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1776: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1997) [Cast Recording]

1776 Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000000GU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ACT I: Sit Down, John - Brent Spiner/Michael X. Martin/Richard Poe/Tom Aldredge/John Herrera/Tom Riis Farrell...
2. ACT I: Piddle, Twidle and Resolve - Brent Spiner/Orch/Mark Mitchell
3. ACT I: Till Then - Brent Spiner & Linda Emond/Orch/Mark Mitchell
4. ACT I: The Lees of Old Virginia - Merwin Foard/Pat Hingle & Brent Spiner/Orch/Mark Mitchell
5. ACT I: But Mr. Adams - Brent Spiner/Pat Hingle/Paul Micheal Valley/John Herrara & Daniel Marcus/Orch/Mark Mitchell
6. ACT I: Yours, Yours, Yours - Brent Spiner & Linda Emond/Orch/Mark Mitchell
7. ACT I: He Plays The Violin - Lauren Ward/Pat Hingle & Brent Spiner/Orch/Mark Mitchell
8. ACT I: Cool, Cool, Considerate Man - Michael Cumptsy/Orch/Mark Mitchell
9. ACT I: Momma Look Sharp - Erik J. McCormack/Macintyre Dixon & Joseph Cassidy/Orch/Mark Mitchell
10. ACT II: The Egg - Pat Hingle/Brent Spiner & Paul Michael Valley/Orch/Mark Mitchell
11. ACT II: Molasses to Rum - Gregg Edelman/Orch/Mark Mitchell
12. ACT II: Compliments - Linda Emond/Orch/Mark Mitchell
13. ACT II: Is Anybody There? - Brent Spiner/Orch/Mark Mitchell

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Genre: Original Cast Recordings
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Release Date: 12-DEC-1997

