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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Sidney Lumet's big-budget film version of The Wiz, an updated musical treatment of The Wizard of Oz with songs by Charlie Smalls, is not remembered as one of the great movie musicals. But you wouldn't know that from this elaborate double-LP soundtrack album, on which Smalls' Broadway score is augmented by music written by producer Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Luther Vandross. Jones organized a studio band of New York jazz veterans, including Toots Thielemans, Eric Gale, Michael Brecker, and Richard Tee, and of course the cast provides spectacular vocal firepower in the persons of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The result was a Top...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Sidney Lumet's big-budget film version of The Wiz, an updated musical treatment of The Wizard of Oz with songs by Charlie Smalls, is not remembered as one of the great movie musicals. But you wouldn't know that from this elaborate double-LP soundtrack album, on which Smalls' Broadway score is augmented by music written by producer Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Luther Vandross. Jones organized a studio band of New York jazz veterans, including Toots Thielemans, Eric Gale, Michael Brecker, and Richard Tee, and of course the cast provides spectacular vocal firepower in the persons of Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The result was a Top 40, gold-selling album paced by a Top 40 single of "Ease on Down the Road" by Ross and Jackson outperforming the 1975 version by Consumer Rapport, as well as the chart single "You Can't Win," by Jackson. Much comparison was made between the vocal not to mention the facial resemblance between Ross and Jackson; here's the only place to hear them together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811164928
  • Catalog Number: 11649
  • Sales rank: 36,690

