Wiz [Original Cast Recording]

Wiz [Original Cast Recording]

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Sidney Lumet's 1978 big-budget film adaptation of the soulful version of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz can't match the joy, spontaneity, or tart humor of the hit Broadway musical, not to mention the charm and wonder of the classic 1939 film. What The Wiz has to offer is Diana Ross and See more details below

Overview

Sidney Lumet's 1978 big-budget film adaptation of the soulful version of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz can't match the joy, spontaneity, or tart humor of the hit Broadway musical, not to mention the charm and wonder of the classic 1939 film. What The Wiz has to offer is Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as Dorothy and the Scarecrow, heading a stellar cast that also includes Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Ross is in great voice on "Soon as I Get Home" and "Is This What Feeling Gets?" Jackson's showstopper, "You Can't Win," utilizes every trick in the pre-Off the Wall 19-year-old's considerable repertoire. Horne delivers the film's best vocal performance, however, "Believe in Yourself." Long a cult favorite, this album is ripe for rediscovery.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Murrday Fisher
The Wiz original cast recording is a joyous, vibrant celebration of life, couched in the fantastic terms of a modernized retelling of The Wizard of Oz, with an entirely black cast. And it is fantastic in both senses -- both fantasy-based, like the children's story by L. Frank Baum that it is born from, and also superbly performed. This version far outshines the movie soundtrack (despite the movie having such big-name draws as Diana Ross and Michael Jackson). In this 1975 release, Stephanie Mills is an absolute delight as Dorothy and Andre De Shields is an engaging, rascally Wiz. The songs are stellar too; from the ominous, atmospheric instrumental "Tornado" to the gently affirming, confidence-building "Be a Lion" to the Wiz' grand I'm-outta-here finale, "Y'All Got It," this production is glorious. Listeners will feel uplifted. Very highly recommended, both for children and adults.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1992
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678149429
catalogNumber:
18137
Rank:
32860

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Tropea   Keyboards
Richard Harris   Trombone
Stephanie Mills   Track Performer
David Friedman   Percussion
Charles Sullivan   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Evelyn Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Hinton Battle   Track Performer
David Feldman   Woodwind
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Coleman   Vocals
Julien Barber   Concert Master
Raymond Beckenstein   Woodwind
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Track Performer
Leslie Butler   Choir, Chorus
Norman Carr   Violin
Harry Cykman   Violin
David Dutemple   Bass
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Stephen Furtado   Trumpet
Janet Hamilton   Cello
Cheryl Hardwick   Keyboards
Sam Harkness   Background Vocals
Jack Jeffers   Bass Trombone
Bob McCoy   Trumpet
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Sharon Moe   French Horn
Pat Rebillot   Keyboards
Alvin Rogers   Violin
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Clarice Taylor   Track Performer
Harold Wheeler   Keyboards
Edith Wint   Cello
Gerald Beal   Violin
Frank Perowsky   Woodwind
Herbert Sorkin   Violin
Julius Ehrenwerth   Cello
Jimmy Wigfall   Choir, Chorus
Eugene Little   Choir, Chorus
Andy Torres   Choir, Chorus
Frank Floyd   Background Vocals
Phylicia Rashad   Choir, Chorus
Steve Blume   Guitar
Arnetia Walker   Choir, Chorus
Kenneth Scott   Choir, Chorus
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
Shari Alfaro   Choir, Chorus
Lettie Battle   Choir, Chorus
Phillip Bond   Choir, Chorus
Robert Carten   Woodwind
Pi Douglass   Choir, Chorus
Ronald Dunham   Choir, Chorus
Wendy Edmead   Choir, Chorus
Rodney Green   Choir, Chorus
Ben Harney   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Charles Coleman   Vocal Arrangements,Musical Director
Milton Glaser   Illustrations
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Harold Wheeler   Orchestration,Musical Director
Geoffrey Holder   Director,Costume Design
George Faison   Choreographer

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