Piane   Vocals
Clifford Frazier   Vocals
Zac Efron   Vocals
Katharine Leonard   Vocals
Terron Brooks   Vocals
Sabrina Sloan   Vocals
Nikki Blonsky   Vocals
Brittany Snow   Vocals
Elijah Kelley   Vocals
Amanda Bynes   Vocals
Larry Andrew Williams   Saxophone
William White   Vocals
Donna Vivino   Vocals
Ayana Williams   Vocals
Pattie Darcy   Vocals
New Dimension   Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Byram   Vocals
Corey Reynolds   Vocals
James Marsden   Vocals
Cliff Frazier   Vocals
Chester II Gregory   Vocals
Chyla Anderson   Vocals
Jamison Scott Robinson   Vocals
Kamilah Marshall   Vocals
Clint de Ganon   Musician
Steven Schaeffer   Musician
Peter Mathew Smith   Vocals
Don Taylor   Choir Director
Alex Iles   Trombone
John West   Vocals
Christopher Johnson   Vocals
Mike Fisher   Musician
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Matthew Sullivan   Vocals
John Robinson   Musician
Laura Lively   Vocals
Jenifer Lewis   Vocals
Keala Settle   Vocals
Davia Walker   Vocals
Leonard Sullivan   Vocals
Sophia Pizzulo   Vocals
Candice Rumph Burrows   Vocals
Christopher Walton   Vocals
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master
Michael Cuno   Vocals
Leslie Kritzer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Allen   Art Direction
Doug Sax   Mastering
Marc Shaiman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Paul Broucek   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Scott Wittman   Lyricist
Pete Karam   Engineer
Lori Silfen   Music Business Affairs
Jason Cienkus   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Adam Shankman   Liner Notes
Chris Spilfogel   Engineer
Jason Linn   Executive Producer,Audio Production
John F.X. Walsh   Music Business Affairs
Lon Hoyt   Music Direction

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