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Pryor Vocals
Dave Moore Bass
Patti Austin Choir, Chorus
Roberta Flack Choir, Chorus
Gwen Guthrie Choir, Chorus
Michael Jackson Vocals
Diana Ross Harmonica, Vocals
Luther Vandross Choir, Chorus
Warren Bernhardt Keyboards
Eddie Bert Trombone
Phil Bodner Woodwind
Michael Brecker Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind
Ron Carter Bass
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Urbie Green Trombone
Lena Horne Vocals
Dick Hyman Keyboards
Bob James Keyboards
Quincy Jones Conductor, Keyboards
Steve Khan Guitar
David Lasley Choir, Chorus
Mike Lawrence Trumpet
Hubert Laws Woodwind
Mel Lewis Percussion
Rob Mounsey Keyboards
Jerome Richardson Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
George Young Woodwind
David Friedman Percussion
Howard Johnson Tuba
Johnny Mince Woodwind
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Derek Smith Keyboards
Grady Tate Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Michal Urbaniak Violin
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Steve Clayton Choir, Chorus
Mel Davis Trumpet
Bill Summers Percussion
David Foster Synthesizer, Keyboards
Ron Dante Choir, Chorus
Christopher Dean Choir, Chorus
Jake Holmes Choir, Chorus
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
David Taylor Trombone
Sharon Davis Choir, Chorus
Rhetta Hughes Choir, Chorus
Dave Carey Percussion
John Clark French Horn
Jean Thomas Choir, Chorus
Sue Evans Percussion
Steve Feldman Choir, Chorus
Gordon Grody Choir, Chorus
Maggie Reilly French Horn
Jonathan Abramowitz Cello
Gloria Agostini Harp
Adrienne Albert Choir, Chorus
Ray Alonge French Horn
Lamar Alsop Viola
Wayne Andre Trombone
Kenny Ascher Keyboards
Joshie Armstead Choir, Chorus
Tom Bahler Trumpet, Conductor, Choir, Chorus
Danny Banks Woodwind
Seymour Barab Cello
Ann Barak Violin
Julien Barber Viola
Dave Bargeron Tuba
Clare Bathe Choir, Chorus
John Beal Bass
Raymond Beckenstein Woodwind
Victoria Berdy Percussion
Seymour Berman Viola
Maurice Bialkin Cello
Arnold Black Violin
Richard Boch Cello
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Arthur Bogin Violin
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Ariana Bronne Violin
Alfred Brown Viola
James Buffington French Horn
Frederick Buldrini Violin
Eric Butler Choir, Chorus
Don Butterfield Tuba
Danny Cahn Trumpet
Max Cahn Violin
John Campo Bassoon, Woodwind
Thelma Carpenter Vocals
Dave Charles Percussion
Vivian Cherry Choir, Chorus
Cissy Houston Choir, Chorus
Clark Terry Trumpet
Léon Cohen Woodwind
Kay Coleman Choir, Chorus
Harold Coletta Viola
Burt Collins Trumpet
Jennifer Cooke Choir, Chorus
Donald Corrado French Horn
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Raymond Crisara Trumpet
Dave Grusin Keyboards
Harry Cykman Violin
Noel DaCosta Violin
Eddie Daniels Woodwind
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
Allan Dean Trumpet
George Devens Percussion
Peter Dimitriades Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Harvey Estrin Woodwind
Paul Faulise Trombone
Robert Freedman Conductor
Hank Freeman Woodwind
Louis Gabowitz Violin
Steve Gadd Percussion, Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Harry Glickman Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Gary Grant Trumpet
Diva Gray Choir, Chorus
Milt Grayson Choir, Chorus
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Lani Groves Choir, Chorus
Diana Halprin Violin
Janet Hamilton Cello
Don Hammond Woodwind
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Ernie Hayes Keyboards
Richard Henrickson Violin
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Milt Hinton Bass
Max Hollander Violin
Kim Hutchcroft Woodwind
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Theodore Israel Viola
Anthony Jackson Bass
Artie Jenkins Percussion
Leo Kahn Violin
Arthur Kaplan Woodwind
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Phil Kraus Percussion
Bhen Lanzaroni Keyboards
Bill Lavorgna Percussion
Linda Lawrence Viola
Walter Levinsky Woodwind
Jesse Levy Cello
Yvonne Lewis Choir, Chorus
John Lissauer Woodwind
Steve Little Percussion
Guy Lumia Violin
Carmel Malin Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
George Marge Woodwind
Lou Marini Woodwind
Ron Marshall Choir, Chorus
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums
Barbara Massey Choir, Chorus
Carmen Mastren Banjo
Richard Maximoff Viola
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Ullanda McCullough Choir, Chorus
Deborah McDuffie Choir, Chorus
Greig McRitchie Performing Ensemble
Homer Mensch Bass
Helene Miles Choir, Chorus
Leslie Miller Choir, Chorus
Tony Miranda French Horn
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Sharon Moe French Horn
Louann Montesi Violin
Kermit Moore Cello
Melanie Moore Choir, Chorus
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Frank Owens Keyboards
Chris Parker Drums
Leon Pendarvis Keyboards
Janice Pendarvis Choir, Chorus
Romeo Penque Woodwind
Jerry Peters Keyboards
Randy Peyton Quartet Choir, Chorus
John Pintavalle Violin
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Tony Posk Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Alan Raph Trombone, Tuba
