RENT [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Jonathan Larson's hit rock musical Rent is about marginalized members of society: homosexuals, people of color, artists, and other folks who, for whatever reason, just don't fit in, and who eventually learn to cherish their individuality within the warm embrace of their families of choice. Director Chris Columbus the first two Harry Potter films opens his major motion picture vision of the musical with the exhilarating, life-affirming backdrop of Manhattan's artsy Lower East Side, giving the sonorous voices of the film's stars -- including original Broadway cast members Jesse L. Martin Law & Order, Taye Diggs How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Wicked star Idina ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Jonathan Larson's hit rock musical Rent is about marginalized members of society: homosexuals, people of color, artists, and other folks who, for whatever reason, just don't fit in, and who eventually learn to cherish their individuality within the warm embrace of their families of choice. Director Chris Columbus the first two Harry Potter films opens his major motion picture vision of the musical with the exhilarating, life-affirming backdrop of Manhattan's artsy Lower East Side, giving the sonorous voices of the film's stars -- including original Broadway cast members Jesse L. Martin Law & Order, Taye Diggs How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Wicked star Idina Menzel who is coincidentally married to Diggs, as well as screen siren Rosario Dawson, in her musical debut -- even more room to charm the listener. Larson's melodic, sentimental songs -- notably the goose-bump-inducing "Seasons of Love," featuring newcomer Tracie Thoms -- are gorgeously realized by producer Rob Cavallo Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, and this disc is a must-have for all Rentheads, as well as the perfect gift for romantics with a penchant for la vie bohème.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In their transfers from stage to screen, Broadway musicals usually suffer from extensive cast changes and sometimes from major alterations in their scores. Rent, the rock-oriented update of La Vie Boheme with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, was taken to film by director Chris Columbus with much of the cast and all of the score intact. The only caveat may be time; the show opened in 1996, the film in 2005, and that means, for instance, that when Roger (Adam Pascal) guesses that Mimi (Rosario Dawson) is 16 years old and she admits to being 19 in the song "Light My Candle," it's not quite believable. But that's a problem only onscreen, not on the soundtrack album. Arranger and album producer Rob Cavallo has been faithful to Larson's writing, so here the real question is how the new recording measures up to the original Broadway cast album. In his liner notes, Columbus makes a case for the new one by stating, "This time around, the songs were recorded over several months, with much time and care." He is referring to the tendency to record Broadway shows in a rush, shortly after opening, usually in a single day, in fact, with only as much care as can be achieved in that time. Of course, it's also true that a cast fresh from the theater has an immediacy that's hard to reproduce nearly a decade (and hundreds of performances) later. The veteran cast members do a good job here, with Pascal, Dawson, Anthony Rapp, and Idina Menzel in particular working hard to re-create the passion that infused their initial performances. Still, this version takes a close second to the first one. (One extra song has been added at the end, the excellent "Love Heals," which Larson wrote for an AIDS benefit, not for the show.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624945529
  • Catalog Number: 49455
  • Sales rank: 12,687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seasons Of Love (3:02)
  2. 2 Rent (3:58)
  3. 3 You'll See (2:14)
  4. 4 One Song Glory (2:46)
  5. 5 Light My Candle (4:09)
  6. 6 Today 4 U (2:45)
  7. 7 Tango: Maureen (3:55)
  8. 8 Life Support (0:56)
  9. 9 Out Tonight (3:55)
  10. 10 Another Day (4:47)
  11. 11 Will I (2:46)
  12. 12 Santa Fe (3:27)
  13. 13 I'll Cover You (2:30)
  14. 14 Over The Moon (6:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La Vie Boheme (6:59)
  2. 2 I Should Tell You (2:52)
  3. 3 La Vie Boheme B (1:36)
  4. 4 Seasons Of Love B (1:09)
  5. 5 Take Me Or Leave Me (3:51)
  6. 6 Without You (4:16)
  7. 7 I'll Cover You (Reprise) (3:40)
  8. 8 Halloween (1:31)
  9. 9 Goodbye Love (6:25)
  10. 10 What You Own (3:59)
  11. 11 Finale A (1:21)
  12. 12 Your Eyes (2:38)
  13. 13 Finale B (2:34)
  14. 14 Love Heals (Bonus Track) (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonathan Larson Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell Bass, Bass Guitar
Greg Curtis Organ
Aaron Lohr Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Suzie Katayama Accordion, Cello
Tim Weil Piano
Taye Diggs Vocals
Wilson Jermaine Heredia Vocals
Anthony Rapp Vocals
Gregory Curtis Organ
Greg Suran Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Idina Menzel Vocals
Dorian Crozier Percussion, Drums
Jesse L. Martin Vocals
Adam Pascal Vocals
Rosario Dawson Vocals
Tracie Thoms Vocals
Wayne Wilcox Vocals
Tim Davis Vocals
Technical Credits
David Campbell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Daniel Chase Digital Editing
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug McKean Engineer
Rob Cavallo Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Tim Weil Arranger, Vocal Conductor
Dann Thompson Engineer
Dorian Crozier Programming
Jonathan Larson Composer, Lyricist, Book
Elan Trujillo Engineer
Matt Beckley Digital Editing
Brian Cometa Engineer
Chris Columbus Liner Notes, Soundtrack Executive Producer
Dan Chase Digital Editing
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WRONG TITLE!!!

