Title - 'The Wiz LIVE! Original NBC Soundtrack'
Artist - Various
The Wiz LIVE! Original NBC Soundtrack is the musical accompaniment to the live production of the 1975 Broadway musical, "The Wiz." Putting a modern spin on the classic "Wizard of Oz" tale with a cast of only African-American actors, it got high ratings the night it was broadcast on TV, and now such greatness is expected of the CD soundtrack.
The reason? Well, when the soundtrack features such music/actor greats as Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Shanice Williams, Mary J. Blige, and the Queen herself, Queen Latifah, The Wiz LIVE! Original NBC Soundtrack has already got all the makings of becoming one of the best sellers of this year - let alone 2016!
As for the NBC production that it comes live from, well, I am not a theater expert or a theater critic, in any shape or form! I watch TV to be entertained and oh boy, was I ever entertained with "The Wiz Live!" I didn't look for flaws. I didn't listen for missed notes or lyrics. I didn't scour sets and costumes for flaws. I certainly did not inspect dance routines for missteps. I didn't unfairly compare it to the original Broadway production, subsequent movie, or the beloved classic that I so dearly adore. I simply watched and I was enchanted with what NBC put before me.
The same can be said of sitting back, closing my eyes and listening to this ensemble cast of only African-American actors/singers work their vocal tones in such a live manner, in such a one-take roll of the dice, that you could swear they must have had some studio work involved in smoothing the edges and such. But no, all live, all the time and what an incredible 18 songs they are, from the opening 'Prologue' and then both 'The Feeling We Once Had' and 'Tornado,' through the mid-section of 'Ease on Down the Road,' 'Slide Some Oil to Me' and 'Mean Ole' Lion,' on through the climax of songs such as 'Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News,' 'Believe in Yourself,' and then 'Home.'