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Surely everone has seen the movie Grease at least once, right? Bad boy meets sweet girl, they break up then make up. OK, it's completely cheesy, but I would defy anyone to put this CD on and not start dancing around the room.This is a CD full of toe tapping feelgood songs that will cheer up even the grumpiest cynic!
Nearly all the tracks on this CD are iconic numbers that everyone knows the words to. There are so many good songs on here, it is really hard to pick a favourite. The style of most of the songs is 50's style Rock n Roll, but there are a couple of slow ballads thrown in too. There are actually 24 tracks on the CD, and I know you are thinking: "There weren't 24 songs in the film". But some of the tracks can be heard in the background in scenes in the movie where they are in the cafe, and other tracks are taken from the high school dance scenes. So, here is a list of the tracks...
The title track from the film, sung by Frankie Valli, this song has a real Bee Gees feel about it, because it was written and produced by Barry Gibb. It reached number 3 in the UK charts.
2: Summer Nights:
The classic duet between the main characters, Danny and Sandy, which highlights their differing points of view when it comes to what constitutes a romance! Bouncy and catchy, there is a hillarious lego parody of this song on youtube!
3: Hoplessly devoted to you:
A tearjerker, sung by Olivia Newton John, who plays Sandy. Who can forget the scene in the film where she sings this song. Hankies at the ready!
4: You're the one that I want:
After the previous ballad, the pace picks up for this toe tapping duet, which saw Sandy tranformed from doe eyed innocent to rock chick, complete with those oh so tight leggings! Covered countless times at karaoke bars everywhere!
Back to a slow song now, and this time it is John Travoltas time to shine. We are so used to seeing him as an overweight thug in movies, that we can forget he was once young and handsome, and with an amazing voice that reaches some really high notes!
6: Beauty school drop out:
Frankie Avalon sings this song with tongue firmly in cheek, in the fantasy sequence from the movie. He plays the "teen angel" who advises pink haired Frenchie to go back to high school.
7: Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee:
Actress Stockard Channing is at her bitchy best, singing this nasty song about Sandy behind her back. I remember all the girls at school singing this song, because they thought the lyrics were a bit rude!
8: Greased Lightnin'
A song about a car, but not just any car! This Rock n Roll number is about the original "pimp my ride", a car that will guarantee them success with the ladies. I used to love this song when I was a kid, but I didn't realise what the lyrics meant! There is actually a swear word in this song!
9: It's raining on prom night:
One of the "background songs" from the movie, which is sung in a cheesy 1950's style. It is the story of a girl who has her dress and hair ruined on prom night by a storm. Not to be taken seriously!
10: Alone at the drive in movie:
An instrumental number with a typical 50's flavour.
11: Blue moon:
Who can forget the scene where the T birds moon at the TV camera while this slow song is playing. Tribute band Sha Na Na cover this Elvis slow ballad.
12: Rock n Roll is here to stay:
One of the high school dance numbers that were played during the dance competition. this one will get you up and dancing.
13: Those magic changes:
Another slow dance song, which will give you a rest after bouncing around to the previous song.
14: Hound Dog:
Again, another song from the dance competition, as well as another Elvis song, but this time more upbeat. everyone knows this one.
15: Born to hand jive:
Another fast one. This is from the High school dance scene, when all the schoolkids are doing the hand jive.
16: Tears on my pillow:
I remember Kylie covering this one! A moody slow dance number.
Slow 50's style background song from the movie. A bit of a filler track that will have you reaching for the skip button.
18: Freddy my love:
Very similar in style to track 9,and sung by the same artisy, Cindy Bullens. Not the most memorable track on the CD. Skip this one too.
19: Rock and Roll Party queen:
Another bouncy rock n roll song, if you still have the energy. Not quite as fast as the earlier songs though. The CD tends to alternate between slowand fast songs, for contrast.
20: There are worst things I could do:
After listening to 11 filler tracks, we are finally back to the main songs from the movie. Stockard channing sings again, but this time the song is more pensive and reflective. She belts out the lyrics with real emotion, which shows what a powerful voice she has. This song has a much more modern feel than the previous 1950's syle songs.
21: Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee (reprise)
A really short track, not a full song, which has sandy realising she must make some changes if she wants to keep her man.
22: We go together:
A really catchy song, from the end of the film. Listen REALLY hard, and you can hear the chipmunks at the end of the song singing their hit song "witch doctor" as the song fades out.
23: Love is a many splendored thing:
A song from the very beginning of the movie, which introduces the two main characters. A really short clip.
24: Grease (reprise)
A repeat of the title song from the film, which had cartoon versions of the characters in the film.
