A Brand New Day (The Wiz song)
|"A Brand New Day"|
|Single by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross (as The Wiz Stars)|
|from the album The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|A-side||"A Brand New Day"|
|B-side||"Liberation Ballet - A Brand New Day"|
|Length||7:48 (Album Version)
2:40 (Single Edit)
"A Brand New Day" is a song from the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz written by American R&B singer–songwriter Luther Vandross. (In 1976 Vandross recorded a version of the song for his album "Luther," on Cotillion records.) In the play, the song is sung to celebrate because Dorothy has killed Evilene, the tyrannical wicked witch of the West. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow sing the song with the newly freed Winkies, who were ruled and enslaved by Evilene. It was later featured in the 1978 film version, sung by cast members Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross (credited as The Wiz Stars). Given the all-Black cast of The Wiz, the song's many references to freedom and new possibilities, (especially as sung by African American characters who had just been freed from enslavement) certainly invoked the struggles and history of Blacks in America. In the onscreen version of the song, Nipsey Russell can even be heard exclaiming "Free at last!"—a reference to Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King. (His impromptu addition to the song is not heard on the soundtrack album version, instead replaced by sung vocals by Diana Ross.)
The single release is an edit of the first half of the song, which in its entirety runs 7:49 on the film's soundtrack. It is backed by the second half of the song, which is labeled as "Liberation Ballet - A Brand New Day." The "Liberation Ballet" is primarily instrumental and is composed of uptempo dance music in a variety of styles, with the film's cast and choir cheering and singing "Can you feel the brand new day" throughout the piece.
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