Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture

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Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by John Travolta / Olivia Newton-John / Various artists
ReleasedApril 14, 1978[1]
Recorded1977
GenrePop, disco, rock and roll
Length61:14
LabelRSO, Polydor
ProducerLouis St. Louis
John Farrar
Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits
(1977)
Grease
(1978)
Totally Hot
(1978)
 
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Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by John Travolta / Olivia Newton-John / Various artists
ReleasedApril 14, 1978[1]
Recorded1977
GenrePop, disco, rock and roll
Length61:14
LabelRSO, Polydor
ProducerLouis St. Louis
John Farrar
Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits
(1977)
Grease
(1978)
Totally Hot
(1978)

Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the original motion picture soundtrack for the 1978 film Grease released by Polydor Records. The song "You're the One That I Want" was a US and UK #1 for stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. To date, it has sold over 28 million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth best-selling soundtrack album of all time.[2]

Contents

Background

The soundtrack was released in April 14, 1978, two months ahead of the film's release.[1] The cover gives credit to, and prominently features, the two stars of the film—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John—although they only appear on seven of the 24 tracks. The remainder of the album is sung by various cast members and Sha Na Na, a group who performed many of the 1950s numbers in the film. The title track was recorded by Frankie Valli, who had no other connection with the film.

The most successful songs from the soundtrack were written specifically for the film. They included the Billboard number-one hits "Grease", "You're the One That I Want" and the number-three, Academy Award-nominated "Hopelessly Devoted to You".[3] In the UK, the album proved even more successful where "You're the One That I Want" reached No.1 for nine weeks, "Summer Nights" reached No.1 for seven weeks, while "Grease", "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy" all became top three hits.[4][5][6][7] The soundtrack album hit the top of the charts in the U.S. during the summer of 1978, replacing The Rolling Stones' Some Girls. In the UK, it remained at the top of the charts for 13 consecutive weeks.[8] As of 2011, "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" are still among the 20 best-selling singles of all time in the UK (at Nos.6 and 19 respectively).[9]

Two of the bass players who recorded on the Grease soundtrack were (at different times) members of Toto. One of these, David Hungate, also performed on Olivia Newton-John's album Totally Hot with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather. Other musicians here have previously worked with Elton John, Steely Dan, Bee Gees and others.

The album has sold over 6 million copies in the US in the Soundscan era (beginning 1991) in addition to the millions sold in the years 1978-1991.[10] Worldwide the album sold 28 million copies.[2]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[11]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated the soundtrack four-and-a-half stars. He stated that "the originals hold up better than the '50s tunes", but that they "are so giddily enjoyable that everything works". He also said that "the sleek pop production the movie's soundtrack boasts and the cast's enthusiastic performances go a long way in making this Grease the definitive Grease."[11]

Track listing

Side one

No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."Grease"  Barry GibbFrankie Valli3:24
2."Summer Nights"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John3:35
3."Hopelessly Devoted to You"  John FarrarOlivia Newton-John3:04
4."You're the One That I Want"  John FarrarJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John2:48
5."Sandy"  Louis St. Louis and Scott SimonJohn Travolta2:31

Side two

No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
6."Beauty School Dropout"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyFrankie Avalon3:59
7."Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyStockard Channing, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff and Jamie Donnelly1:40
8."Greased Lightnin'"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyJohn Travolta3:13
9."It's Raining on Prom Night"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyCindy Bullens2:51
10."Alone at the Drive-in Movie" (instrumental)Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey--2:24
11."Blue Moon"  Richard Rodgers and Lorenz HartSha-Na-Na2:18

Side three

No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
12."Rock n' Roll Is Here to Stay"  David WhiteSha-Na-Na2:03
13."Those Magic Changes"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseySha-Na-Na2:18
14."Hound Dog"  Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerSha-Na-Na1:24
15."Born to Hand Jive"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseySha-Na-Na4:37
16."Tears on My Pillow"  Sylvester Bradford and Al LewisSha-Na-Na2:02
17."Mooning"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyLouis St. Louis and Cindy Bullens4:37

Side four

No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
18."Freddy, My Love"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyCindy Bullens4:37
19."Rock n' Roll Party Queen"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyLouis St. Louis2:11
20."There Are Worse Things I Could Do"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyStockard Channing2:22
21."Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" (reprise)Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyOlivia Newton-John1:28
22."We Go Together"  Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John3:00
23."Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" (instrumental)Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster1:23
24."Grease" (reprise)Barry GibbFrankie Valli4:37

CD release

The CD of the soundtrack has been released twice in the US. In April 1991 it was released as a single disc replicating the sequence of the original 1978 LP. In September 2003 it was released by PolyGram as a 2-CD digitally-remastered "Deluxe Edition" containing additional tracks. As with the LP and single-disc CD, the songs are not presented in the order replicating their appearances in the movie.

