The Best of Rent: Highlights from the Original Cast Album

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Dense and gritty, the hugely successful "Rent" has infused much-needed energy and joie de vivre into the contemporary American musical. THE BEST OF RENT collects nearly two dozen lyrical highlights on one CD, offering a whirlwind tour through the most ambitious theatrical score of the decade. The brilliant original cast -- which included such ready-for-prime-time new faces as Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Taye Diggs, and Jesse L. Martin -- soar through the well-known showstoppers, "Seasons of Love," "Out Tonight," "La Vie Boheme," and the title song, as well as more offbeat, but equally marvelous, musical moments as "Today 4 U," "Tango: Maureen," "Sante Fe," and "Will ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Dense and gritty, the hugely successful "Rent" has infused much-needed energy and joie de vivre into the contemporary American musical. THE BEST OF RENT collects nearly two dozen lyrical highlights on one CD, offering a whirlwind tour through the most ambitious theatrical score of the decade. The brilliant original cast -- which included such ready-for-prime-time new faces as Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Taye Diggs, and Jesse L. Martin -- soar through the well-known showstoppers, "Seasons of Love," "Out Tonight," "La Vie Boheme," and the title song, as well as more offbeat, but equally marvelous, musical moments as "Today 4 U," "Tango: Maureen," "Sante Fe," and "Will I?" Also included is Stevie Wonder's buoyant take on "Seasons of Love."
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Three years after Rent opened on Broadway and its two-CD original cast album reached the Top 20 and went double platinum, DreamWorks Records issues this single-disc abridgement of the recording. With a running time of 69 minutes and 21 tracks, it contains about more than half of the contents of the full-length version, including the major songs "Seasons of Love," "La Vie Boheme," and "Another Day," as well as the "Seasons of Love" remix featuring Stevie Wonder. But if most of the music is here, most of the credits are not. The packaging is skimpy; if you want to know who's actually singing the songs, you won't find out from the CD booklet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445002524
  • Catalog Number: 50025
  • Sales rank: 25,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rent (4:25)
  2. 2 One Song Glory (2:41)
  3. 3 Light My Candle (4:05)
  4. 4 Today 4 U (2:19)
  5. 5 Tango: Maureen (3:09)
  6. 6 Life Support (1:58)
  7. 7 Out Tonight (3:48)
  8. 8 Another Day (4:44)
  9. 9 Will I? (2:29)
  10. 10 Sante Fe (3:12)
  11. 11 I'll Cover You (2:28)
  12. 12 La Vie Boheme (4:25)
  13. 13 I Should Tell You (3:01)
  14. 14 La Vie Boheme B (1:53)
  15. 15 Seasons Of Love (2:51)
  16. 16 Take Me Or Leave Me (3:43)
  17. 17 Without You (4:21)
  18. 18 I'll Cover You (Reprise) (2:51)
  19. 19 What You Own (3:55)
  20. 20 Finale B (2:31)
  21. 21 Seasons Of Love - Stevie Wonder (4:06)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Arif Mardin Producer, Remixing
George Marino Mastering
Steve Skinner Producer
Jonathan Larson Composer, Lyricist, Writer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Soundtrack

    Love this music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Rent, but this CD doesnt fully represent it!

    I am devoted to Rent and I love it sooo much and was really excited when I found that they made a "highlights" album, because though I love all the songs on the original album, It is a little annoying to have to switch between two CD's. I was very dissapointed when looking at the song's though that they didnt include "Goodbye Love", as it is (in my oppinion) one of the best songs in act two. Other then that it's a great CD, but you I would not buy this instead of the original!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what i expected

    After i owned the cast recording of RENT, i looked for other RENT-related cds. I found this. I looked at the songs that this cd featured, and i was very upset. There are some incredible songs like "Goodbye Love" which are left out, and some songs, like "Will I" which i think should not be on there. I'm not saying this cd is bad, I'm just saying it's lacking some of the key songs that make RENT so incredibly amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fabulous Collection

    An extravagant collection!!! Much like the music industry has never seen before!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JONATHAN LARSON IS A MUSIC GOD!

    wow!...RENT is awsome!...i love it, i cant stop listening to the cd it's awsome and i look forward to seeing the show live and i'm sure the show will go on for many more years of success....and pretty soon you'll see me on the show!....i mean i'm a normal teenager who has never seen any musicals and i found out about rent when we sanf a song in choir "seasons of love" and i downloaded it on my computer and liked the song so i d/l the whole album and i love it!Mondo R.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Rent: Highlights from the Original Cast Album

    This was such a great sountrack and musical. Also, you should get the original version of this, it is just called "Rent". I love how this musical was based on Puccini's "La Boheme". This is great! "Rent" will be soon everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Rent: Highlights from the Original Cast Album

    I was studying this musical in my Language Arts class and the music and singing is just great. Rent is really the kind of musical that can inspire and it is a recent one. One of the best song's on this CD is Light My Candle. I think people who are just really into all kinds of music should buy this CD even if they haven't seen the live musical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great play and a great soundtrack

    i saw the play in san francisco(2nd night)and was spellbound! no day but today has come my mantra! the play speaks to humanity and what it really means to have love,lose love, find love and true friendship. This play should be mandatory for our youth to make sure that love one another,because they are the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2010

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