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Rent (1996 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Jeff Potter , Anthony Jackson , Daniel A. Weiss , Ira Siegel , Kenny Brescia , Steve Skinner , Adam Pascal , Aiko Nakasone , Anthony Rapp , Jonathan Larson Audio CD
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listen  1. Tune Up #1Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Voice Mail #1Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tune Up #2Original Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. RentVarious artists 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You Okay Honey?Original Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tune Up #3Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. One Song GloryOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Light My CandleVarious artists 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Voice Mail #2Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Today 4 UOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. You'll SeeOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tango: MaureenOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Life SupportOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Out TonightVarious artists 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Another DayVarious artists 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Will I?Original Broadway Cast "Rent" 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. On The StreetOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Santa FeOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. I'll Cover YouVarious artists 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. We're OkayOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Christmas BellsOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 6:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Over The MoonOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. La Vie BohemeOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 8:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. I Should Tell YouOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. La Vie Boheme BVarious artists 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Seasons Of LoveVarious artists 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Happy New YearOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Voice Mail #3Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Happy New Year BOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Take Me Or Leave MeVarious artists 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Seasons Of Love BOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Without YouOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Voice Mail #4Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. ContactOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'll Cover You (Reprise)Original Broadway Cast "Rent" 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. HalloweenOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Goodbye LoveOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. What You OwnOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Voice Mail #5Original Broadway Cast "Rent"0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. FinaleOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Your EyesOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Finale BVarious artists 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Seasons Of Love (Reprise) feat. Stevie WonderOriginal Broadway Cast "Rent" 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Composer: Jonathan Larson
  • Audio CD (August 27, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000005ALT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (586 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Into Broadway's creative vacuum of revivals, movie adaptations, and Hollywood star vehicles comes Rent, the story of squatters, junkies, performance artists, struggling musicians, drag queens, aspiring filmmakers, and HIV-positives (and you thought Miss Saigon's helicopter landing was cool). Undoubtedly among the defining pop cultural events of 1996, Rent has already won four Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. More importantly, it threatens to bring substance back to the Great White Way.

Transposing Puccini's 100-year-old opera La Bohème into modern day Bohemia (19th-century Paris's Left Bank becomes late-20th-century New York's East Village where the scourge of tuberculosis becomes the plague of AIDS) Rent celebrates life among the young, sick, and unconventional. While Broadway shows are hardly the place for authentic portrayals of the latest marginalized hipsters, composer Jonathan Larson (who died at age 36, days before his musical opened) managed to sculpt vivid characters and scenes that bring Avenue A as close as it will ever come to 42nd Street. And by telling a socially relevant story of living without the guarantee of a future (renting, that is), Larson does his own little bit to define an X'ed generation. At worst, Rent is the Hair of the '90s.

For the majority of us who won't be seeing Rent anytime soon, the Original Cast Recording is more than just an after-show souvenir. Well-packaged with a complete libretto, the two-CD set is a worthwhile album separate of live performance. Full of songs that are funny and catchy, inspiring and touching, smart and hip and not overly sentimental, Rent mixes showtune pop with elements of rock, R&B, dance, gospel, and tango to make one of the best albums of the year--certainly the best rock opera in decades. La vie bohème, indeed. --Roni Sarig

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2CD W/Bonus Track "Seasons Of Love"

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even more meaning when you've lived it November 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Rent in 1996. That year was quite a year for me. I first tested positive for HIV, my lover died of AIDS, I was an addict at that time. and I saw Rent for the first time (the first of 6 times over the past almost 10 years). Those who claim that Rent is trite, or meaningless, that the characters aren't real clearly haven't been exposed to the things I have in my life. Rent is relevant on so many levels.

So many talk about their favorite songs from this recording, and there are so many different lists of favorites, as Rent shows we are all individuals and our spirits are all drawn to different things. Interestingly, my strongest connection is to "Will I?" I never see that listed on any list of favorite selections, but for me it is incredibly moving. For all 6 of the shows I've been to, I've been lucky enough to get the $20 "night of" seats in the front row. Each and every time, "Will I?" turned me into a sobbing mess. Why? Well, every day for the past almost 10 years, I've asked myself the same questions. They are pretty much ingrained in the soul of every HIV+ person I know. These are fears and apprehensions that touch each of our souls deeply.

The rest of the CD is also beautiful. Let's face it, this was supposed to be raw and real, and not meant to be another Phantom or Les Mis.

Finally, the reprise of "I'll Cover You" has great meaning for me. Living in San Francisco in 1996, I knew a few people in the business and was able to get the music early on. It was performed live at my lover's memorial service and I have to say it was one of the most memorable moments of my life.