Deluxe edition bonus disc
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."Grease" (Instrumental version)Barry GibbGary Brown, saxophone3:23
2."Summer Nights" (Sing-a-long version)Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey3:34
3."Hopelessly Devoted to You" (Sing-a-long version)John Farrar3:03
4."You're the One I Want" (Sing-a-long version)John Farrar2:32
5."Sandy" (Sing-a-long version)Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon2:30
6."Greased Lightnin'" (Single version)Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyJohn Travolta3:20
7."Rydell Fight Song" (Previously unreleased instrumental)Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey0:20
8."Greased Up and Ready to Go" (Previously unreleased instrumental)Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey4:49
9."Grease Megamix" ("You're the One That I Want"/"Greased Lightnin'"/"Summer Nights")John Farrar / Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John4:48
10."Grease Dream Mix" ("Grease"/"Sandy"/"Hopelessly Devoted to You")Barry Gibb / Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon / John FarrarFrankie Valli, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John3:45
11."Summer Nights" (Martian remix)Jim Jacobs and Warren CaseyJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John3:37
12."You're the One That I Want" (Martian remix)John FarrarJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John3:25


Chart positions

Album

Charts
YearChartPosition
1978Billboard 2001
UK Albums Chart[12]1
Australian Kent Music Report1
1991Australian ARIA Albums Chart1
1998
Certifications
RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[13]14× Platinum700,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[14]Diamond1,000,000^
France (SNEP)[15]Platinum1,357,900[16]
Germany (BVMI)[17]5× Gold1,250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[18]Platinum15,000*[19]
New Zealand (RIANZ)[20]Platinum15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21]Gold25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[22]Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA)[23]8× Platinum14,000,000[10][24]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Singles

Release dateSingle titleUSUKAUS
May 6, 1978"Grease"132
"You're the One That I Want"111
August 25, 1978"Summer Nights"516
September 9, 1978"Hopelessly Devoted to You"322
"Sandy"2[25]
November 17, 1978"Greased Lightnin'"4711[25]40

Personnel

Vocalists

Musicians

Production

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Fong-Torres, Ben (October 5, 1978). "Al Coury Owns Number One". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.) (275): 40.
  2. ^ a b "Those chart busters". The Hindustan Times. 2008-12-09. http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=NLetter&id=40e182fc-061c-43d5-832e-ff930aa4a508&Headline=Those+chart+busters. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  3. ^ Allmusic - US charts
  4. ^ Chartstats - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John UK charts
  5. ^ Chartstats - John Travolta UK charts
  6. ^ Chartstats - "Hopelesssly Devoted to You" UK charts
  7. ^ Chartstats - "Grease" UK charts (singles)
  8. ^ Chartstats - Grease UK album charts
  9. ^ BBC Radio - List of top-selling singles of all time
  10. ^ a b Paul Grein (November 21, 2012). "Week Ending Nov. 18, 2012. Albums: Xtina Slips Despite “The Voice”". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart-watch/week-ending-nov-18-2012-albums-xtina-slips-160822012.html. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture at Allmusic
  12. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080209095720/http://www.theofficialcharts.com/all_the_no1_albums.php?show=3. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  13. ^ "ARIA Catalogue Albums Chart – 03/12/2012". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2012-03-12. http://ariacharts.com.au/chart/catalogue-albums/397. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Grease". Music Canada. http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=Grease&sa=Various+Artists&smt=0.
  15. ^ "French album certifications – BOF – Grease" (in French). InfoDisc. http://www.infodisc.fr/Certif_Album.php. Select BOF and click OK
  16. ^ "Les Albums Platine :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. http://www.infodisc.fr/CDCertif_P.php?debut=64. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (O.S.T. - Various; 'Grease')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=suche&strTitel=Grease&strInterpret=O.S.T.+-+Various&strTtArt=alben&strAwards=checked.
  18. ^ "Gold Disc Award 1979". IFPI. http://www.ifpihk.org/www_1/go16e.php. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  19. ^ "Gold Disc Award Criteria". IFPI. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20071015035236/http://www.ifpihk.org/www_1/go1e.php. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  20. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Various – Grease Soundtrack". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. http://rianz.org.nz/rianz/oldchart.asp?chartNum=1146&chartKind=A.
  21. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Soundtrack; 'Grease')". Hung Medien. http://www.swisscharts.com/search_certifications.asp?search=Soundtrack+Grease.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Grease - OST". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx. Enter Grease - OST in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Grease". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Grease%22. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Grease". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Grease%22.
  25. ^ a b "Chart Stats - John Travolta". chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=3011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
Preceded by
Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 29 – September 15, 1978
September 23 – October 6, 1978
October 14 – November 3, 1978
Succeeded by
Don't Look Back by Boston
Preceded by
Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
August 14 – October 1, 1978
November 20 – December 3, 1978
June 30 – July 20, 1991
August 16–22, 1998
Succeeded by
War of the Worlds by Various artists
Preceded by
Nightflight to Venus by Boney M
UK Albums Chart number-one album
7 October – 30 December 1978
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Showaddywaddy