The Rocky Horror Show [Original Roxy Cast]

The Rocky Horror Show [Original Roxy Cast]



The Rocky Horror Show, a satiric amalgam of glam rock and 1950s horror movies, was a minor sensation on the fringes of London musical theater in 1973 when it was seen one fateful night by Lou Adler, the veteran Los Angeles-based record company executive and producer, who decided to take it to America. Adler brought the show's star, Tim Curry, to L.A. and built a production around him to play in the Roxy nightclub, opening on March 24, 1974. Adler also produced a cast album for his Ode Records label. He used his usual musicians, the cream of the L.A. session scene who referred to themselves as the "Wrecking Crew" -- drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Joe Osborn, keyboard player Larry Knechtel, guitarist Dean Parks, etc. -- which made a big change from the five-man pickup band that recorded the original London cast album. In these musicians' hands, the music for The Rocky Horror Show became much slicker and more mainstream, less a parody of pop
ock styles than a version of the real thing. It was also played at noticeably quicker tempos. The L.A. cast members had better voices than their London counterparts, but their interpretation was more campy and less affectionate. Curry, however, was much the same, having long since perfected his portrayal of mad scientist and transvestite Frank-N-Furter. There were three new songs, two of which, "Charles Atlas Song" and "Planet Shmanet Janet," gave Curry more to do. The third new song, "Eddie's Teddy," gave Meat Loaf, an important addition to the cast, greater exposure in the dual roles of Eddie and Dr. Scott. (Eddie's main song, meanwhile, was retitled from "Hot Patootie [Bless My Soul]" to "Whatever Happened to Saturday Night.") In one sense, the show, which sent up many aspects of American pop culture, was a good fit for L.A.; in another, it was all wrong. In Hollywood, it was no longer the trashy little entertainment it had been back home, but only a slight variation on what was going on outside the theater. Nevertheless, the songs remained engaging, Curry was still impressive, and the recording was a far more professional effort than its British predecessor. The Rocky Horror Show ran for nine months in Los Angeles, after which a film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was shot. Adler then assembled an ill-fated Broadway production of the musical. An L.A. record type bringing in a rock & roll musical from London was not the kind of project the notoriously closed shop of Broadway was likely to embrace, and The Rocky Horror Show further offended New York sensibilities when the production redesigned the Belasco Theatre, reportedly damaging the venerable house in the process. Opening on March 10, 1975, to devastating reviews, the show struggled a month and then closed. No Broadway cast album was recorded. And that seemed to be it for The Rocky Horror Show in the U.S. (it was still playing in England and Australia). But the movie version hadn't yet opened....

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/1989
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227009045
catalogNumber: 70090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Curry   Vocals,Track Performer
Meat Loaf   Vocals,Track Performer
David Foster   Keyboards
Hal Blaine   Drums
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Abigale Haness   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Graham Jarvis   Vocals,Narrator,Track Performer
Larry Knechtel   Keyboards
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Steve Madaio   Horn
Alan Martin   Vocals
B. Miller   Vocals,Track Performer
Susan Morse   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bruce Scott   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jamie Donnelly   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
James R. Horn   Horn
D'Vaughn E. Pershing   Keyboards
Thomas J. Tedesco   Guitar
Kim Millford   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Osborn   Bass
Boni Enten   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael English   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Meat Loaf   Contributor
Lou Adler   Producer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Trevor Lawrence   Horn Arrangements
Steve Madaio   Horn Arrangements
Richard O'Brien   Composer,Lyricist,Book
James R. Horn   Horn Arrangements
D'Vaughn E. Pershing   Director,Musical Director
Kim Millford   Contributor
Abe Jacob   Sound Design
Ode Visuals   Art Direction
Jim Sharman   Director
Boni Enten   Contributor

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The Rocky Horror Show [Original Roxy Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a definite must-have for all Rocky Horror fans. The title is perfect, as it says just what the album is: the soundtrack to the Rocky Horror Show. Tim Curry is fabulous, and his distinctive voice stands out dramatically. The rest of the cast is exquisite as well, but Curry definitely steals the show in this beautifully recorded masterpiece. Being a long-time Tim Curry fan, this writer was taken away by his strong voice and boisterous attitude. It is absolutely one of the finest Rocky Horror items you will find.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one is the graitest cast album of Rocky Horror there is, I meen look you got Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Jamie Donnelly. The musical arrainging is just great, I always prefured the cast albums more the the movie soundtracks, and this is no exeption.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best cult-musical in the world. Worth every cent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This being the original cast I was somewhat aprehensive about listening to it. However, I was given the chance to by a fellow RHPS fan. And was I grateful!!! This is a great album, it has all the songs from the film but obviously sung by the stage cast. Some of these versions are by far better than the film; for example although Little Nell gives the film some character, her voice does get quite annoying and the original Columbia has a more listener friendly voice of which I am grateful! Tim Curry on the other hand is one voice which I personally will never grow tired of. He has a great voice with a lot of depth and dare I say it? Attitude! I guess that his years as a choir boy payed off!! No-one, no matter how hard they try will ever be a better Frank N. Furter than Tim. A definate must have for collectors and fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest Rocky Horror cast album I have ever heard, I meen look you got Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Jamie Donnelly. The musical composition was awsom. One of best recordings of Once In A While. The first album to feature all the songs. I have always prefurd the cast albums more than the movie soundtracks, and this one is no exeption.