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1776, A New Musical Cast Recording

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Editorial Reviews

Was this 1969 glimpse at the days leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence out of step with the hippie milieu of the day? Clearly not: it won three Tonys including Best Musical, and this LP earned a Grammy nod! Starring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Betty Buckley.

1. 1776; Overture (Instrumental)
2. 1776; Sit Down, John (Voice)
3. 1776; Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve; Till Then (Voice)
4. 1776; The Lees of Old Virginia (Voice)
5. 1776; But, Mr. Adams (Voice)
6. 1776; Yours, Yours, Yours (Voice)
7. 1776; He Plays the Violin (Voice)
8. 1776; Cool, Cool, Considerate Men (Voice)
9. 1776; Momma Look Sharp (Voice)
10. 1776; The Egg (Voice)
11. 1776; Molasses To Rum (Voice)
12. 1776; Is Anybody There? (Voice)
13. 1776; Finale (Voice)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B003BZXHTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harvey T. Cohen on August 24, 2010
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This is a wonderfully done ensemble cast that brings this musical to life. William Daniels as John Adams feeds the passion. It is some of the best theater music ever written, and this is for a cast that is predominantly men. There are ballads, dance numbers, show-stoppers and very witty lyrics all rolled together. Can't miss if you love Broadway musical theater!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phred on October 2, 2014
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It is my memory that I first saw 1776 performed in Washington DC in, 1975. It could just as easily have been during the Bicentennial in Boston or a year or so later in Philadelphia. I was a Navy man then interested in a good musical long before and since. 1776 is a great musical. I prefer the movie version over this CD. In fact I make it a point to watch the movie every year if not on July 4, then as close to it as possible. Listening to the CD has caused me to think more about the substance of this performance and less about it comedic ironies.

There are two song, ugly songs, beautiful, and powerful. Most of 1776 is about the comedy we choose to believe is Congress, even at its foundation. We choose to think of Congress as where cynical, cool conservative men go to pittle, twiddle and resolve. Much of this Continental Congress is written and sung to this comfortable image. And then there are these two songs: haunting, terrible and urgent.

As they appear in this CD the first is Momma Look Sharp.
A young soldier is dying in the aftermath of a battle. He is not among the main group of casualties. He has bleed beyond pain and has only the hope that his mother will find his body such that he will not be among the anonymous dead. This song is sung simply, almost unaccompanied. The Soldier who acts as General Washington's Courier, Scott Jarvis has a voice, carrying in it the innocence of youth and the surprise of death too soon and too arbitrary. The men of Congress have the time and comfort to debate fine points. The soldiers and their families have very different and often abrupt realities.

Molasses to Rum, to Slaves. If the death of young soldiers is a constant in war, what exactly is being bought by those deaths.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 4, 2006
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I had an opportunity to see a local production of "1776" during the bicentennial, and I turned it down because the idea of a musical about the Declaration of Independence struck me as pretty silly. Then I stumbled on the movie version one afternoon and was immediately hooked. John Adams starts berating the Second Continental Congress for refusing to even debate his motion of independence when the other Founding Fathers rise to there feet and start singing "Sit down, John!" How can you not love something that audacious? As Peter Stone, who wrote the book for the show, later explained recalling the first time he heard the opening number, "There's more information about the Continental Congress in the opening song than I learned in all my years at school."

Sherman Edwards, composer of such songs as Johnny Mathis' "Wonderful, Wonderful" and Joannie Sommers' "Johnny Get Angry," had started talking about doing a musical about the Founding Fathers and writing songs for it starting in the late 1950s. While Edwards wrote the original libretto, he finally persuaded Stone (author of "Father Goose") to rewrite the book, creating a sense of suspense despite the fact we know how the story end, and matching the wit and pathos of some of the songs with the musical's dialogue as well. The action takes place in Philadelphia in May, June and July of 1776, primarily n the Chamber and Anteroom of the Continental Congress, and also on and in the Mall, High Street, Thomas Jefferson's room, and certain places in the mind and heart of John Adams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Jarman on January 2, 2013
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I'm 17 years old and am not a fan of the new music; therefore, I must say to all you old souls out there, this musical is a must have. This will immediately take you back to the days when musicals meant something. Great vocal ability by the entire cast. I highly recommend "1776"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Hat on May 6, 2013
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This musical is a wonderful retelling of the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Although it may not be entirely historically accurate, it is still very enjoyable. The songs are fun and imaginative and are very catchy. Two of my favorites are "The Lees of Virginia" and "But, Mr. Adams." Overall a wonderful musical!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha on July 1, 2013
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I listened to this when I was a kid (when the movie came out) and absolutely loved it. I used to have the album, but who can find a turntable these days? When I saw the cd, I grabbed it. Good thing they don't wear out like albums or I'd be buying another one already!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2014
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I ordered this as a present for one of my parents. Very very pleased with it! If you love history and you love William Daniels (from Boy Meets World), this CD should plaster a silly smile on your face as you listen to the songs.
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By Randy Waltrip on December 17, 2012
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This is how to make history come alive! The story is lively and engrossing, and the music is witty and wonderful. My 13-year-old daughter enjoyed it so much she watched it a second time, then begged me to buy her the soundtrack. (I did, and she plays it all the time). And she aced her exam on the making of America!
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