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Memphis: A New Musical

David Bryan, Chad KimballAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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listen  1. UndergroundDelray, Felicia and Company 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Music Of My SoulHuey, Felicia and Company 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Scratch My ItchWailin' Joe And Company0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ain't Nothin But A KissFelicia 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Everybody Wants To Be Black On A Saturday NightThe Company 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Make Me StrongerHuey, Mama, Felicia And Company 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Colored WomanColored Woman 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. SomedayFelicia And Back-Up Singers 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. She's My SisterDelray And Huey 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. RadioHuey And Company 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Say A PrayerGator And Company 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Crazy Little HueyHuey And Dancers 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Love Will Stand When All Else FallsFelicia And Company 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Stand UpDelray, Felicia, Huey, Gator, Bobby And Company 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Change Don't Come EasyMama, Delray, Gator And Bobby 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tear Down The HouseHuey And Dancers 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Memphis Lives In MeHuey And Company 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Steal Your Rock 'N' RollHuey, Felicia and Company 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Music Of My SoulDavid Bryan 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0037RBVDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TURN UP THAT DIAL! From the underground dance clubs of 1950's Memphis, TN, by way of hit runs at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, comes a hot new Broadway musical - inspired by actual events - with heart, soul and energy to burn.
MEMPHIS features a brand new score with music by David Bryan (Bon Jovi's founding member/keyboardist)and lyrics by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony®-nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50s, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball) falls in love with everything he shouldn't: rock 'n' roll and an electrifying black singer named Felicia (Montego Glover). MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
MEMPHIS stars Chad Kimball (Huey) and Montego Glover (Felicia), with Derrick Baskin (Gator), J. Bernard Calloway (Delray), James Monroe Iglehart (Bobby), Tony nominee Michael McGrath (Mr. Simmons), and Cass Morgan (Mama).
The collection contains 19 songs and a bonus track/acoustic version of 'The Music of My Soul' with piano and vocals by David Bryan.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis lives in ME! March 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been working on this show for three years and still LOVE listening to the music. Even my boyfriend, who does not like musicals, listens to this album in the car, and especially likes the David Bryan track and Chad Kimball's high note in "Memphis Lives in Me." In fact, one of the best days of my life was driving in the car over Christmas and singing "Someday" with my non-musical loving boyfriend. "Someday" was the first song I fell in love with and now the whole thing is a favorite.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lively, fun, and sometimes more... May 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
With "American Idiot" deemed ineligible, this year's most likely Best Score Tony Winner appears to be "Memphis," by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, represented on this tuneful cast recording, which recalls the early days of rock n roll. Chad Kimball (excellent) stars as Huey, a white, wannabe disc jockey who falls in love with an African-American singer, Felicia (Montego Glover), and attempts to make her a star in the days of rampant racism.

If that plot sounds potentially heavy, rest assured that for the most part, things are kept light on this disc. In fact, when I first heard this recording, it struck me as a sort of cross between "Dreamgirls" and "Hairspray," without the impact of either. That is, until I got to the bluesy "Colored Woman," in which Felicia rails against the limitations of her race and decides to accept Huey's help. It's sung with such urgent vibrancy by the fantastic Glover that it's become my most-played show tune of 2010 (I bought this cd from the show's web site last December, before it was commercially available, so that's a lot of months of listening to it--and I'm not sick of it yet.).

And the rest of the score has grown on me, too, with "The Music of My Soul," "Memphis Lives in Me," and "Love Will Stand When All Else Falls," among the standouts. My major complaint with "Memphis" is that, given the subject, there really should be some more emotionally-charged, character driven songs along the lines of "Colored Woman." As it is, it comes across as just a bit too watered down, with a few too many songs, catchy as they are, not doing a lot to reveal character. On the other hand, this is a recording I keep coming back to, and I would be perfectly content if "Memphis" wins the Best Score Tony.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music of my soul June 19, 2010
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It's the early 1950's in segregated Memphis, Tennessee. Drawn by the music, a young white man, Huey, overcomes his inhibitions and visits a small club in the "dark" part of town. It is run by Delray and features the talent of his younger sister, Felicia. Huey embraces the music with an evangelistic fervency and falls in love with Felicia. Although his feelings are reciprocated, their love is obviously forbidden due to the color of their skin. Huey seeks to spread his new melodious gospel to the masses and Felicia aspires to become a star against a backdrop of social distrust and repression.

