Songs from an Unmade Bed [Original Off-Broadway Cast]

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The original off-Broadway cast album of Songs From an Unmade Bed, the acclaimed one-man song cycle starring Michael Winther, features lyrics by Mark Campbell and music by an array of composers, including literate popster Duncan Sheik.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The major creative force behind the Off-Broadway musical revue Songs from an Unmade Bed is lyricist Mark Campbell, who employed different composers for each of its 18 songs without getting very different results. Tenor Michael Winther capably sings all of those songs, with backing from pianist Kimberly Grigsby, cellist David Kotay, and percussionist Shane Shanahan. Although there is...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The original off-Broadway cast album of Songs From an Unmade Bed, the acclaimed one-man song cycle starring Michael Winther, features lyrics by Mark Campbell and music by an array of composers, including literate popster Duncan Sheik.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The major creative force behind the Off-Broadway musical revue Songs from an Unmade Bed is lyricist Mark Campbell, who employed different composers for each of its 18 songs without getting very different results. Tenor Michael Winther capably sings all of those songs, with backing from pianist Kimberly Grigsby, cellist David Kotay, and percussionist Shane Shanahan. Although there is no overall plot line, the songs have a related sensibility further unified by employing only one singer to deliver them all. These are first-person narratives from a gay man living in New York City in the present day. In his liner notes, Campbell writes of "the universal appeal the songs seemed to engender," which is not quite true, at least until you add the rest of his remark, "that the amorous experiences of one gay man could be understood by everyone, regardless of their sexual preference." And even that statement is really only true if the word "understood" is meant in its primary form, to mean "comprehended," and not in one of its other meanings, "to be sympathetic to." Certainly, the songs in Songs from an Unmade Bed are not hard to comprehend, but they will be difficult for a non-gay listener to appreciate, and even a gay listener may be unsympathetic, since the character who emerges is highly promiscuous, or used to be, or wants to be, much of the time. Campbell celebrates the gay lifestyle of bars and one-night stands and multiple partners, a lifestyle that, for more than two decades, as of 2006, has equated to being HIV-positive, at the very least. The only place his narrator is willing to draw the line, it seems, is when his character discovers that he is not the only man with whom his lover is being unfaithful to his regular partner; that he is, actually, "The Other Other Woman" by which he means the other other man, of course. "I'm fine just being a slut," he sings, "but won't be demoted to substitute slut." In such a context, it must be a tribute to AIDS-fighting drugs that the show contains only one song about death, "Our Separate Ways," in which the singer describes to a departed companion what his funeral was like, noting that it was attended by "five hundred or so of the whackos you dated." Songs from an Unmade Bed is an unflinching portrait of one approach to gay living, but it is not as universally appealing as its author imagines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558440928
  • Catalog Number: 84409
  • Sales rank: 345,322

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here in My Bed (2:23)
  2. 2 Admission (1:23)
  3. 3 Spring (2:09)
  4. 4 Man in the Starched White Shirt (2:53)
  5. 5 Perfect, Finite (2:57)
  6. 6 Other Other Woman (3:34)
  7. 7 Oh, To Be Stupid Again - Duncan Sheik (3:19)
  8. 8 Exit Right (2:12)
  9. 9 He Plays the Cello (3:18)
  10. 10 Funny Gesture (4:10)
  11. 11 I Want to Go out Tonight (2:06)
  12. 12 He Never Did That Before (2:49)
  13. 13 Dinner Party (3:32)
  14. 14 I Miss New York (3:06)
  15. 15 Florence (1:53)
  16. 16 Our Separate Ways (3:25)
  17. 17 To Sing (3:30)
  18. 18 Night You Decided to Stay (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Winter Primary Artist, Vocals
Kimberly Grigsby Piano
Shane Shanahan Percussion
David Kotay Cello
Michael Winther Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Campbell Lyricist, Liner Notes
Joel Moss Producer, Audio Production
Steve Marzullo Arranger, Composer
Mark Bennett Arranger, Composer
Peter Golub Arranger, Composer
Jeffrey Stock Arranger, Composer
Joseph Thalken Arranger, Composer
Jan Folkson Engineering
Jake Heggie Composer
Kimberly Grigsby Music Direction
Mary Campbell Lyricist, Liner Notes
Greg Pliska Arranger, Composer
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Brendan Milburn Arranger, Composer
David Schweizer Liner Notes
Lance Horne Arranger, Composer
Debra Barsha Arranger, Composer
Jenny Giering Arranger, Composer
Steven Lutvak Composer
Lloyd Miller Cover Illustration
Stephen Hoffman Composer
Joseph Yannece Mastering
Kim D. Sherman Composer
Gihieh Lee Composer
Chris Miller Composer
Jennifer Giering Composer
Peter Foley Composer
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