1978 Soundtrack – The Wiz

The Wiz is the original motion picture soundtrack album for the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Although the film was produced for Universal Pictures by Motown Records’ film division, the soundtrack album was issued on MCA Records as a two-LP collection (Universal was owned by MCA Inc. at the time). Chiefly produced by Quincy Jones, The Wiz soundtrack features non-sync (does not lock to picture) cast performances by the stars of the film, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, and Lena Horne.

Like many musicals of the period, the performances in the soundtrack album are not those used directly in the film, but pre/re-recorded by the same artists at an earlier and/or later date. Several differences are noted, including a missing line by Michael Jackson and a scat section by Nipsey Russell being dropped from the soundtrack version of “A Brand New Day”, among others. The song “Is This What Feeling Gets?” was not used in the film’s final cut, though the tune is used throughout the film.

Tracks

1  Main Title (Overture) (Quincy Jones; Charlie Smalls) 02:36
2  Overture (Part Two) (Charlie Smalls) 01:56
3  The Feeling That We Have (Charlie Smalls) 03:30
4  Can I Go On? (Quincy Jones; Nickolas Ashford; Valerie Simpson) 01:55
5  Glinda’s Theme (Charlie Smalls) 01:10
6  He’s The Wizard (Charlie Smalls) 04:08
7  Soon As I Get Home / Home (Charlie Smalls) 04:03
8  You Can’t Win (Charlie Smalls) 03:13
9  Ease On Down The Road #1 (Charlie Smalls) 03:54
10  What Could I Do If I Could Feel? (Charlie Smalls) 02:17
11  Slide Some Oil To Me (Charlie Smalls) 02:50
12  Ease On Down The Road #2 (Charlie Smalls) 01:30
13  (I’m A) Mean Ole Lion (Charlie Smalls) 02:24
14  Ease On Down The Road #3 (Charlie Smalls) 01:26
15  Poppy Girls (Anthony Jackson) 03:27
16  Be A Lion (Charlie Smalls) 04:03
17  End Of The Yellow Brick Road () 01:01
18  Emerald City Sequence (Quincy Jones; Charlie Smalls) 06:43
19  So You Wanted To See The Wizard (Charlie Smalls) 02:46
20  Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy’s Theme) (Quincy Jones; Nickolas Ashford; Valerie Simpson) 03:20
21  Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News (Charlie Smalls) 03:03
22  A Brand New Day (Luther Vandross) 07:48
23  Believe In Yourself (Dorothy) (Charlie Smalls) 02:54
24  The Good Witch Glinda (Charlie Smalls) 01:09
25  Believe In Yourself (Reprise) (Charlie Smalls) 02:15
26  Home (Charlie Smalls) 04:02

