CD Salvation [DRG] [Original Broadway Cast] (CD 138342),
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Salvation [DRG] [Original Broadway Cast]

  • 1. Overture
    2. Salvation
    3. In Between
    4. 1001
    5. Honest Confession Is Good for the Soul
    6. Ballin'
    7. Let the Moment Slip By
    8. Gina
    9. If You Let Me Make Love to You Then Why Can't I Touch You
    10. There Ain't No Flies on Jesus
    11. Deadalus
    12. For Ever
    13. Footloose Youth and Fancy Free
    14. Schwartz
    15. Let's Get Lost in Now
    16. Back to Genesis
    17. Tomorrow Is the First Day of the Rest of My Life
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19087

  • Credits
    ProducerNikolas Venet
    EngineerRobert Arnold

    The rock musical Salvation opened -- and stayed -- off-Broadway in 1969, while Hair, the immensely popular and now legendary Age of Aquarius hippie music, was still running on Broadway after debuting in 1967. Whew. DRG has reissued the original Broadway cast recording of Salvation, which was part of the Broadway musical series released by Angel in 1969 but which has been missing for more than a decade. Musically, Salvation is a far more interesting recording then Hair ever was. Rock, gospel, blues, soul, folk, and early funk were all part of its backbone. The score was written by Peter Link and C.C. Courtney; the latter wrote the play as well and claimed at the time it was basically his life story. OK. But who or wherever either man is now is immaterial in light of the fine music to be heard here. The blues gospel tune "1001" is, for example, performed here as a steamy blues. The campy, near-ragtime "Honest Confession Is Good for the Soul," with Chicago's horn section backing, is funny after several listens, and "Deadalus" is a steamy, funky rock tune. "Let's Get Lost in Now" is written as a shimmering balladic testament to the moment that gets shuffled off by corny show tune bombast but is delightful nonetheless. For those who collect such recordings, Salvation should be on your list. For those stuck in Hair's timeless time warp, shake it off for an hour to check out Salvation instead. ~ Thom Jurek

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