Dude

Dude

     
 

Dude (The Highway Life) was the Broadway musical follow-up to Hair for composer Galt MacDermot, lyricist-librettist Jerome Ragni and director Tom O'Horgan. It began life as a studio cast album, Salome Bey Sings Songs from Dude, recorded in March 1972, and released on Kilmarnock Records. The show opened on October 9,…  See more details below

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Dude (The Highway Life) was the Broadway musical follow-up to Hair for composer Galt MacDermot, lyricist-librettist Jerome Ragni and director Tom O'Horgan. It began life as a studio cast album, Salome Bey Sings Songs from Dude, recorded in March 1972, and released on Kilmarnock Records. The show opened on October 9, 1972, and was as unexpected a failure as Hair had been a success, running only two weeks. Nevertheless, a cast album was recorded and also released on Kilmarnock. Twenty-two years later, Original Cast Records released this CD, which reissues the cast album plus ten tracks from the Salome Bey album (none of which replicate songs from the cast album). Musically more eclectic than Hair, Dude often has a laid-back country feel, but it lacks both its predecessor's tunefulness and cleverness. The standout performer is Nell Carter, who sings four songs, including the opening and closing title tunes. Bey, a throaty contralto, gives a soulful reading to her tracks, which are stylistically more consistent than the show numbers. But it is as hard to get a sense of the musical from this album as it seems to have been for the baffled critics who actually watched it during its brief run.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1995
Label:
Original Cast Record
UPC:
0741117949928
catalogNumber:
9499

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Performance Credits

Bill Keith   Banjo,Steel Guitar
David Lasley   cast
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
Seldon Powell   Reeds
Charles Sullivan   Trumpet
Leata Galloway   cast
Galt MacDermot   Piano,Conductor,Leader
Joshie Armstead   Choir, Chorus
Benny Aronov   Piano
Raymond Beckenstein   Reeds
Salome Bey   Vocals,cast
Cissy Houston   Choir, Chorus
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Reeds
Selwart Clarke   Violin
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Caroline Dutton   Violin
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Lewis Eley   Violin
Michael Forman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Hilda Harris   Choir, Chorus
Ernie Hayes   Organ
Richard Locker   Cello
Buddy Lucas   Harmonica,Jew's Harp
Billy Nichols   Guitar
Norman Pride   Percussion
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Marisa Stewart   Choir, Chorus
Donald Leight   Trumpet
Nell Carter   cast
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
David Earl Taylor   Trombone
Natasha Morris   cast
Jim Farrell   cast

Technical Credits

Galt MacDermot   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Horace Ott   Orchestration
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Producer
Gerome Ragni   Composer,Book

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