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This is the soundtrack from the 2007 film/musical of the same name. It's a great film with an equally great soundtrack. As the film was set in the sixties the soundtrack is very sixties and is influenced heavily by Motown, Rock and Roll and popular hits from the time. It's very bouncy and fun music and is great to listen to to perk you up at the end of a long day. The opening track 'Good Morning Baltimore' really wakes you up and it keeps you going from then on.
the songs tell the story of the film, which is that of an idealistic young girl who loves to dance and dreams of becoming a star. She is growing up in 60's America, a time when the Civil Rights Movement is in full swing and this features heavily in the film.
There are 19 fun songs on this soundtrack which you will not be able to stop your self from dancing and singing along to.
The 2007 film Hairspray, a remake of the film of the same name, was an excellent musical rendition, with star turns from John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron and the superstar Nikki Blonsky, who exploded onto the screen as the larger than life Tracy Turnblad, the Baltimore girl growing up in the 1960s who dreams of being one of the gang on the Corey Collins show every day after school. This provokes a bevvy of excellent and uplifting music, which combined well with the acting and the filming to make it one of the gems of 2007 for me. I just had to get the soundtrack.
The Hairspray soundtrack features all of the main songs from the film, starting off with the lyrically genius Good Morning Baltimore, sung by Blonsky, and trawling through a host of stars as it beats out hit after hit. My favourite track comes with Elijah Kelley singing Run And Tell That, where his character Seaweed tells of the problems the black population of Baltimore find, at a time when integration just wasn't the done thing. Everything is taken with a comedy element, and this is obvious in the excellent You're Timeless To Me where Christopher Walken and John Travolta duet as husband and wife team (oh yes, you want to see Johnny Trav in a dress!) and also with Queen Latifah's turn with Big, Blonde and Beautiful.
But the finale song is the one that will send a shiver down your spine, as the entire cast perform You Can't Stop The Beat. Curiously, although it's the last song in the film, there are still a few tracks on after it on the soundtrack. I'm not why this is the case, as there would have been more effect from this song as the final number: a curious decision! However, it didn't detract from what is an excellent and highly enjoyable soundtrack. There are a couple of tarcks on there that I hadn't really recognised from the film itself such as Cooties by Aimee Allen, but then there are so many good tracks that it is easy to forget one or two until you hear the soundtrack, which I highly recommend you do.
Hairspray Soundtrack has 20 different tracks, and is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £4.98. It is a bargain and well worth getting. I also highly recommend watching the film.
this is a really good cd for anyonee wholoves musicals im so glad this musical was released i saw it when i was on holiday and thought it was brilliant i knew all the songs to the musical before it was released. the songs are the sort of songs that get stuck in your head and find yourself singing them for hours later. its not so different to greece but its an excellent musical and the soundtrack is absolutely great. if you enjoy the film youll definately like the soundtrack its good for all ages and definately suits someone who has a passion for musicals really catchy tracks some of the songs however can be quite annoying however most of them are great would definately reccommend this as a good buy. good value for money. its a bit cheesy so if your not into that type of music then it probably wont suit you but come on lets face it it is a musical soundtrack it does need a bit of cheese
This is a must for anyone who loves their musicals. Think of it as a Grease of the 60s. I believe the songs and performances are as good. A real feel good album whether you have seen the film or not (though if you haven't, why not??!!) Nikki Blonsky has a voice that will blow you away, and Queen Latifah and James Marsden give great performances too. The songs are upbeat, a little cheesy maybe, but they have a real sing along quality. A good buy for a soundtrack as it's got pretty much all the main songs used in the film, 19 in all. (I hate it when the good songs aren't on the soundtrack and the ones on the soundtrack aren't in the film!!). You can't stop the beat is my pick of the best track. A few months on from release you can get this soundtrack for under £6 too, bargain!
This soundtrack has to be just as great as the film. I love all the songs and sadly enough I know all the words to every song. I can drive my mum and dad mental when I put this CD in the car because I don't shut up singing the songs. I love the way the songs are as well because I like the style of music and they way that all the songs have a really catchy tune to them which makes you remeber them soo well. I think that they are the ones that sell the product more because people who love Zac Efron like me want to buy the film and CD to see and here him singing and talking on there as well.
Here is a track listing for the CD.
