So I got to thinking... if I were to bite the bullet and get an iPod or an MP3 or whatever the latest thing will be when I finally cave in, what albums what I absolutely have to have? If I were on a deserted island or trapped in my little mountainside home for days after a blizzard, which albums could I simply not survive without. Knowing that space is limited, I chose 10 Broadway Cast Recordings for my iPod. These are 10 that in actuality I do play frequently, and actually have thought, "there isn't a single song on this whole CD that I don't like!" And for the record - no pun intended - while there is some overlap, these are not also my 10 favorite shows of all time.
Since I hold them all in such high esteem, I will present them in alphabetical order, with my favorite songs listed, too. When you are done, please drop me an email and let me know which Cast Recordings would be on your "stuck on a desert island/snowed in for days" list of must haves. It would be cool to share your thoughts.
1. Applause - I love the whole CD, but, I love to sing along to "One of a Kind" (all parts), "One Halloween," and relish the fact that I can sing "Welcome to the Theater" better than Bacall in quality, but certainly not in acting.
2. Chess - I love all versions of this show, but since I can only keep one on my iPod, I guess I'd go with the recent concert version. It has all my favorites, plus great songs from the London concept album, plus new songs for the eventual revival. I love "Where I Want to Be," "One Night in Bangkok," and by far, "Someone Else's Story."
3. Chicago - Had they recorded Sandy Duncan as Roxie and Ruthie Henschall as Velma in the revival, that would be the version. But they didn't, so it is a no-brainer - the Original Cast with Gwen, Chita and Jerry. The orchestrations are amazing, so I love the overture, plus "All That Jazz" and "Class."
4. Chorus Line, A - The Original Cast Recording, but the CD that was re-issued and restored with longer "Hello, Twelve..." sequences, and "And." My favorites are "At the Ballet," the non-finale version of "One," and "Nothing."
5. Grand Hotel: The Musical - as enthralling on CD as it was in the theatre! What performances! What orchestrations! I love the entire opening sequence, "(I Want to Go to) Hollywood," "What You Need," and the Life/Death Tango. Favorite back ground vocals: the operators singing "Grand Hotel, at your service... Grand Hotel, I am ringing..." LOVE IT!!!
6. next to normal - If you follow my blog, you knew I had to include this, and you know why. "Superboy and the Invisible Girl," "My Psychopharmacologist and I," any version of "Hey," and "Light."
7. Pippin - The best score Stephen Schwartz has written. Period. (Save your time Wicked lovers...) "Magic to Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Simple Joys." And that is just the first three tracks!
8. Promises, Promises - How can you not love a vocal arrangement that is crafted like an orchestration - the sporano women!!! "Promises, Promises" is less than three minutes of heaven. I want this played at my funeral. And "Turkey Lurkey Time" my God, dumb lyrics that are made to sound brilliant....
9. Spring Awakening - Also at my funeral, "Song of Purple Summer." Why? Because people will stop mourning because they are trying so hard to figure out what the words mean. Then there's "The Bitch of Living, " and "Totally Fucked." The soundtrack of my life... LOL
10. West Side Story - If could have the sound quality of the cirrent revival recording matched with the Original Cast Recording, I would be thrilled to be snowed in for days. But I wll settle for the original. No one beats Chita, Larry or Carol. No one.
Even I am surprised that there are no Angela recordings on this list... if I could pick 15 albums, she'd be on two of the reamining five... oh, what the heck.
I'd add, if I could: Company, Mame, Side Show, Sweeney Todd and Sweet Charity.
What would your list be? Please share!
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