Hair [Original London Cast] [Expanded]

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 731451997327
  • Catalog Number: 519973
  • Sales rank: 221,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aquarius - John Culliver (3:22)
  2. 2 Donna - John Culliver (2:04)
  3. 3 Hashish - Brett Forrest (1:12)
  4. 4 Sodomy - John Culliver (0:51)
  5. 5 Coloured Spade - John Culliver (1:36)
  6. 6 Manchester, England - Pamela Doughlas (1:19)
  7. 7 Ain't Got No - J. Vincent Edwards (1:03)
  8. 8 Dead End - Jonathon Bergman (2:04)
  9. 9 Sheila Franklin - Brett Forrest (1:10)
  10. 10 The Rally - Brett Forrest (1:12)
  11. 11 Air - John Culliver (1:28)
  12. 12 Initials - Brett Forrest (0:42)
  13. 13 I Got Life - John Culliver (2:11)
  14. 14 Going Down - John Culliver (2:12)
  15. 15 Hair - J. Vincent Edwards (3:06)
  16. 16 My Conviction (1:21)
  17. 17 Easy to Be Hard (3:04)
  18. 18 Don't Put It Down - Edwin Van Wyk (1:23)
  19. 19 Frank Mills (2:06)
  20. 20 Be-In (Hare Krishna) - Brett Forrest (4:23)
  21. 21 Where Do I Go? - John Culliver (2:51)
  22. 22 Electric Blues - Rahan McCullough (2:46)
  23. 23 Black Boys/White Boys - Rohan McCullough (3:34)
  24. 24 Walking in Space - John Culliver (4:56)
  25. 25 Abie Baby/Gettysbeurg Address (2:57)
  26. 26 Three-Five-Zero-Zero - John Culliver (2:53)
  27. 27 Walking in Space (Reprise) - J. Vincent Edwards (2:43)
  28. 28 Good Morning Starshine - J. Vincent Edwards (2:35)
  29. 29 The Bed - John Culliver (2:01)
  30. 30 Eyes Look Your Last/Ain't Got No (Reprise) - Pamela Doughlas (3:57)
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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
Steve Curry Vocals, Track Performer
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
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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