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With the advent of 1968's Hair, the era of the rock musical -- and the Age of Aquarius -- had dawned on Broadway. Subtitled "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," HAIR is a joyous and irreverent celebration of youth. Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot's golden score is filled with beauty and whimsy. Marvelous moments like "Good Morning Starshine,"

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With the advent of 1968's Hair, the era of the rock musical -- and the Age of Aquarius -- had dawned on Broadway. Subtitled "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," HAIR is a joyous and irreverent celebration of youth. Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot's golden score is filled with beauty and whimsy. Marvelous moments like "Good Morning Starshine," "Frank Mills," "I Got Life," and the title number are sophisticated, kinetic, and, above all, great fun. The cast recording, featuring Melba Moore, Diane Keaton, Paul Jabara, and Ronnie Dyson, captures all the ecstasy and agony of the 1960s. Showstoppers "Easy to Be Hard," "Where Do I Go?," and "Walking in Space" rank with the best pop songwriting of the decade. Hair's five-year Broadway run is legendary; the cast album also made history when it stayed at the top of the pop charts for 13 weeks during the musically hyperactive spring of 1969. Thirty years later Hair remains the definitive rock musical.

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All Music Guide - Sarah Erlewine
Hair was both celebratory and anticlimactic at the same time. Heralded by many at the time as being a rejuvenation for musical theater, it was also supposed to "speak" for the youth. The problem with that is that any time you attempt to allow a piece of written work to speak for a generation, it invariably fails. It is undoubtedly impossible for one musical to classify every attitude held by a person under 30 at that time. Given this fact, Hair was destined to be considered a disappointment. However, if you take the score out of this context and listen to it simply as a snippet of some prevalent beliefs of the time, or simply as a fictional work, it is really quite wonderful. As Claude's best friend is expelled from high school and the love of Claude's life loves someone else, Claude must struggle with the decision to submit to government regulations in which he doesn't believe. A youthful exuberance covers the proceedings, with the first act ending with the infamous nude sequence. The music is heartening and invigorating, including the classics "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Let the Sunshine In," "Frank Mills" (which was covered by the Lemonheads on their 1992 album It's a Shame About Ray), and "Easy to Be Hard." The joy that has been instilled in this original Broadway cast recording shines through, capturing in the performances of creators Gerome Ragni and James Rado exactly what they were aiming for -- not to speak for their generation, but to speak for themselves.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886975780327
catalogNumber:
757803
Rank:
24106

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Performance Credits

Melba Moore   Vocals
Paul Jabara   Vocals
Leata Galloway   Vocals
Galt MacDermot   Electric Piano
Sally Eaton   Vocals
Warren Chiasson   Percussion
Steve Gillette   Guitar
Walter Harris   Vocals
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Donnie Burks   Vocals
Zane Paul   Reeds,Woodwind
Lorrie Davis   Vocals
Alan Fontaine   Guitar
Steve Gamet   Vocals
Diane Keaton   Vocals
Hiram Keller   Vocals
Lynn Kellogg   Vocals
Donald Leight   Trumpet
Marjorie LiPari   Vocals
Natalie Mosco   Vocals
Suzannah Norstrand   Vocals
Shelley Plimpton   Vocals
James Rado   Vocals
Gerome Ragni   Vocals
Robert I. Rubinsky   Vocals
Lamont Washington   Vocals
Ronald Dyson   Vocals
Jimmy Lewis   Bass
Emmaretta Marks   Vocals
Eddy Williams   Trumpet
Jonathan Kramer   Vocals
Steve Curry   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Moran   Engineer
Rick Rowe   Producer,Engineer
Nat Shapiro   Liner Notes
Andy Wiswell   Producer
James Rado   Lyricist,Book
Gerome Ragni   Lyricist,Book
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Peter Elliott   Executive Producer

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