The Life - Original Cast Recording

June 3, 1997 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 3, 1997
  • Release Date: June 3, 1997
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:07:53
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  • ASIN: B00138KJWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,123 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James R. Messenger on August 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Many years ago, as a freshman in college in New York I had the privilege of seeing Cy Coleman's great musical "Sweet Charity" about 20 times. I couldn't stay away. And what a show with such a score!
It seemed strange to me that Coleman would return to the same theme many years later -- what could be done that he hadn't already done? But as "The Life" unfolded and one magnificent song after another -- with melodies the likes of which Broadway hadn't seen since the great era of the '60s -- each song topping the next, I was simply blown away. At the end of this amazing show -- and the book is as powerful as the music -- I felt as if I'd been run down by a freight train.
Indeed, I went back the very next night to make sure that what I thought I saw was real. It was. Over time, I suspect this show, which Newsweek called a masterpiece, will become a legend as great as that of "Porgy and Bess" (and one heck of a lot more fun to watch). If you missed "The Life," pray for a revival soon.
The assembly of extraordinary singers in this show is truly something. But what's even more extraordinary is that the show became even better than this album over time as the singers came to fully understand their songs.
Whew! A masterpiece. A true masterpiece. (And I've seen every important musical there is. I've never seen its equal.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
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This CD is terrific. Not only is Cy Coleman's music, of course, fantastic, but the storyline and characters actually serve to make this CD more listenable. The story is so interesting and the music helps it along really well. The cast is unbelievable, especially Lilias White (Tony Winner), Pamela Isaacs (Tony Nominee), Sam Harris (Tony Nominee), and Chuck Cooper (Tony Winner). Check out "My Body," "I'm Leaving You," "The Oldest Profession", "Someday is for Suckers", and "My Friend". Good good good score. Buy it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AJK on August 14, 2005
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1997's Tony Award for Best Musical goes to ... "Titanic"?

Cy Coleman & Ira Gasman's terrific score for "The Life" is much stronger than that season's other productions: "Steel Pier" and the aforementioned "Titanic". Maybe the Book needed work. Fortunately, the show will be remembered for its outstanding performances by Tony-Winners Lillias White & Chuck Cooper along with Tony-Nominees Pamela Isaacs & Sam Harris.

Best tracks include:

The Oldest Profession
My Body
He's No Good
I'm Leaving You
"Someday" Is For Suckers
My Friend

Though not as strong as some of Mr. Coleman's other scores ("Sweet Charity", "City Of Angels", & "The Will Rogers Follies" come to mind), you'll be hooked after a couple of listens! Let's hope this show gets revived ... and soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald St Pierre on December 3, 2006
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A lovely CD. I saw the show on Broadway and wish some of the arrangements on the CD were as rich as they developed on stage, especially "Why Don't They Leave Us Alone" was much more powerful and fully worked out on stage. Still, this is worthwhile musical cast recording to own.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
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This recording of the Broadway cast is great. It contains all the songs from the show and I never knew that there could ever be such a show produced, it has great characters, a great cast with strong powerful voices. This recording has really captured the show. Well worth buying.
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This musical while not suitable for children is an amazing vocal treasure trove of talent and vivacious singing. The texture of the voices of the men and women is incredible. Baritones that actually are baritones, and kick ass sopranos and altos that know how to deliver the goods. This is not the musical to be done in high school its clearly adult themed material about the days of prostitution in NYC. But its story line is about getting out of bad circumstances and making do with what one is given in life. Great show great music and powerful singing.
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A far cry from the Lou Rawles(sp?) version - this updated version of "The Life" is stellar!! I listened to it daily for months on end! From lyrics to composition, there isn't much bad for me personally to say about this!
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I saw this show, on Broadway, twice. Loved it both times. Nothing better than Cy Coleman. Such an underated show. Wish it were brought back with another cast as splendid as the original one! More people should be able to see it.
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