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John Barrowman-Songs from Grease [1994 London Studio Cast]

John Barrowman

Songs from Grease [1994 London Studio Cast]

Format: CD   Release Date: 01/02/2001
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The British studio cast album of Grease that John Yap produced for That's Entertainment Records (TER) in 1994 (subsequently reissued on Jay Records) incorporated the songs from the 1972 stage musical written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, as well as the songs written by others for the 1978 movie musical, making it the most complete rendering of the score. Beyond that claim, it wasn't particularly impressive. The obvious problem with the combined score is that the movie music, including the hits "Grease," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and "You're the One That I Want," is in a late 1970s pop/rock style that bears little resemblance to Casey and Jacobs' satirical 1950s pastiche songs. That doesn't seem to have bothered the millions who bought tickets to the movie and copies of the soundtrack album, but it remains disconcerting, in fact, more so when you're not distracted by the personae of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The title song remains a fuddle ("Grease is the way we are feeling"?), "Hopelessly Devoted to You" is still a bland adult contemporary ballad, and "You're the One That I Want" is still closer to being hysterical than exciting. The cast here is mostly adequate, though Clare Burt's Rizzo has accent problems in "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" and "There Are Worse Things Could Do." In 1995, Madacy released a 12-track abridgment of the 20-track TER version at a budget price, and that reduction was then reissued by Jay's Curtain Call subsidiary. It's a cheap way to get a sense of the show, but perhaps inevitably focuses more on the movie songs than the show score. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Format: CD
  • Release Date: 01/02/2001
  • Record Label: Curtain Call
  • UPC: 056775075729
  • Product ID: 851900
  • Genre: Cast Recordings, Show Tunes

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