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Hair [Original London Cast] [Expanded]

Hair [Original London Cast] [Expanded]

With the advent of 1968's Hair, the era of the rock musical -- and the Age of Aquarius -- had dawned on Broadway. Subtitled "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," HAIR is a joyous and irreverent celebration of youth. Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot's golden score is filled with beauty and whimsy. Marvelous moments like "Good Morning Starshine,"


With the advent of 1968's Hair, the era of the rock musical -- and the Age of Aquarius -- had dawned on Broadway. Subtitled "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," HAIR is a joyous and irreverent celebration of youth. Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot's golden score is filled with beauty and whimsy. Marvelous moments like "Good Morning Starshine," "Frank Mills," "I Got Life," and the title number are sophisticated, kinetic, and, above all, great fun. The cast recording, featuring Melba Moore, Diane Keaton, Paul Jabara, and Ronnie Dyson, captures all the ecstasy and agony of the 1960s. Showstoppers "Easy to Be Hard," "Where Do I Go?," and "Walking in Space" rank with the best pop songwriting of the decade. Hair's five-year Broadway run is legendary; the cast album also made history when it stayed at the top of the pop charts for 13 weeks during the musically hyperactive spring of 1969. Thirty years later Hair remains the definitive rock musical.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The London production of Hair followed relatively closely on the New York production, opening in the West End on September 27, 1968, only five months after the Broadway premiere. And even though the show would have seemed quintessentially American (it was, after all, "the American tribal love-rock musical"), it transplanted well, running even longer. The original London cast album also replicated the success of the original Broadway cast album, peaking in the U.K. Top Five. The recording took the same approach as its American counterpart and was similarly filled with expressive performances, notably those of Paul Nicholas as Claude and Oliver Tobias as Berger, replacing lyricist/librettists James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Some elements couldn't quite be replicated. Nicholas, who was actually British, of course, tried for an American accent rather than copy the deliberately phony Cockney accent Rado had affected in "Manchester, England," which missed the point of the song, and elsewhere the cast's British accents sometimes undercut the specifically American subject matter. ("Manchester, England" did not appear on the original album, but was on Fresh Hair, a second volume of songs recorded a year after the opening, just as DisinHAIRited had been for the U.S. production. In 1993, when Polydor undertook a CD reissue, it added all of the Fresh Hair tracks to the original album.) But the score remained an alternately giddy and anguished collage of slogans, pronouncements, pleas, and excerpts from Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln, all set to catchy pop
ock. This version was slightly updated -- "Initials" mentioned the newly elected "Tricky Dick" instead of LBJ -- but it was still focused on the issues of interest to the late-'60s youth movement, so timely that it necessarily dated quickly. The 1993 reissue (released in the U.S. in 2001) was the most complete recording of the score yet assembled.

Product Details

Release Date:
Decca Broadway


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melba Moore   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbara Thompson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Paul Jabara   Vocals
Paul Korda   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Ronnie Dyson   Vocals
Marsha Hunt   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Sonja Kristina   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Maxine Nightingale   Background Vocals
Peter Straker   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Leata Galloway   Vocals
Galt MacDermot   Electric Piano
Alex Harvey   Guitar
Sally Eaton   Vocals
Laurie Baker   Bass Guitar
Warren Chiasson   Percussion
Maurice Cockerill   Keyboards
Ethel Coley   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Pam Douglas   Background Vocals
Steve Gillette   Guitar
Walter Harris   Vocals,Track Performer
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Mickey Keene   Guitar
Junior Kerr   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Diane Langton   Background Vocals
Annabel Leventon   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Emmeretta Marks   Vocals
Chris Neill   Track Performer
Paul Nicholas   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Terry Noonan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bud Parks   Flute,Tuba,Baritone Saxophone
Gloria Stewart   Background Vocals
Oliver Tobias   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Derek Wadsworth   Trombone
Joanne White   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Eddie Williams   Trumpet
Jimmy Winston   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Peter Woolf   Drums
Paul Burns   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Derek Andrews   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Donnie Burks   Vocals,Track Performer
Kookie Eaton   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Feast   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Lucy Fenwick   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Andy Forray   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
John Gulliver   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Hamilton   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Colette Kelly   Vocals,Background Vocals
Linda Kendrick   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Rahan McCullough   Vocals,Background Vocals
Zane Paul   Reeds,Multiple Reeds,Woodwind
Leighton Robinson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Limbert Spencer   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Liz White   Background Vocals
Sheila Wilkinson   Background Vocals
Elaine Paige   Background Vocals
Lorrie Davis   Vocals,Track Performer
Alan Fontaine   Guitar
Steve Gamet   Vocals
Diane Keaton   Vocals,Track Performer
Hiram Keller   Vocals
Lynn Kellogg   Vocals,Track Performer
Donald Leight   Trumpet
Marjorie LiPari   Vocals
Natalie Mosco   Vocals,Track Performer
Suzannah Norstrand   Vocals,Track Performer
Shelley Plimpton   Vocals
James Rado   Vocals,Track Performer
Gerome Ragni   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert I. Rubinsky   Vocals
Lamont Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Ronald Dyson   Track Performer
Amanda Moore   Background Vocals
Ham   Track Performer
Ena Cabayo   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jonathan Kramer   Vocals,Track Performer
Cindy Lee   Background Vocals
Steve Curry   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Producer,Liner Notes
Norrie Paramor   Producer
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Rick Rowe   Producer,Engineer
Nat Shapiro   Liner Notes
Derek Wadsworth   Musical Director
Andy Wiswell   Producer
James Rado   Composer
Gerome Ragni   Composer
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Denis McNamara   Producer
Peter Elliot   Executive Producer
Brian Drutman   Producer
Tom O'Horgan   Director
Bertrand Castelli   Executive Producer

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