    This is a great CD set, but this is THE ORIGINAL MOVIE CAST (OMC). If you want the Broadway cast (OBC) just look for it. You can even check. I have both CD sets, and they are both amazing, but I do think that this is the MOVIE and not the BROADWAY

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This Soundtrack Is GREAT!

    The music in this CD is amazing. I love the music of Rent and I recommend it to a mature audience, but anyone who love musicals and just a good story. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    rent soundtrack

    this is amazing i love ths movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Musical I've Seen In Years!

    Rent is one of the best movie ever made. It has true character. It has a great cast but also has a great story line. It is about poor people who are living day to say with HIV and Aids. It taught poeple to apperciate life. Whatever is wrong with your life there is probably someone out there who has a worst life. So it was truly a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Alright, when I was going into the theatre to see the RENT movie, I was expecting to hate it. I am always fussy to any little changes, and I was ready to trash it mercilessly. To my surprise, I rather enjoyed it. However, it simply wasn't as good as the OBC. Even the original cast members were not as good. The fact is that Rosario Dawson isn't much of a singer. In all honesty, neither is Daphne Rubin-Vega, but she perfectly fit the role of Mimi and sounded beautiful against Adam Pascal. Rosario was too strong and clashed with the rest of the cast. On the contrary, Adam seemed to be breathless the whole time. This is apparent in "One Song Glory" especially. Idina Menzel was lovely as always, but "Over the Moon" was a complete mess. It was boring and so many notes seemed wrong, particulary the final "leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap of faith". Anthony Rapp, however, seemed to have less of that...well...odd tone that he had in the OBC and his solo album "Look Around". Unhappily, that odd tone seemed to have been passed onto Wilson Jermaine Heredia. I do love Wilson, but...with this performance, he would not have won the Tony. Tracy Thoms is a good singer, but didn't have the right feel for Joanne. Fredi Walker was my favorite of the original cast though, so maybe I'm biased. The best of the bunch was probably Taye Diggs, who was as good or better than his performance in the OBC. Unfortunately, many of his parts were cut out! All in all, the OMC was fairly good, but I cannot see how people can truly fall in love with it like the OBC. (Now I feel bad for not mentioning Jesse L. Martin! I love him! There's just not much to say! Except...well...is it me or is his voice deeper on here than the OBC? It's probably just my oddness imagining things.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCILENT MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK!!!!!!

    RENT was such an amazingly good heartbreaking story of true friendship and love. I would strongly recomend having parental supervision while watching RENT because this movie is rather inappropriate for anyone under 13.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This is a very well put together musical. it is very good. the singing is amazing. i wouldnt be suprised that these actors and actrsesses go far. they have very good voices!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rent

    The soundtrack is really awesome. I'm a really big fan of Rent. The music is awesome. I really enjoy listening to it. I sing to it all the time and love acting out the parts and what not. It's cool and fun and great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely fabulous!

