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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Sing It!

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Sing It! Review

by William Ruhlmann

Ode Records and its manufacturer/marketer Rhino Records celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1995 by releasing this version of the original soundtrack album, on which the lead vocals had been wiped, allowing fans to perform their own karaoke renditions of the songs. The CD booklet contained a complete set of lyrics, and, freed of the LP time restrictions that encumbered the original release 20 years earlier, Rocky Horror Picture Show: Sing It! contained a much more complete version of the score: "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" and "The Sword of Damocles," as well as a longer version of "Over at the Frankenstein Place," all heard in the movie but not on the soundtrack, and "Once in a While," which had been left on the cutting room floor, adding up to eight-and-a-half extra minutes. A few backup vocals remained, and now and then you could hear a ghost of the lead vocal in the quieter sections, but for the most part the music was all that remained. Of course, that meant that only die-hard fans needed to care about the album, but then Ode/Rhino had been catering to them with a series of releases for years, of which this was just another one.

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