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THE APOLLO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK DIGITAL ALBUM OUT NOW

 CD & 2LP VINYL TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 20 

 

 

HBO DOCUMENTARY THE APOLLO PREMIERES NOVEMBER 6

 

32-TRACK SOUNDTRACK ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS CLASSIC RECORDINGS BY COUNT BASIE, JAMES BROWN, ELLA FITZGERALD, ARETHA FRANKLIN, MARVIN GAYE, BILLIE HOLIDAY AND MORE;

 

DEBUTS NEW ROBERT GLASPER SONG WITH VOCALS BY LEDISI, PLUS SELECTIONS FROM GLASPER’S ORIGINAL SCORE AND SPOKEN EXCERPTS FROM ANGELA BASSETT, TA-NEHISI COATES, PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND OTHERS

 

 

01 NOVEMBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) – Today, the digital edition of THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has been released by Universal Music Group/Blue Note Records/Polygram Entertainment/Ume/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, just ahead of the new HBO documentary’s November 6 broadcast premiere. Helmed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, THE APOLLO chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. The soundtrack’s CD and 2LP vinyl editions, featuring liner notes written by Williams, will be released on December 20. Produced by the film’s music supervisors, Grammy® nominee Dondi Bastone and TunesMap founder G. Marq Roswell, executive produced by Williams and White Horse Pictures CEO Nigel Sinclair, and mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Studios, THE APOLLO’s 32-track soundtrack spotlights classic recordings by legendary artists who have graced the theater’s stage. The soundtrack also exclusively debuts a new original song, "Don't Turn Back Now" by Robert Glasper with vocals by Ledisi, plus selections from Glasper’s original score for the film.

 

Stream/purchase THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’s digital edition and preorder the CD and 2LP vinyl editions HERE.

 

THE APOLLO documentary film weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances from an astonishing list of legendary talents that includes James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, and Richard Pryor; behind-the-scenes verité footage of the team that makes the theater run; and interviews with such artists as Angela Bassett, Common, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, and Pharrell Williams. Williams also examines the current state of race in America, following the 2018 multimedia adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bestselling book Between the World and Me as it comes together on the theater’s grand stage. In the film, Williams explores not only the struggle of black lives in America, but the role that art plays in that struggle, and the essential part the Apollo continues to play in the cultural conversation. Directed by Roger Ross Williams (Music By Prudence, Life Animated), THE APOLLO is produced by Lisa Cortes, p.g.a.; Jeanne Elfant Festa, p.g.a.; Cassidy Hartmann, p.g.a.; along with Williams. The film is a presentation of HBO, Impact Partners, The Apollo Theater Foundation, and is a White Horse Pictures production. Executive producers are Nigel Sinclair, Dan Cogan, Nicholas Ferrall, and Julie Goldman, among others.

 

THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together timeless music by many greats who have taken the stage at the Apollo with stories and memories from those who were there. The soundtrack provides an intimate audio experience, interspersing new and classic recordings – Charles Mingus’ “Take the ‘A’ Train”, Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High The Moon”, Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, and James Brown’s “Say It Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Lost Someone” (from his first Live at the Apollo album), to name a few – with interview excerpts from the film from those who made it happen show-after-show, as well as authors, artists, and community leaders who share their insights. Excerpted segments from the film include brief comments from President Barack Obama, Angela Bassett, Pharrell Williams, and more.

 

Throughout the soundtrack album, THE APOLLO’s music composer, Emmy and five-time Grammy-winning Loma Vista Recordings artist Robert Glasper, takes listeners through several interviews with original score elements. The soundtrack also presents score pieces by composer Todd Griffin in this context, including an excerpt from the film spotlighting the stage adaptation of Coates’ Between the World and Me.

 

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THE APOLLO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK [digital; CD]

  1. Kenneth J. Thompson, Apollo Greeter
  2. T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater

Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Pharrell Williams, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer; Herb Boyd, Journalist and Activist

  1. Charles Mingus - Take The ‘A’ Train
  2. Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Memphis Blues
  3. Marion J. Caffey – Interview Excerpt / Amateur Night Producer, The Apollo
  4. Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon
  5. Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Old Man Blues
  6. Pearl Bailey - She’s Something Spanish
  7. Count Basie & His Orchestra - Jive At Five
  8. Ted Fox – Interview Excerpt / Author, Showtime At The Apollo
  9. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
  10. Mikki Shepard – Interview Excerpt / Former Executive Producer, The Apollo
  11. Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On
  12. Kamilah Forbes – Interview Excerpt / Executive Producer, The Apollo
  13. James Brown - Say It Loud—I’m Black And I'm Proud
  14. Ta-Nehisi Coates – Interview Excerpt / Author, Between The World and Me
  15. Robert Glasper - Apollo As Home

