Hair [New Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since it first appeared off-Broadway at the Public Theater in October 1967, preparatory to a four-year Broadway run that began the following April, Hair, "the American tribal love-rock musical," seemingly has been on the boards somewhere, defying the conventional wisdom that, at best, it was a show of its time and place. On the contrary, it has turned out to be a time capsule that works just as well as a period piece as it did as a topical one, in part because its ripped-from-the-headlines quality has transitioned smoothly into a ripped-from-the-history-books one, and in part because the issues it raises, including war, environmentalism, drug use, and the conflict ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since it first appeared off-Broadway at the Public Theater in October 1967, preparatory to a four-year Broadway run that began the following April, Hair, "the American tribal love-rock musical," seemingly has been on the boards somewhere, defying the conventional wisdom that, at best, it was a show of its time and place. On the contrary, it has turned out to be a time capsule that works just as well as a period piece as it did as a topical one, in part because its ripped-from-the-headlines quality has transitioned smoothly into a ripped-from-the-history-books one, and in part because the issues it raises, including war, environmentalism, drug use, and the conflict between straight and hip cultural values, continue to be timely. And its place has turned out to be everywhere, with productions all over the world, in part because its brand of pop
ock/soul music has continued to be universally popular. Yet, except for a brief revival in 1977, it has not been seen again in New York until the Public Theater again mounted it, first for a few concert performances in 2007, then for a summer run as part of the free Central Park theater series in 2008, and finally back on Broadway, starting on March 31, 2009. For this production, the surviving creators, composer Galt MacDermot and co-lyricist/librettist James Rado (his partner Gerome Ragni died in 1991), have returned, examining various scripts of the ever-evolving musical revue it was and refurbishing it without updating it. This Hair is a bit more concerned with dotting the i's and crossing the t's in terms of references that might not be clear to a 2009 audience. But MacDermot and Rado also have restored some of the show's early, off-Broadway flavor. MacDermot, who swamped the 1979 movie adaptation with disco-derived funk rhythms, is more restrained and appropriate in his revisions of his orchestrations this time, and Rado has only fleshed out a few things. The result is, perhaps necessarily, not nearly as satiric as in 1968, although it is sometimes "non-traditional" in other ways. ("My Conviction" wasn't sung by a female impersonator in the '60s, as it is here.) The cast is a talented bunch, and they sing the score well. That score, which was always Hair's secret weapon, remains just as tuneful as ever, carrying the lyrics and the performers along, particularly here, as played by a hot band featuring guitarist Steve Bargonetti and drummer Bernard Purdie. (Two days before the release of this album on June 9, 2009, Hair won the Tony Award for best musical revival of the season.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558446722
  • Catalog Number: 84467
  • Sales rank: 58,663

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Aquarius - Sasha Allen (3:17)
  2. 2 Act 1. Donna - Will Swenson (2:08)
  3. 3 Act 1. Hashish - Hair Cast Ensemble (0:54)
  4. 4 Act 1. Sodomy - Bryce Ryness (0:58)
  5. 5 Act 1. Colored Spade - Darius Nichols (1:12)
  6. 6 Act 1. Manchester England - Gavin Creel (1:11)
  7. 7 Act 1. I'm Black / Ain't Got No - Will Swenson (1:05)
  8. 8 Act 1. Sheila Franklin / I Believe In Love - Caissie Levy (1:13)
  9. 9 Act 1. Ain't Got No Grass - Hair Cast Ensemble (1:49)
  10. 10 Act 1. Air - Kacie Sheik (1:29)
  11. 11 Act 1. Kama Sutra / The Stone Age - Will Swenson (0:45)
  12. 12 Act 1. I Got Life - Gavin Creel (3:02)
  13. 13 Act 1. Initials - Hair Cast Ensemble (0:49)
  14. 14 Act 1. Going Down - Will Swenson (2:01)
  15. 15 Act 1. Hair - Will Swenson (3:16)
  16. 16 Act 1. My Conviction - Andrew Kober (1:45)
  17. 17 Act 1. Easy To Be Hard - Caissie Levy (3:04)
  18. 18 Act 1. Don't Put It Down - Will Swenson (2:03)
  19. 19 Act 1. Frank Mills - Allison Case (2:00)
  20. 20 Act 1. Hare Krishna / Be-In - Hair Cast Ensemble (3:56)
  21. 21 Act 1. Where Do I Go? - Gavin Creel (3:06)
  22. 22 Act 2. Electric Blues - Nicole Lewis (2:50)
  23. 23 Act 2. Oh Great God Of Power / Manchester England (Reprise) - Gavin Creel (1:38)
  24. 24 Act 2. Black Boys - Megan Reinking (1:27)
  25. 25 Act 2. White Boys - Saycon Sengbloh (2:22)
  26. 26 Act 2. Walking In Space - Kacie Sheik (4:41)
  27. 27 Act 2. Minuet / African Drums - Hair Pit Orchestra (0:23)
  28. 28 Act 2. Yes, I's Finished On Y'all's Farmlands - Darius Nichols (0:55)
  29. 29 Act 2. Four Score / Abie Baby - Saycon Sengbloh (1:37)
  30. 30 Act 2. Give Up All Desires / Hail Mary / Roll Call - Lauren Elder (2:01)
  31. 31 Act 2. Three-Five-Zero-Zero - Hair Cast Ensemble (3:04)
  32. 32 Act 2. What A Piece Of Work Is Man / How Dare They Try - Maya Sharpe (2:28)
  33. 33 Act 2. Good Morning Starshine - Caissie Levy (2:29)
  34. 34 Act 2. Aquarius Goodnights / Ain't Got No / Yip Up The Sun - Gavin Creel (1:49)
  35. 35 Act 2. The Flesh Failures / Eyes Look Your Last / Let The Sun Shine In - Kacie Sheik (4:26)
  36. 36 Act 2. Curtain Call: Hair (Reprise) - Hair Cast Ensemble (1:34)
  37. 37 Act 2. Curtain Call: Let The Sun Shine In (Reprise) - Hair Cast Ensemble (1:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Bargonetti Guitar
Joey Cardello Percussion
Nicola Lewis Vocals
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Allen Won Woodwind
Ronnie Buttacavoli Trumpet
Andrew Schwartz Guitar
Erik Charleston Percussion
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Sasha Allen Vocals
Gavin Creel Vocals
Michael James Scott Vocals
Ryan Link Vocals
Megan Lawrence Vocals
Laurence Elder Vocals
Kaitlin Kiyan Vocals
Paris Remillard Vocals
Joe Cardello Percussion
Caissie Levy Vocals
Steel Burkhardt Vocals
John Moauro Vocals
Chasten Harmon Vocals
Allison Guinn Vocals
Bryce Ryness Vocals
Jackie Burns Vocals
Andrew Kober Vocals
Christian Jaudes Trumpet
Andrew Schwartz Guitar
Vincent McDermott Trombone
Brandon Pearson Vocals
Ato Blankson-Wood Vocals
Nicole Lewis Vocals
Tommar Wilson Vocals
Darius Nichols Vocals
Elaine Burt Trumpet
Anthony Hollock Vocals
Nadia DiGiallonardo Conductor, Keyboards
Ryan Link Vocals
Maya Sharpe Vocals
Allison Case Vocals
Megan Reinking Vocals
James Anthony Johnson Vocals
Kacie Sheik Vocals
Josh Lamon Vocals
Wilbur Bascomb Bass
Lauren Elder Vocals
Theo Stockman Vocals
Saycon Sengbloh Vocals
Will Swenson Vocals
Lon Hoyt Keyboards
Vincent Macdermot Trombone
Theo Stockman Vocals
Ryan Link Vocals
Nadia Digiallonardo Conductor, Keyboards
Josh Lamon Vocals
John Moauro Vocals
Jay Armstrong Johnson Vocals
Chasten Harmon Vocals
Briana Carlson-Goodman Vocals
Anthony Hollock Vocals
Lon Hoyt Keyboards
Joe Cardello Percussion
Elaine Burt Trumpet
Andrew Schwartz Guitar
Christian Jaudes Trumpet
Technical Credits
Galt MacDermot Composer
John Kilgore Engineering
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer
Bill Rosenfield Executive Producer
James Rado Lyricist, Book
Gerome Ragni Lyricist, Book
Scott Hull Mastering
Joan Marcus Production Photography
Kurt Deutsch Producer
Angie Teo Digital Editing
Oskar Eustis Liner Notes
Diane Paulus Liner Notes
Nadia DiGiallonardo Music Direction
Oskar Eustis Liner Notes
Oskar Eustis Liner Notes
Nadia Digiallonardo Music Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Felt like I was at the show.

