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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."
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. ...
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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."
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: 794043909825
  • Catalog Number: 39098

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning Baltimore - Nikki Blonsky (3:54)
  2. 2 The Nicest Kids In Town - James Marsden (2:42)
  3. 3 It Takes Two - Zac Efron (3:04)
  4. 4 (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs - Michelle Pfeiffer (4:07)
  5. 5 I Can Hear The Bells - Nikki Blonsky (4:14)
  6. 6 Ladies' Choice - Zac Efron (2:28)
  7. 7 The New Girl In Town - Brittany Snow (2:15)
  8. 8 Welcome To The 60's - Nikki Blonsky (5:12)
  9. 9 Run And Tell That - Elijah Kelley (3:51)
  10. 10 Big, Blonde And Beautiful - Queen Latifah (2:35)
  11. 11 Big, Blonde And Beautiful (Reprise) - Michelle Pfeiffer (1:05)
  12. 12 (You're) Timeless To Me - Christopher Walken (4:47)
  13. 13 I Know Where I've Been - Queen Latifah (4:13)
  14. 14 Without Love - Amanda Bynes (3:39)
  15. 15 (It's) Hairspray - James Marsden (2:20)
  16. 16 You Can't Stop The Beat - Amanda Bynes (5:24)
  17. 17 Come So Far (Got So Far To Go) - Elijah Kelley (4:16)
  18. 18 Cooties - Aimee Allen (2:41)
  19. 19 Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now - Nikki Blonsky (3:20)
  20. 20 [CD-ROM Track]
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Extras from the Film] I Can Wait - Nikki Blonsky (3:44)
  2. 2 [Extras from the Film] Breakout - Chester Gregory (3:03)
  3. 3 [Extras from the Film] Boink-Boink - Arthur Adams (2:04)
  4. 4 [Extras from the Film] Trouble on the Line - Corey Reynolds (2:02)
  5. 5 [Extras from the Film] Mr. Pinky's Theme (0:33)
  6. 6 [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Mrs. Van Tussle Says - Pattie Darcy (2:24)
  7. 7 [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Save Your Applause 'Til the End - Christine Ebersole (2:55)
  8. 8 [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Turn Back the Hands of Time - Jennifer Lewis (3:02)
  9. 9 [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] Timeless to Me - Nathan Lane (4:03)
  10. 10 [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sin - Keala Settle (3:19)
  11. 11 [Outtakes and Alternate Recordings] It Doesn't Get Better than This (3:05)
  12. 12 [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Ladies' Choice [Versio (2:29)
  13. 13 [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Welcome to the 60's [V (5:01)
  14. 14 [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Run and Tell That [Ver (3:41)
  15. 15 [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] You Can't Stop the Beat [Instrumenta (5:25)
  16. 16 [Karaoke Instrumental Versions] Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) [Inst (4:22)
  17. 17 Run and Tell That
  18. 18 Zac Efron Becomes Link Larkin
  19. 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
LA 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 III 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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    The CD reflected the movie in many different ways. IF you liked the movie you will like the CD. Whenever I listen to the CD all the scenes in the movie come back, the fun dancing etc... It comes with a great booklet of lyrics and photos too. Samantha, age 10 : )

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