Various Artists - The Wiz Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The Wiz
Soundtrack album by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson & Various Artists
Released September 18, 1978
Recorded 1977
Genre R&B, soul, pop, disco
Length 1:16:22
Label MCA/Motown
Producer Quincy Jones, Tom Bahler
Singles from The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Ease on Down the Road"
    Released: September 21, 1978
  2. "You Can't Win"
    Released: January 11, 1979
  3. "A Brand New Day"
    Released: 1979
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  "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 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 re-recorded by the same artists at an earlier and/or later date. Several differences are noted including Michael Jackson's line and a Nipsey Russell scat section being dropped in "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.

The track selection is made up of both songs from the original 1975 Broadway musical by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross, as well as new songs written for the film by Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford and Valirie Simpson, and Anthony Jackson. This soundtrack marks Jones' first collaboration with Jackson; Jones would go on to produce Jackson's hit solo albums "Off the Wall", "Thriller", and "Bad".

The album, with its hit single "Ease on Down the Road", was more successful than the film itself, which was a commercial and critical failure. It was certified Gold in the US. It also did well in some European territories like the Netherlands, where "A Brand New Day" was a surprise number 1. When Diana Ross did 2 sold out shows at The Geldredome in 2009 in Arnhem, Netherlands, she ended each concert with a huge finale of "A Brand New Day". The soundtrack also did well in Australia.


Track listing

All songs written by Charlie Smalls, unless otherwise noted.

Record one, side one

  1. "Main Title (Overture, Part One)" (instrumental)
  2. "Overture (Part Two)" (instrumental)
  3. "The Feeling That We Have" - Theresa Merritt and Chorus
  4. "Can I Go On?" (Quincy Jones, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson) - Diana Ross
  5. "Glinda's Theme" (instrumental)
  6. "He's the Wizard" - Thelma Carpenter and Chorus
  7. "Soon as I Get Home"/"Home" - Diana Ross

Record one, side two

  1. "You Can't Win" - Michael Jackson
  2. "Ease on Down the Road #1" - Diana Ross and Michael Jackson
  3. "What Would I Do If I Could Feel?" - Nipsey Russell
  4. "Slide Some Oil to Me" - Nipsey Russell
  5. "Ease on Down the Road #2" - Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russell
  6. "I'm a Mean Ole Lion" - Ted Ross
  7. "Ease on Down the Road #3" - Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross
  8. "Poppy Girls" (Anthony Jackson) (instrumental)

Record two, side one

  1. "Be a Lion" - Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross
  2. "End of the Yellow Brick Road" (instrumental)
  3. "Emerald City Sequence" (music: Jones, lyrics: Smalls) - Chorus
  4. "So You Wanted to See the Wizard" - Richard Pryor (spoken dialogue)
  5. "Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme)" (music: Jones, lyrics: Ashford & Simpson) - Diana Ross

Record two, side two

  1. "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" - Mabel King and Chorus
  2. "A Brand New Day" (Luther Vandross) - Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, and Chorus
  3. "Believe in Yourself (Dorothy)" - Diana Ross
  4. "The Good Witch Glinda" (instrumental)
  5. "Believe in Yourself (Reprise)" - Lena Horne
  6. "Home" - Diana Ross



Chart (1978–79) Peak
US Billboard 200 40
US Billboard Black Albums Chart 33


Title Chart (1978–79) Peak
"Ease on Down the Road" US Billboard Hot 100 41
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles 17
"You Can't Win" US Billboard Hot 100 81
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles 42



Various Artists - The Wiz Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

U.S. MCA Motown MCA2 14000 stereo (1977) Double L.P.

Album manufactured in the Un ited States of America.

Album produced by Quincy Jones and Tom Bahler.

Both vinyl records have remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

All record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The albums hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

H.M. customs and excise have clipped the album cover.

The original 12 page booket insert and colour poster are both excellently presented.

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