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|Steve Price||Bass Guitar|
|Richard D. Sharp||Vocals|
|Pete Townshend||Liner Notes|
|Nicholas Allott||Executive Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
All and all, this recording is wonderful: showcasing great talent, music, and wonderully biting & amusing lyrics. But the best part of this album, hands down, is Philip Quast's Grahame Chandler - it is well worth getting the album just to listen to his 'First Came Mercy'. This is a great recording I would recommend to any fan of musical theatre, political satire, or the great and almighty MWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
I first heard the song ''One, Two, Three'' on the PBS special ''Hey, Mr. Producer!'' and soon after a friend recommended the CD. On my first hearing I became a Fix Fanatic. The music has wonderful variety, but what grabs me most are the incredible characters the songs reveal. Cal's ''One, Two, Three'' is simultaneously sarcastic, biting, and haunting, revealing a young man who wants desperately to be indifferent and cynical to protect himself. ''Embrace Tomorrow'' introduces what I consider the funniest and most intriguing pair of characters in musical theatre, Grahame and Violet Chandler, who hate each other's guts but need each other to achieve their goals. ''Control'' and ''America's Son'' are perfect political satire, the former introducing Reed Chandler, the epitome of Politician as song-and-dance man. And I can't watch a political ad anymore without singing, ''The economy, crime, taxes!'' The hymn-like ''I See the Future'' not only shows how well Grahame has groomed Cal for his role, but is a potent commentary on the slick, sentimental speeches by which we Americans love to be seduced. ''Dangerous Games'' has serpentine humor. ''Two Guys at Harvard'' gives us the details of how the Machavellian trio of Grahame, Reed and Violet came to form their alliance, set to a tongue-in-cheek vaudevillian score with bite in its laugh. But nothing can perpare you for Philip Quast's Grahame in ''First Came Mercy.'' I've heard a lot of musical theatre scores, and that song is by far one of the most powerful, in music, voice, and emotional impact, to be found. It's no wonder both actors who played Grahame Chandler won awards for the role. Cal's song, ''Child's Play'' and Violet's ''Spin'' add deeper dimension to these complicated characters. Even if politcal satire isn't your cup of tea, these characters as revealed in these songs are definitely worth meeting. Take advantage of Barnes & Noble's lower prices and buy ''The Fix!'' If you're a fan of musical theatre, or even of political satire, you won't regret it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.