In summary, this is a CD packed full of great, memorable songs which make you feel good.My only criticism is the inclusion of so many filler songs, which people won't really remember from the film. This is one guaranteed to get them on the dance froor at parties, and a perfect CD for any collection, providing you keep it hidden at the back of the box!
You can get the soundtrack for about £5 from Amazon.
Most people's perception would be that this is a sound track from a kitsch musical so therefore the music wouldn't be too good.
How wrong they are. This 24 song album has a lot of very good tracks on it and the singing ability of John Travolta is a revelation. Olivia Newton-John's singing is of the high standard you would expect and if you haven't heard Frankie Valli sing before (he was especially big in the 1960s and 70s) then you are in for a very pleasant surprise.
The tracks are by various artists. Particularly good are the following:
Frank Valli singing "Grease" (Tracks 1 and 24)
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted To You
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Your The One That I Want
John Travolta - Sandy (this is the highlight of the album in my opinion)
John Travolta - Greased Lightning
Sha-na-na - Blue Moon
Sha-na-na - Tears On My Pollow
This album may be perceived by those who look down their noses at musical sound tracks as not worthy of acclaim but in my judgment it is a very good body of work.
Full track listing and running times:
1. Grease Frankie Valli 3:27
2. Summer Nights John Travolta 3:36
3. Hopelessly Devoted To You Olivia Newton-John 3:04
4. You're The One That I Want John Travolta 2:49
5. Sandy John Travolta 2:35
6. Beauty School Dropout Frankie Avalon 3:59
7. Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee Stockard Channing 1:40
8. Greased Lightnin' John Travolta 3:14
9. It's Raining On Prom Night Cindy Bullens 2:52
10. Alone At A Drive In Movie James Getzoff 2:25
11. Blue Moon Sha-Na-Na 2:23
12. Rock N' Roll Is Here To Stay Sha-Na-Na 2:02
13. Those Magic Changes Sha-Na-Na 2:18
14. Hound Dog Sha-Na-Na 1:25
15. Born To Hand Jive Sha-Na-Na 4:39
16. Tears On My Pillow Sha-Na-Na 2:03
17. Mooning Cindy Bullens 2:15
18. Freddy My Love Cindy Bullens 2:48
19. Rock N' Roll Party Queen Louis St. Louis 2:11
20. There Are Worse Things I Could Do Stockard Channing 2:23
21. Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee Olivia Newton-John 1:30
22. We Go Together John Travolta 2:59
23. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing James Getzoff 1:22
24. Grease Franki Valli 3.24
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There are many iconic films out there which will be remembered and rated highly forever. 'Grease' is one of them - the tale of a high school from decades ago, where gangs and drive-ins were all the rage. I have watched this film countless number of times, and have listened to the Original Soundtrack even more. I could not tell you how many times. I contains a host of great tracks, from the famous 'Summer Nights', 'Greased Lightning' and 'You're The One That Want', to the lesser known 'There Are Worse Things I Could Do' and 'Those Magic Changes'.
The soundtrack comprises 24 tracks, most of which are brilliant. There are a few which fall by the wayside, but this is a soundtrack, not a 'Best Hits' album, and the tracks in the film were probably chosen not for their artist value, but more for their appropriateness to the part of the film they are used in.
These are the tracks:
1. Grease - Frankie Valli
2. Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
3. Hopelessly Devoted To You - Olivia Newton-John
4. You're The One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
5. Sandy - John Travolta
6. Beauty School Dropout - Frankie Avalon
7. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee - Stockard Channing
8. Greased Lightning
9. It's Raining On Prom Night - Cindy Bullens
10. Alone At The Drive-In Movie - Instrumental
11. Blue Moon - Sha-Na-Na
12. Rock 'N' Roll Is Here To Stay
13. Those Magic Changes
14. Hound Dog - Sha-Na-Na
15. Born To Hand Jive - Sha-Na-Na
16. Tears On My Pillow - Sha-Na-Na
17. Mooning - Louis St Louis & Cindy Bullens
18. Freddy My Love - Cindy Bullens
19. Rock 'N' Roll Party Queen
20. There Are Worse Things I Could Do - Stockard Channing
21. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise) - Olivia Newton-John
22. We Go Together - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John & Cast
23. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing - Instrumental
24. Grease (Reprise) - Frankie Valli
The important thing to remember about this soundtrack is that it is not an artist's album, it is a soundtrack, and this is evident, not only by the variety of performers on offer here, but by the instrumental tracks and reprises. This means that there will be some tracks on here which some people will not be interested in.