Has Rent changed my life? Probably not. My life was changed enough without Rent.
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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "No day but today" - Jonathan Larson's "Rent" January 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Rent" is one of those musicals where Barbra Streisand is never going to cover any of the songs on one of her Broadway albums. The pastiche of music styles reminds me of "Hair," "Godspell" and "Cats"--there are 43 tracks, including a reprise of "Seasons of Love" featuring Stevie Wonder singing with the 15-member cast--and to a large extent "Rent" also shares with those shows the ensemble nature of the cast. But just because the songs from this show are not destined to be Broadway standards does not detract from their power. These are songs driven by character and context more than melody and voice, reflecting pretty much the complete spectrum of musical styles. You have straight forward rock-and-roll in "Rent" and "Goodbye Love," but also everything from Gospel in "Seasons of Love to the Tango in "Tango: Maureen." More importantly, what stands out in the performance of these songs is how the characters are more prominant than the voices: Adam Pascal as Roger, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Mimi, Anthony Rappas Mark, Jesse L. Martin as Tom, Taye Diggs as Ben, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Angel. This is a story with songs and the intergration of the two is something you would expect much more from an opera than a traditional musical.
This would make sense since "Rent" was inspired by Puccini's opera "La Boheme," but knowledge of the "original" is not at all necessary, although when Collins loses his coat ("You Okay Honey") that will bring a smile of recognition to those who are in the know as will a couple of guitar riffs. The main thing is that if we are talking opera, that means at least one of the lead characters will be dead by the time the curtain rings down.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ... Very Moving Score! June 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to see the original cast of "Rent" during its first year ... and was totally blown-away by the production!

The cast was full of great new talent, including Adam Pascal ("Aida"), Anthony Rapp ("You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"), Daphne Rubin-Vega, Idina Menzel ("Wicked", "The Wild Party"), Taye Diggs ("The Wild Party", "Chicago") and provided such energy to Jonathan Larson's thought-provoking & emotional production. With it's rock-based arrangements, a whole new generation was introduced to theatre!

The cd itself makes for a great pop/rock album & gets better with repeated listenings.

Though most are terrific, best tracks include:

One Song Glory
Light My Candle
Another Day
Santa Fe
I'll Cover You
La Vie Boheme
Seasons Of Love (the show's most notable hit)
Take Me Or Leave Me
What You Own

If you prefer to listen to only the songs (as opposed to the whole score), try the "highlights" single disc cd. Both are terrific!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionizing Broadway, May 5, 2000
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Joy. Hope. Life. Love. Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing RENT. Others would include "brilliant", "powerful", and "amazing". Yes, the hype has been a bit much lately. The interviews, the advertisements, the talk shows. Yet RENT manages to encounter each and every one of those and still engulf the audience and all of Broadway in a sea of energy and melody, changing what was becoming a dying and stale art form. RENT has brought back the "hipness" to Broadway, but does not lose any of the theatric traditions that make up a great musical. Its complex plotline includes such Brodway taboos as AIDS, homosexuality (a part of it, but NOT it, drug use, S&M dancing, and, probably the biggest nineties Broadway no-no, substance.
All that being said, the highlight of RENT, as is with any musical, is the exciting and stirring pop-rock score contained in this two hour CD. The late Jonathan Larson was able to almost flawlessly combine traditional theatre music with modern-day rock, pop, and gospel; not an easy feat. Sondheim once said that pop music and theatre can't combine because pop music does not emphasize the lyrical structure of a song. Larson has, in this writer's opinion, proved him wrong. RENT is influenced incredibly by Stephen Sondheim. The "Tune Ups", which many people hate, are genius. Larson was somehow able to do what nobody after Sondheim could do- combine modern-day vernacular with music and melody and yet still make it sound "natural". An even better examples are the songs "Light My Candle", "Happy New Year", and "Goodbye Love". Each track is a giant flowing conversation with enough melody to sing along to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toe tapper
I love the show. Was recommended by a friend. See the show and then buy the cd for endless entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by twony
5.0 out of 5 stars Still holds out after all these years
This is my 2nd copy as I wore out my original cds. I love the show now as much as I did when I first saw it back in 1998.
Published 4 months ago by Jules in Georgia
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge "Rent" Fan
I am a huge "Rent" fan and bought the CD after one of our local theatre groups performed the show flawlessly this summer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maria Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Gift the Show Is!
I think this show is a rare American gem. The storyline and music are phenomenal. I'm just sorry it took me so long to discover it. "Seasons of Love" is a classic .
Published 6 months ago by Linda M Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars rent heads will love this cd
I listen to the cd every time I get in my car. It has been a godsend in helping me prepare for a local production we're currently doing in my city!
Published 7 months ago by James Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone Has To Play Rent
My purchase of "Rent" from Amazon has been played every day since the day it arrived in my mailbox! I have it in my car and it keeps me in good company on a daily basis as I run... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judith C. Mangan
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost like listening to the show
Between this, the live performance dvd, and the RENT bible, these are three items every RENT-head should own. Oh, and the movie if you care... I prefer the Broadway version.
Published 10 months ago by Thomas M. Bernal
5.0 out of 5 stars Rent
What can I say Rent is one of the best musicals ever.
Last year i got a copy of the final broadway show
and got to see the magic of rent,haveing the complete
cast... Read more
Published 11 months ago by richard wirt
5.0 out of 5 stars RENT 1996 Original Broadway Cast
After seeing the movie first, I wanted to see the show that precluded it. I noticed that there were songs that weren't in the movie, so I bought this CD to hear the rest of it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Susan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars rent soundtrack
excellent recording some of broadways original superstars. This CD comes with a background of the musical and full lyric booklet
Published 18 months ago by astonian
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I would have to say Rubin-Vega.. She just brings so much more to the role, it feels like a real-life Mimi living the in the songs as opposed to someone "acting".
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