    This soundtrack has got to be my favorite - and I'm a true blue junkie when it comes to musicals. The original Broadway cast is outstanding. The songs have a life all their own. Rosario Dawson's voice is the cherry atop the sunday - strong and riveting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This soundtrack is AMAZING! i love it soo much more than the OBC its more emotional and the original members (idina, adam, anthony, etc.) bring more richness into there roles and emotion into their song. I think that Tracie and Rosario were amazing replacements for daphne and fredi! I really recommend both the movie soundtrack and the OBC soundtrack they are both AMAZING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rosario ruined this movie.

    The movie was great - until you hear Rosario Dawson sing. Absolutely terrible performance. The original soundtrack is just so much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    Although a fan of the original recording, I found this soundtrack to be immensely moving. I highly reccomend that anyone who appreciates the music of Jonathan Larson take a listen to this version. While some songs from Broadway-Rent were excluded from the movie and this soundtrack, interestingly enough, songs not featured in the movie are on this cd. "Halloween" and "Goodbye Love," sung by the movie's cast, do not appear on-screen. Possibly those scenes will appear in the Rent DVD extras? Make sure to include this soundtrack in your holiday shopping this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved it

    I liked it alot. its not the same as the original, but then neither is the movie - its supposed to be a little different. a worthy choice :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clearer and More advanced

    While many people are very used to the Original Broadway Cast, and even partial to it, I feel that this album is better. All of the vocalists have improved a great deal, except Anthony Rapp who is still as good and lovable as ever. The new Joanne and Mimi are fantastic, much better then the original ones. The artists also didn't get stuck into their old habits, but took the liberty to change things. There are new harmonies that make the ears tingle, especially the ones between Adam Pascal and Rosario Dawson. The Limited edition CD covers also make them quite enjoyable to collect. My friends and I are trying to hunt down all of them, although we're having quite a hard time finding Mark and Roger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you've seen Rent on broadway...

    then you will have trouble listening to this soundtrack from the movie. The order of songs, voices and occasionally tunes, are extremely different. It contains all the great songs, just not great quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trying too hard

    I absolutely love the original RENT soundtrack, and was disappointed that the vocalists went out of their way to sing the songs differently than they originally had, when the original soundtrack left little to be improved upon. The resulting sound, while still enjoyable, can, at times, sound slightly like an amateur experimenting with different rhythms, and while you can't really accuse the newcomers (non-OBC) of being "affected" in their singing, they try much too hard to carve their own way and be different. If you're only going to buy one CD, buy the OBC CD, but this is still a decent recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunned!

    I was floored by how amazing this Soundtrack sound. I was worried it wouldn't measure up to the OBC. Now, I think I might say that I like this one even better. The newcomers were just as good as the people they replaced, and the ones from the OBC sound even better, especially Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzial. I loved every second of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Rent fans

    I liked this cd somewhat. If you enjoyed the movie, the soundtrack is well worth the purchase. But, the soundtrack of the original Broadway play is much better. I would reccommend the original Broadway Cast recording over the movie soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!

    In going to see RENT, I had no idea what to expect. Needless to say I was pretty blown away by it all, and it is now one of my favorite movies, if not my favorite. The music is a reflection of this and I prefer it to the OBC, as I think it is richer and sang with more emotion. Examples of this are found in song like, "One Song Glory", "Rent", and "I Should Tell You". I thought Roger was AMAZING!!! As was Angel, and Mimi too. This is one of my favorite CDs, and I listen to it all the time!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rent Rules!

    This story is about hypocracy and intolerance of some and love for those who "fit" into the molds we make. One of the characters is rebuffed by a homeless person in the same way that he later rebuffs a job offer. The group becomes intolerant of one of it's own who persues his dream and instead of working together to help the homeless the two groups fight and argue. It's a story about every person on the planet and while the movie is different then the play they are both terrific.

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