Wicked [5th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although best remembered for the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's series of early 20th century novels about the fairyland Oz have inspired a number of theatrical and cinematic adaptations, beginning with a Broadway musical version of The Wizard of Oz for which Baum himself provided the libretto and lyrics that opened in 1903, only three years after the first publication of the initial book, and including the 1975 all-black Broadway musical The Wiz. In an era rife with sequels and "prequels" to successful properties that has reached back retroactively to include authorized and unauthorized re-imaginings of works such as Gone with the Wind, Gregory ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although best remembered for the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's series of early 20th century novels about the fairyland Oz have inspired a number of theatrical and cinematic adaptations, beginning with a Broadway musical version of The Wizard of Oz for which Baum himself provided the libretto and lyrics that opened in 1903, only three years after the first publication of the initial book, and including the 1975 all-black Broadway musical The Wiz. In an era rife with sequels and "prequels" to successful properties that has reached back retroactively to include authorized and unauthorized re-imaginings of works such as Gone with the Wind, Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West purported to depict the back-story of the villainess of The Wizard of Oz and her counterpart, Glinda the Good. Of course, Maguire's retelling was a revisionist interpretation in which the Wicked Witch turned out to be a misunderstood character with lots of justifications for turning "bad" (one of them being prejudiced reactions to her green skin color), while Glinda was made into more of a goody-goody than actually good, not to mention being something of a dumb-blonde cheerleader type. Theatrical composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) saw the obvious stage possibilities, and his musical version, Wicked, opened on Broadway on October 30, 2003. In the adaptation, Glinda's role has been beefed up, the better to employ the talents of Tony-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, though the story still primarily concerns the young Wicked Witch (Idina Menzel), with Broadway veteran Joel Grey as the Wizard, and the story line has been softened, the better to attract a young audience conditioned by the Disney hits Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. On disc, the score will have a familiar sound to anyone who knows previous Schwartz efforts and their combination of traditional show music with 1970s-style soft rock music and choral music. Soprano Chenoweth and alto Menzel are given very different kinds of songs to sing; Chenoweth gets the Broadway belting material, Menzel the more adult contemporary-type ballads. This is appropriate to the their characters. Glinda is superficial and showy, Elphaba (the Witch) so earnest that she is eventually embittered. The score is tuneful and the lyrics often witty. This is not great music, but it is craftsmanlike and certainly efficient for this somewhat questionable project. [The fifth anniversary edition features a second disc of bonus recordings by artists such as LeAnn Rimes and Kerry Ellis, as well as recordings from the German and Japanese casts.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602517827769
  • Catalog Number: 001212772
  • Sales rank: 22,433

