Phantom of the Paradise [Original Soundtrack Recording]

Phantom of the Paradise [Original Soundtrack Recording]

by Paul WilliamsPaul Williams




One of the best and most outrageous rock & roll movies of the '70s, Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise was an updated adaptation of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera (years before Andrew Lloyd Webber staged his own version), with Paul Williams as Swan, a powerful and decadent rock tycoon who manipulates a reclusive genius into a rock opera for the opening of his new venue, only to turn him into a fearsome enemy. In addition to playing Swan, Paul Williams wrote the songs for the film, and while he clearly understood the alternately seamy and glamorous milieu his character inhabits, Williams was a gifted pop craftsman but never a real rock & roller, and despite the very real wit of tunes like the '50s pastiche "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye," the Beach Boys put-on "Upholstery," and the hard rock opus "Life at Last," this music sounds less like rock & roll than stuff that's supposed to remind a listener of rock & roll, and it works better in the context of the movie than it does as an album (not unusual for a film soundtrack). Despite that, Phantom of the Paradise is still one of Williams' most entertaining and adventurous albums of the '70s, as he branches out melodically while replicating different sounds and genres, and with vocal contributions from Jessica Harper and Raymond Louis Kennedy (the latter voiced the crazed hard rock hero Beef, played hilariously on screen by Gerrit Graham), he shows he can write well enough for characters that perhaps he could have written a decent for-real rock (or pop) opera. Good fun for fans of the movie, and an interesting detour in Paul Williams' career as a songwriter and oddball pop culture icon.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2014
Label: Creature Music
UPC: 5060051331879
catalogNumber: 105

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jeffrey Comanor   Vocals
Kerry Chater   Background Vocals
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Max Bennett   Bass
Craig Doerge   Piano
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Jim Hughart   Bass
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Art Munson   Guitar
Jerry Whitman   Background Vocals
Bill Finley   Vocals
Archie Hahn   Vocals
Jessica Harper   Vocals
Harold Oblong   Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Ray Kennedy   Vocals
Gary Mallabar   Drums
Dave Garland   Piano

Technical Credits

Tommy Vicari   Engineer,Remixing
Paul Williams   Arranger,Composer
Anthony Goldschmidt   Cover Illustration
Roger Nichols   Art Direction
Edward Pressman   Producer
Brian DePalma   Director,Writer
Luke Weall   Repackaging
Gustave M. Berne   Executive Producer

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