Songs from Grease [1994 Studio Cast]

Songs from Grease [1994 Studio Cast]

     
 
Producer John Yap's studio cast recordings of Broadway musicals for the British Jay Records label tend to be "complete" versions of the shows' music as it was performed on-stage, including the original orchestrations, if featuring casts peopled by West End stars. His version of Grease is a considerable exception to this rule, which may

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Producer John Yap's studio cast recordings of Broadway musicals for the British Jay Records label tend to be "complete" versions of the shows' music as it was performed on-stage, including the original orchestrations, if featuring casts peopled by West End stars. His version of Grease is a considerable exception to this rule, which may help explain why it's called Songs from Grease and, with its cover photo and prominent name placement, it almost seems like a John Barrowman solo album. The big variance is that, like the 1993 London revival of Grease, this version incorporates songs that were written for the 1978 movie adaptation, notably "Grease," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and "You're the One That I Want." (Also, instead of using the original arrangements, the album features new ones by conductor Martin Yates.) Those interpolated numbers are anachronistic, of course, with Barry Gibb's composition "Grease" in particular being more suggestive of the disco '70s than the rock & roll '50s, but they were hits and have become accepted and expected additions to Jim Jacobs' and Warren Casey's original stage score from 1972. The song "Shakin' at the High School Hop" was in the original production, but it was not recorded for the original Broadway cast album. So, in a sense, this version of Grease does fulfill Jay's usual goal, since it is a composite including Broadway songs that weren't in the movie (and thus are not on the original soundtrack album) and movie songs that weren't in the stage production (and thus are not on the original Broadway cast album). This track list might not work in performance since, for example, both the climactic "All Choked Up," which was in the show, and "You're the One That I Want," which replaced it in the movie, are included. But it's still good to have both on one disc. And the studio cast is a spirited bunch that performs with the appropriate enthusiasm and good humor, while Yates' arrangements attempt to bring some consistency to the disparate musical eras represented in the music.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/1996
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288129308
catalogNumber:
1293
Rank:
248105

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boys   Track Performer
Girls   Track Performer
Sally Ann Triplett   Track Performer
Mark Wynter   Track Performer
John Barrowman   Track Performer
Martin Yates   Conductor
Andrew Halliday   Track Performer
Dawn Spence   Track Performer
Ethan Freeman   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Larry Moore   Arranger
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Alex Marcou   Engineer
Ben Turner   Engineer
John Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Martin Yates   Arranger
Perry Stevens   Composer
Louis St. Louis   Composer
Shelly Haims   Composer

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