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01 March 2009 @ 04:05 pm
Stolen from markbuster and changed a bit...  
30 albums cast recordings that changed my life....

  1. Assassins, Original Broadway Cast - One of my favorite musicals and one of my favorite cast recordings... sorry to say that the 2004 revival cast did NOTHING for me... LOVE "Another National Anthem" - quite possibly one of my favorite songs ever written, and of course, "Unworthy of Your Love" - the most twisted love song ever.

  2. Bare - I've recently fallen in love with this show!! LOVE all the songs, but especially, "Best Kept Secret," "Ever After," and "Bare". Michael Arden NOT being on the cast recording is the only downside, though it's a HUGE downside!

  3. Baby - My favorite show that I've NEVER seen! I've been addicted to the cast recording for about four years now... My favorite songs are "I Chose Right" and "What Could Be Better?" - though the entire cast recording is like gold to me!

  4. Side Show - For sentimental reasons, this has to be my one of my favorites. How could I NOT love hearing Norm Lewis yell "NOTHING!" in the middle of "You Should Be Loved?" or hear Emily and Alice belt out the ending of "I Will Never Leave You?" Good Lord.

  5. Sleeping Beauty Wakes - Cheating, because it's not out quite yet,... but it will be a favorite of mine when it does! "Drifting" and "Awake" are two of the most beautiful songs possibly ever written for musical theatre and I was fortunate to have seen the staged version complete with Russell & Alexandria's lovely signing!! Valerie and Brendan are absolutely amazing!!

  6. Parade - My second favorite musical that I have NEVER seen! :) After hearing Kevin belt out "This is Not Over Yet" at the Mother's Day concert about 6 years ago, I went out and immediately bought the cast recording and have loved it ever since. My only sadness is that Kevin himself was not on the cast recording that I own... I remember his rendition to be 10 times more powerful than the cast recording.

  7. A New Brain - Another favorite musical that I have NEVER seen. :) How could I NOT love a cast recording featuring Norm Lewis singing a duet with Malcolm Gets?? It doesn't get any better than that! :) I think I must've played "Sailing" in my car on repeat non-stop for MONTHS after getting the cast recording!!

  8. Thrill Me - Not HALF as good as Alex Schemmer and Stewart Calhoun in the Havok Theatre version of the show that I saw in 2008, but still a great reminder of that fabulous production. "Glasses; Just Lay Low" is creepy as all hell, but amazing if the right mix of people are singing it.

  9. 1776, Revival Cast - My all time favorite show!! Though I have to admit, that because the show is really (to me) a straight play with music, the cast recording, though special, is not something that I have the need to place higher on this list. I absolutely ADORE 1776, and the songs are fun, but not the main reason I go to see this show. Though I have to say that, as much as I like him, hearing Greg Edelmann on the cast recording singing "Molasses To Rum" is NOT the same as hearing Kevin sing it live. If only Reprise had a cast recording of their production! :(

  10. Spitfire Grill - SUCH a gorgeous musical that I really feel is too under-produced. I LOVED seeing it in Laguna in 2002... but more importantly, I became a fan of the cast recording... "The Colors of Paradise" always makes me cry whenever I hear it... it was such a touching moment in the show and the memories are so wonderful. Too bad that Kevin, Kim Huber, and Katy Blake are not in the cast recording I have...

  11. tick, tick... BOOM! - LOVE the music - I think "Louder Than Words" is possibly one of my favorite musical theatre songs... ever. It's one of those songs that whenever I hear it, it brings me back instantly to a time in my life that I can't forget.

  12. A Chorus Line - For sentimental reasons this will always be a favorite of mine. "Nothing" still is a great song,... after all the versions of it that I've heard, hearing it can still make me feel like I'm 13 and listening to it for the first time.

  13. Johnny Guitar - though I have to say that watching it is FAR better than listening to it, anyday... "Branded a Tramp" has to be one of the greatest all time female belty songs out there. And Michelle Duffy was absolutely AMAZING in the version I saw... too bad she's not on the cast recording!

  14. Light in the Piazza - "Love to Me" has to be one of the most beautiful under 2 minute songs in musical theatre history!

  15. City of Angels - "You Can Always Count on Me" has become my anthem for life! :) and I will ALWAYS remember the cute version of "You're Nothing Without Me" that Misty and Julie did at Fractured Broadway in 2003 - when they fought over their shared Ovation Award... Hysterical!

  16. Pippin - Okay, so I wasn't real impressed with the music when I first saw the show... It grew on me... BIG time! I couldn't get the songs out of my head... "Corner of the Sky" and "Morning Glow"... if only Michael Arden were singing it on the cast recording... :(

  17. Last 5 Years - Jason Robert Brown... need I say more?

  18. Rent - "I'll Cover You" and "I'll Cover You; Reprise" are two absolutely gorgeous songs and how could I NOT love Jesse L. Martin belting out in the reprise? Good Lord.

  19. It Came From Beyond - A fun cast recording... and yes, I'm cheating with this one too... Mr. Christianson gave me a demo for the site and I think of it as a cast recording (sadly Kevin isn't on this one...) but the songs are catchy and fun and "Pure Chemistry" is one of my favorite songs from this CD.

  20. Thoroughly Modern Millie - Sentimentally one of my favorites. "Speed Test" is an amazing memory of the first time I saw Kevin on a broadway stage!


Whew... it took me two hours to write all that! Back to web work and entertaining my fuzzy dog! Hope you all had a nice weekend!! HUGS!
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on March 2nd, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Bare seems to be only an MP3 download, right?
Sheri: Michael Arden - Bareshutterbug93 on March 2nd, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
I didn't know that - I found the tracks on Amazon. There also seems to be an 11 track demo out there floating around somewhere that features Michael Arden as Peter. Too bad the links for the site are broken and it's no longer downloadable. :(

Edited: I found some downloadable tracks from the demo, but they're in RM format... UGH!

Edited at 2009-03-02 06:49 am (UTC)