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Songs from Grease [Pickwick]

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Strictly speaking, this is not a studio cast recording of the musical Grease, but rather an album on which Carl Wayne (former lead singer for the Move) handles all the male vocals and Michaela Strachan all the female vocals, no matter which character might have been assigned them in the show. (This means, for example, that Strachan sings both good girl Sandy's "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and bad girl Rizzo's "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee.") As is typical in versions of Grease after the hit movie, the hit songs written for the film, but not featured in the original stage production, are included, such as "Grease," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and "You're the One That I Want." In addition, some actual old ‘50s rock & roll songs have been thrown in: "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," "Blue Moon," "Tears on My Pillow," and "Hound Dog." (These are songs that were included on the movie soundtrack in performances by Sha Na Na.) The result is a version of the score that doesn't have much to do with the stage production with performances that are rote and accompanied by music straight out of a synthesizer.

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