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Hair [Actor's Fund of America Benefit Recording]

  • 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 - Ral 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 81968

  • Credits
    ProducerSeth Rudetsky

    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.

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