Track 1 Good Morning Baltimore - Nikki Blonsky
Track 2 The Nicest Kids In Town - James Marsden
Track 3 It Takes Two - Zac Efron
Track 4 Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs - Michelle Pfeiffer
Track 5 I Can Hear The Bells - Nikki Blonsky
Track 6 Ladies Choice - Zac Efron
Track 7 The New Girl In Town - Brittany Snow
Track 8 Welcome To The Sixties - Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta
Track 9 Run and Tell That - Elijah Kelley
Track 10 Big Blonde and Beautiful - Queen Latifah
Track 11 Big Blonde and Beautiful - John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer
Track 12 (You're) Timeless To Me - John Travolta, Christopher Walken
Track 13 I Know Where I've Been - Queen Latifah
Track 14 Without Love - Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Elijah Kelley, Amanda Bynes
Track 15 It's Hairspray - James Marsden
Track 16 You Can't Stop The Beat - Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta, Queen Latifah
Track 17 Come So Far (Got To Go Soo Far) - Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley
Track 18 Cooties - Aimee Allen
Track 19 Mama I'm A Big Girl Now - Riki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Nikki Blonsky.
The main stars in the film are;
John Travolta - Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer - Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken - Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes - Penny Pingleton
James Marsden - Corny Collins
Queen Latifah - Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow - Amber Von Tussle
Zac Efron - Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley - Seaweed
Alison Janney - Prudy Pingleton (Penny's Mum)
Nikki Blonsky - Tracy Turnblad
This CD is the soundtrack to the 2007 musical, Hairspray. The film is based on the Broadway musical which is based on the 1987 film of the same name by John Walters
If you like the music form the film then you'll definitely love this CD! Its a toe tapping extravaganza and if you're anything like me, you won't be able to stop yourself from singing along!
The songs come in the order they are on the film and the CD is kicked off with 'Good Morning Baltimore' sung beautifully by Nikki Blonsky. This leads nicely into 'The Nicest Kids in Town' where the lead performer is James Marsden, also featuring the council members. This is one of my favourite songs on the CD, its so catchy and easy to sing along too.
The third track is 'It Takes Two' sung by Zac Efron. This song only got a few seconds of airtime in the film, which was ok with me as it's a slow number, unlike the rest of the CD.
Track 4 is '(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs', which is wonderfully performed by Michelle Pfeifer. Before this, I'd never heard her sing before and I was amazed! She has such a powerful voice and sounded fabulous!
The next track is sung by Nikki Blonsky. 'I Can Hear The Bells' is a fairly slow number, but it does have a beat and is catchy. I really like this song as it tells the story of how Tracey feels about Link.
Ladies Choice is track 6. It was written especially for the film and is performed by Zac Efron. It reminds me of a 50s rock n roll song and is VERY catchy, whenever it comes on I can't help but sing and dance along!! I'm listening to it now and I'm bopping along in my chair!!
'The New Girl In Town is the song that welcomes Tracey onto the dance council. It's a very telling song as it explores the rest of the dancers feelings towards Tracey because she is 'different' to them.
Track 8 is 'Welcome To The 60s' performed by John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky. Travolta is singing as a woman and to be honest, he's not bad! They both have great voices and they complement each other well.
The next track is sung by Elijah Kelly. 'Run And Tell That' is the story of the black kids at school. A catchy song with a great beat. Kelly's singing voice is brilliant.
'Big, Blonde and Beautiful is sung twice, the first time by Queen Latifah and the reprise is sung by Michelle Pfiefer. They are both excellent, but Queen Latifah is really outstanding for me.
The next track is sung by John Travolta and Christopher Walken. '(You're) Timeless To Me' is a bit of a strange song and the footage even stranger! It is funny though and had me laughing a few times.
Track 13 is called 'I Know Where I've Been' and is sung by Queen Latifah. It's a very slow song and her voice is quite haunting. It really fits in with the mood at that point of the film.
'Without Love' is performed by Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Ellijah Kelly and Amanda Bynes. Its a funky, up tempo song which is great to singalong to!
The next track is called '(It's) Hairspray' and is performed by James Marsden. He has the perfect voice for this role, its very smooth and he sounds just like a 60s singer.
The last big song of the film is called 'You Can't Stop The Beat'. This, along with Ladies Choice is my favourite song on the CD. Here they definitely saved the best till last! Nearly every main cast member sings on this one, it starts with Nikki Blonsky and Zac Efron leading onto Elijah Kelly and Amanda Bynes. John Travolta steps up next followed by Queen Latifah. In my opinion, it's worth buying the CD for this song alone!
The last 2 tracks weren't in the film itself, but played over the end credits. 'Cooties' is performed by Aimee Allen and 'Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now' is performed by all 3 actresses who have played Tracey; Nikki Blonsky, Ricki Lake (1987 film) and Marissa Jaret Winokur (Broadway actress)
One of my favourite CDs and definitely my favourite soundtrack! I never thought I would say this, but it's replaced Grease as my favourite musical film of all time!
This soundtrack is absolutely brilliant!
