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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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So, it was finished then. Cool. Maybe one day I'd learn what the story was.
What I certainly did not expect was to walk into my local bookstore, intent on buying the latest Stephen King novel (JOYLAND) and seeing GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY there on the shelf as well. Except, this wasn't a book. And it wasn't an album. So, what was it? I pulled it from the shelf, looked it over. It had the dimensions of an album, but was a bit thicker. Maybe a double album? It was certainly heavy, whatever it was. The price was $50, though, and since I didn't know exactly what was in the thing (if it was just a box set of CDs containing the songs from the musical, I'd think about it. If it really was an album of the music, no thanks), I wasn't blowing $50 on nothing. So I got home and researched the product. Amazon had it listed as a hardcover, but also as a CD. And it was $20 cheaper than the thing I'd seen at the bookstore. So I ordered it.
Yep, the thing I saw at the bookstore was it.Read more ›
Now I can buy it and know what I'm buying, which is the written work (the "book" or libretto), a DVD with interviews of the collaborators and a music CD with the songs.
A play is rarely as good on the page as it is on stage, and this one is no exception (but see below!), but I did enjoy the story, which chiefly revolves around the frayed relationships of two sets of brothers, the first, Jack and Andy, who were alive in the 1960s but are ghosts in the present day, and the second, Frank and Drake, who are on the same dangerous path in the 2010s. For some reason, I have a harder time visualizing story elements when reading a play than I do when reading a book or story, so there were a few times while reading the libretto that I had a hard time keeping track of which set of brothers had done what. As expected, the story was dark, threatening, violent, and twisted. I was surprised (not unpleasantly), however, by how very bleak it ended up being. Although there are some upbeat melodies (with contrasting dark lyrics) and a few touching tender moments shared between family members, this is not a feel-good play. That’s not a comment on its quality, though; it’s a good story, and I liked it. If a live production comes to one of my local theatres, or if at some point it comes to an IMAX near me, I will pay money to watch.
The DVD included with the set was a nice touch but somewhat disappointing. It could have been more developed and included a lot more supporting material; the run time is under 15 minutes.Read more ›
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It's all (mostly) about the CD. A couple of great songs (Taj). T-Bone makes all the music darker, deeper and better. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ditka42
Wasn't quite what I expected. Maybe I did not read description well enough. I thought it was more in book form, reads like a play.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer