Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 American musical rock opera horror comedy film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and scored by and starring Paul Williams. In the film, a disfigured composer writes his music for a woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, a record producer betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise. Betrayed, the composer dons a new appearance and exacts revenge on the producer. It co-stars William Finley and Jessica Harper.
The story is a loosely adapted mixture of several classic European works: Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Faust by Goethe/Christopher Marlowe.
The film was a box office failure and received negative reviews; however it earned praise for its music, receiving Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Over the years, the film has received much more positive reviews and has become a cult film.
1 The Juicy Fruits – Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye (Paul Williams) 3:36
2 Bill Finley – Faust (Paul Williams) 3:31
3 The Beach Bums – Upholstery (Paul Williams) 2:53
4 Jessica Harper – Special To Me (Phoenix Audition Song) (Paul Williams) 2:50
5 Paul Williams – Phantom’s Theme (Beauty & The Beast) (Paul Williams) 4:43
6 The Undead – Somebody Super Like You (Beef Construction Song) (Paul Williams) 4:33
7 Ray Kennedy – Life At Last (Paul Williams) 2:17
8 Jessica Harper – Old Souls (Paul Williams) 2:45
9 Paul Williams – Faust (Paul Williams) 5:08
10 Paul Williams – The Hell Of It (Paul Williams) 3:45
|Background Vocals||Jerry Whitman|
|Background Vocals||Jim Haas|
|Background Vocals||Jon Joyce|
|Background Vocals||Kerry Chater|
|Background Vocals||Tom Bahler|
|Background Vocals||Ray Kennedy|
1 The Juicy Fruits – Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye
3 The Beach Bums – Upholstery
6 The Undead – Somebody Super Like You (Beef Construction Song)
Producer – Paul Williams
Arranged By – Paul Williams
Recorded By – Tommy Vicari
Remix – Tommy Vicari
Supervised By (Music Supervision By) – Jules Chaikin, Michael Arciaga
Art Direction – Roland Young
Illustration (Cover) – Anthony Goldschmidt Graphic Design Ltd., John Alvin
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – PolyGram Group Canada Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Remixed At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Published By – Almo Music Corp.