LOS ANGELES -- On May 5, Rhino Records will do their part to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular films of all time with the release of GREASE IS THE WORD: BOPPIN' TUNES FROM THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK. This release will feature brand new recordings from the Grease movie soundtrack as recorded by some of the most popular artists of the '50s and early '60s. These classic songs were newly arranged as if they had actually been recorded in the '50s.
GREASE IS THE WORD features 17 tracks by such icons of the era as Lou Christie, Darlene Love, Lesley Gore, and Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon. It will be available in CD format only at a suggested list price of $16.98 and through RhinoDirect at 1-800-432-0020. As an added bonus for all those crazy Grease fans, GREASE IS THE WORD will also feature a handful of karaoke-style tracks of some of the most popular songs from the film soundtrack. The liner notes also include a special "Test Your GQ (Grease Quotient)," with a series of 10 trivia questions designed to determine your level of Greasiness.
This release takes the music from Grease, a movie steeped in '50s lifestyle, and re-records it in a style more traditionally associated with that decade. "When I heard that a movie called Grease was being released -- A big-budget musical about the '50s starring John Travolta -- I couldn't wait," says Rhino Records President Richard Foos, who conceptualized GREASE IS THE WORD. "However, when the first single, `You're The One That I Want,' was released, my joy turned to heartbreak. The song was about 2-percent '50s and 98-percent pop/disco. This, after years of preserving music history, we decided to produce an album that would, in a sense, rewrite it. Ever wonder what the music from Grease would have sounded like if it had actually been recorded in the '50s by '50s recording stars? Put this disc in your machine and let's find out."
"This is the most fun I've ever had, "says Lou Christie of recording GREASE tracks. "It really sent me back to the days when I was 15 and working at my dad's pizza house." His reaction is typical of all the artists featured, many of whom remain popular touring performers accross the country.
Included on GREASE IS THE WORD are "We Go Together" (Ensemble), "Summer Nights" (Lou Christie & Darlene Love), "Hopelessly Devoted To You" (Darlene Love), "You're The One That I Want" (Lou Christie & Darlene Love), "Sandy" (Lou Christie), "Beauty School Dropout" (Lou Christie), "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" (Lesley Gore), "Greased Lightnin'" (Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon), "It's Raining On Prom Night" (Lesley Gore), "Alone At The Drive-In Movie" (Big Daddy), "Those Magic Changes" (Lou Christie), "Born To Hand Jive" (Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon), "Mooning" (Lou Christie & Rosanne Limeres), "Freddy, My Love" (Lesley Gore), "Rock 'N' Roll Party Queen" (Lou Christie), "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" (Lesley Gore), "Grease" (Big Daddy with Lou Christie).