Camp CD (2003)

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Songs as memorable as those in Hedwig

by rebuiltearth on 12/15/2004

Stephen Trask, composer of the music for Hedwig and the Angry Inch came back and hit us again with some amazing songs. If you loved Hedwig, get this soundtrack or see the movie. Even if you love musicals in general, get it.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60607228
UPC 044003828025
UPC 14 00044003828025
Format CD
Release Date 7/22/2003
Author Michael Gore; Ahrens
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Keith Shortreed
Producer Tim Weil
CatalogID 000066712
Lable Name Decca
Released 07/22/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 18s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044003828025
Album Notes and Credits
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Original score composed by Stephen Trask.
Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Todd Graff.
Personnel: Kenny Brescia (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo); Tim Weil (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Jeff Potter (vocals, drums, percussion); Todd Graff, Idina Menzel, Aisha Dehaas (vocals); Arthur Fiacco (cello); Jerry Vivino (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Mark Pender (trumpet); Daniel A. Weiss (organ).
Audio Mixer: Jan Folkson.
Liner Note Author: Todd Graff.
Listening to an exceptional soundtrack album like Camp drives you to the credits to find out who compiled it, and it seems one must praise the film's music supervisor, Linda Cohen, who has put together some seemingly unlikely materials to come up with a disc that sets a new standard for the various-artists collections that soundtracks have become. Of course, Cohen had a special project to work with. Writer/producer/director Todd Graff's valentine to his days at a summer camp for aspiring musical theater performers may be described accurately as "Fame goes to the Catskills," but that only sets the stage; what matters, particularly on the soundtrack album, are the performances and the songs. It wouldn't be surprising to hear that Cohen had some connection to Warner Bros. Records in the 1980s, since she re-conceives two key songs from that company and era, Bob Telson and Lee Breuer's "How Shall I See You Through My Tears" from their 1984 show Gospel at Colonus (recorded by Warner), and Todd Rundgren's "The Want of a Nail" from his 1989 Warner album Nearly Human, giving them impassioned choral treatments that will be inspiring high-school choruses from now on. That doesn't explain her familiarity with the obscure "Turkey Lurkey Time" from the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises or the better-known "The Ladies Who Lunch" from the 1970 show Company, however. It's cast members Alana Allen and Anna Kendrick's performance of the latter that will determine the listener's acceptance of this unorthodox collection of songs; either you buy the idea of 15-year-olds performing this song, which is way beyond their life experiences, or you don't. But by the time you get to it, you are likely to have swallowed the film's (and the album's) concept whole. The six rock songs that conclude the disc after the eight songs sung by the film's actors come as something of a letdown (you wish you could hear more of those young talents), but there is more than enough here to establish Camp as a superior, and surprising, film musical. (The CD is "enhanced" with the film trailer, other movie excerpts, and bios of the film's young stars.) ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (8/15/03, p.72) - "...Songs by Victoria Williams and Todd Rundgren sit comfortably next to those by Burt Bacharach and Michael Gore..." - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 How Shall I See You Through My Tears
2 Century Plant
3 Here's Where I Stand
4 I Sing For You
5 Want Of A Nail, The
6 Wild Horses
7 Ladies Who Lunch, The
8 Turkey Lurkey Time
9 Skyway - The Replacements
10 Size Of A Cow, The - Wonder Stuff
11 On/Off - Snow Patrol
12 Right On Be Free - The Voices Of East Harlem
13 I Believe In Us - Warren Wiebe
14 Round Are Way - Oasis
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Songs as memorable as those in Hedwig by rebuiltearth on Dec 15, 2004