The talent here is amazing. The tracks from the two leads, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are eternal. The Grease Megamix is played consistently on the radio, on compilation CDs and of course at parties, discos, etc. The solo performances showcase the couple's vocal talents, and I rate these tracks at 5 stars.
The 'jive' tracks which are heard in the film at the Dance are performed by Sha-Na-Na, and are very typical of the era. I like this style of music, but it does have to be your taste. The musical quality is high, and these I rate at 4 stars. There are a couple of tracks from Stockard Channing who played Rizzo in the film but who is more recently known for playing Abbie Bartlet in 'The West Wing'. These are good tracks, designed to give some of the other characters in the film a bit more involvement so it's not just the two leads.
The majority of the other tracks are, as mentioned earlier, ones that were just appropriate for the film, and as such are nothing special.
The album overall rates with me at 4 stars. I do love it, but there are a few that I skip 99% of the time. It is well worth having.
The album is available from amazon.co.uk from £4.98 used or new.
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Who reading this has never seen the film Grease? Not many I bet. It is a film which crosses countless generations, and adopts new generations of fans all of the time, even my three year old has seen Grease, and enjoyed it I might add. What has made the film so popular? Well the story is good, but it is the music for me that makes Grease the greast film that it is. Everyone knows at least one of the songs from the Grease soundtrack, and how many times have we danced around drunkenly (or more worringly stone cold sober) to one of the classic tunes? The cover of the 24 track CD has a picture of a young looking John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Opener, title track and the song which kicks the film into action is 'Grease' by Frankie Valli. It is an up tempo, instantly recognisable track, which has made many a man feel like he has the rhythmn to strut across the dancefloor, when all he looks like is a paralysed duck. The song was written by Barry Gibb, and it is a perfect representation of the film, and the mood it created when it was released in 1978, and even though the film should look dated, and so should the music, to me it still sounds fresh. The real classic, karaoke regular and downright party track is the Travolta/Newton John duet, 'Summer Nights', which featured the boys and girls in the film singing their own sections of the song, whilst Danny (Travolta) and Sandy (Newton John) told conflicting stories of their time together in the summer vacation. Danny sings about the more risque things they did (he wishes!), whilst Sandy is all dewy eyed singing about the wholesome boy who respected her wishes. They thought they would never see each other again, until Sandy becomes a new pupil at Danny's school.The lyrics are light hearted and humourous, and the song skips along at an enjoyable pace, and I defy you not to join in!! The love song 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' sees Sandy taking centre stag
e when she realises that Danny may not be what she thought, but she cannot help how she feels. It is a nice song, which builds up to a catchy chorus. I actually think here, Olivia shows what a nice voice she had, and just when you might be mellowing out too much, the pace picks up with the brilliant 'You're The One That I Want', which features as the second last song in the film, when Sandy decides to change her image to finally make Danny realise that she is the one for him. It is a lively song, which I have to admit I have sung along to loudly on more than one occasion, and once whilst sat at some traffic lights with a van full of builders wetting themselves laughing at my facial expressions as I tend to get carried away when I sing in the car. Next up, Travolta gets his chance to sing his ode to his high school love with the track 'Sandy'. He sings this after Sandy walks out on him after he tried to get a little bit too fresh!! It is nice enough, but not a patch on the solo that Olivia Newton John sang. 'Beauty School Drop Out' is a song sung by Frankie Avalon to one of Sandy's friends Frenchie who dreams of going to beauty school, and is frequently seen in school with different coloured hair as she experiments with the latest styles. This is a nice enough song in the context of the film, but as a standalone song, it is a bit bland for me. Stockard Channing starred in the film, as the rebel of the girls group Rizzo. She is free and a little to too easy for Sandy. Rizzo likes to mock Sandy for her prim and proper ways, and one night whilst the girls are having a sleepover, Rizzo sings 'Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee', which is abruptly brought to an end when Sandy walks into the room. It is a fun song which some fun lyrics, which because of the famous people in them are a bit dated now, but this does not detract from the enjoyment of this song. 'Greased Lightning' is another disco favo