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No One Mourns the Wicked (6:41)
  2. 2 Dear Old Shiz (1:27)
  3. 3 The Wizard and I (5:11)
  4. 4 What Is This Feeling? (3:33)
  5. 5 Something Bad (1:40)
  6. 6 Dancing Through Life (7:37)
  7. 7 Popular (3:45)
  8. 8 I'm Not That Girl (3:01)
  9. 9 One Short Day (3:04)
  10. 10 A Sentimental Man (1:17)
  11. 11 Defying Gravity (5:57)
  12. 12 Thank Goodness (6:23)
  13. 13 Wonderful (4:58)
  14. 14 I'm Not That Girl (Reprise) (0:50)
  15. 15 As Long as You're Mine (3:47)
  16. 16 No Good Deed (3:32)
  17. 17 March of the Witch Hunters (1:32)
  18. 18 For Good (5:09)
  19. 19 Finale (1:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 For Good - Delta Goodrem (4:15)
  2. 2 I'm Not That Girl - Kerry Ellis (3:49)
  3. 3 Making Good - Stephanie J. Block (4:00)
  4. 4 Solang Ich Dich Hab (3:47)
  5. 5 Gutes Tun (3:33)
  6. 6 Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase (7:37)
  7. 7 Popyuraa (3:45)
  8. 8 Defying Gravity [Versio - Idina Menzel (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian May Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Carole Shelley Vocals
Joel Grey Vocals
Ronald Carbone Viola
Karen Karlsrud Violin
Dale Kirkland Trombone
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Ann Leathers Violin
Richard Locker Cello
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Rob Mathes Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
John Moses Clarinet
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Douglas Purviance Trombone
Steve Sidwell Conductor
Ira Siegel Guitar
Ben Wittman Drums
Ann Labin Violin
Avril Brown Violin
Craig Mumm Viola
Dr. David Evans Keyboards
Jon Owens Trumpet
Maura Giannini Violin
Manuel Herrara Vocals
LeAnn Rimes Vocals
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Helen Campo Flute
John Campos Clarinet, Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone
Laura McGinnis Violin
Victor Schultz Violin
Idina Menzel Vocals
Mark Seibert Vocals
Taylor Hawkins Drums
Chris Chaney Bass
Sean McCourt Vocals
Stephen Schwartz Piano
Kristin Chenoweth Vocals
Vince Lionti Viola
William Youmans Vocals
Dan Miller Cello
Derrick Williams Vocals
Alex Lacamoire Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor
Kisha Howard Vocals
Corinne McFadden Vocals
Jeff Allen Bass
Delta Goodrem Vocals
Christopher Fitzgerald Vocals
Stephen Oremus Conductor
Kerry Ellis Vocals
Ioana Alfonso Vocals
Lorna Ventura Vocals
Norbert Leo Butz Vocals
Cristy Candler Vocals
Kristy Cates Vocals
Melissa Bell Chait Vocals
Marcus Choi Vocals
Kathy Deitch Vocals
Melissa Fahn Vocals
Michelle Federer Vocals
Rhett G. George Vocals
Christian Hebel Concert Master
Victor Heifets Violin
Stephanie J. Block Vocals
Katherine Fong Violin
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Catherine Ro Violin, Concert Master
Gary Seligson Drums
Laura Sherman Harp
Andrew Palermo Vocals
Ben Cameron Vocals
LJ Jellison Vocals
Xian-Dong Wang Violin
Walter Winston Oneil Vocals
Jeffrey Allen Bass
Andy Pellick Vocals
Konrad Adderly Bass Guitar
Miyuki Numao Vocals
Stephanie Block Vocals
Uikeddo Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Kristopher Cusick Vocals
Jeremy Turner Cello
Catherine Sim Violin
Katherine Livolsi-Stern Violin
Manuel Herrera Vocals
Wicked: A Musical Play Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Willemijn Verkaik Vocals
Li Tao Vocals
Rhett George Vocals
Michael Seelbach Vocals
Vincent Lionti Viola
Jan Neuberger Vocals
Tuck Lee Oboe
Ron Carbone Vocals
Kelly Dent French Horn
Theo Primis French Horn
Kevin Roy Vocals
Paul Loesel Keyboards
Tom Hoyt Trumpet
Andy Jones Percussion
Technical Credits
Brian May Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Glen Ballard Producer
William David Brohn Orchestration
Frank Filipetti Engineer, Engineering
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Mathes Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Steve Sidwell Arranger
Justin Shirley-Smith Producer, Engineer
Lawrence Manchester Engineering
Winnie Holzman Book
Stephen Schwartz Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Kris Fredriksson Producer, Engineer
DJ Tracy Young Remixing
Alex Lacamoire Arranger
Olivier Delhaye Art Direction
Stephen Oremus Arranger, Producer
Matt Bartram Digital Editing
James Lynn Abbott Arranger, Dance Arrangement
Ronald Sommer Producer
Mat Bartram Digital Editing
Perry Montague-Mason Orchestra Leader
John Lousteau Engineer
Joe Caranno Producer
Andrew Barrett Programming
Yoichi Kohno Engineer
Chris Roberts Executive Producer, Audio Production
Paul Ford Engineer
Gregory Maguire Liner Notes
Steve Price Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The most swankified version yet!

    For someone who usually sticks to iTunes and views CDs as just a waste of space, I'm pleased to say that this album is an exception. Not only is the packaging beautiful, the extra materials that come with this fantastic album are a must have for any Wicked fan, like myself. The soundtrack is of course, phenomenal, but the bonus tracks are what finally made me buy this album (I already have the original Wicked soundtrack on iTunes). Kerry Ellis, Stephanie J. Block, and the German and Japanese casts are amazing and the remix by Idina Menzel is, well, as expected: danceble! This is a great album to have for anyone, Wicked fan or not. I also recommend anything Broadway and Idina Menzel's new album I Stand.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is WICKED!

    I love the production. I have seen it in Chicago and New York City and everytime I put this cd on I just get so excited because its so dynamic. The sound quality is amazing. It is one of my favorite cds I own!

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