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Wicked [5th Anniversary] [Special Edition]

Artist: Stephen Oremus

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Label: Decca
Album: Wicked [5th Anniversary]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wicked: No One Mourns the Wicked
2)    Wicked: Dear Old Shiz
3)    Wicked: The Wizard and I
4)    Wicked: What Is This Feeling?
5)    Wicked: Something Bad
6)    Wicked: Dancing Through Life
7)    Wicked: Popular
8)    Wicked: I'm Not That Girl
9)    Wicked: One Short Day
10)    Wicked: A Sentimental Man
11)    Wicked: Defying Gravity
12)    Wicked: Thank Goodness
13)    Wicked: Wonderful
14)    Wicked: I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)
15)    Wicked: As Long as You're Mine
16)    Wicked: No Good Deed
17)    Wicked: March of the Witch Hunters
18)    Wicked: For Good
19)    Wicked: Finale
1)    Wicked: For Good
2)    Wicked: I'm Not That Girl
3)    Wicked: Making Good
4)    Wicked: Solang Ich Dich Hab [As Long As You're Mine]
5)    Wicked: Gutes Tun [No Good Deed]
6)    Wicked: Jinnsei Wo Odori-Akase [Dancing Through Life]
7)    Wicked: Popyuraa [Popular]
8)    Defying Gravity [Dance Mix/Tracy Young Flying Monkey Radio Mix] - (remix, mixed)
 



Performer Notes
  • Principal cast includes: Kristin Chenowith (Galinda, Glinda); Sean McCourt (Witch's Father); Cristy Canlder (Witch's Mother); Jan Neuberger (Midwife); Idina Menzel (Elphaba); Michelle Federer (Nessarose); Christopher Fitzgerald (Boq); Carole Shelley (Madame Morrible); William Youmans (Doctor Dillamond); Norbert Leo Butz (Fiyero); Sean McCourt (Ozian Official); Joel Grey (The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz); Manuel Herrera (Chistery).
  • Recorded at Right Track Studios, New York, New York.
  • Issued in honor of the WICKED cast recording's fifth anniversary, this 2008 special edition features a bonus disc of extra tracks. Highlights of the addendum include a stately pop version of "For Good" performed by Delta Goodre, and LeeAnn Rimes and an entertaining Japanese rendition of "Popular." While not essential, the release is ideal for WICKED's ardent fans.
  • Lyricist: Stephen Schwartz.
  • Personnel: Christopher Fitzgerald, Stephanie J. Block, Cristy Candler, Melissa Fahn, Corinne McFadden, Andrew Palermo, William Youmans, Ron Carbone, Melissa Bell Chait, Marcus Choi, Manuel Herrara, Lorna Ventura, Kristy Cates, Kisha Howard, Kathy Deitch, Ioana Alfonso, Mark Seibert, Idina Menzel, Joel Grey, Kristin Chenoweth, LeAnn Rimes, Kevin Roy, Kerry Ellis, Sean McCourt, Carole Shelley, Michelle Federer, Delta Goodrem, Norbert Leo Butz, Rhett G. George, Derrick Williams (vocals); Ira Siegel (guitar); Greg Skaff, Ric Molina (guitars); Laura Sherman (harp); Karen Karlsrud, Maura Giannini, Ann Labin, Victor Heifets, Catherine Ro, Suzanne Ornstein, Victor Schultz, Avril Brown, Katherine LiVolsi Stern, Katherine Fong, Ann Leathers, Yuri Vodovoz (violin); Ronald Carbone, Desiree Elsevier, Vince Lionti, Craig Mumm (viola); Jeremy Turner, Jeanne LeBlanc, Richard Locker, Dan Miller (cello); Helen Campo (flute); John Campos (clarinet, bassoon, baritone saxophone); John Moses (clarinet); Tuck Lee (oboe); Jon Owens, Tom Hoyt (trumpet); Kelly Dent, Theo Primis (French horn); Douglas Purviance, Dale Kirkland (trombone); Rob Mathes (piano, keyboards); Alex Lacamoire (piano, synthesizer); Stephen Schwartz (piano); Dr. David Evans , Paul Loesel (keyboards); Konrad Adderly (bass guitar); Gary Seligson, Taylor Hawkins, Ben Wittman (drums); Andy Jones (percussion); Andrew Barrett (programming); Adinah Alexander, Ben Cameron, Andy Pellick, Mark Myars, LJ Jellison, Kristoffer Cusick, Kristen Leigh Gorski, Walter Winston Oneil, Eddie Korbich, Michael Seelbach, Jan Neuberger.
  • Audio Mixers: Jason Spears; Frank Filipetti; Jason Stasium.
  • Liner Note Author: Stephen Schwartz.
  • Recording information: Allerton Hill, England; Angel Studios, Islington, London, England; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Shiki Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan; Studio 606, Northridge, CA; Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Photographer: Joan Marcus.
  • Arrangers: Stephen Oremus; James Lynn Abbott; Rob Mathes; Steve Sidwell; Alex Lacamoire.
  • Although best remembered for the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum's series of early 20th century novels about the fairyland Oz have inspired a number of theatrical and cinematic adaptations, beginning with a Broadway musical version of The Wizard of Oz for which Baum himself provided the libretto and lyrics that opened in 1903, only three years after the first publication of the initial book, and including the 1975 all-black Broadway musical The Wiz. In an era rife with sequels and "prequels" to successful properties that has reached back retroactively to include authorized and unauthorized re-imaginings of works such as Gone with the Wind, Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West purported to depict the back story of the villainess of The Wizard of Oz and her counterpart, Glinda the Good. Of course, Maguire's retelling was a revisionist interpretation in which the Wicked Witch turned out to be a misunderstood character with lots of justifications for turning "bad" (one of them being prejudiced reactions to her green skin color), while Glinda was made into more of a goody-goody than actually good, not to mention being something of a dumb-blonde cheerleader type. Theatrical composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) saw the obvious stage possibilities, and his musical version, Wicked, opened on Broadway on October 30, 2003. In the adaptation, Glinda's role has been beefed up, the better to employ the talents of Tony-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, though the story still primarily concerns the young Wicked Witch (Idina Menzel), with Broadway veteran Joel Grey as the Wizard, and the story line has been softened, the better to attract a young audience conditioned by the Disney hits Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. On disc, the score will have a familiar sound to anyone who knows previous Schwartz efforts and their combination of traditional show music with '70s-style soft rock music and choral music. Soprano Chenoweth and alto Menzel are given very different kinds of songs to sing; Chenoweth gets the Broadway belting material, Menzel the more adult contemporary-type ballads. This is appropriate to the their characters. Glinda is superficial and showy, Elphaba (the Witch) so earnest that she is eventually embittered. The score is tuneful and the lyrics often witty. This is not great music, but it is craftsmanlike and certainly efficient for this somewhat questionable project. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer:Kris Fredriksson; Stephen Oremus; Joe Caranno; Ronald Sommer; Justin Shirley-Smith; Phil Ramone; Stephen Schwartz; Chris Roberts; Stephen Schwartz; Brian May; Brian Drutman (Compilation)
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:28 October, 2008
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My favourite CD from all time! I listen to it whenever I get the chance. Filled with the AMAZING music from the musical wicked, sung by amazing singers like Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. The musical is based on the witches of Oz, how they met and their relationship. Its sad but beautiful.

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