Musicians

BassAnthony Jackson
BassRon Carter
DrumsChris Parker
DrumsGrady Tate
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarEric Gale
GuitarHugh McCracken
GuitarSteve Khan
BanjoCarmen Mastren
KeyboardsBob James
KeyboardsDave Grusin
KeyboardsDavid Foster
KeyboardsDerek Smith
KeyboardsDick Hyman
KeyboardsErnie Hayes
KeyboardsFrank Owens
KeyboardsJerry Peters
KeyboardsKen Ascher
KeyboardsLeon Pendarvis
KeyboardsPat Rebillot
KeyboardsPaul Griffin
KeyboardsQuincy Jones
KeyboardsRichard Tee
KeyboardsRob Mounsey
KeyboardsThom Bridwell
KeyboardsWarren Bernhardt
SynthesizerDavid Foster
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
HarmonicaToots Thielemans
BassoonJohn Campo
BassoonLoren Glickman
BassoonRay Shanfield
BassoonWally Kane
French HornBob Carlisle
French HornBrooks Tillotson
French HornDonald Corrado
French HornJim Buffington
French HornJoe De Angelis
French HornJohn Clark
French HornLarry Wechsler
French HornMaggie Reill
French HornPeter Gordon
French HornRay Alonge
French HornSharon Moe
French HornTony Miranda
HornJoe Marangella
TromboneAlan Raph
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TromboneCharlie Smalls
TromboneDavid Taylor
TromboneEddie Bert
TromboneGeorge Flynn
TrombonePaul Faulise
TromboneSonny Russo
TromboneTony Studd
TromboneUrbie Green
TromboneWayne Andre
TrumpetAlan Rubin
TrumpetAllan Dean
TrumpetBernie Glow
TrumpetBurt Collins
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetClark Terry
TrumpetDanny Cahn
TrumpetErnie Royal
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetJoe Shepley
TrumpetJoe Wilder
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetLew Soloff
TrumpetMarvin Stamm
TrumpetMel Davis
TrumpetMike Lawrence
TrumpetRandy Brecker
TrumpetRay Crisara
TrumpetTom Bahler
TubaAlan Raph
TubaDave Bargeron
TubaDon Butterfield
TubaHoward Johnson
TubaTony Price
WoodwindsArtie Kaplan
WoodwindsCharles Russo
WoodwindsDanny Bank
WoodwindsDave Tofani
WoodwindsDon Hammond
WoodwindsEddie Daniels
WoodwindsFrank Wess
WoodwindsGeorge Marge
WoodwindsGeorge Young
WoodwindsHank Freeman
WoodwindsHarvey Estrin
WoodwindsHubert Laws
WoodwindsJerome Richardson
WoodwindsJerry Dodgion
WoodwindsJohn Campo
WoodwindsJohn Lissauer
WoodwindsJohnny Mince
WoodwindsKim Hutchcroft
WoodwindsLarry Williams
WoodwindsLeon Cohen
WoodwindsLew Del Gatto
WoodwindsLoren Glickman
WoodwindsLou Marini
WoodwindsMichael Brecker
WoodwindsPepper Adams
WoodwindsPhil Bodner
WoodwindsRay Beckenstein
WoodwindsRay Shanfield
WoodwindsRomeo Penque
WoodwindsRonnie Roseman
WoodwindsSeldon Powell
WoodwindsWally Kane
WoodwindsWalt Levinsky
WoodwindsWilliam Slapin
PercussionArthur Jenkins
PercussionBill Lavorgna
PercussionBill Summers
PercussionDavid Carey
PercussionDavid Charles
PercussionDavid Friedman
PercussionGeorge Devens
PercussionGrady Tate
PercussionHarvey Mason Sr
PercussionMel Lewis
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionPhil Kraus
PercussionRalph MacDonald
PercussionSteve Gadd
PercussionSteve Little
PercussionSue Evans
PercussionVictoria Berdy

Other Musicians

Choir (Adult) – Adrienne Albert, Alfa Anderson, Annette Sanders, Babi Floyd, Barbara Massey, Beurice Whitehead, Bill Marine, Billy Davis, Brenda White, Charlie Collins, Christopher Dean, Chuck McGruder, Cissy Houston, Clare Bathe, Claudia Ricks, Dannis Perren, David Lasley, Debbie McDuffie, Diva Gray, Eric Butler, Fonzi Thornton, Frank Floyd, Fred Stark, Gordon Grody, Grady Tate, Gwen Guthrie, Helen Miles, Jake Holmes, Janet Wright, Janice Papolos, Janice Pendarvis, Jean Thomas, Jane McGruder, Jerry Keller, Joshie Armstead, Joey Ward, Kasey Cisyk, Kay Coleman, Kenny Williams, Kenny Karen, Lani Groves, Leon Pendarvis, Leslie Miller, Luther Vandross, Mabel Robinson, Martha Stewart, Mariama Thomas, Melanie Moore, Melvin Edmondson, Mike Gray, Milt Grayson, Neil Raber, Patti Austin, Randy Peyton, Ray Simpson, Renel Stafford, Rhetta Hughes, Roberta Flack, Ronnie Dante, Ron Marshall, Steve Clayton, Steve Feldman, Susan Hamilton, Susan Stephenson, Tamy Smith, Ted Ross, Tom Bahler, Tony Wells, Ullanda McCullough, Vivian Cherry, William Eaton, Yvonne Lewis, Zachary Sanders
Choir (The Wiz Singers Children’s Choir) – Antonia French, Arthur French, Bobby Floyd, Bryon Gray, Camille Farrell, Christine Langner, Claude Brooke, Craig Davis, David Reed, Dawn Walker, Debbie McDuffie, Duke Thorbs, Ermundo Russell, Frank Floyd, Gerrard Randall, Gwen Guthrie, Jenny Cooke, Jules S. Davis, Julio Herrara, Kim Magloire, Lani Groves, Martina Jones, Mary Lombardi, Mia Thomas, Mike Farrell, Molina Williams, Patti Austin, Petra Johnson, Sharon Davis, Susan Stephenson, T.J. Cooke, Tommy Malcolm, Ullanda McCullough, Vivian Cherry, William Walker

