- Released: December 1, 2009
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 2/2/96, p.58Rating: B+
- 1.Something's Coming
- 2.Boy Like That
- 4.Prologue - Jet Song
- 9.I Feel Pretty
- 10.One Hand, One Heart
- 11.Gee Officer Krupke
- 12.I Have A Love
- 13.Prelude To The Rumble
- 14.Chick Corea's Elektric Band vs. Steve Vai's Monsters - The R
- 15.Prelude To Somewhere
Proceeds from this album will be donated to NARAS Foundation, Inc., and the Leonard Bernstein education through The Arts Fund, Inc. and The Leonard Bernstein Center/Nashville.
The Jerky Boys: Johnny Brennan, Kamal.
Steve Vai's Monsters: Steve Vai (guitar); David Paich, Greg Phillinganes (synthesizer); John Pena (bass); Simon Phillips (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Chick Corea's Elektric Band: Chick Corea (Rhodes, synthesizer); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); Frank Gambale (guitar); James Earl (bass); David Weckl (drums); Joe Porcaro (percussion).
Engineers: Allen Sides, Barry Rudolph, Warren Peterson.
Includes liner notes by David Pack.
Star-packed and vibrant, THE SONGS OF WEST SIDE STORY aims to introduce the trailblazing Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim show-tunes to a new generation of listeners. It does so by recruiting the cream of today's chart-topping crop of musicians to update the songs in thoroughly contemporary styles.
This grand experiment works, even though the genre-hopping concept may initially strike the listener as overreaching. Among the many highlights are Phil Collins' "Somewhere," Selena's "I Feel Pretty," and charismatic spins by Aretha Franklin and All-4-one. THE SONGS OF WEST SIDE STORY makes for an interesting concept that's truly musical, stylistically up-to-date, and a lot of fun.