    I saw this cast on Broadway so I had to have the CD. As good as the original CD. Such great talents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow what Energy!!!!!

    I saw the show and this recording captures the excitement and soul of the performance. The cast has so much energy and it is reflected and received right back on the audience!!! This CAST is wonderful... and recording sounds excellent just like being there!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    A must have for any broadway collection!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Can't seem to stop listening to this...

    It's been in my cd player in my car for about a month now, almost exclusively. I love the songs, they are very easy to sing along with, and the performance was great.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    AN ORIGINAL OF AN ORIGINAL

    Saw the original B'way Version of Hair, and listened to the recording of it for YEARS, and didn't think this one stood a chance at matching it. Boy was I wrong! The new "spin" on the music is spot on, a quality that is sorely lacking on another recording of a highly anticipated revival this past season.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Let the Sunshine In!

    This newly recorded cast album of Broadway's most popular revival is MUST for every fan of musicals, young and old. The timeless melodies, beautiful arrangements, and fantastic voices of the cast would make anyone bust out into song and dance. The 37-track CD includes every song from the show, including the encore/curtain call numbers and intrumental songs. Gavin Creel leads the album with his effortless voice and wonderful castmates (Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Kacie Sheik, Sasha Allen). RUN, don't walk to get this album and LET THE SUNSHINE IN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Perfect Cast Album

    The New Broadway Cast Recording of Hair successfully transfers the magic of the current Broadway revival to CD. The history-making show about a tribe of hippies in New York's East Village contains classics such as "Aquarius", "Good Morning Starshine", "Let the Sun Shine In," and the classic title track. The current cast sounds as vibrant as they do on stage. Examples includes, Sasha Allen's soaring vocals on "Black Boys", Will Swenson's knockout version of "Donna", Caissie Levy's emotional "Easy To Be Hard" and Gavin Creel's outstanding rendition of "Where Do I Go?" Producers, including, Hair's original Musical Composer, Galt MacDermot, have included tracks that weren't on the Original Cast Recording, sprinkles of dialogue and both of the show's curtain calls. All of this helps transport the listener from their destination to the theater. The show's Musical Director, Nadia DiGinallonardo, makes MacDermot's music sound as fresh as ever with its mix of Rock, Soul, Country and World Rhythms. Gerome Ragni's and James Rado's lyrics are as relevant as ever on songs such as "Air" ("Welcome, sulphar dioxide/Hello carbon monoxide/The air, the air is everywhere.") and "I Believe in Love" ("I believe that now is the time/for all good men/To believe in love.") Their songs are philosophical ("What a Piece of Work Is Man") and provocative ("Sodomy"), but also funny ("My Conviction") and heartbreaking, ("Frank Mills"). Listening to the New Broadway Cast Recording of Hair is a reminder that not only is this the right time to experience the show but to hear its timeless songs.

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