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Wiz Soundtrack

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue
  2. The Feeling We Once Had
  3. Tornado
  4. He's The Wizard
  5. Soon As I Get Home
  6. I Was Born On The Day Before Yesterday
  7. Ease On Down the Road
  8. Slide Some Oil To Me
  9. I'm A Mean Ole Lion
  10. Be A Lion
  11. So You Wanted To See The Wizard
  12. What Would I Do If I Could Feel
  13. Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News
  14. Everybody Rejoice
  15. Y'All Got It!
  16. If You Believe
  17. Home (Finale)

Product Description

(Smalls) Mabel King Andre De Shields and&nbspDee Dee Bridgewater.&nbsp

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic recording of a fabulous - and sadly, under-professionally-performed- musical. The music is great, and very catchy. Great for anyone learning the show for a performance, and for anyone whose seen the show- either amateurly or professionally. The standard of singing on it is wonderful, and this recording is well worth owning!
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Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
My wife, Lynn, saw this show live on broadway when it
was first performed (twice). She has very fond memories
of her nights out. Unfortunately the vinyl album gave
up the ghost some years ago, so I bought this to play
on our Brennen JB7. I got a million "Brownie Points"
for the surprise and for the pleasure we both get from
the Original Cast.

Ray Fearnley.
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We all learned long ago to be leery of remakes of beloved classic (Marlo Thomas doing "It's A Wonderful Life" sticks out for me), but every once in a while you find a gem like "The Wiz," which successfully treads upon the most sacred ground of "The Wizard of Oz." What makes this Tony Award winning musical with music & lyrics by Charlie Smalls and a book by William F. Brown, is that its best musical moments do not duplicate those of the classic film, with the exception that proves the rule of "Ease on Down the Road" as the contemporary counterpart to "We're Off to See the Wizard." The finest moments in this stage musical are when Dorothy convinces one of her companions "Be A Lion," when the Wicked Witch (Mable King) warns "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News," and Glinda the Good tells Dorothy what happens "If You Believe." The big choral number is not the Munchkins singing about the death of the Wicked Witch of the East but rather the Winkies celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. Finally, Dorothy's best song does not come before she goes over the rainbow but is hinted at once she arrives in Oz and provides the musical conclusion "Home (Finale)," replacing the heartfelt final line of the film with an equally emotional song. Of the songs that duplicate those of the film, specifically those by the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Lion, only "I'm a Mean Ole Lion" is a decent effort, helped by Ted Ross' breakthrough performance (Ross was the only actor who got to duplicate his role in the film version). It is certainly not fair to compare Stephanie Mills to Judy Garland, but she delivers the final song and provides an ending to this musical that is as satisfying as the end of the film. Bottom Line: I do not know of anybody who has not enjoyed this musical more than they thought they would.
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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The CD is a brilliant version of "The Wiz"! I used it to help teach peeps when I did the musical ad is was FAB! I would definately recomend it to ne1 who is thinkin bout buying it! FABULOUS!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ccf9ee8) out of 5 stars 84 reviews
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb466e4) out of 5 stars The Wiz: A reflection of African-American music 8 May 2005
By RD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After looking at several reviews at amazon.com and the IMDB about people despising the movie version of "The Wiz" for not remaining true to its source material, I decided to get the original script and soundtrack for the musical on Broadway. This soundtrack does not disapoint; in fact I feel it is superior to the movie's two-disc soundtrack with its original songs and it's extended versions of certain songs such as "Everybody Rejoice." While the music may be dated somewhat (for example, the disco-sounding "Tornado," one of the CD's best songs), it should be noted that virtually every musical based on "The Wizard of Oz" in someway reflects the culture that it was released around (for example, the slow 1930's ballads and the omitted "Jitterbug" of the 1939 MGM version and the Broadway sound of "Wicked"). "The Wiz" clearly reflects the music of African-Americans, especially during the 1970s. Songs like "He's the Wizard" are nods to early jazz; others like "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" reflect gospel; and several songs such as "The Feeling We Once Had," "What Would I Do If I Could Feel" and "Home" are based upon R&B ballads of the 1960s and 70s. The one disappointing fact about this soundtrack is that several songs such as "Lion's Dream," "Emerald City Ballet" and "Funky Monkey" have been omitted from this soundtrack, and it would be nice to see this album remastered to include those songs, but I strongly doubt Atlantic will remaster this album in the near future.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb46834) out of 5 stars Soulful Oz ! 11 July 2005
By AJK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Arriving in the spring of 1975, "The Wiz" ( a "soulful" take on "The Wizard Of Oz") was not an immediate hit. After an strong marketing campaign and a Tony for Best Musical, "The Wiz" enjoyed a long stay on Broadway.

