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Little Shop of Horrors [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
In 1978 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman created a new musical take on Roger Corman's 1960 film Little Shop Of Horrors, which became a Broadway hit. Both involve a man-eating, Venus flytrap-inspired plant named Audrey II, raised in a skid-row flower shop into a massive beast with excessive chloroplast testosterone? levels. Though the film was inventive and campy, Menken and Ashman's music music - a mix of doo-wop and lavish songs along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show -- made the show's fun hilarious, its thrills outrageously gruesome. The soundtrack to Frank Oz's 1987 film adaptation carries on the musical's spirit: Steve Martin's rendition of "Dentist," about a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
In 1978 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman created a new musical take on Roger Corman's 1960 film Little Shop Of Horrors, which became a Broadway hit. Both involve a man-eating, Venus flytrap-inspired plant named Audrey II, raised in a skid-row flower shop into a massive beast with excessive chloroplast testosterone? levels. Though the film was inventive and campy, Menken and Ashman's music music - a mix of doo-wop and lavish songs along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show -- made the show's fun hilarious, its thrills outrageously gruesome. The soundtrack to Frank Oz's 1987 film adaptation carries on the musical's spirit: Steve Martin's rendition of "Dentist," about a demented psychopath who drills mouths not just teeth without novocaine, is achingly funny. "Downtown" is a full-powered choir of the slums; Rick Moranis works for an uptight flower shop manager "He took me in, gave me shelter, a bed, crust of bread and a job, treats me like dirt and calls me a slob, which I am." Martin and Moranis' sincere if limited singing is charming, and Ellen Greene returns as the original Audrey from the Broadway version; the way she belts out earth-shakingly high notes is bewildering, particularly on the lovely duet with Moranis, "Suddenly Seymour." The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs is a scene-stealer as Audrey II, particularly on the new track, the raunchy, boisterous finale "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"; since film nominations must be new songs, it was added in hopes of an Academy Award and did indeed receive a nomination. When Disney added a tribute to Howard Ashman on the Beauty and the Beast credits after his death in 1992, it read: "To Ashman who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul." He also gave a plant its appetite.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642412527
  • Catalog Number: 24125
  • Sales rank: 15,046

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Ashman Primary Artist
Steve Martin Vocals, Track Performer
Siedah Garrett Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tisha Campbell Vocals
Gary Martin Vocals, Voices
Jay Gruska Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bobbye Hall Conga, Tabla
Derek Austin Synthesizer, Keyboards
Peter Beckett Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Carvell Vocals, Background Vocals
Lynn Davis Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Debra Dobkin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tommy Funderburk Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Donny Gerrard Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Choir, Chorus
Bob Gaudio Synthesizer
Gene Morford Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Dann Huff Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Martin Kershaw Guitar
Barry Morgan Percussion, Drums
Tom Nichol Drums
Frank Oz Vocals, Voices
Andy Pask Bass
Joe Pizzulo Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Julia Tillman Waters Vocals
John Philip Shenale Synthesizer, Synclavier
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Levi Stubbs Vocals, Track Performer
Maxine Willard Waters Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Luther Waters Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Morgan Winters Synclavier
Monalisa Young Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bobbye Porter Conga, Tambourine
Bill Mitchell Narrator
Julia Waters Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michelle Weeks Vocals, Voices
Tichina Arnold Vocals
Robert Billing Voices
Bob Caudio Synthesizer
Do Wops Vocals, Background Vocals
Ellen Greene Vocals
London Rhythm Section Performing Ensemble
Robby Merkin Synthesizer, Piano, Voices
Rick Moranis Vocals
Phil Nicholl Vocals, Background Vocals
Jonathan Sorrell Synclavier
Greg Stuart Synclavier
Lindsay Benson Vocals, Background Vocals
Doreen Hermitage Vocals, Voices
Robert Billig Vocals
Bob Sherman Vocals
Dan Huff Electric Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Bob Sessions Vocals
Maxine Waters Vocals
Stephen Hoye Vocals
Nick Curtis Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Pizullo Vocals
Steve Martin Vocals
Gary Martin Vocals
Bobbye Hall Porter Conga, Tambourine
Phil Shenale Synthesizer, Synclavier
Billy J. Mitchell Narrator
Technical Credits
Howard Ashman Lyricist
Tony d'Amico Engineer
Bob Gaudio Arranger, Producer, Musical Adaptation, Adaptation to CD
Miles Goodman Contributor, Orchestration
Bernie Grundman Mastering
John Philip Shenale Programming, Synclavier Programming
Morgan Winters Programming, Producer, Synclavier Programming
David Jacob Engineer
Barry Sage Engineer
Robert Billing Vocal Arrangements
London Rhythm Section Contributor
Robby Merkin Arranger, Orchestration, Musical Adaptation, Adaptation to CD
Jonathan Sorrell Programming, Producer, Synclavier Programming
Greg Stuart Programming, Producer, Synclavier Programming
Tonia Davall Contributor
Robert Billig Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Tony D'Amico Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yeessss!

    Aha! I love this! And the singers are amzing! Personally, I like this version better than the cast recording!(don t hurt me) I recomend it! So gunny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It rocks

    It's an amazing cd for an amazing movie!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Little Shop ROCKS!!!!

    One of the reasons I like this movie is because "Seymour"(Rick Moranis)and "Audrey" (Ellen Greene) make the perfect match. I watched this movie in my high school and I fell in love with it. I also thought that Levi Stubbs was an awesome match for "Audrey 2." If there were more rating stars, I would give this at least 20 stars. My high school is also doing the 1960 play! I recommend this movie because it's humorous and enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SUDDENLY SEYMORE IS INSPIRING!!!!!

    the song "suddenly seymore" sends a messege to all abused women and girls in abusive relationships, or feel you are ugly when it's what's inside that counts!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS ROCKS!

    I saw the musical at a nearby high school. First I bought the 60's version (Okay, I guess) and then I orded this. It rocks. A mst have for a musical fanatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LUVd IT

    the soundtrack is the best, at school we just did the play, i luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST

    this music is great...i got to be like obsessed with it... i cant stop listining to it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT WAS WEIRD!!!

    Little Shop of Horrors is really good. Greene, and Moranis rock in that movie! Very, Very, Very awesome.

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