Hair [The Actor's Fund of America Benefit Recording]

Hair [The Actor's Fund of America Benefit Recording]

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A new production of Hair was recorded on October 1, 2004, at the Hit Factory in New York City to benefit the Actors' Fund of America in 2005. And while a number of versions of Hair have been recorded since its introduction in 1968, it never hurts to have a new take on a classic rock opera. The singers here -- Lillias White,

Overview

A new production of Hair was recorded on October 1, 2004, at the Hit Factory in New York City to benefit the Actors' Fund of America in 2005. And while a number of versions of Hair have been recorded since its introduction in 1968, it never hurts to have a new take on a classic rock opera. The singers here -- Lillias White, Lea DeLaria, Jai Rodriguez, Chuck Cooper, and many others -- are uniformly excellent, embodying the spirit that imbued the original production. On a purely aesthetic level, Hair is musically bombastic and in one's face, paving the way for musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar. While the play certainly conjures up the '60s (or at least one version of it), the lyrics -- raw and occasionally offensive -- of songs like "Colored Spade" and "Sodomy" will still probably shock some listeners or at least be taken as politically incorrect. Of course, for everyone else these songs and others like "Black Boys" are also very funny challenges to societal prejudice and prudery. On the non-button-pushing side, however, Hair is inspirational, bequeathing hippie anthems like "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," and the title track. Gerome Ragni and James Rado's lyrics and Galt MacDermot's music are incredibly eclectic, encompassing everything from far-out rock to gentle ballads to joyous pop with odds and ends (old show tunes and funk) thrown into the mix. For those unfamiliar with the soundtrack, this 2005 release is fine place to start.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558196825
catalogNumber:
81968
Rank:
178733

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Aquarius
  2. Donna
  3. Hashish
  4. Sodomy
  5. Colored Spade
  6. Manchester, England
  7. Dead End
  8. Sheila Franklin/I Believe in Love
  9. I'm Black/Ain't Got No
  10. Air
  11. Initials
  12. I Got Life
  13. Going Down
  14. Hair @@Harris Doran
  15. My Conviction
  16. Easy to Be Hard
  17. Don't Put It Down!
  18. Frank Mills
  19. Be-In 'Hare Krishna'
  20. Where Do I Go?
  21. Hippie Life
  22. Electric Blues
  23. Black Boys
  24. White Boys
  25. Walking in Space @@Sherie Rene Scott
  26. Yes, I's Finished on Y'all's Farmlands
  27. Four Score/Abie, Baby
  28. Good Morning Starshine
  29. Three-Five-Zero-Zero
  30. What a Piece of Work Is Man
  31. The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay Berliner   Guitar
Lea DeLaria   cast
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Annie Golden   cast
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
John Tartaglia   cast
Lillias White   cast
Allen Won   Clarinet,Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Liz Callaway   cast
Nina Hennessey   cast
Harvey Fierstein   cast
Jimmie Young   Drums
Charles Bush   cast
Billy Porter   cast
Kerry Meads   Percussion
Julia K. Murney   cast
Gregory Utzig   Guitar
Adam Pascal   cast
Audrey Klinger   cast
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
Darius de Haas   cast
Laura Benanti   cast
Shayna Steele   cast
Norm Lewis   cast
Jason Little   cast
Andrea Burns   cast
Schele Williams   cast
Paul Castree   cast
Gavin Creel   cast
Chuck Cooper   cast
Ann Harada   cast
Shoshana Bean   cast
Tina Maddigan   cast
Dequina Moore   cast
Nell Snaidas   cast
Eliseo Román   cast
Lucia Giannetta   cast
Christopher Sieber   cast
Bobby Daye   cast
Raúl Esparza   cast
Julie Garnyé   cast
Jennifer Hudson   cast
Kathy Brier   cast
Chris Ghelfi   cast
Mary Faber   cast
Ana Gasteyer   cast
Orville Mendoza   cast
Trent Armand Kendall   cast

Technical Credits

Galt MacDermot   Composer
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer
Steve Norman   Executive Producer
Beverly Jenkins   Stage Manager
Harvey Fierstein   Liner Notes
James Rado   Composer,Liner Notes,Book
Gerome Ragni   Composer,Book
Michael Butler   Producer
Christopher Gattelli   Director,Choreographer,Adaptation
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Liner Notes
Noah Cornman   Executive Producer
Kurt Deutsch   Producer,Executive Producer
Devanand Janki   Director,Choreographer,Adaptation
Scott Stauffer   Sound Design

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Hair [The Actor's Fund of America Benefit Recording] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Hudson is absolutely amazing, so are Julia Murney and Sherie Rene Scott... who knew Anna could sing like that?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutly amazing. I Have seen the show staged before, and been in a few scenes from the show, and i would like to say that this recording, truley rocks. Anna Gasteyer blows everyone away in Dead End, and Shoshana Bean just sings like a star in I Believe in Love. Will also introduce people to new singers of broadway and enjoy their favorites singing songs that fit their voices perfectly. This has a very youthful kick to it, which is what the show needs for the younger generation to gain interest in it. I would HIGHLY recomend this CD for anyone interested in Hair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago