Music of Smash [Original TV Soundtrack]

The Music of Smash [Original TV Soundtrack]

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NBC's musical-within-a-musical TV series Smash was often called "Glee for grown-ups," and while the comparison rang true in many ways, Smash made a name for itself with mostly original songs instead of borderline-kitschy versions of established hits. Having the cast members perform songs about their lives outside of Bombshell, the Marilyn

Overview

NBC's musical-within-a-musical TV series Smash was often called "Glee for grown-ups," and while the comparison rang true in many ways, Smash made a name for itself with mostly original songs instead of borderline-kitschy versions of established hits. Having the cast members perform songs about their lives outside of Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical that they're trying to get off the ground -- as well as songs from that show -- means double the opportunity for different kinds of songs. The songs about the cast, which largely focus on the hopes and dreams of rival Marilyn wannabes Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty), have a contemporary feel that ranges from earnest, Rent-like songs such as "Stand" and "Who You Are" to the Lady Gaga-esque dance-pop of "Touch Me" and Top 40 fodder "Brighter Than the Sun." This radio-friendly feel isn't a surprise, considering that Smash hired a slew of hitmakers like Ryan Tedder and Carrie Underwood to pen these songs. However, one of the standout moments is McPhee's version of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," which has become something of a modern standard. Bombshell's songs, which were written by Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman, allow the cast to have some fun and explore their own dreams as well as Marilyn's. "Let Me Be Your Star" swoons and soars like a Disney princess theme song, while a Chicago-style brassiness dominates "The 20th Century Fox Mambo" and "Let's Be Bad," both of which sound the most like genuine show tunes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886919662429
catalogNumber:
196624
Rank:
9443

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelton Becton   Hammond B3
Bruce Eidem   Trombone
Steve Ferrera   Drums
Gary Haase   Bass
Aaron Heick   Alto Saxophone
Ron Jannelli   Baritone Saxophone
Joseph Joubert   Piano
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Randy Landau   Bass
Lee Levin   Drums
John Moses   Clarinet
Kevin Osborne   Background Vocals
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Larry Saltzman   Guitar,Ukulele
Marc Shaiman   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Roger Squitero   Percussion
Andy Zulla   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Sean Hurley   Bass
Deborah Assael-Migliore   Cello
Richard Brice   Violin,Viola
Marvin Laird   Piano
Dave Riekenberg   Tenor Saxophone
Marlon Saunders   Background Vocals
Antoine Silverman   Concert Master
John Dexter   Cello
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
John Chudoba   Trumpet
Steve Kenyon   Flute
Karen Lloyd   Background Vocals
Joshua Henry   Choir, Chorus
Hiroko Taguchi   Violin
Rich Mercurio   Drums
Bryan Cook   Synthesizer,Woodwind
Shelly Holland-Moritz   Violin,Viola
Ben Butler   Guitar
Brian Miller   Flute
Ray Kilday   Bass
Joe Deveau   Piano,Keyboards
Anja Wood   Cello
James De La Garza   Trumpet
Toby Lightman   Background Vocals
Sean Carney   Violin
Larry Lelli   Drums
Entcho Todorov   Violin,Viola
Brian Pareschi   Trumpet
Seneca Black   Trumpet
Gary Seligson   Drums
Kari Kimmel   Background Vocals
John Clancy   Drums
Gilbert Dejean   Bassoon
Ethan Popp   Synthesizer
Danielle Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Jerald DeVore   Bass
Celisse Henderson   Choir, Chorus
Kenneth Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Amy Ralske   Cello
Debra Shufelt-Dine   Viola
Tanya Hall   Background Vocals
Victoria Paterson   Violin
Rick Heckman   Clarinet
Gregory Clark   Background Vocals
Clint Bierman   Guitar
Danielle Graves   Choir, Chorus
Christina Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Capethia Jenkins   Choir, Chorus
Artie Dibble   Viola
Jesse Feldman   Choir, Chorus
Emily Yarbrough   Violin
Zonya Johnson   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Barry Dean   Composer
Aaron Heick   Orchestration
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer
Marc Shaiman   Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestration,drum programming
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Andy Zulla   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Larry Blank   Orchestration
Steven Spielberg   Executive Producer
Scott Wittman   Executive Producer
Craig Zadan   Executive Producer
Lawrence Manchester   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Paul Epworth   Composer
Michael McElroy   Choir Arrangement
Noel Zancanella   Composer
Josh Wilbur   Engineer
Bryan Cook   Programming,Orchestration
Michael Bublé   Composer
Neil Meron   Executive Producer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Producer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Alan Chang   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Carrie Underwood   Composer
Brent Kutzle   Composer
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Florence + the Machine   Composer
Ian Kagey   Engineer
Ethan Popp   Programming,Producer,Orchestration
Scott M. Riesett   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Amy Foster-Gillies   Composer
Doug Besterman   Orchestration
Jessica Cornish   Composer
Donald McClurkin   Composer
Tobias Gad   Composer
Tom Hull   Composer
Scott Whitman   Composer
Lawrence Whitlock   Engineer
Justin Falvey   Executive Producer
David Marshall Grant   Executive Producer
Darryl Frank   Executive Producer
Theresa Rebeck   Executive Producer
Marc Chaiman   Executive Producer

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The Music of Smash [Original TV Soundtrack] 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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DixieCallan More than 1 year ago
The last song of the series is NOT on this soundtrack. Why not? It's h the best of any and should be on it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You all must remember Katherine McPhee (Karen) from American Idol so you know she can sing, but Megan Hilty (Ivy) - wow - she is a shockingly great singer from ??? gosh knows where has she been hiding, and I personally think she steals the show! Karen and Ivy are both vying to play Marilyn Monroe in a play on Broadway. I have been waiting impatiently for the release of the soundtrack since I began watching Smash. I really love the show's premise, which allows these two singers to showcase their singing talent both on stage and in their lives, so the music is a mix of show-type tunes a la Marilyn Monroe days and songs that suit today. I think this album is a great showcase of Katherine and Megan's talents.