Little Shop Of Horrors / O.S.T.



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Review Text 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. ~ Peter Fawthrop

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors) - 3:27
  2. 2. Skid Row (Downtown) - 4:17
  3. 3. Da-Doo - 1:24
  4. 4. Grow For Me - 2:24
  5. 5. Somewhere That's Green - 4:50
  6. 6. Some Fun Now - 2:17
  7. 7. Dentist! - 2:27
  8. 8. Feed Me (Git It) - 3:25
  9. 9. Suddenly, Seymour - 3:27
  10. 10. Suppertime - 2:04
  11. 11. The Meek Shall Inherit - 3:21
  12. 12. Mean Green Mother From Outerspace - 5:48
  13. 13. Finale (Don't Feed The Plants) - 2:30

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