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The Music of Smash [Original TV Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886919662429
  • Catalog Number: 196624
  • Sales rank: 19,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Touch Me - Katharine McPhee (3:52)
  2. 2 Stand - Leslie Odom (2:57)
  3. 3 Who You Are - Megan Hilty (3:53)
  4. 4 Crazy Dreams - Megan Hilty (3:11)
  5. 5 Beautiful - Katharine McPhee (3:33)
  6. 6 Haven't Met You Yet - Nick Jonas (2:22)
  7. 7 Shake It Out - Katharine McPhee (2:49)
  8. 8 Brighter Than the Sun - Katharine McPhee (2:44)
  9. 9 Let Me Be Your Star - Megan Hilty (3:12)
  10. 10 The 20th Century Fox Mambo - Katharine McPhee (2:44)
  11. 11 Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Megan Hilty (3:35)
  12. 12 Let's Be Bad - Megan Hilty (3:03)
  13. 13 History Is Made At Night - Megan Hilty (4:19)
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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
La 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
Herb Powers Mastering
Marc Shaiman Composer, Programming, Producer, Orchestration, drum programming
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Andy Zulla Programming, Producer, Engineer
Larry Blank Orchestration
Tom Coyne Mastering
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
Vlado Meller Mastering
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 Welch 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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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Disappointed

    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

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Have been waiting for the release!

    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.

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