Following my first viewing of the film at the cinema, I had to go out and buy the soundtrack. From the opening notes of Good Morning Baltimore it's great!
I really loved the film and listening to the songs brings back all the scenes from it. I've listened to it so much that I know all of the words, which helped when I went to Singalonga Hairspray!
I think that Nicki Blonsky was fantastic as Tracy Turnblad. I also love John Travolta, as I'm a huge fan of his, and Christopher Walken. Michelle Pfieffer was also really good.
There's also a song on this soundtrack, It Takes Two, which isn't really in the film, just the last couple of lines! I didn't even realise until I saw the film again recently and the song wasn't in it properly!
However, I can always listen to it on the CD!
This is a fabulous soundtrack, bursting with 19 fun songs that you just want to dance along to, it really is difficult to stop your feet from tapping along from beginning to end! Most of the songs have a story to tell in the same way as most musical soundtracks, they are fun and will have you singing along before you know it!
If you have seen this film - the remake of the 1987 version you will love this CD.
The CD starts off as the film does with Good Morning Baltimore, and you will be singing along to it before the song is finished. Performed by Nikki Blonsky the singing is first class.
Track 2 speeds things up a little with The Nicest Kids in Town - James Marsden, I am a dancer and I just adore dancing along to this track when no-one else is around!
There are some slower tracks on the CD too, and these do not disappoint. Track 3 'It takes two' by Zac Efron (High School Musical) is well sung although I definitely prefer the faster tracks.
Track 4 is one of the more narrative songs on the soundtrack and is performed by Michelle Pfeiffer, it's a good song that makes me smile!
I Can Hear the Bells, is another slow track performed by Nikki Blonsky, well performed and enjoyable to listen to.
Ladies Choice speeds things up again, while The New Girl in Town has a really 60's pop group feel to it.
Welcome to the Sixties introduces John Travolta (with Nikki Blonsky) for the first time on the CD, singing as a women - he performs really well, although I doubt he would pass for a woman!
Run and Tell That - Elijah Kelley, is a nice song, but not the most outstanding track on the CD, his singing however is excellent!
Big, Blonde and Beautiful appears twice on the CD, firstly performed by Queen Latifah, then by John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer (Reprise) both are great, however Queen Latifah's voice definitely outshines everyone else on the whole soundtrack!!
(You're) Timeless to Me, performed by John Travolta and Christopher Walken is a fun and light song that makes you want to dance again, or laugh!
I Know Where I've Been is a slow song performed by Queen Laifah, it's the kind of song you would expect to hear at the end of a night out, I couldn't think of a better song.
Track 14 Without Love is performed by Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Elijah Kelley and Amanda Bynes a bit slushy (but not slow) and corny in the style of the film. (It's) Hairspray performed by James Marsden transports you to a sixties show you can imagine the singers particularly 'Corny Colins' with his slicked hair and suit and tie holding on to his microphone!!
You Can't Stop the Beat is a really toe tapping tune that I could listen to over and over! This is definitely another favourite of mine!
Track 17 Come so Far (Got So Far To Go) is another cheesy track but great all the same. Cooties seems a little out of place to me, sounding a little more modern than the rest - the film is set in the 60's so I don't think this fits in on the soundtrack unfortunately.
Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now features Ricki Lake, who starred as Tracy in the original 1987 film, this is a good finale to the soundtrack.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Good Morning Baltimore ("Hairspray") - Nikki Blonsky
2 The Nicest Kids In Town ("Hairspray") - James Marsden
3 It Takes Two ("Hairspray") - Zac Efron
4 (The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs ("Hairspray") - Michelle Pfeiffer
5 I Can Hear The Bells ("Hairspray") - Nikki Blonsky
6 Ladies' Choice ("Hairspray") - Zac Efron
7 The New Girl In Town ("Hairspray") - Brittany Snow
8 Welcome To The 60's ("Hairspray") - Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta
9 Run And Tell That ("Hairspray") - Elijah Kelley
10 Big Blonde And Beautiful ("Hairspray") - Queen Latifah
11 Big Blonde And Beautiful (Reprise) ("Hairspray") - John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer
12 (You're) Timeless To Me ("Hairspray") - John Travolta, Christopher Walken
13 I Know Where I've Been ("Hairspray") - Queen Latifah
14 Without Love ("Hairspray") - Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Elijah Kelley, Amanda Bynes
15 (It's) Hairspray ("Hairspray") - James Marsden
16 You Can't Stop The Beat ("Hairspray") - Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta, Queen Latifah
17 Come So Far (Got So Far To Go) ("Hairspray") - Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley
18 Cooties ("Hairspray") - Aimée Allen
19 Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now ("Hairspray") - Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Nikki Blonsky