Songs from Ragtime [Original Cast Recording - RCA]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Stephen Flaherty, lyricist Lynn Ahrens, and librettist Terrence McNally's stage musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime took a long time to get to Broadway, with full-scale productions in Toronto and Los Angeles dating back more than a year before the New York opening, and they used that time well. One need only compare the 1998 original Broadway cast album to the 1996 studio cast album called Songs From Ragtime the Musical to see the differences, as the later version is much refined and improved. A major difference, of course, is sheer length -- the Broadway version, on two CDs running more than two hours, is twice as long -- but that's an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Stephen Flaherty, lyricist Lynn Ahrens, and librettist Terrence McNally's stage musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime took a long time to get to Broadway, with full-scale productions in Toronto and Los Angeles dating back more than a year before the New York opening, and they used that time well. One need only compare the 1998 original Broadway cast album to the 1996 studio cast album called Songs From Ragtime the Musical to see the differences, as the later version is much refined and improved. A major difference, of course, is sheer length -- the Broadway version, on two CDs running more than two hours, is twice as long -- but that's an important distinction for a show as ambitious and broadly based as Ragtime. Doctorow's plot embraces both several dramatic stories and a group of historical figures for an extensive examination of social life in the U.S. at the turn of the 19th century, and the earlier disc seemed scattered, while the full-length version brings all the strains together. Flaherty's music, relying heavily on ragtime itself and other early 20th century popular styles, unifies the stories, and Ahrens' lyrics bring out the similarities of theme among them. The result is a tapestry that fulfills Doctorow's intentions admirably and competes successfully with the large-scale musicals of the 1980s that always seemed to come over from Europe. Brian Stokes Mitchell remains a standout in the cast but, among the improvements, the creators have found more for Audra McDonald to do a neat trick, since her character is killed off at the end of Act I, and she too is impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266316724
  • Catalog Number: 63167
  • Sales rank: 31,182

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ratime - Nick Rose (3:12)
  2. 2 Goodbye My Love - Marin Mazzie (2:13)
  3. 3 Journey On (3:38)
  4. 4 The Crime of the Century - Ensemble (2:06)
  5. 5 Gettin' Ready Rag (3:07)
  6. 6 Henry Ford (1:38)
  7. 7 Your Daddy's Son - Audra McDonald (3:43)
  8. 8 New Music (4:04)
  9. 9 Wheels of a Dream - Audra McDonald (3:39)
  10. 10 The Night That Goldman Spoke at Union Square - Camille Saviola (2:15)
  11. 11 Gliding - Peter Friedman (2:14)
  12. 12 'till We Reach That Day (4:32)
  13. 13 What a Game! - Ensemble (2:34)
  14. 14 Coalhouse's Soliloquy - Brian Mitchell (1:55)
  15. 15 He Wanted to Say (3:52)
  16. 16 Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc. - Peter Friedman (2:05)
  17. 17 Our Children - Peter Friedman (2:21)
  18. 18 The Show Biz - Jim Corti (3:13)
  19. 19 Back to Before - Marin Mazzie (3:47)
  20. 20 Make Them Hear You - Brian Mitchell (2:46)
  21. 21 Wheels of a Dream (Reprise) (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Hunter Synthesizer
Robert Bonfiglio Harmonica
Karen Andrew Ensemble
Heinz Boshard Viola
Lance Elbeck Violin
Lovena Fox Ensemble
Bob Leonard Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Brian Leonard Percussion
Steve McDade Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Brian Mitchell Track Performer
Marty Morell Percussion, Drums
Jim Pirie Guitar, Mandolin
Sharon Prater Cello
Wendy Rose Violin
Leon Williams Ensemble
Alastair Kay Trombone
Steve Marzullo Synthesizer, Piano
Lynnette Perry Track Performer
Marin Mazzie Track Performer
Nicole Zarry Violin
Nick Rose Track Performer
Johnny Fanning Ensemble
Ted Sperling Conductor
James Wallenberg Violin
Maria Calabrese Ensemble
Les Allt Flute, Piccolo
Sandy Barter Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Clare Scholtz English Horn, Oboe
Stephen Lee Anderson Ensemble
Audra McDonald Track Performer
David McFadden Violin, Concert Master
Alec Catherwood Violin
Alec Chiasson French Horn
Artur Jansons Viola
Mark Jacoby Track Performer
Heather Headley Ensemble
Jim Corti Track Performer
Falconer Abraham Ensemble
Winona Zelenka Cello
Rebecca Spencer Ensemble
William Michals Ensemble
Terry Holowach Violin
Marilyn Caskey Ensemble
David Mucci Ensemble
Paula Newsome Ensemble
Maya DeForest Violin
Igor Portnoi Ensemble
Robert Pilon Ensemble
Corey Gemmell Violin
Technical Credits
Moe Koffman Orchestration
Marty Bell Liner Notes, Creative Coordinator
William David Brohn Orchestration
James Nichols Engineer
Jay David Saks Producer
Marin Mazzie Contributor
Garth H. Drabinsky Executive Producer
Stephen Flaherty Vocal Arrangements
Ted Sperling Director
Audra McDonald Contributor
Peter Friedman Contributor
Steven Sutcliffe Contributor
Camille Saviola Contributor
Brian Stokes Mitchell Contributor
James P. Nichols Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved IT!!!

    I loved Ragtime sooooo... much!! I recomend ot to evreyone. Some the songs alomost mayed me cry, You are your dadies son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The people call it Ragtime

    An excellent cd, but I wish it had Sarah Brown Eye's on it. Love the play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Broadway Musical/ Ragtime Freak! : )

    Ragtime ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! I was in the play and it's the best I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Musical...

    I love Ragtime, and although this CD's missing quite a few songs, the quality is great. Wonderful voices, and very impressive orchesta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The people called it RAGTIME!RAGTIME!RAGTIME!

    It was the best!I LOVE RagTime!I saw the play and it had everything I thought it would have around the 1900s.My favorite songs are RagTime,Journey On,Back to Before, and Till we reach that day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST PLAY IN ,UM,................................50 YEARS!

    RAGTIME IS GREAT.I SAW THE PLAY AND NOW I'M HOOKED,YES I SAID HOOKED,ON RAGTIME.I LOVE THE SONGS RAGTIME,WHAT KIND OF WOMAN,BACK TO BEFORE,AND JOURNEY ON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ragtime is really good on stage

    I love the play and music, my favorite songs are ragtime, and gettin ready to rag

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I wish it was still there :(

    The best musical yet, those who see the tour have been slited, it cannot comapare to the origianl brodway cast, set, crew. Buy the CD, thats the only good thing that remains of this memorable play.

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