Original Soundtrack - West Side Story - Expanded (CD)

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Categories
ClassicalSoundtracksMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Pop Vocal
  3. Show Vocals
Number of Items
1
Title
West Side Story - Expanded
Media
CD
BarCode
696998922624
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Label
Sony Classical
Distributor
Sbme Special Mkts.
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
696998922624
Previews
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.28) - Ranked #4 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Innocent visions of gangland, articulated in wistful songs..."
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Overture
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Intermission Music
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I Feel Pretty
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] One Hand, One Heart
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Quintet
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Rumble, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Somewhere
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Cool
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] A Boy Like That / I Have A Love
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Finale
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] End Credits
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Prologue
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Jet Song
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Something's Coming
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Dance At The Gym Medley: Blues / Promenade / Mambo / Pas De Deux / Jump - (previously Unreleased)
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Maria
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] America
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Tonight
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Gee, Officer Krupke
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] West Side Story, film score: Overture - (previously unreleased)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] West Side Story, film score: Prologue
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] West Side Story, film score: Jet Song
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] West Side Story, film score: Something's Coming
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] West Side Story, film score: Dance At The Gym - (previously unreleased)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] West Side Story, film score: Maria
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] West Side Story, film score: America
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] West Side Story, film score: Tonight
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] West Side Story, film score: Gee, Officer Krupke
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] West Side Story, film score: Intermission Music - (previously unreleased)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] West Side Story, film score: I Feel Pretty
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] West Side Story, film score: One Hand, One Heart
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] West Side Story, film score: Quintet
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] West Side Story, film score: The Rumble
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] West Side Story, film score: Somewhere
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] West Side Story, film score: Cool
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] West Side Story, film score: A Boy Like That / I Have A Love
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] West Side Story, film score: Finale - (previously unreleased)
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] West Side Story, film score: End Credits - (previously unreleased)
Genre
Soundtracks
Release Date
10 June 2004
Country
USA
Notes

Composer: Leonard Bernstein.
Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim.
Personnel: Tucker Smith, Jim Bryant (vocals); Marni Nixon, Betty Wand (vocals); George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn.
Audio Remixer: Charles Harbutt.
Liner Note Author: Richard Ridge.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (08/09/1960-08/10/1960).
Directors: Robert Wise; Jerome Robbins.
Editor: Thomas Stanford.
Photographer: Vernon Smith.
Hollywood has a deservedly bad reputation for its adaptations of Broadway musicals, but, at least as of the mid-'50s, with Broadway powers like Rodgers & Hammerstein getting some control over the film versions of their works, some degree of greater fidelity has been achieved, in the sense that the movies tend to use much of the scores heard on-stage, without interpolating new, irrelevant material. One tendency Rodgers & Hammerstein pictures (notably South Pacific) have made heavy use of, however, is to have one cast acting on the screen and something close to an entirely different one singing in the recording studio, and that is very much the case with regard to West Side Story. Jerome Robbins, who directed the Broadway show, was co-director of the movie, so it's not surprising that there is some approximation on film of what was seen on-stage. But the story has been rearranged somewhat. Thankfully, the casting, including the use of Natalie Wood, an actress of Russian/French extraction, as the supposedly Puerto Rican Maria, is the not the concern of a reviewer of the soundtrack album, particularly because Wood's singing voice has been replaced by that of the magnificent Marni Nixon. As it happens, so have the singing voices of nearly all the onscreen performers. The equally miscast Richard Beymer, as Tony, is voiced here by the excellent Jim Bryant. After those basic substitutions, things get a little complicated, however. That's the voice of Tucker Smith, who plays another of the gang the Jets, coming out of the mouth of Russ Tamblyn as Riff in "Jet Song," but Tamblyn gets to do some of his own singing in "Gee, Officer Krupke!" and "Quintet." Studio singer Betty Wand sings for Rita Moreno as Anita in "America" and "A Boy Like That," but in "Quintet," Nixon handles the voices of both Maria and Anita! Nevertheless, much of Leonard Bernstein's score, a fresh mixture of pop, jazz, and classical elements, remains in the original Irwin Kostal/Sid Ramin orchestrations, and Stephen Sondheim's clever lyrics are well sung, whoever may be doing that singing. "America," one of the cleverest songs, has had its words toned down, however, and the sense of the song as a verbal duel between the characters Anita (who criticizes Puerto Rico) and Rosalia (who defends it) is completely lost by having all members of the gang the Sharks, with leader Bernardo (George Chakiris, doing his own singing) prominent among them, singing various lines. Now, you can't make sense of the original back and forth, and much of the point of the lyric is lost. Oh, well. It's still great dance music, which is also true of much of Bernstein's score. And the ballads remain moving, especially when they're being sung by Nixon and Bryant. The West Side Story soundtrack album is no substitute for the original Broadway cast recording, but it is much better than most such versions of show scores. ~ William Ruhlmann

Duration
78m 49s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
West Side Story Cast Ensemble
Producer
Robert Wise; Harold Prince; Robert E. Griffith; Didier C. Deutsch (Reissue); Darcy M. Proper (Reissue)
Artists
  1. Original Soundtrack
Date Released
2004-06-01 00:00:00

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