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Blast: An Explosive Musical Celebration Soundtrack

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Blast! has a built-in constituency: the millions who are or have been in high-school marching bands, or twirled batons and engaged in what may have seemed to the uninitiated to be otherwise dorky activities. For the members of the Blast! troupe can identify: these are the kids who were once mocked by the cool crowd and now strut their stuff to admiring legions around the United States. Originating with the Star of Indiana drum corps, Blast is a frantic, loud show of colorful pageantry that's part Riverdance, part Stomp, and part homecoming parade. The music is performed in marching-band fashion, featuring an impressive panoply of brass and percussion: Ravel's Bolero and excerpts from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring get Blast!-ed, as well as some lesser-known gems, such as Samuel Barber's Medea. "Gee Officer Krupke" (from West Side Story) obviously wasn't quite perky enough, so the interpretation here integrates various musical quotes, including the theme from The Simpsons. What the performers lose in subtlety, they sure make up for in sheer oomph. --Elisabeth Vincentelli


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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B00004WH76
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tim Imlay on December 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Blast! is Bill Cook's incredible effort to bring drum corps to the stage. Blast! originated as the Star Of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, which competed from 1985 to 1993. Today, the show is a smaller, stage-friendly adaptation with the same energy as its large football-field predecessor.
While the music is wonderful and moving, you really need to see the performers to fully appreciate their work. The CD is a studio recording, while the video is a live recording of their premiere show in London.
The show is about 90 minutes long, and the CD leaves out a few of the more visual performances, including 'Battery Battle' (a drum soloist feature, and 'Tangerinamadige' (a digederoo feature). These pieces are especially intended for live performance.
Blast! is starting a Broadway run in April with touring performances planned. It is a striking production and should not be missed if you have the chance to see it live.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. Bledsoe on August 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When Bill Cook and Jim Mason gave us the drum and bugle corps STAR OF INDIANA, the world of field music began to evolve very quickly. To those who complained that Bill Cook had "bought" a drum corps, I suggest you listen to and hopefully witness in person the magic that is 'blast'. If you had any doubts about the sincerity of this man, it comes through most on this outing. (If you still have any doubts about the sincerity of Bill Cook, go to West Baden!) Until recently, the pinnacle of success in Drum Corps, whether it be junior or senior corps has always been the coveted title of world champion, which Star of Indiana won in 1991. Since then they have blurred the boundries of what a drum corps is. Since leaving the DCI circuit in the dust, Star has toured with the Canadian Brass, given us pleasure with Brass Theatre, and now in an amazing package comes 'blast'. They have invented a new 'field' which is a grid on stage. They have reinvented themselves as well as drum corps as well as Brass Theatre. This IS theatre! This IS FUN!!!!! Okay, so you've heard about the visuals. You've heard about the sensational drumming. You've heard about the standing ovations in London. Now hear the score. Listen to this incredible brass blast. Jim Prime is the absolute KING of arranging brass music. Listen to the licks of the middle horns and just TRY to keep up!!! How about those tubas and the riveting lines they produce? Listen to this kid Ben emote through his soprano, flugle, cornet etc... wow!!! And while standing on a chair suspended in mid-air! I marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros drum and bugle corps for more years than I need to mention, so I am particularly fond of 'Malaguena' which was a perennial show stopper for us.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2000
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This recording probably set new standard for Marching band / brass and percussion instrumental music(since there are no others like it, you really can't compare it to anything else out there). The music selections were fantastic, range from jazz, broadway, to classical, with a little twist of marching and other percussions, unfortunately, some of the songs from the musical were not included with the CD (Pines of Rome, etc). Unlike live drum corps performance recordings, it did not reach full volume potential, and the tempo of the music can be some what slow for several songs(every body loves blues/malaguena), but it is a fresh of breath to listen to it in B flat instead of G. I saw them live in London back in December, you must see them yourself to appriciate the recording!! get it, and enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Branham on July 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love drum and bugle corps so naturally I'm a little biased when it comes to Blast but I can't see how somebody would give it less than 5 stars. I saw the performance on PBS (public TV) and I bought the CD very soon after that.
It's a great CD to put in and listen to from start to finish. There is only one track that I don't like but I'm not going to specify it because I want to let everybody form their own opinion so you don't need a bad impression of it from me. The other thing is that the Battery Battle is on the video but isn't on the CD. I was disappointed in that.
Overall, this is an awesome recording and is well worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cabaret_54" on August 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After getting tickets to the Boston engagement of blast!, I naturally went out and bought the CD. With a wonderful score and excellent performances, its hard not to like this show. After seeing the show last night, I was blown away. The soundtrack does no justice to actually seeing the show live. The audience gave standing ovations on more than one occasion, to Medea, Malaguena, and Lemon Techno. The CD is a great companion to the show, but you really don't get the full effect of seeing it live. They also leave out the percussion piece entitled "Battery Battle" which was a highlight of the show. Anyway, you should go out and buy the CD, the talented young performers (all of whom are under 30) give a great CD that will definitely have repeated listenings. This definetly ranks right up there with STOMP, RENT, FOOTLOOSE and the revival of CABARET for theater for todays generation. If you've seen any of the previously mentioned shows, I guarantee you will love blast! If the show ever comes to a place near you, go buy tickets, or at least buy the video online somewhere.
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