Cabaret [Original Soundtrack Recording]

Cabaret [Original Soundtrack Recording]


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Even though he came from the theater himself, Bob Fosse, when he came to make a film of Harold Prince's musical Cabaret, did what most movie directors do, taking the 15-song score and cutting two-thirds of it to leave five songs -- "Wilkommen," "Two Ladies," "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," "If You Could See Her," and "Cabaret." (In addition, "Sitting Pretty" was performed instrumentally and "Married" in German.) He then allowed the show's songwriters, John Kander and Fred Ebb, to add material to emphasize the film's two musical stars, "Mein Herr" and "Maybe This Time" for Liza Minnelli and "Money, Money" for Minnelli and Joel Grey. ("Maybe This Time" was a Kander-Ebb song Minnelli had been singing since 1964.) The film was even more successful than the show, and the soundtrack album went gold, outselling the original Broadway cast album. It is not the record you want to buy to get the complete score, of course, and even at its 38-plus-minute running time it's padded. But it contains some definitive Minnelli performances, particularly her rendition of the title song. In the show and film, the song's upbeat, devil-may-care mood is in stark contrast to the downbeat conclusion of the plot, which finds lead character Sally Bowles stranded in Nazi Germany. Coming from Minnelli, there is an added subtext, as the performance can be read as a tribute to her mother, Judy Garland. And Grey is equally impressive, particularly in "Wilkommen" and "If You Could See Her." Cabaret won Academy Awards for Minnelli and Grey, but lost the Best Picture award, and a similar judgment can be made about the soundtrack album. Their performances are outstanding, but the album as a whole is a bit skimpy. Subsequent stage productions tended to incorporate the new film songs. (The 1996 CD reissue re-sequences the songs.)

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0076744002723
catalogNumber: 40027
Rank: 55652


  1. Willkommen
  2. Mein Herr
  3. Maybe This Time
  4. Money, Money
  5. Two Ladies
  6. Sitting Pretty
  7. Tomorrow Belongs To Me
  8. Tiller Girls
  9. Heiraten (Married)
  10. If You Could See Her
  11. Cabaret
  12. Finale

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Vocals,Track Performer
Greta Keller   Vocals
Joel Grey   Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Lambert   Vocals
Bob Fosse   Staging
Michael York   Vocals
Marisa Berenson   Vocals
Helmut Griem   Vocals
Fritz Wepper   Vocals

Technical Credits

Geoffrey Burgon   Composer
John Austin   Reissue Coordinator
Ralph Burns   Orchestration,Musical Director
Christopher Isherwood   Story
Barry Hansen   Art Direction
Andy McKaie   Reissue Coordinator
Phil Mogg   Composer
Pete Way   Composer
Harold Prince   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Fosse   Director
Max O. Preeo   Liner Notes
Brad Bennett   Art Direction
Mitch Steele   Reissue Coordinator
Fred Ebb   Lyricist
Cy Feuer   Producer
Wilson Design Group   Reissue Design
Jay Allen   Screenplay
Joe Masteroff   Book
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Jay Allen   Screenplay
John Van Druten   Playwright
Joe Masterhoff   Book

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