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Various - West Side Story

Various - West Side Story

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    West Side Story is the soundtrack album to the 1961 film West Side Story, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Released in 1961, the soundtrack spent 54 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's album charts, giving it the longest run at No. 1 of any album in history, although some lists instead credit Michael Jackson's Thriller, 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 – Original Cast." In the United States, it was the best-selling album of the 1960s, certifying three times platinum by the RIAA on November 21, 1986.

    Though the album was released just a few years after the release of the original Broadway cast recording, it is according to musical theater historian Ethan Mordden preferred by some to the earlier version both sentimentally, as the film succeeded in establishing the musical as a "popular masterpiece", and musically, as it contains "beefier orchestration".

    Tracklist

    1 Orchestra, The Jets  Prologue And Jet Song
    2 Larry Kert  Something's Coming
    3 Ensemble  The Dance At The Gym
    4 Larry Kert  Maria
    5 Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence  Tonight
    6 Chita Rivera And Marilyn Cooper, Reri Grist & Shark Girls  America
    7 Mickey Calin And The Jets  Cool
    8 Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence  One Hand, One Heart
    9 Quintet, Ensemble  Tonight
    10 Orchestra  The Rumble
    11 Carol Lawrence, Marilyn Cooper, Carmen Gutierrez, Elizabeth Taylor   I Feel Pretty
    12 Reri Grist And Ensemble  Somewhere (Ballet)
    13 Eddie Roll, Grover Dale And The Jets  Gee, Officer Krupke!
    14 Carol Lawrence And Chita Rivera A Boy Like That
    15 Carol Lawrence And Chita Rivera I Have A Love
    16 Unknown Artist Finale