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It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues [Original Broadway Cast Album]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a revue that traces the evolution of the blues from Africa and slavery through the end of the 20th century, traversing country-blues, gospel, modern soul-blues, and more. Nominated for four Tony Awards, the production met with a fair amount of success, and this original cast recording features the cast that performed when it was staged at New York's Lincoln Center. No major blues artists were in the cast or sang lead vocals, although the soundtrack album featured instrumental cameos by Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy. Broadway productions that center around non-Broadway genres of popular music rightfully have popular music fans ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a revue that traces the evolution of the blues from Africa and slavery through the end of the 20th century, traversing country-blues, gospel, modern soul-blues, and more. Nominated for four Tony Awards, the production met with a fair amount of success, and this original cast recording features the cast that performed when it was staged at New York's Lincoln Center. No major blues artists were in the cast or sang lead vocals, although the soundtrack album featured instrumental cameos by Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy. Broadway productions that center around non-Broadway genres of popular music rightfully have popular music fans donning radar antennae of suspicion. It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is not a major musical work, judged solely by the score and the performances, but it is above average as such musical history-cum-theatrical productions go. If you're thinking this is going to be a history of the blues, you're partly right, but it's a flashcard history, touching on a few major songs, like "St. Louis Blues," "Cross Road Blues," "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," and "The Thrill Is Gone." It seems to run out of steam as it approaches the year 2000: The concluding "Members Only" with Andrae Crouch and the Andrae Crouch Singers owes more to adult contemporary gospel than to blues, and has a chorus reminiscent of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" a great song, but not a blues. It could also be observed that "Good Night, Irene" and "Fever," also classic songs, are not exactly in the deep blues tradition. Still, if this leads some of the audience to learn more about the blues, that's a good thing. Even if much of that audience doesn't learn more about the blues, well, it's musically adequate, and there have been far worse samplings of the form in the mass media. MCA claims that this is the first original cast album to feature computer enhancements; those enhancements include a narrative history of the blues by Whoopi Goldberg, Taj Mahal, and Ron Taylor, as well as several dozen historical photos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/29/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811215026
  • Catalog Number: 112150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Odun De - Company (1:23)
  2. 2 Niwah Wechi - Company (1:42)
  3. 3 Blood Done Signed My Name - Ron Taylor (1:31)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Do What the Spirit Says Do (1:04)
  5. 5 I've Been Living with the Blues - Company (2:16)
  6. 6 Blues Man - Ron Taylor (3:14)
  7. 7 Catch on Fire (2:56)
  8. 8 St. Louis Blues (3:06)
  9. 9 Walkin' Blues (2:29)
  10. 10 Cross Road Blues (1:44)
  11. 11 Catch on Fire (2:24)
  12. 12 Children, Your Line Is Draggin' (3:00)
  13. 13 Catch on Fire - Company (2:39)
  14. 14 Let the Good Times Roll - Ron Taylor (1:42)
  15. 15 Sweet Home Chicago (1:41)
  16. 16 Someone Else Is Steppin' In (3:09)
  17. 17 I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Ron Taylor (4:44)
  18. 18 The Thrill Is Gone (3:40)
  19. 19 Fever - Carter Calvert (4:46)
  20. 20 Good Night, Irene (4:36)
  21. 21 Members Only - Company (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Guy Guitar, Vocals
Taj Mahal Harmonica, Vocals, Narrator
Debra Laws Musician
Eloise Laws Vocals, Track Performer
Whoopi Goldberg Narrator
Dan Wheetman Vocals
Andraé Crouch Vocals
Francis Buckley Spoken Word
Jim Cox Musician
Jim Ehinger Musician
Brian Kilgore Musician
B.B. King Guitar
Tony Matthews Musician
Tim Pierce Musician
Greg Porter Track Performer
Ron Taylor Narrator
Andraé Crouch & His Disciples Track Performer
Jonny Lang Guitar, Track Performer
Andrew Rollins Guitar, Spoken Word
C.E. Smith Vocals, Track Performer
Gretha Boston Vocals, Track Performer
Carter Calvert Vocals
Ron Taylor Vocals
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Don Miller Photo Montage
Steve Plunkett Arranger, Engineer
Dan Wheetman Arranger, Liner Notes
Charles Bevel Liner Notes
Francis Buckley Engineer, Digital Editing
Bernie Grundman Mastering
John A. Lomax Composer
Spencer Proffer Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Ron Taylor Arranger
Andy Engel Photo Montage
Chris Bellman Mastering
Tim Stedman Art Direction
Alan Govenar Liner Notes, Notes Adaption
Andrew Rollins Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
Chic Street Man Arranger
Suzanne DuBarry Art Direction
Joe Bates Engineer
Donald McKayle Arranger
Peter Iselin Music Administrator
Ron Taylor Arranger, Liner Notes
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