Bass – Dave Moore, Homer Mensch, Jesse Teiko, John Beal, Milt Hinton, Russ Savakus
Cello – Alan Shulman, Alla Goldberg, Anthony Sophos, Eugene Moye, Fred Zlotkin, Janet Hamilton, Jesse Levy, Jonathan Abramowitz, Kermit Moore, Mary Green Jaccoma, Maurice Bialkin, Richard Boch, Seymour Barab
Harp – Gloria Agostini, Margaret Ross, Ruth Armato, Sally Foster
Viola – Alfred Brown, Barbara Baird, David Sackson, Emanuel Vardi, Harold Coletta, Harry Zaratzian, Julien Barber, Lamar Alsop, Linda Lawrence, Maxine Roach, Midhat Serbagi, Richard Maximoff, Seymour Berman, Susan Pray, Theodore Israel
Violin – Alphonse Schipani, Ann Barak, Arianne Bronne, Arnold Black, Arthur Bogin, Avram Weiss, Carmel Malin, David Sackson, Diana Halprin, Frederick Buldrini, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman, Harry Glickman, Harry Lookofsky, Harry Urbont, Irving Spice, Jean Ely, Joe Malin, John Pintavalle, Joseph Rabushka, Kathryn Kienke, Leo Kahn, Lou Eley, Louann Montesi, Lou Gabowitz, Marvin Morgenstern, Matt Raimondi, Max Cahn, Max Ellen, Max Hollander, Mike Comins, Michael Spivakowsky, Michał Urbaniak, Noel DeCosta, Ora Shiran, Paul Winter, Peter Dimitriades, Raoul Poliakin, Regis Iandiorio, Rick Henrickson, Richard Sortomme, Robert Rosek, Tony Posk

Liner Notes

Producer – Quincy Jones
Conductor (Orchestra) – Bobby Tucker, Quincy Jones, Bob Freedman, Tom Bahler
Coordinator (Choral) – Patti Austin
Orchestrated By – Bob Freedman
Arranged By (Adult & Childen Choir) – Tom Bahler
Engineer (Assistant) – Ollie Cotton
Engineer (Recording) – Bruce Swedien
Engineer (Technical) – Larry Dahlstrom
Engineer (Technician) – George Walker, Mitchell Plotkin, Peter Maiorino
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Orchestrated By – Bob Florence, Chris Boardman, Greig McRitchie, Jerry Hey, Mendel Baylitz, Pete Meyers, Ralph Ferraro, Richard Hazard, Wayne Robinson

Artwork – George Osaki
Photography – Berry Berenson, Bob Fletcher, Bob Greene, Karen Epstein, Lou Barrett, Muky, Tom Zimberoff / Contact

Mastered At A&M Records, LA
Recorded At A&R Recording Studios, NYC
Phonographic Copyright MCA Records Inc
Copyright Universal City Studios Inc