This recording is really all about the music and the fantastic performances. Early era rock n' roll dripping with blues, soul, and gospel is very effectively united with the conventions of musical theater. The score is rollicking and rousing. It is impossible not to envision the cast dancing about provocatively and equally difficult not to join in. Traces of themes and melodies from that era are present, but what is lacking in originality is more than made up for in authenticity. The songs possess universal applications that transcend this particular story - whether finding and embracing one's identity ("Memphis Lives in Me") or choosing to overcome some obstacle or oppression ("Colored Woman") or yearning for change ("Say a Prayer"). This accounts for the success of the cast recording even though the show's narrative is not fully captured. Well, this in addition to the great music and delightful performances. Huey, Felicia, and Delray perform their roles brilliantly. Yet as tremendous as the three principals are, they are threatened to be outdone by supporting cast mates Gator and Bobby. The cast is wonderfully talented.

"Memphis" is a great accomplishment in original musical theater. Odds are that those who enjoy this genre or style of music will greatly enjoy this recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE SHOW AND MUSIC! April 20, 2010
By Ej
Format:Audio CD
I recently saw this show in NYC and ADORED IT! The music is fabulous. The leads are ungodly talented. This is such a great soundtrack and an absolute must have!! Especially the songs Stronger, Memphis Lives in Me and Steal Your Rock and Roll. I highly, highly recommend this soundtrack for anyone!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I saw the show on Broadway just after it opened. It has a dazzling star performance from Chad Kimball as the DJ Huey. The story, though based (loosely) on a biography, comes off as curious amalgam of characters and situations we have seen in others hows - from HAIRSPRAY to RAGTIME. It does hold together and the show is lively and reasonably entertaining.

Unfortunately, what works on stage just doesn't come through on this original cast album. It takes a record producer with special skill to be able to translate a hit stage show to records. David Bryan may be skilled at producing pop albums, but he needed to work with another producer more experienced with show albums for this particular disc. What we have here is a collections of songs from the show, sung more or less they way they are done on the stage of the Shubert Theatre, but without any sense of the show that contains them. The booklet, thankfully, includes a synopsis, several pictures and all the lyrics. This last is of particular importance because the sound mix seems to often favour the band over the singers and many lyrics are buried. You'll need the booklet if you want to understand what is being sung.

At 53 minutes the disc does include virtually the entire score but some of the extra space could have been used to include dialogue to help place the songs in context.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis is moving!
First I purchased the movie of the live musical on Broadway. I enjoyed the movie so much I had to have the music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific show
What's left to say? We recently saw the show and, like most musicals we've seen over the years, we wanted a lasting memento.
Published 3 months ago by John N. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Memphis is a blast
I bought this for my wife after we saw the musical. I love the music it makes me heart smile!
Published 3 months ago by william leavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis the musical
Fantastic Music. I saw the show and loved the music. I wanted a copy of the soundtrack for my very own, then I bought another for a friend. Great stuff.
Published 4 months ago by C. Crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The soundtrack has very catchy songs and it makes you want to get up and move around. It has great songs!
Published 5 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars It's no Chicago
We bought this album because we were going to see the touring show. The music is solid and catchy, but the lyrics are often kind of simple and kind of silly in places. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Dorff
5.0 out of 5 stars upbeat, interesting...love the music of the time
I enjoyed seeing a visual with the music....I have a relative in the traveling production and wanted to get acquainted with the show and the music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ann Stouffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind
Cd is good but it is not my kind of musical, so if you are into this it would be good for you
Published 11 months ago by Charles J. Anctil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Very satisfied with this recording and am very happy I can finally add it to my collection. Would purchase again.
Published 11 months ago by Tracy Fahrion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
I bought this as a gift and she was thrtilled with it. I was happy with the price and speed in which it was received.
Published 11 months ago by Susan G. Boyer
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