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
Released April 14, 1978[1]
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop, disco, rock and roll
Length 61:14
Label RSO, Polydor
Producer Louis 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)
Singles from Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
  1. "Grease"
    Released: May 6, 1978 (1978-05-06)
  2. "You're the One That I Want"
    Released: May 1978
  3. "Summer Nights"
    Released: August 25, 1978 (1978-08-25)
  4. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
    Released: September 9, 1978 (1978-09-09)
  5. "Greased Lightnin'"
    Released: 1978 (1978)[2]

Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the original motion picture soundtrack for the 1978 film Grease originally released by RSO 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 40 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling soundtrack album of all time.[3][citation needed]

Background[edit]

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".[4] 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.[5][6][7][8] 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.[9] 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).[10]

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.[11] Worldwide the album sold 40 million copies. [11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[12]

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."[12]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Grease"   Barry Gibb Frankie Valli 3:24
2. "Summer Nights"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3:35
3. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"   John Farrar Olivia Newton-John 3:04
4. "You're the One That I Want"   John Farrar John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 2:48
5. "Sandy"   Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon John Travolta 2:31

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
6. "Beauty School Dropout"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Frankie Avalon 3:59
7. "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff and Jamie Donnelly 1:40
8. "Greased Lightnin'"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta 3:13
9. "It's Raining on Prom Night"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Cindy Bullens 2:51
10. "Alone at the Drive-in Movie" (instrumental) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey -- 2:24
11. "Blue Moon"   Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart Sha-Na-Na 2:18

Side three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
12. "Rock 'n' Roll Is Here to Stay"   David White Sha-Na-Na 2:03
13. "Those Magic Changes"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Sha-Na-Na 2:18
14. "Hound Dog"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Sha-Na-Na 1:24
15. "Born to Hand Jive"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Sha-Na-Na 4:37
16. "Tears on My Pillow"   Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis Sha-Na-Na 2:02
17. "Mooning"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Louis St. Louis and Cindy Bullens 2:15

Side four[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
18. "Freddy, My Love"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Cindy Bullens 2:48
19. "Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Louis St. Louis 2:11
20. "There Are Worse Things I Could Do"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Stockard Channing 2:22
21. "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" (reprise) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Olivia Newton-John 1:28
22. "We Go Together"   Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3:00
23. "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" (instrumental) Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster 1:23
24. "Grease" (reprise) Barry Gibb Frankie Valli 3:24

CD release[edit]

The CD of the soundtrack has been released twice in the US. In April 1991 it was released through Polydor Records as a single disc replicating the sequence of the original 1978 RSO 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. Title Writer(s) Vocals Length
1. "Grease" (Instrumental version) Barry Gibb Gary Brown, saxophone 3:23
2. "Summer Nights" (Sing-a-long version) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey 3:34
3. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (Sing-a-long version) John Farrar 3:03
4. "You're the One That I Want" (Sing-a-long version) John Farrar 2:32
5. "Sandy" (Sing-a-long version) Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon 2:30
6. "Greased Lightnin'" (Single version) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta 3:20
7. "Rydell Fight Song" (Previously unreleased instrumental) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey 0:20
8. "Greased Up and Ready to Go" (Previously unreleased instrumental) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey 4:49
9. "Grease Megamix" ("You're the One That I Want"/"Greased Lightnin'"/"Summer Nights") John Farrar
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 4:48
10. "Grease Dream Mix" ("Grease"/"Sandy"/"Hopelessly Devoted to You") Barry Gibb
Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon
John Farrar
Frankie Valli, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John 3:45
11. "Summer Nights" (Martian remix) Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3:37
12. "You're the One That I Want" (Martian remix) John Farrar John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 3:25

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Vocalists[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • All selections except "Grease" arranged by: John Farrar, Michael Gibson, Louis St. Louis
  • Strings on "Summer Nights" arranged by Ben Lanzarone
  • Horns and Strings on "Greased Lightnin'" and "Born to Hand Jive" arranged by Michael Melvoin
  • Karl Richardson – engineer ("Grease")
  • Recorded at: Filmways/Wally Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood
    United Western Studios, Hollywood
    Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood
  • Engineered by: [David J. Holman], Jay Lewis, EirBilly Joel Wangberg, Michael Carneval, Karl Richardson ("Grease")
  • All selections except "Grease" mixed and re-mixed by [David J. Holman] at Filmways/Wally Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood
  • Produced by: Louis St. Louis and John Farrar; Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson ("Grease")
  • Album mastered at A&M Records by Bernie Grundman
  • Art direction: Glenn Ross
  • Album design: Tim Bryant/George Corsillo
  • Photography: Alan Pappe/Lee Gross Assoc., Inc.
  • Background photos: Ron Slenzak

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fong-Torres, Ben (October 5, 1978). "Al Coury Owns Number One". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.) (275): 40. 
  2. ^ Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Deluxe Edition. CD liner notes. 2003. Various Artists. Polydor Records. 9809773.
    • Note: Liner notes read under "Greased Lightnin' (Single Version)" that single was issued by RSO in 1978 with catalog number RS909.
  3. ^ "Those chart busters". The Hindustan Times. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-04-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ Allmusic - US charts
  5. ^ Chartstats - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John UK charts
  6. ^ Chartstats - John Travolta UK charts
  7. ^ Chartstats - "Hopelesssly Devoted to You" UK charts
  8. ^ Chartstats - "Grease" UK charts (singles)
  9. ^ Chartstats - Grease UK album charts
  10. ^ BBC Radio - List of top-selling singles of all time
  11. ^ a b c Paul Grein (November 21, 2012). "Week Ending Nov. 18, 2012. Albums: Xtina Slips Despite "The Voice"". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture at AllMusic
  13. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Chart Stats - John Travolta". chartstats.com. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Catalogue Albums Chart – 03/12/2012". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Grease". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "French album certifications – BOF – Grease" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select BOF and click OK
  18. ^ "Les Albums Platine :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (O.S.T. - Various; 'Grease')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  20. ^ "Gold Disc Award 1979". IFPI. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  21. ^ "Gold Disc Award Criteria". IFPI. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  22. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Various – Grease Soundtrack". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  23. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Soundtrack; 'Grease')". Hung Medien. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Grease - OST". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Grease - OST in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
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  26. ^ "Get Your Mind Right: Underground Vs. Mainstream". Cheri Media Group. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
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