augustus 14, 2015

Soundtrack - West Side Story (1961)

“West Side Story” is the soundtrack to the 1961 film “West Side Story”, released in 1961. 

"West Side Story" is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.
It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris

On the grounds that “West Side Story” was listed on a chart for stereo albums only at a time when many albums were recorded in mono. In 1962, it won a Grammy award for "Best Sound Track Album.

The soundtrack of the “West Side Story” film is deservedly one of the most popular soundtrack recordings of all time, and one of the relatively few to have attained long-term popularity beyond a specialized soundtrack/theatrical musical audience. 

Its widespread impact could be attributed to a few factors: the wide range of compositional and orchestral styles, from cool swing jazz and shades of Latin pop to classical; the universality of the storyline, pitting underdog lovers against the world; and an assortment of songs that goes well beyond the sentimental love odes that are the staples of musicals (though it has some of those, too), including some downright tough posturing and sardonic social commentary.

"Jet Song," "America," "Gee, Officer Krupke," "Tonight," "Cool," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty," and "Something's Coming" are all among the most famous and oft-sung soundtrack numbers ever.

Side  A
A1. Prologue  (5:39)
A2.  Jet Song  (2:11)
A3.  Something's Coming  (2:38)
A4.  Dance at the Gym (Blues, Promenade, and Jump)  (3:37)
A5.  Maria  (2:40)
A6.  America  (5:05)
A7.  Tonight  (3:35)

Side B
B1.  Gee, Officer Krupke  (4:11)
B2. I Feel Pretty  (2:50)
B3.  One Hand, One Heart  (2:03)
B4.  The Rumble  (2:32)
B5.  Cool  (4:27)
B6.  A Boy Like That/I Have a Love  (4:34)
B7.  Somewhere  (2:03)

Artist:  Soundtrack (by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
Title:  West Side Story
Release:  1961
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  S 70006

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