Hair (The Actors' Fund Of America Benefit Recording) CD (2005)

Artist: Original Cast

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Label Ghostlight/sbme
SKU 63981690
UPC 791558196825
UPC 14 00791558196825
Format CD
Release Date 6/14/2005
Author Original Cast
Technical Info
Producer Seth Rudetsky
CatalogID 81968
Lable Name Ghostlight
Released 06/14/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00791558196825
Album Notes and Credits
Performers include: Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Laura Benanti (Swing, Into The Woods, Nine), Charles Busch (Taboo, Tale Of The Allergist's Wife), Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles), Darius De Haas (Dreamgirls), Lea Delaria (The Rocky Horror Show), Eden Espinosa (Brooklyn), Harvey Fierstein (Fiddler On The Roof, Hairspray), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live), Annie Golden (The Full Monty, Hair Movie), Jennifer Hudson (American Idol), Norm Lewis (Amour, Dreamgirls), Euan Morton (Taboo), Julia Murney (Lennon), Adam Pascal (Rent, Aida, Rent Movie), Billy Porter (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy), Sherie Rene Scott (Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Christopher Sieber (Spamalot), John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), Lillias White (Dreamgirls).
A new production of Hair was recorded on October 1, 2004, at the Hit Factory in New York City to benefit the Actors' Fund of America in 2005. And while a number of versions of Hair have been recorded since its introduction in 1968, it never hurts to have a new take on a classic rock opera. The singers here -- Lillias White, Lea DeLaria, Jai Rodriguez, Chuck Cooper, and many others -- are uniformly excellent, embodying the spirit that imbued the original production. On a purely aesthetic level, Hair is musically bombastic and in one's face, paving the way for musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar. While the play certainly conjures up the '60s (or at least one version of it), the lyrics -- raw and occasionally offensive -- of songs like "Colored Spade" and "Sodomy" will still probably shock some listeners or at least be taken as politically incorrect. Of course, for everyone else these songs and others like "Black Boys" are also very funny challenges to societal prejudice and prudery. On the non-button-pushing side, however, Hair is inspirational, bequeathing hippie anthems like "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," and the title track. Gerome Ragni and James Rado's lyrics and Galt MacDermot's music are incredibly eclectic, encompassing everything from far-out rock to gentle ballads to joyous pop with odds and ends (old show tunes and funk) thrown into the mix. For those unfamiliar with the soundtrack, this 2005 release is fine place to start. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Disc 1
1 Aquarius - Lillias White/Tribe
2 Donna - Lea DeLaria/Tribe
3 Hashish - Tribe
4 Sodomy - Jai Rodriguez/Tribe
5 Colored Spade - Chuck Cooper/Tribe
6 Manchester, England - Euan Morton/Harris Doran/Tribe
7 Dead End - Ana Gasteyer/Tribe
8 Sheila Franklin / I Believe In Love - Shoshana Bean/Tribe
9 I'm Black / Ain't Got No - Tribe
10 Air - Harvey Fierstein
11 Initials - Laura Benanti/Tribe
12 I Got Life - Adam Pascal/Tribe
13 Going Down - Gavin Creel/Tribe
14 Hair - Ra£l Esparza/Harris Doran/Tribe
15 My Conviction - Charles Busch
16 Easy To Be Hard - Jennifer Hudson
17 Don't Put It Down! - John Tartaglia/Christopher Sieber
18 Frank Mills - Annie Golden
19 Be-In 'Hare Krishna' - Tribe
20 Where Do I Go? - Julia K. Murney/Tribe
21 Hippie Life - Eden Espinosa/Harris Doran
22 Electric Blues - Toxic Audio
23 Black Boys - Kathy Brier/Orfeh/Ann Harada
24 White Boys - Brandi Chavonne Massey/Ledisi/Shayna Steele
25 Walking in Space - Sherie Ren? Scott/Tribe
26 Yes I's Finished On Y'all's Farmlands - Tribe
27 Four Score / Abie, Baby - Billy Porter/Tribe
28 Good Morning Starshine - Liz Callaway/Tribe
29 Three-Five-Zero-Zero - Tribe
30 What A Piece Of Work Is Man - Darius De Haas/Paul Castree
31 Flesh Failures, The (Let The Sunshine In) - Norm Lewis/Harris Doran/Tribe
Product Attributes
Artist Original Cast
Music Format Compact Disc
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