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The Hollywood concept shorthand for Todd Graff's semi-autobiographical musical comedy may be Fame-meets-Meatballs, but the film (nominated for the Grand Jury prize at the '03 Sundance Film Festival) has an energetic musical heart all its own. The original songs of Michael Gore (the original Fame) and Lynn Ahrens (Schoolhouse Rock, the Broadway adaptation of Ragtime) revolve around poles of upbeat gospel fervor ("Here's Where I Stand," "How Shall I See You Through My Tears") and introspective ballads ("I Sing For You"), while the score's choice of covers initially echo those concerns via Todd Rundgren's "The Want of a Nail" and the Stones' "Wild Horses," respectively. But the teen-voiced covers of Sondheim's middle-age missive "The Ladies Who Lunch" and Bacharach/David's loopy "Turkey Lurkey Time" also underscore its youthful sense of anything-goes abandon. The pop songs that round out the collection are a well-chosen and emotionally sympatico lot, especially the Replacements' "Skyway", the Wonder Stuff's "The Size of a Cow" and even Warren Wiebe's weepy ballad "I Believe in Us." This enhanced CD features include behind the scenes footage, film trailer, cast photos, and bios. --Jerry McCulley
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English, Spanish
- Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 4.93 x 0.41 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Decca U.S.
- Run time : 1 hour and 54 minutes
- Date First Available : July 26, 2006
- Label : Decca U.S.
- ASIN : B0000A4G4J
- Number of discs : 1
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While the CD is great listening, it's worth buying the DVD [or renting it] to see these songs performed. So much is added to your enjoyment and understanding. It's not Glee and it's not Disney. It's refreshing, professional, yes, yet so natural I just fell into the story of young people undertaking the challenges of talent.
The Camp soundtrack is a perfect companion to the movie, managing to capture the magic of a select few songs that linger in your memory after leaving the theater. All of the "new" numbers performed by the teens in the movie made the soundtrack, and incidentally are my favorite songs. "How Shall I See You Through My Tears", "Century Plant" and "Here's Where I Stand" all stand out on this CD. The produced also included to actual Broadway numbers, "Ladies Who Lunch" and "Turkey Lurkey Time", which will leave you humming for hours afterward. Additionally, other songs performed by other groups and people are included to round out the CD, and accompany the first songs well.
If you enjoyed the movie, you'll completely enjoy this CD, and will be playing it for a long time to come. Get on the bus, and don't be late for Camp!