Howard Ashman Little Shop of Horrors [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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CD Details

  • Released: October 25, 1990
  • Label: Geffen Records

Tracks:

  • 1.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)
  • 2.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Skid Row (Downtown)
  • 3.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Da-Doo
  • 4.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Grow For Me
  • 5.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Somewhere That's Green
  • 6.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Some Fun Now
  • 7.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Dentist!
  • 8.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Feed Me (Git It)
  • 9.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Suddenly, Seymour
  • 10.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Suppertime
  • 11.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: The Meek Shall Inherit
  • 12.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Mean Green Mother From Outerspace
  • 13.Little Shop of Horrors, musical: Finale (Don't Feed The Plants)

Product Description:

Principal cast: Rick Moranis (Seymour), Ellen Greene (Audrey), Steve Martin (Orin), Vincent Gardenia (Mushnik), Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell (Ronnette, Chiffon and Crystal), Levi Stubbs (Audrey II).
Recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles; Advision Limited, London, England.
All music written by Alan Menken. All lyrics written by Howard Ashman.
Principal Cast: Ellen Greene (Audrey), Seymour (Lee Wilkof), Hy Anzell (Mushnik), Franc Luz (Orin, Bernstein, Snip), Sheila Kay Davis (Ronnette), Leilani Jones (Chiffon), Jennifer Leigh Warren (Crystal), Martin P. Robinson (Derelict/Audry II manipulation), Ron Taylor (Audrey II).
Recorded at A&R Recording and Chelsea Studios, New York.
All music written by Alan Menken. All lyrics written by Howard Ashman.
This recording of the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is from the original off-Broadway cast which opened in 1982 at the WPA Theatre. The score varies somewhat from the film version.
Lyricist: Howard Ashman.
Personnel: Nick Curtis , Donny Gerrard, Phil Nicholl, Alan Carvell, Lindsay Benson, Peter Beckett (vocals, background vocals); Gary Martin, Luther Waters, Bob Sherman, Do Wops, Ellen Greene, Robert Billig, Frank Oz, Julia Tillman Waters, Doreen Hermitage, Gene Morford, Jay Gruska, Joe Pizzulo, Julia Waters, Levi Stubbs, Lynn Davis , Maxine Willard Waters, Michelle Weeks, Monalisa Young, Oren Waters, Rick Moranis, Siedah Garrett, Steve Martin, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, Tommy Funderburk, Debra Dobkin (vocals); Dann Huff (guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck guitar); Martin Kershaw (guitar); Dan Huff (electric guitar, bottleneck guitar); Robby Merkin (piano, synthesizer); Derek Austin (keyboards, synthesizer); John Philip Shenale (synthesizer, Synclavier, programming); Bob Caudio, Bob Gaudio (synthesizer); Jonathan Sorrell, Greg Stuart, Morgan Winters (Synclavier, programming); Barry Morgan (drums, percussion); Tom Nichol (drums); Bobbye Hall (congas, tabla); Bobbye Porter (congas, tambourine).
Audio Mixer: Tony d'Amico.
Recording information: Advision Limited, London, England; Hollywood Sound Recorder, LA, CA; Sony Digital Multi-tracks.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Tonia Davall; London Rhythm Section; Miles Goodman.
Arrangers: Robby Merkin; Robert Billig; Bob Gaudio.
In 1978 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman created a new musical take on Roger Corman's 1960 film Little Shop Of Horrors, which became a Broadway hit. Both involve a man-eating, Venus flytrap-inspired plant named Audrey II, raised in a skid-row flower shop into a massive beast with excessive chloroplast (testosterone?) levels. Though the film was inventive and campy, Menken and Ashman's music music - a mix of doo-wop and lavish songs along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show -- made the show's fun hilarious, its thrills outrageously gruesome. The soundtrack to Frank Oz's 1987 film adaptation carries on the musical's spirit: Steve Martin's rendition of "Dentist," about a demented psychopath who drills mouths (not just teeth) without novocaine, is achingly funny. "Downtown" is a full-powered choir of the slums; Rick Moranis works for an uptight flower shop manager ("He took me in, gave me shelter, a bed, crust of bread and a job, treats me like dirt and calls me a slob, which I am.") Martin and Moranis' sincere if limited singing is charming, and Ellen Greene returns as the original Audrey from the Broadway version; the way she belts out earth-shakingly high notes is bewildering, particularly on the lovely duet with Moranis, "Suddenly Seymour." The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs is a scene-stealer as Audrey II, particularly on the new track, the raunchy, boisterous finale "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"; since film nominations must be new songs, it was added in hopes of an Academy Award (and did indeed receive a nomination.) When Disney added a tribute to Howard Ashman on the Beauty and the Beast credits after his death in 1992, it read: "To Ashman who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul." He also gave a plant its appetite. ~ Peter Fawthrop

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