urite, and I bet that many of you (like me) know the actions to the chorus of the song. This song is sung by Travolta, and it is my favourite track on the CD. The music builds and builds into a frenzied middle section where he is accompanied by the rest of his gang, The T-Birds. On close inspection, the lyrics are not as clean as they first seem, but they are fun, they are fast, and will get even the most sedate wallflower at least tapping their foot in time. Unknown (to me at least) Cindy Bullens sings my least favourite track 'It's Raining On Prom Night'. It is not even a good enough song to conjure up images of the film as all of the other tracks do. Not for me sorry, and to add to the weakness of the middle section of the CD, the next track is an instrumental. 'Alone At The Drive In Movie' is a nice piece of music to watch the film whilst listening to, but on it's own it is frankly a bit annoying, and certainly one of the tracks that I skip straight past. 'Blue Moon' redeems the standard of the album. It is an old favourite, and it is a nice song just to have playing in the background, but the Sha-Na-Na's who sing this song really exel themselves with the upbeat jivey 'Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Stay', and this is the second song in a five song run on the CD for the band. I can imagine that when there were still formal dances, that this would have been the one which would really get everyone up out of their seats, whilst 'Those Magic Changes' would be the one that was playing as people arrived at the dance. It is a more laidback arrangement, and in the film, Danny mimics the singer, and gets a playful slap for his troubles. The band make a good effort with the world famous 'Hound Dog', and the singer sings in his own style without trying to imitate Elvis, and that makes for a really enjoyable track, but the strongest track, and most uplifting on the CD is the tremendous
'Born To Hand Jive', which is featured in the big dance scene at the prom. It is upbeat, it is catchy, and it is truly memorable. It just stands out from the rest. The band end their run with the slower tempo 'Tears On My Pillow'. It is a ballad, but not in the standard format, there is a nice musical arrangement which makes it that bit different, and the vocals are truly enjoyable. Cindy Bullens returns to murder another song, but this time she has a partner in crime by the name of Louis St.Louis (his real name? I hope not!). The track they perform (in the loosest of terms) is 'Mooning'. Now please do not be mistaken, and think this is all about young men whipping down their pants and flashing their backsides. This is a song about pining for someone (or mooning for someone). It is not nice, and at times the vocals are badly out of tune, and for the life of me I cannot remember this song being featured in the film, and as if she has not done enough damage, Cindy is back for another go with 'Freddy My Love', and all I can say is see my comments on her previous effort. Enough said I feel! Don't breath a sigh of relief just yet though, because you may have heard the last of Cindy, but Louis decides we need to hear about the 'Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen', who goes by the name of Mary Jane if you are interested. Stockard Channing saves me from soundtrack hell with her rendition of 'There are Worse Things I Could Do'. I really like her voice on this track, and she sings it in the film when her character Rizzo has a pregnancy scare, and she realises that although people think she is trashy, she is not actually that bad, and as the song says there are worse things she could do, such as steal or lie, and it hurts her that people forget she has feelings, but that is probably because she tried to keep her feelings hidden, as the last line of the song shows..."but to cry in front of you...tha
t would be the worst thing I could do" Another version of 'Look At Me,I'm Sandra Dee', this time with Olivia Newton John on vocals. It is a less dramatic version of the song, and it comes at a point in the film when Sandy realises that if she wants Danny, she will have to say goodbye to prim and proper Sandy, and give Danny a more raunchy image, which she reveals at the end of year fair, where they sing 'You're The One That I want' to each other. The film then ends showing all the couples singing 'We Go Together', a really cheery catchy upbeat song, which ends the film on a really high note (literally). The CD does not end there though, in order to wind down, we are given an instrumental of 'Love Is A Many Splendored Thing', and then the reprise of the Frankie Valli title track. All in all it is a nice CD, and a must for any parties you have!
Go Greased Lightening I bought the Grease movie soundtrack album the other day. The film has been a favourite of mine since I first saw it way back in 1978. All through the years in between I had somehow never bought the album, the movie I had in my video collection and had even replaced this with the DVD as soon as it became available. As I held the single CD in the shop I remember thinking that it had always been a double album in the past and as such had been quite a status symbol at my school, as very few people?s pocket money stretched that far in the late 70?s. Then I noticed that it contained 24 tracks and was in fact the complete album. So I decided to buy it there and then. The first thing that struck me about this soundtrack when I first played it was its quality, which is superb. All the favourites are of course included. Summer Nights. You?re The One That I Want. Greased Lightening. Beauty School Dropout. Sandy. Hopelessly Devoted and of course the title track performed by Frankie Valli. But what is also a very nice addition to this film soundtrack are the added songs and not just the ones heard in the background during the film, but also the songs that feature in the original stage version of Grease. These include Its Raining On Prom Night. A song that I for one would have liked to have seen make the movie. At the time of purchase I also had no idea that this was the 20th anniversary release of the album and as such included CDRom extras, which are a little tame, but do add the icing on the cake. All in all if you love the movie you will equally love this very faithful presentation of all its songs, many of which were chart-topping favourites in the late 70?s.
