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Nine Lives, A Musical Adaptation (Volume 1) [Collector's Edition, Original recording, Cast Recording, Soundtrack, Double CD]

Harry Shearer , Glen David Andrews , Shamarr Allen , John Boutte , Lucia Micarelli , Alex McMurray , Anders Osborne , Mitch Landrieu , Tom McDermott , David Torkanowsky , Paul Sanchez , Colman deKay , Michael Cerveris , Matt Perrine , Irma Thomas , Nine Lives , Dan Baum , Allen Toussaint , Wendell Pierce , Lillian Boutte , Michelle Shocked , George Porter , Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) , The Dixie Cups , John Rankin Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording, Cast Recording, Soundtrack, Double CD
  • Label: Mystery Street Records/Threadhead Records
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • ASIN: B004NIQX0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Mystery Street Records is proud to present "Nine Lives, A Musical Adaptation (Volume 1)" by Colman deKay and Paul Sanchez, a two CD collection of 24 original songs, released March 1, 2011. Over one hundred musicians (mostly from New Orleans) perform on the album, including Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, John Boutte, Lillian Boutte, Wendell Pierce (from HBO's Treme), Broadway star and Tony Award winning actor/singer Michael Cerveris, Kevin Griffin, Michelle Shocked, Harry Shearer, Shamarr Allen, The Dixie Cups and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The Nine Lives album is a musical adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book "Nine Lives" by Dan Baum (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2009). The non-fiction book is a remarkable oral history of New Orleans in the forty years (1965-2005) between the twin catastrophes known as Betsy and Katrina as seen through the eyes of nine of its citizens. The album includes the first 24 songs imagined for a theatrical production and is anticipated to become a Broadway musical.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transcendent music February 12, 2011
I've heard a few tracks and I gotta say this is some kind of wonderful music and an amazing story to go along with it. You are going to want this swimming around in the back of your brain- it's a lovely journey with an amazing group of people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive July 4, 2011
Nine Lives is an attempt by Paul Sanchez and screenwriter Colman DeKay to adapt Dan Baum's account of the lives of nine New Orleanians for a musical. Knowing that doesn't prepare you for what a musical it is, though. You expect music by an established musician to have some signature, but that's not the case here. Though Sanchez is known for his songwriting, his collaboration with DeKay erases most of his fingerprints, and because a sound or style has been associated with each of the characters, there's little musical to mark Nine Lives as the work of anyone in particular. That's not a bad thing; in fact, the absence of artistic signatures makes it easier to focus on the music and the drama it's telling.

Equally impressive is that more than 100 area musicians were involved in the making of the album, but you can't tell. Matt Perrine was the principal arranger, and he gives each song a New Orleans voice that the musicians inhabit, which is a testament to their professionalism that they subsumed themselves to the project's identity. Piety Street Recording's Mark Bingham helped unify the tracks, which include piano ballads, Indian chants, marching band music and baroque chamber music, by playing them back into the main studio, where he re-captured them on a series of mics to simulate the experience of hearing Nine Lives in a theater.

Having read Nine Lives, I had no problem seeing how the songs fit into Baum's story, but I wonder where I'd be without that knowledge. You can make sense of the incidents dramatized easily enough, but do the songs also advance our understanding of the characters? I'm not sure. Sanchez and DeKay's take on Dr. Frank Minyard is clear in "Run Against You and Win," and they capture Wilbert Rawlins, Jr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nine lives May 13, 2011
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Not knowing the story I was a little unsure of what to expect with this disc, but knowing the talent involved in the project I had little doubt that it would be enjoyable. Paul did a wonderful job, and the other artists each seem to be perfect picks for the roles they played. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 18, 2011
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A wonderful collection of songs that tell rich stories of 40 years in the life of New Orleans. Definitely a "Buy It."
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