Featuring interview excerpt from Ted Fox, author, Showtime At The Apollo

  1. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Home Is Where The Heart Is
  2. Robert Glasper - Mission Statement

Featuring interview excerpts from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News; Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, The Apollo

  1. Johnny Hodges - Come Sunday
  2. James Brown - Lost Someone (Live at the Apollo)
  3. Robert Glasper - Schiffman Cards

Featuring interview excerpt from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News

  1. Jimmy Smith - T’aint No Use
  2. Robert Glasper - Obama Returns To The Apollo

Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Angela Bassett, Actress and Activist

  1. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
  2. Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr. - Asphalt Canyon Blues
  3. Etta James - Something’s Got A Hold On Me
  4. Robert Glasper - Harlem Riots
  5. Dizzy Gillespie Octet - Duke’s Last Soliloquy
  6. Ta-Nehisi Coates and T. Griffin

From the staged reading of his book Between The World and Me, Apollo Theater, April 2018. Featuring score by T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater 

  1. Robert Glasper w/Ledisi - Don’t Turn Back Now
  2. President Barack Obama at the Apollo Theater, January 19, 2012

 

THE APOLLO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK [2LP vinyl]

 

Side 1 

  1. Kenneth J. Thompson, Apollo Greeter
  2. T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater

Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Pharrell Williams, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer; Herb Boyd, Journalist and Activist

  1. Charles Mingus - Take The ‘A’ Train
  2. Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Memphis Blues
  3. Marion J. Caffey – Interview Excerpt / Amateur Night Producer, The Apollo
  4. Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon
  5. Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Old Man Blues
  6. Pearl Bailey - She’s Something Spanish
  7. Count Basie & His Orchestra - Jive At Five

 

Side 2

  1. Ted Fox – Interview Excerpt / Author, Showtime At The Apollo
  2. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
  3. Mikki Shepard – Interview Excerpt / Former Executive Producer, The Apollo
  4. Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On
  5. Kamilah Forbes – Interview Excerpt / Executive Producer, The Apollo
  6. James Brown - Say It Loud—I’m Black And I'm Proud
  7. Ta-Nehisi Coates – Interview Excerpt / Author, Between the World and Me
  8. Robert Glasper - Apollo As Home / Featuring interview excerpt from Ted Fox, author, Showtime At The Apollo
  9. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Home Is Where The Heart Is

 

Side 3

  1. Robert Glasper - Mission Statement

Featuring interview excerpts from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News, and Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, The Apollo

  1. Johnny Hodges - Come Sunday
  2. James Brown - Lost Someone (Live at the Apollo)
  3. Robert Glasper - Schiffman Cards

Featuring interview excerpt from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News

  1. Jimmy Smith - T’aint No Use
  2. Robert Glasper - Obama Returns To The Apollo

Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident, and Angela Bassett, Actress and Activist

  1. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady

 

 

Side 4

  1. Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr. - Asphalt Canyon Blues
  2. Etta James - Something’s Got A Hold On Me
  3. Robert Glasper - Harlem Riots
  4. Dizzy Gillespie Octet - Duke’s Last Soliloquy
  5. Ta-Nehisi Coates and T. Griffin

From the staged reading of his book Between the World and Me, Apollo Theater, April 2018

Featuring score by T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater 

  1. Robert Glasper w/Ledisi - Don’t Turn Back Now
  2. President Barack Obama at the Apollo Theater, January 19, 2012

 

HBO Documentary Film Credits:

HBO Documentary Films, Impact Partners and The Apollo Theater Foundation present in association with Polygram Entertainment, 164 OWR, Chicago Media Project, MACRO, Bert Marcus Productions, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, Another Chapter Productions and Motto Pictures. A White Horse Pictures production and a film by Roger Ross Williams, THE APOLLO executive producers are Jonelle Procope, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Ken Pelletier, the Embrey Family Foundation, Lagralane Group, David Blackman, Cynthia Sexton, Charles King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Carlene C. Laughlin, Dave Knott and Lynda Weinman. Music Supervisors G. Marq Roswell, Dondi Bastone; Composer Robert Glasper; Director of Photography Michael Dwyer; Written by Cassidy Hartmann, Jean Tsien; Edited by Jean Tsien, ACE, John S. Fisher; Executive Producers Nigel Sinclair, Dan Cogan, Nicholas Ferrall, Julie Goldman; Executive Producers for HBO: Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller. Produced by Lisa Cortes, p.g.a.; Jeanne Elfant Festa, p.g.a.; Cassidy Hartmann, p.g.a.; Produced and Directed by Roger Ross Williams.