Pat Rebillot Keyboards
Margaret Ross Harp
Robert Rozek Violin
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Charles Russo Woodwind
Sonny Russo Trombone
David Sackson Violin, Viola
Annette Sanders Choir, Chorus
Zachary Sanders Choir, Chorus
Russ Savakus Bass
Midhat Serbagi Viola
Alan Shulman Cello
Billy Slapin Woodwind
Frederick Slotkin Cello
Charles Small Trombone
Anthony Sophos Cello
Richard Sortomme Violin
Irving Spice Violin
Maretha Stewart Choir, Chorus
Tony Studd Trombone
Richard Tee Keyboards
Toots Thielemans Harmonica
Alfonso Thornton Choir, Chorus
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
David Tofani Woodwind
Bobby Tucker Conductor
Harry Urbont Violin
Larry Wechsler French Horn
Avram Weiss Violin
Frank Wess Woodwind
Tony Wells Choir, Chorus
Brenda White Choir, Chorus
Janet Wright Choir, Chorus
Harry Zaratzian Viola
Craig Davis Choir, Chorus
Chuck Finley Trumpet
Wally Kane Bassoon, Woodwind
Alfa Anderson Choir, Chorus
Michael Comins Violin
Susan Hamilton Choir, Chorus
Jerry Keller Choir, Chorus
Mabel King Vocals
David Reed Choir, Chorus
Mabel Robinson Choir, Chorus
Ora Shiran Violin
Renelie Stafford Choir, Chorus
Fred Stark Choir, Chorus
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Maxine Roach Viola
Lou Eley Violin
Kenny Karen Choir, Chorus
Sheldon Powell Woodwind
Claudia Ricks Choir, Chorus
Alfons Schipani Violin
Michael Spivakowsky Violin
Joseph Rabushka Violin
Kenny Williams Choir, Chorus
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Lew Del Gatto Woodwind
Raymond Simpson Choir, Chorus
Tommy Bridwell Keyboards
Ray Shanfeld Bassoon, Woodwind
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Mike Gray Choir, Chorus
Julio Herrera Choir, Chorus
Billy Davis Choir, Chorus
Loren Glickman Woodwind
Peter Gordon French Horn
Frank Floyd Choir, Chorus
Tony Price Tuba
Ted Ross Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tamy Smith Choir, Chorus
Bobby Floyd Choir, Chorus
Antonia French Choir, Chorus
Alla Goldenberg Cello
Arthur French Choir, Chorus
Mike Farrell Choir, Chorus
Christine Langner Choir, Chorus
Bill Eaton Choir, Chorus
Theresa Merrit Vocals
Nipsey Russell Vocals
Jean Ely Violin
Mary Green Jaccoma Cello
Jesse Teiko Bass
Ruth Armato Harp
Sally Foster Harp
Ronnie Roseman Woodwind
Lorin Clickman Bassoon
Joe Marangella Horn
Claude Brooke Choir, Chorus
T.J. Cooke Choir, Chorus
Jules S. Davis Choir, Chorus
Camille Farrell Choir, Chorus
Bryon Gray Choir, Chorus
Petra Johnson Choir, Chorus
Martina Jones Choir, Chorus
Mary Lombardi Choir, Chorus
Kim Magloire Choir, Chorus
Tommy Malcolm Choir, Chorus
Gerrard Randall Choir, Chorus
Ermundo Russell Choir, Chorus
Susan Stephenson Choir, Chorus
Mia Thomas Choir, Chorus
Duke Thorbs Choir, Chorus
Dawn Walker Choir, Chorus
Molina Williams Choir, Chorus
Cassie Cisyk Choir, Chorus
Charles Collins Choir, Chorus
Melvin W. Edmondson Choir, Chorus
Bill Marine Choir, Chorus
Chuck McGruder Choir, Chorus
Janice Papolos Choir, Chorus
Dennis Perren Choir, Chorus
Neil Raber Choir, Chorus
Mariama Thomas Choir, Chorus
Joey Ward Choir, Chorus
Beurice Whitehead Choir, Chorus
Paul Winter Violin
George Flynn Trombone
Larry Williams Woodwind
Julian Baird Viola
William Walker Choir, Chorus
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Technical Credits
Chris Boardman Orchestration
Quincy Jones Liner Notes, Vocal Arrangements, Dance Arrangement
Tom Bahler Arranger
Larry Dahlstrom Engineer
Ralph Ferraro Orchestration
Robert Freedman Orchestration
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Dick Hazard Orchestration
Jerry Hey Orchestration
Greig McRitchie Orchestration
Frank Owens Dance Arrangement
Wayne Robinson Orchestration
Skip Saylor Engineer
Bruce Swedien Engineer
Harold Wheeler Composer
Charlie Smalls Composer
George Osaki Art Direction
Mendel Baylitz Orchestration
Sherry Kruger Orchestral Coordinator
Sidney Lument Liner Notes
Pete Meyers Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie and Story Line

    I love the Wiz the music the outfits and the story it tells are all wonderful life lessons. I think every person should see this movie! I have bought it for family and myself and they all watch it atleast every other month sometimes more. What movie do you watch that often???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wiz is Best Musical Ever

    The Wiz is the best musical I have ever seen. It has the best music, from slow paced alternative to funky R&B. Some songs make me feel happy and I want to dance, while other songs make me want to cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THE WIZ

    i may be a little bias because the wiz was the first movie i ever saw. i went to see it with my day care center!!! I love the songs and I love the actors in it...from Diana Ross to Lena Horne, they are all fantastic!!! You listen to the music and you can't help but to groove to it. Definitely worth having.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Creation

    I REALLY LOVED THE MOVIE & THE SOUNDTRACK. I LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO USE IT FOR A SCHOOL PLAY.

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