The Grease soundtrack is definatly one for anyone who loves the film, we're all guilty of singing along when we watch the film, so why not get the cd to sing along with? On it's first release back in 1978 it debuted at the #1 spot, it's re-release in 1998 saw it once again inside the top 10, so it definatly holds up and still offers something to popular culture today. The Soundtrack features the title song "Grease" written by Barry Gibb of the Bee-Gee's, this song introduces the film, it plays at the beginning whilst the credits are running. "Summer Nights" is also featured on the cd, it topped the charts in 1978 a good month before the film was even released! And now it is the most requested Karaoke song in the U.S.A, it features in the film near the beginning, when Danny and Sandy are remembering their summer. Other popular songs from the film such as "Hopelessly devoted to you", "Sandy", "We go together" and "You're the one I want" Can also be found, these mark significant moments in the film Such as the change in Sandy's appearance and personality, this is where "You're the one I want" plays it part in this films monster regognisation. Songs that are not directly performed in the film such as, "Hound dog", "Hand Jive" and "It's raining on prom night" are also on the album, it is exellent value for money as there are lots of tracks to be enjoyed. In conclusion, if you have a favorite song from the film you will find it on this soundtrack, definatly a must-have for all "Grease" fans.
At times it is hard to believe that Grease is a film made more than twenty years ago. Perhaps then it should be more surprising that the soundtrack still sounds so good, and that so many people still relate to it. Mention the names Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and people will probably still instantly say "Grease". The soundtrack has so many things going for it. For a start there are 22 tracks on it - almost unheard of today. The songs are (for the vast majority of the time) superb, and as the film is a musical it is easy to relate the tracks to the film. Full credit also to Newton-John and Travolta for their performances on a vast and varied range of songs. There are a few odd rather than weak points on the album, but they are not bad and they are not the focus of the film or soundtrack in any case. Instead sit back and enjoy classics like "You're the one that I want", "Summer Nights", "Greased Lightning" and "Hopelessly Devoted To You". They sound as good now as the first time I heard them, and they will probably sound just as good in another twenty years time.
Grease, we've all seen the movie and we know what it has to offer............ great music! A few months ago I purchased the Grease Movie Soundtrack, and I have not been able to stop listening to it since then. You've got easy listening numbers like "Summer Nights", you've got jazzy "Blue Moon", and when you listen to "Your're the One That I Want", you just think of the dancing for it in the movie, and you just wanna sing along. There is so much musical variety ie. different genres within the album, and there is something for everybody. However, the tracks are not in the order from the movie which can be frustrating when you are trying to follow the story. Appart from that, a very good buy!
I picked up the Grease enhanced CD for £3.99, in a UGC cinema shop sale. It's got all the favourites, uncensored, as well as a few of the soundtrack background songs, and songs from the Musical production (mooning,Tears on My Pillow, Hound Dog, Those Magic Changes and more). 24 tracks in total, this CD is totally worth it just for the tunes - did you realise when your eight year old did "Grease" in the brownies she was singing about hookers, and chicks creaming? I was a bit shocked. The "enhanced" bit, basically means you can stick it into a CD ROM drive and you get bits of film with some of the songs. The songs included on the CD ROM are Hopelessly Devoted to You, Greased Lightning, You're the One that I Want, and Grease is The Word. To be honest, I found this part of the CD a little dissapointing, but I think the lack of impressive content in the CD ROM is due to the lack of space on the CD. I'm not complaining, though, for 4 quid. This CD is perfect for anyone who's recently seen the film/been involved in a production of Grease (spot the Music Teacher!) and wants to sing along. Also good for a pre-video sing song with your mates. Ahh, makes me feel lucky not to work in a school where the average age of the pupils is 27.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Grease - Frankie Valli
2 Summer Nights - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
3 Hopelessly Devoted To You - Olivia Newton-John
4 You're The One That I Want - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
5 Sandy - John Travolta
6 Beauty School Dropout - Frankie Avalon
7 Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee - Stockard Channing
8 Greased Lightnin' - John Travolta, Jeff Conaway
9 It's Raining On Prom Night - Cindy Bullens
10 Alone At A Drive In Movie - James Getzoff
11 Blue Moon - Sha-Na-Na
12 Rock N' Roll Is Here To Stay - Sha-Na-Na
13 Those Magic Changes - Sha-Na-Na
14 Hound Dog - Sha-Na-Na
15 Born To Hand Jive - Sha-Na-Na
16 Tears On My Pillow - Sha-Na-Na
17 Mooning - Cindy Bullens, Louis St. Louis
18 Freddy My Love - Cindy Bullens
19 Rock N' Roll Party Queen - Louis St. Louis
20 There Are Worse Things I Could Do - Stockard Channing
21 Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee - Olivia Newton-John
22 We Go Together - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
23 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing - James Getzoff
24 Grease - Frankie Valli
25 Grease Interactive - OST