The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced by Universal Pictures and Motown Productions, and released by Universal Pictures on October 24, 1978The Wiz is the original motion picture soundtrack album for the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Soundtrack
Title:  The Wiz
Year:  1978
Format:  2LP
Label:  MCA Records
Catalog# 0082.064-2

Although the film was produced for Universal Pictures by Motown Recordsfilm division, the soundtrack album was issued on MCA Records as a two-LP collection (Universal was owned by MCA Inc. at the time). Chiefly produced by Quincy Jones,The Wiz soundtrack features non-sync cast performances by the stars of the film, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, and Lena Horne.

Like many musicals of the period, the performances in the soundtrack album are not those used directly in the film, but re-recorded by the same artists at an earlier and/or later date. Several differences are noted including Michael Jackson’s line and a Nipsey Russell scat section being dropped in “A Brand New Day” among others. The song “Is This What Feeling Gets?” was not used in the film’s final cut, though the tune is used throughout the film.

The track selection is made up of both songs from the original 1975 Broadway musical by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross, as well as new songs written for the film by Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Anthony Jackson. This soundtrack marks Jones’ first collaboration with Jackson; Jones would go on to produce Jackson’s hit solo albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

The album, with its hit single “Ease on Down the Road“, was more successful than the film itself, which was a commercial and critical failure. It was certified Gold in the US. It also did well in some European territories like the Netherlands, where “A Brand New Day” was a surprise number 1.

 

Side one
1.  Main Title (Overture, Part One) (2:34)
2.  Overture (Part Two) (2:03)
3.  The Feeling That We Have (3:30)
4.  Can I Go On? (1:56)
5.  Glinda’s Theme (1:09)
6.  He’s The Wizard (2:52)
7.  Soon As I Get Home/Home (4:01)

Side two
1.  You Can’t Win (3:14)
2.  Ease On Down The Road (3:19)
3.  What Would I Do If I Could Feel? (2:18)
4.  Slide Some Oil To Me (2:19)
5.  Ease On Down The Road (1:30)
6.  (I’m A) Mean One Lion (2:23)
7.  Ease On Down The Road (1:24)
8.  Poppy Girls (3:27)

Side three
1.  Be A Lion (4:04)
2.  End Of The Yellow Brick Road (1:01)
3.  Emerald City Sequence (6:41)
4.  So You Wanted To See The Wizard (2:48)
5.  Is This What Feeling Gets (Dorothy’s Theme) (3:13)

Side four
1.  Don’t Nobody Bring Me Bad News (3:01)
2.  A Brand New Day (7:51)
(a) Liberation Agitato (0:54)
(b) A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)(Part One) (2:29)
(c) Liberation Ballet / A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)(Part Two) (4:23)
3.  Believe In Yourself (Dorothy) (2:54)
4.  The Good Witch Glinda (1:10)
5.  Believe In Yourself (Reprise) (2:13)
6.  Home (3:27)

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