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

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558196825
  • Catalog Number: 81968
  • Sales rank: 2,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aquarius - Lillias White (3:00)
  2. 2 Donna - Lea DeLaria (2:21)
  3. 3 Hashish (1:06)
  4. 4 Sodomy - Jai Rodriguez (1:20)
  5. 5 Colored Spade - Chuck Cooper (1:35)
  6. 6 Manchester, England - Euan Morton (1:19)
  7. 7 Dead End - Ana Gasteyer (2:26)
  8. 8 Sheila Franklin/I Believe in Love - Shoshana Bean (1:19)
  9. 9 I'm Black/Ain't Got No (2:22)
  10. 10 Air - Harvey Fierstein (1:25)
  11. 11 Initials - Laura Benanti (1:42)
  12. 12 I Got Life - Adam Pascal (2:25)
  13. 13 Going Down - Gavin Creel (2:06)
  14. 14 Hair @@Harris Doran (3:07)
  15. 15 My Conviction - Charles Bush (1:09)
  16. 16 Easy to Be Hard - Jennifer Hudson (3:48)
  17. 17 Don't Put It Down! - Christopher Sieber (1:19)
  18. 18 Frank Mills - Annie Golden (2:13)
  19. 19 Be-In 'Hare Krishna' (2:27)
  20. 20 Where Do I Go? - Julia K. Murney (2:49)
  21. 21 Hippie Life - Eden Espinosa (2:12)
  22. 22 Electric Blues - Toxic Audio (3:02)
  23. 23 Black Boys - Kathy Brier (1:29)
  24. 24 White Boys - Ledisi (2:44)
  25. 25 Walking in Space @@Sherie Rene Scott (4:37)
  26. 26 Yes, I's Finished on Y'all's Farmlands (0:54)
  27. 27 Four Score/Abie, Baby - Billy Porter (2:41)
  28. 28 Good Morning Starshine - Liz Callaway (2:29)
  29. 29 Three-Five-Zero-Zero (2:57)
  30. 30 What a Piece of Work Is Man - Paul Castree (1:44)
  31. 31 The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) - Norm Lewis (4:18)
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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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great recording of this amazing show

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Completely Amazing...

    Jennifer Hudson is absolutely amazing, so are Julia Murney and Sherie Rene Scott... who knew Anna could sing like that?

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