West Side Story [Expanded Original Soundtrack]

West Side Story [Expanded Original Soundtrack]

by Leonard BernsteinLeonard Bernstein

CD(Expanded / Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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The soundtrack of the West Side Story film is deservedly one of the most popular soundtrack recordings of all time, and one of the relatively few to have attained long-term popularity beyond a specialized soundtrack/theatrical musical audience. (It is an entirely different recording, it should be emphasized, from the original Broadway cast recording, which was also a massive-selling album.) Its widespread impact could be attributed to a few factors: the wide range of compositional and orchestral styles, from cool swing jazz and shades of Latin pop to classical; the universality of the storyline, pitting underdog lovers against the world; and an assortment of songs that goes well beyond the sentimental love odes that are the staples of musicals (though it has some of those, too), including some downright tough posturing and sardonic social commentary. "Jet Song," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "Tonight," "Cool," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty," and "Something's Coming" are all among the most famous and oft-sung soundtrack numbers ever. Why might you want to upgrade if your familiar old album has been moldering in the collection for decades, or if you got it passed down for free from older relatives? Well, aside from the excellent remastered sound and historical liner notes about the film and soundtrack production, it has four tracks designated as previously unreleased. One of those, "Intermission Music," is pretty dispensable, as it's simply a 90-second instrumental version of "I Feel Pretty." But "Overture" is a worthy instrumental fanfare, and the "Finale" and "End Credits" that close the release have some supremely booming funereal tones, in keeping with the downbeat end of the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998922624
catalogNumber: 89226
Rank: 5924

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Primary Artist
Marni Nixon   Vocals
George Chakiris   Vocals,cast
Rita Moreno   cast
Johnny Green   Conductor
Betty Wand   Vocals
Jo Anne Miya   cast
James Rogers   cast
Simon Oakland   cast
Gus Trikonis   cast
Jim Bryant   Vocals
William Bramley   cast
Carole d'Andrea   cast
Tony Mordente   cast
Jay Norman   cast
David Winters   cast
Suzie Kaye   Vocals,cast
Yvonne Othon   Vocals,cast
Russ Tamblyn   Vocals,cast
Larry Roquemore   cast
Tucker Smith   Vocals,cast
Edward Verso   cast
Robert "Dandy" Thompson   cast
Scooter Teague   cast
Andre Tayir   cast
Penny Santon   cast
Robert Banas   cast
Richard Beymer   cast
Nick Covacevich   cast
José de Vega   cast
Rudy del Campo   cast
Eliot "Baby John" Feld   cast
Ned Glass   cast
Harvey Hohnecker   cast
Susan Oakes   cast
Natalie Wood   cast
Bert Michaels   cast
Joanne Miya   Vocals
West Side Story Cast Ensemble   cast
Jim Bryant   Vocals
Natalie Wood   Vocals
West Side Story Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tommy Abbott   cast
David Bean   cast
John Astin   cast

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Irwin Kostal   Orchestration
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Harold Prince   Producer
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Jerome Robbins   Director,Choreographer,Concept
Charles Harbutt   Remixing
Boris Leven   Production Design
Robert Wise   Director,Producer
Arthur Laurents   Book
Robert E. Griffith   Producer
Ria Shibayama   Art Direction
Bridget McGoldrick   Packaging Manager
Ernest Lehman   Screenplay
Richard Ridge   Liner Notes
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer

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