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Original Cast - Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Number of Discs
2
Release Date
05/30/1995
Artist
Original Cast
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Atlantic
Duration
01:29:44

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For a decade, from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the most successful songwriting team in popular music, writing hits for R&B groups like the Coasters and the Drifters and giving Elvis Presley some of his best material. The songs included "Kansas City," "Love Me," "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Loving You," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me." Smokey Joe's Cafe, a musical revue, which opened on Broadway in March 1995 and was still going strong a year later, contained all of those songs and more. The two-CD original Broadway cast album spanned the entire show's 38 songs. On-stage, hearing the songs again was refreshing. On record, the problem was the inevitable comparison with the original recordings. But Leiber and Stoller (who produced with Arif Mardin) took different approaches on the Presley material, not trying to copy him in most instances, and some of the most interesting performances came on the less-well-known songs, which allowed the singers more room for interpretation, such as Brenda Braxton's take on "Don Juan." With their comic narrative style, songs like "Charlie Brown" and "Shopping for Clothes" were naturally theatrical and work in any context. The only wonder is that it took so long for this revue to get to the stage. ~ William Ruhlmann

Disc 1:
1) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Neighborhood (02:22)
2) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Young Blood (02:05)
3) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Falling (02:19)
4) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Ruby Baby (01:38)
5) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Dance With Me (02:52)
6) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Neighborhood (Reprise) (00:47)
7) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Keep On Rollin' (02:20)
8) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Searchin' (02:24)
9) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Kansas City (02:22)
10) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Trouble (02:28)
11) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Love Me / Don't (03:49)
12) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Fools Fall in Love (02:07)
13) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Poison Ivy (01:53)
14) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Don Juan (02:49)
15) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Shoppin' For Clothes (03:57)
16) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. I Keep Forgettin' (01:23)
17) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. On Broadway (02:38)
18) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. D.W. Washburn (02:29)
19) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 1. Saved (03:02)

Disc 2:
1) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Baby, That is Rock & Roll (02:46)
2) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Yakety Yak (01:00)
3) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Charlie Brown (01:02)
4) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Stay A While (01:32)
5) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Pearl's A Singer (03:03)
6) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Teach Me How to Shimmy (02:11)
7) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. You're The Boss (02:58)
8) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Loving You (02:56)
9) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Treat Me Nice (01:25)
10) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Hound Dog (01:58)
11) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Little Egypt (02:37)
12) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. I'm A Woman (02:50)
13) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. There Goes My Baby (02:01)
14) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Love Potion #9 (01:22)
15) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Some Cats Know (02:48)
16) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Jailhouse Rock (02:01)
17) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Fools Fall In Love (Reprise) (03:42)
18) Spanish Harlem, song (02:53)
19) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. I (Who Have Nothing) (03:46)
20) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Neighborhood (Reprise #2) (00:57)
21) Smokey Joe's Café, musical revue~Act 2. Stand By Me (03:24)

Album
Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Publisher
Warner-Europe
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
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