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Hair - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (1968 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Genre: Original Cast Recordings
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 21-MAR-1989

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"America's First Tribal Love-Rock Musical," went the advertising, and nobody could argue with that. Hair opened on Broadway in 1968 and immediately became a smash, although no one could quite discern what it was about. Something like, "War is bad, drugs are good, racism bites the big one, and nudity is nice." Although all these sentiments are expressed on this album which, like the show, has not dated well, the quality of the music makes it forgiveable. The songs weren't really rock, but they accomplished what all good pop songs set out to do; stick in the craw. In fact, several of its tracks later became hits for pop acts, including "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (The Fifth Dimension), "Hair" (The Cowsills), and "Good Morning Starshine" (Oliver). --Dawn Eden


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  1. Aquarius (From "Hair")Ronald Dyson;Hair Ensemble 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Donna (From "Hair")Gerome Ragni;Hair Ensemble 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Hashish (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Sodomy (From "Hair")Steve Curry;Hair Ensemble0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Colored Spade (From "Hair")Lamont Washington;Hair Ensemble 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Manchester England (From "Hair")James Rado;Hair Ensemble 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I'm Black (From "Hair")Lamont Washington;Steve Curry;Gerome Ragni;James Rado0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ain't Got No (From "Hair")Lamont Washington;Steve Curry;Melba Moore;Hair Ensemble0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I Believe In Love (From "Hair")Melba Moore;Hair Ensemble 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Ain't Got No (Reprise) (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Air (From "Hair")Sally Eaton;Shelley Plimpton;Melba Moore;Hair Ensemble 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Initials (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. I Got Life (From "Hair")James Rado;Hair Ensemble 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Going Down (From "Hair")Gerome Ragni;Hair Ensemble 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Hair (From "Hair")James Rado;Gerome Ragni;Hair Ensemble 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. My Conviction (From "Hair")Jonathan Kramer 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Easy To Be Hard (From "Hair")Lynn Kellogg 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Don't Put It Down (From "Hair")Gerome Ragni;Steve Curry 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Frank Mills (From "Hair")Shelley Plimpton 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Be--In (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Where Do I Go? (From "Hair")James Rado;Hair Ensemble 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Electric Blues (From "Hair")Paul Jabara;Hair Ensemble 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Manchester England (Reprise) (From "Hair")James Rado;Hair Ensemble0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Black Boys (From "Hair")Diane Keaton;Natalie Mosco;Suzannah Norstrand 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. White Boys (From "Hair")Mary Bond Davis;Emmaretta Marks;Melba Moore 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Walking In Space (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Abie Baby (From "Hair")Lorrie Davis;Lamont Washington;Ronald Dyson;Donnie Burks 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Three-Five-Zero-Zero (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
29. What a Piece of Work Is Man (From "Hair")Ronald Dyson;Walter Harris;Hair Ensemble 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
30. Good Morning Starshine (From "Hair")Lynn Kellogg;Melba Moore;James Rado;Gerome Ragni 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
31. The Bed (From "Hair")Hair Ensemble 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
32. The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In)James Rado;Lynn Kellogg;Melba Moore;Hair Ensemble 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Composer: Galt MacDermot
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000002W1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Hutch on November 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD recording should be MANDATORY for any musical theater buff- a rare opportunity to hear this historical show's developement from its off-Broadway roots to the megashow it became. Galt MacDermot's unforgettable score is wonderful in both versions (and while the film version tries to accomplish the unimagineable translation from a "non-book" musical to something with a traceable "plot", which I don't think it really does, the full orchestrations of its songs are truly realized by its composer...the versions of "Aquarius" by Ren Woods and "Easy To Be Hard" by Cheryl Barnes justify a manditory puchase alone).
The only "bummer" of this collection is that it doesn't include material from the two other New York HAIR recordings, which are still only available on out-of-print RCA LPs: DIVINE HAIR: MASS IN F(which featured several HAIR songs incorporated into a Catholic Mass) and DisinHAIRited (which has many of the songs cut from both the off-Broadway and Broadway companies).
If you get a chance, check out the book LET THE SUNSHINE IN (available from this website)- it will flesh out the political and historical relevance of this incredible show. For an even BETTER overview, the out-of-print THE AGE OF HAIR traces the show from its roots to the film version. Producer Michael Butler maintains the show's website ([...]) for updates on current productions and the many cast members from the original productions.
For its wonderful music, evocations of a past era and its timeless plea for peace("Let The Sunshine In", the finale song, always leaves me in tears), this is THE paragon show cd you must own!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The deluxe collector's edition released in 2003 is an excellent update for the "Hair" soundtrack. With the war in Iraq raging, the themes of war seem relevant again 37 years later. The first disc is the 1968 Broadway recording and shines with the remastering from BMG/RCA. The title track has such great energy and sense of freedom, "I let it fly in the breeze & get it caught in the trees." "Easy to Be Hard" is a lovely melody with a dramatic build, "Do you only care about the bleeding crowd? How about a needing friend? I need a friend." Shelly Plimpton on "Frank Mills" has always put a smile on my face about the girl who lost the address of a guy she likes. It's specificity about "the Waverly" and that he looks like "George Harrison of the Beatles" make it humorous, even though it's delivery is so straightforward deadpan. "Electric Blues" is a track not released on the first album, but sounds like the cast was having a huge amount of fun. Disc 2 contains the 1967 Off-Broadway production. In almost all aspects, it seems like a warm-up for the Broadway production. On "Hair," the vocals are ragged & have an assaulting quality in delivery. "Where Do I Go?" with Walker Daniels on vocals is more hushed, less musical. Walker also leads on "Exanapanetooch," a track not included on the Broadway production, wisely cut. The bonus tracks are interesting footnotes and the interview with composer Galt MacDermot is informative, but not probably something I'd want to listen to repeatedly. Overall, the remastering and verve of the original Broadway cast performance make this an excellent release. Enjoy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ed on December 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this album on vinyl when I was 14 yrs old. I grew up singing the songs (I'm surprised my parents were cool with this). The singing and lyrics are beautiful- particularly on Easy to Be Hard, 3-5-0-0, and Frank Mills. After seeing it on theatre and on screen- I still prefer listening to the album.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. Miller on December 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite the hostile and simple-minded review from the Amazon editor Dawn Eden, HAIR is a genuine masterpiece of musical theatre, a show that changed everything, including the lives of everyone who works on it and many who see it. As someone who has directed the show twice and written a book about it ("Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of HAIR"), I can testify to the fact that it's NOT just a silly show full of nice pop tunes. It is a powerful piece of dramatic theatre that tackles head-on the most difficult issues of the 60s -- which unfortunately remain the most difficult issues of the new millennium. Though it may appear messy and haphazard to some, HAIR is a carefully wrought, intelligent, emotional experience unlike any other. No other show can move an audience quite like this -- I'll never forget seeing our audiences sobbing every night at the end of the show as the cast begged them to "let the sun shine in." We need this show now more than ever, and its deep resonance is even more profound today than it has been at any time since the 60s.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca O'Leary on July 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What can I say, I'm a 'Hair' cast member! This is one of, if not the, greatest cast recordings of all time. I've been in a number of musicals, and owned most of their cast recordings, but none of them have lingered in my car's CD player the way 'Hair' has. Having had the pleasure of meeting both Galt McDermot and James Rado, I can honestly say that both the lyrics and the music are brilliant, from the first mystical strains of 'Aquarius' to the powerful angst of 'The Flesh Failures.' And don't miss Diane Keaton insisting that 'Black boys are delicious!'
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