Stephanie Mills (who lated scored a pop hit w/ "Never Knew Love Like This Before") shines as Dorothy. Hinton Battle and Ted Ross are also terrific as the Scarecrow and Lion, respectively.

Best Tracks include:

Tornado (a disco-flavored instrumental)

I Was Born On The Day Before Yesterday

Ease On Down The Road (the show's primary hit)

I'm A Mean Ole Lion

Home

Terrific!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cd1c084) out of 5 stars Still LOVE IT after 24 years! 9 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My favorite album when I was a kid. I never got tired of listening to this. Stephanie Mills does a much better job of a modern Dorothy than Diana Ross could dream of. Although I never saw the stage production, the songs put the story together so very well that I felt almost like I was listening to the smoothest audio-book ever recorded. I am buying it this X-mas to share with my nine year old daughter who is a big fan of the OZ book series. I know that she we'll be sharing this for years to come (if she can pry it away from me!).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb3e03c) out of 5 stars Wonderful! 31 Dec. 2003
By andrewjack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is absolutely wonderful. The songs are a mix of gospel, disco, wonderful piano anthems, and so much more. The cast is superb, led by a delightful Stephanie Mills as Dorothy who shows so much musical maturity in her performances.
Compared to the motion picture soundtrack, this is a collection of mostly mellow, laidback tunes with a lot of heart and even more soul. It does however, have its fun moments. The tornado is one such example, providing glimpses back into the prospering 70s disco scene. Any song by Andre de Shields, as the Wiz, is guaranteed to make you shake your groove thing, and the character roles (Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion) are filled with fine performances from Hinton Battle, Tiger Haynes, and Ted Ross, respectively.
Standouts include: all of Stephanie Mills's features; she puts so much feeling into her songs, Mabel King's anthem to No Bad News, Dorothy and the Lion's duet, Be a Lion, the funky Ease on Down the Road, and the unforgettable finale. At only 12 or 13, Stephanie Mills accomplished so much with her performance in The Wiz.
This is an excellent CD, and while missing a few songs, stays true to the original Broadway play. If rumors are to be believed, then a revival may be on its way. I only hope it can live up to this musical masterpiece.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8caa8744) out of 5 stars soulful re-working of "The Wizard of Oz" 18 April 2007
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
THE WIZ is an endlessly-delightful soul/R&B musical reworking of "The Wizard of Oz", with both music and lyrics written by Charlie Smalls. Never has it been more perfectly performed than on the original 1975 Broadway cast album.

Stephanie Mills adds lots of lush, glossy vocals to her role of Dorothy; especially in the moving finale "Home" (which became Mills' theme song during the ensuing years). Mills also scores with "Soon As I Get Home", and "Be a Lion".

Playing Dorothy's misfit band of friends down the Yellow Brick Road are the superbly talented Hinton Battle as the Scarecrow, Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion, and Tiger Haynes as the Tin Man.

Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the good witch Glinda, and her "If You Believe" is truly inspirational. Mabel King plays Evillene, the wicked witch, and she brings a soulful and sassy edge to her big number "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News". Andre de Shields plays The Wiz himself.

This crisp recording is a great reminder of this truly classic Broadway production, which won seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical), and went on to run for over 700 performances.

You'll find yourself hitting the 'repeat' button for Stephanie Mills' "Home", and it will definitely stay on high-rotation in your CD player! A must for all Broadway fans.

[Atlantic/WEA 18137-2]
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