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better in some ways than the original, less in others... December 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of the original play. Rather than review the play, I would like to compare the 2 recordings strengths and weaknesses.
The strength of the new cast recording is the quality of the singing. Every single performance is phenomenal and strong. There really isn't a weak or bad voice in the bunch. Brent Spiner suprisingly does a fine job as Adams.
Yet it's weakness is the very thing that makes this recording strong. Much of the charm of the original cast was that it was as much the performance behind the singing as the singing itself. Perhaps it's my bias from what I grew up to and am use to hearing, but I still prefer the original.
Still, I think more people may find this recording more enjoyable, especially if they haven't seen the play. I guess it's personal preference which you would choose. So if you prefer better singing, this is the album for you.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Skeptic to Fan in one listen June 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised at how much I liked "1776." The concept (a musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence) seems so ludicrous at first, that I was sure it must be a bad musical. I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
The CD hooked me first, with the musicals elegant tunes and poignant lyrics. The excitement of this period is fully captured in the characters and story. "1776" manages that rare blend of comedy, drama and romance. Historical characters that I had never thought much of come alive, without mockery.
I have no particular attachment to Brent Spiner or Pat Hingle, and I have never heard the original recording. I felt that both men sang proudly and well. Their voices did justice to the songs and the story.
After loving the CD so much, I had the chance to see "1776" performed. Wow! It's a great musical.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My "Compliments" on this cast album's track additions September 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I celebrate every 4th of July by watching my laser disc restored version of "1776" and finally got the chance last year to see the musical when it came to town. The touring company was a result of the 1997 Broadway revival and I finally got around to picking up the CD. I too have nothing to fault with Brent Spiner's performance as John Adams aside from the fact that he is not William Daniels, which is not meant as a slight to the former but simply a restatement of the fact that the latter's performance was one of those perfect unions of performer and performance that happily happens from time to time in Broadway musicals. Listening to Daniels do "Is Anybody There?" is one of a choice handful of tracks I can listen to that will get me teary eyed. So what is special about this revival cast album is that it includes, unlike the original, Linda Emond as Abigail Adams singing "Compliments." I do not even bother trying to explain it anymore, but anytime I am listening or watching this musical and she starts to sing "I am, as I have always been...," I get emotional. So the first time I listened to "Compliments" on this CD the tears were rolling down my cheeks. I also appreciate all of the other little additions, both musically and in terms of dialogue, that are included on this cast album.
As with most revival casts the performances fall both below and above the originals. Pat Hingle is a fine character actor, but I think he is simply miscast as Benjamin Franklin. On the flip side of the coin I think Gregg Edelman as Edward Rutledge and Paul Michael Valley as Thomas Jefferson are improvements on the originals.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!! March 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my absolute favorite musical, ever! The characters are wonderful interpretations of the members of the 2nd Continental Congress, and the history in the show is surprisingly accurate. I have both this version and the original, and it's hard to decide which one is better. I must admitt, John Cullum is the best Edward Rutledge, even though Gregg Edleman does a wonderful job, and Ronald Holgate will always be Richard Henry Lee to me. William Daniels and Brent Spiner are almost equal. All in all, this is a wonderful CD, for anyone interested in the history of our nation, or just in a funny and thought-provoking musical.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a show! April 14, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to musicals for years and I must say that 1776 is one of the best. It is certainly not Stephen Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber but it has charm.
The script is incredible and some argue that the music isn't even needed but there is a great emotional journey that one can take if they allow themselves to really be there with the show. It is worth the money, if for no other reason than to explore this magnificent musical that not only reminds us of, but creates American history.
The performances by Brent Spiner, Linda Emond, Gregg Edelman, and Michael Cumptsy are superb. Though Spiner as Adams doesn't have the same vocal quality as the original Adams (William Daniels) he shines a new light on Adams and really brings the character to life.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Preserves a mild "Spirit of '76" February 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although it doesn't replace the original Broadway cast recording, completists will want this CD in order to have virtually the entire score on tap. Restored are the reprise to "The Lees of Old Virginia," Abigail Adams' "Compliments," and the secretary's "Is Anybody There?" The CD also includes a good chunk of dialogue (but why no separate tracks for it?). There are good performances by Brent Spiner (Adams), Michael Cumpsty (Dickinson), and especially Tony-nominated Gregg Edelman (Rutledge)--whose "Molasses to Rum" is the only performance that improves on the original recording. But the women don't make much impression; Pat Hingle is a mushy-mouthed Franklin; and the sparse orchestrations undermine some of the numbers, particularly "The Lees of Old Virginia," which struck this listener as painfully lacking the requisite zip (through no real fault of the singer).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 1776 with a special star
Brent Spiner, AKA Data from Star Trek, plays the role of John Adams in the remake of this classic musical. Worth listening to. The production is first rate.
Published 12 months ago by Daryle Wane
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
I am OBSESSED with 1776. So naturally I had to have the cast recording of the revival. Once upon a time I had a horrible habit of comparing the new to the old, but thankfully no... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nicholas C. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I am a fan of this quirky musical. I was not fortunate to see either the 6o's original show or the revival in 1997 but I have seen the movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Betty
1.0 out of 5 stars Aw Man! I wish it was the original!
I have been a huge fan of the original cast of 1776 and have all the tracks memeorized.....ok I'm a geek. Read more
Published 21 months ago by David Jarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Good news that this CD is available. That 1997 show was very successful and got great reviews (NYT, 1997). Someone told me about it, and searched for the reviews myself. Read more
Published 23 months ago by te.ng
5.0 out of 5 stars View from abroad
I am not American. So I am not really a patriot, at least not of this country. :) I have never seen "the movie" or heard the "original cast", have no idea who William Daniels is. Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by Inessa
2.0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL IN SEARCH OF BETTER VOICES
This recording really lacks the one necessary ingredient - great voices - that made the original recording so wonderful. Read more
Published on May 3, 2010 by Edmond G. Bertrand
3.0 out of 5 stars A great way to have the complete score....
...but I like the movie soundtrack a whole lot better. I'm a huge fan of the movie (don't ever tell my dad that. Read more
Published on April 12, 2010 by Robin Hood
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice revival, but not quite up to the original.
In the late 90's Brent Spiner took on the role of John Adams in this revival of 1776 and performed admirably considering he was following William Daniels stellar original... Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by J. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gawd!
Just fantastic performances from everyone featured on the CD. Of special note is Gregg Edelman's rendition of "Molasses to Rum" but the best thing about this recording is the... Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by Rachel
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