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

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

by Original Broadway Cast
 

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SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, one of the most successful Broadway revues of recent years, focuses on the work of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the hit tunesmiths who wrote to order for Elvis Presley, the Drifters, the Coasters, Peggy Lee, and Ben E. King.

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SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, one of the most successful Broadway revues of recent years, focuses on the work of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the hit tunesmiths who wrote to order for Elvis Presley, the Drifters, the Coasters, Peggy Lee, and Ben E. King. A big-voiced cast of nine, including Tony Award nominees Victor Trent Cook, Brenda Braxton, B. J. Crosby, and DeLee Lively, does justice to some of Leiber and Stoller's best-loved songs, including "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway," "Hound Dog," "Saved," "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand by Me," "Love Potion #9," and "I'm a Woman." Coproduced by the composers and veteran Arif Mardin, this disc won a Grammy Award for best cast album. A marvelous sampler of 1950s and '60s favorites, the disc showcases scintillating performances that will have you dusting off your 45's and trying on your poodle skirt.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5014636101029
catalogNumber:
807759

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Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
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
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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