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,See more details below

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558196825
catalogNumber:
81968
Rank:
343250

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Tracks

  1. Aquarius  - Lillias White
  2. Donna  - Lea DeLaria
  3. Hashish
  4. Sodomy  - Jai Rodriguez
  5. Colored Spade  - Chuck Cooper
  6. Manchester, England  - Euan Morton
  7. Dead End  - Ana Gasteyer
  8. Sheila Franklin/I Believe in Love  - Shoshana Bean
  9. I'm Black/Ain't Got No
  10. Air  - Harvey Fierstein
  11. Initials  - Laura Benanti
  12. I Got Life  - Adam Pascal
  13. Going Down  - Gavin Creel
  14. Hair @@Harris Doran
  15. My Conviction  - Charles Bush
  16. Easy to Be Hard  - Jennifer Hudson
  17. Don't Put It Down!  - Christopher Sieber
  18. Frank Mills  - Annie Golden
  19. Be-In 'Hare Krishna'
  20. Where Do I Go?  - Julia K. Murney
  21. Hippie Life  -  Eden Espinosa
  22. Electric Blues  -  Toxic Audio
  23. Black Boys  - Kathy Brier
  24. White Boys  -  Ledisi
  25. Walking in Space @@Sherie Rene Scott
  26. Yes, I's Finished on Y'all's Farmlands
  27. Four Score/Abie, Baby  - Billy Porter
  28. Good Morning Starshine  - Liz Callaway
  29. Three-Five-Zero-Zero
  30. What a Piece of Work Is Man  - Paul Castree
  31. The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)  - Norm Lewis

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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
Scott Hull   Mastering
Christopher Gattelli   Director,Choreographer,Adaptation
Jan Folkson   Digital Editing
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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