Little Shop of Horrors [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Little Shop of Horrors [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Howard AshmanHoward Ashman


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In 1978 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman created a new musical take on Roger Corman's 1960 film Little Shop Of Horrors, which became a Broadway hit. Both involve a man-eating, Venus flytrap-inspired plant named Audrey II, raised in a skid-row flower shop into a massive beast with excessive chloroplast (testosterone?) levels. Though the film was inventive and campy, Menken and Ashman's music music - a mix of doo-wop and lavish songs along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show -- made the show's fun hilarious, its thrills outrageously gruesome. The soundtrack to Frank Oz's 1987 film adaptation carries on the musical's spirit: Steve Martin's rendition of "Dentist," about a demented psychopath who drills mouths (not just teeth) without novocaine, is achingly funny. "Downtown" is a full-powered choir of the slums; Rick Moranis works for an uptight flower shop manager ("He took me in, gave me shelter, a bed, crust of bread and a job, treats me like dirt and calls me a slob, which I am.") Martin and Moranis' sincere if limited singing is charming, and Ellen Greene returns as the original Audrey from the Broadway version; the way she belts out earth-shakingly high notes is bewildering, particularly on the lovely duet with Moranis, "Suddenly Seymour." The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs is a scene-stealer as Audrey II, particularly on the new track, the raunchy, boisterous finale "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"; since film nominations must be new songs, it was added in hopes of an Academy Award (and did indeed receive a nomination.) When Disney added a tribute to Howard Ashman on the Beauty and the Beast credits after his death in 1992, it read: "To Ashman who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul." He also gave a plant its appetite.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642412527
catalogNumber: 24125
Rank: 10836

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Ashman   Primary Artist
Steve Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Siedah Garrett   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tisha Campbell   Vocals
Gary Martin   Vocals,Voices
Jay Gruska   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bobbye Hall   Conga,Tabla
Derek Austin   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Peter Beckett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Carvell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lynn Davis   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Debra Dobkin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tommy Funderburk   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Donny Gerrard   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Choir, Chorus
Bob Gaudio   Synthesizer
Gene Morford   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dann Huff   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Martin Kershaw   Guitar
Barry Morgan   Percussion,Drums
Tom Nichol   Drums
Frank Oz   Vocals,Voices
Andy Pask   Bass
Joe Pizzulo   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals
John Philip Shenale   Synthesizer,Synclavier
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Levi Stubbs   Vocals,Track Performer
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Luther Waters   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Morgan Winters   Synclavier
Monalisa Young   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bobbye Porter   Conga,Tambourine
Bill Mitchell   Narrator
Julia Waters   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Michelle Weeks   Vocals,Voices
Tichina Arnold   Vocals
Robert Billing   Voices
Bob Caudio   Synthesizer
Do Wops   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ellen Greene   Vocals
London Rhythm Section   Performing Ensemble
Robby Merkin   Synthesizer,Piano,Voices
Rick Moranis   Vocals
Phil Nicholl   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jonathan Sorrell   Synclavier
Greg Stuart   Synclavier
Lindsay Benson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Doreen Hermitage   Vocals,Voices
Robert Billig   Vocals
Bob Sherman   Vocals
Bob Sessions   Vocals
Maxine Waters   Vocals
Stephen Hoye   Vocals
Nick Curtis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Pizullo   Vocals
Steve Martin   Vocals
Gary Martin   Vocals
Bobbye Hall Porter   Conga,Tambourine
Phil Shenale   Synthesizer,Synclavier
Billy J. Mitchell   Narrator

Technical Credits

Howard Ashman   Lyricist
Tony d'Amico   Engineer
Bob Gaudio   Arranger,Producer,Musical Adaptation,Adaptation to CD
Miles Goodman   Contributor,Orchestration
John Philip Shenale   Programming,Synclavier Programming
Morgan Winters   Programming,Producer,Synclavier Programming
David Jacob   Engineer
Barry Sage   Engineer
Robert Billing   Vocal Arrangements
London Rhythm Section   Contributor
Robby Merkin   Arranger,Orchestration,Musical Adaptation,Adaptation to CD
Jonathan Sorrell   Programming,Producer,Synclavier Programming
Greg Stuart   Programming,Producer,Synclavier Programming
Tonia Davall   Contributor
Robert Billig   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements

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