Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For a decade, from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the most successful songwriting team in popular music, writing hits for R&B groups like the Coasters and the Drifters and giving Elvis Presley some of his best material. The songs included "Kansas City," "Love Me," "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Loving You," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me." Smokey Joe's Cafe, a musical revue, which opened on Broadway in March 1995 and was still going strong a year later, contained all of those songs and more. The two-CD original Broadway cast album spanned the entire show's 38 songs. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For a decade, from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the most successful songwriting team in popular music, writing hits for R&B groups like the Coasters and the Drifters and giving Elvis Presley some of his best material. The songs included "Kansas City," "Love Me," "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Loving You," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me." Smokey Joe's Cafe, a musical revue, which opened on Broadway in March 1995 and was still going strong a year later, contained all of those songs and more. The two-CD original Broadway cast album spanned the entire show's 38 songs. On-stage, hearing the songs again was refreshing. On record, the problem was the inevitable comparison with the original recordings. But Leiber and Stoller who produced with Arif Mardin took different approaches on the Presley material, not trying to copy him in most instances, and some of the most interesting performances came on the less-well-known songs, which allowed the singers more room for interpretation, such as Brenda Braxton's take on "Don Juan." With their comic narrative style, songs like "Charlie Brown" and "Shopping for Clothes" were naturally theatrical and work in any context. The only wonder is that it took so long for this revue to get to the stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5014636101029
  • Catalog Number: 807759
  • Sales rank: 54,113

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Brian Brake Drums
Frank Canino Bass
B.J. Crosby Vocals
Drew Zingg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ted Baker Synthesizer
Frank Pagano Percussion
Frederick Owens Vocals
Kenny Ard Vocals
David Keyes Vocals
Chris Eminizer Saxophone
Adrian Bailey Vocals
Michael "Bruce Lee" Park Vocals
Brenda Braxton Vocals
Ken Ard Vocals
Victor Trent Cook Vocals
Michael Park Vocals
Night Managers Band
DeLee Lively Vocals
Louis St. Louis Piano, Conductor, Musical Direction
Pattie Darcy Jones Vocals
Smokey Joe's Cafe Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Frederick B. Owens Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Leiber Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
Phil Spector Composer
Victor Trent Cook Contributor
Arif Mardin Producer, Liner Notes
Steve Margoshes Orchestration
George Marino Mastering
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Chapman Roberts Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Mike Stoller Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
Jack Viertel Concept
John Swenson Liner Notes
Heidi Landesman Logo Design
Brenda Braxton Contributor
Ken Ard Contributor
Louis St. Louis Arranger, Director, Vocal Arrangements
Stephen Helper Concept
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