I am pleased to announce I’m listening to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Evita on vinyl. Oh my god. It sounds so good. Like wow. Patti on vinyl is whole new experience.     

Here we go. Lets see if I can stand Idina’s voice on the If/Then Cast Recording… 

Aladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording

A lot has changed from it’s Seattle previews that I saw. 

Listening to all the songs on the cast album I can say it isn’t bad, but nor is it anywhere near amazing. It’s Aladdin and that’s all. 

The cast vocally is pretty strong. I actually really enjoy Adam Jacobs as Aladdin. I liked him in Seattle and I really like him on the cast recording. He has a great voice and Belt. Full, grounded, with a great spin. No new age weak Belt. Courtney Reed however I’m not loving on the cast recording. She sings Jasmine as if she were a pop-princess. While many probably really love that “style” I do not. This is Broadway. I’m sure though that style recognizes better with little girls and tourists. Makes sense. I preferred her better in Seattle and live. Oh well. James Monroe Iglehart as Genie is good. Over the top, big, slightly obnoxious, and energized. He sings the score really well and has fun with it. He sounds exactly the same as he did in Seattle. And he also has a great Belt. It’s refreshing to hear a nice big Belt.

As for the changes I’ve noticed a lot of the orchestrations, song arrangements, and placements have changed. 

I’m mad to see Jonathan Freeman’s song “Why Me” was again cut from the show. I thought it worked really well in Seattle. Now he only sings one song which is “Prince Ali (Reprise)”. “Make Me A Princess” was cut too and replaced with “These Palace Walls” for Jasmine. I really do not like the song. It’s annoying. But we have to remember it’s Aladdin on Broadway. 

The orchestrations are pretty decent. The show has now a “jazzy” swing dance feel to it. It switches between big-band swing to Broadway middle eastern Agrabah. Comparing it to it’s Seattle run it was more Broadway middle eastern feel to it… I thought that worked better. Also a couple songs changed in placement. Nothing major. I’d have to see the show to see if they work better now where they are placed. 

It’s nice to have a new Original Broadway Cast Recording to the collection. In all though it’s nothing amazing. It’s Aladdin on Broadway. A little strange. Just a money generator and a tourist attraction. However, for the Seattle actors in the show I’m happy for them and they actually sound good. 

Make sure to buy the Cast Album when it gets digitally released on May 27, 2014. Or buy the CD when it gets released on June 17, 2014 through Walt Disney Records. 

Beautiful Cast Recording

Ok, so it’s really, really, great and I love it. However it was mastered and mixed really strange. The sound is overall really flat. It almost sounds compressed and narrow. And almost too clean sounding. Also the ensemble sounds very thin, narrowed, and artificial in the back. Most cast recordings have an “open” sound to them (not as much as older ones) but this one doesn’t sadly. I’m guessing it was mastered and mixed for a popularity of awful iPhone earbuds or cheap sound-docks. Not for large stereos or high quality earphones. Or mixed for more of a “rock/pop” sound due to the fact it is that type of show. May I say though I’m very happy there is basically no auto-tune on this cast album. While most of the vocals don’t sound “raw” they definitely don’t sound fake. Praise. The whole cast sounds fantastic though. High energy and up-beat music. I’m so happy this show and cast got captured forever. Thank you Sh-K-Boom. I can not say enough about Ghostlight (Sh-K-Boom Records) on their cast albums. They are recording a large majority of shows and producing fantastic work. I’ve bought their cast albums for years and never are disappointed. Their prices are great and it’s free shipping in the US! Go and buy the Beautiful Cast Recording and other cast recording to support them! 

The Original Broadway Cast of Beautiful is on iTunes!

OH MY GOD! FINALLY! Jessie Mueller. So good. Thank you. 

Alice Ripley in the 2001 Revival Cast Recording of The Rocky Horror Show. 

Alice was in her prime here and she sounds absolutely amazing. Her belt is so strong and her mix towards the end of “Touch A Touch A Touch Me” is unbelievable. So great. What happened?

If you don’t have this Cast Recording go get it. You won’t regret it. Everyone on it is amazing.  

I have pulled the 2001 Revival Cast Recording of Rocky Horror out after not listening to it for about 5 years. My God. What a fantastic cast recording and what a strong cast. Alice Ripley was in her prime and had such a wonderful belt and mix. Raúl Esparza’s belt is nothing you’ve ever heard before. And I absolutely love Daphne Rubin-Vega in this show. Absolutely fantastic show and cast recording. 

Has anyone been able to find a digital download of Big Fish Original Broadway Cast Recording? It was supposed to be digitally-relased today (February 7, 2014) but I can’t seem it find it anywhere. Anyone know where I can buy it? 

I’m really happy the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Matilda isn’t auto-tuned. It sounds really raw and natural. So refreshing and nice. 

I’m really liking the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Matilda. The new orchestrations and the little changes I like. Good stuff.

Just pre-orded The Last 5 Years 2013 Off-Broadway Cast Recording along with the 2011 Premier Cast Recording of Carrie. I’m quite excited for both. And got both of them along with shipping (free) for $29. Sh-k-boom (Ghost light Records) is the way to go. Fully supporting Cast Albums and buying from their original makers. 

I’m listening to samples of the 2013 Off-Broadway Cast Recording of The Last 5 Years and it sounds like they’ve auto-tuned it. REALLY? FUCKING REALLY? It hurts my soul. It really does. FUCK. I’m so mad. 

I’ve had the Kinky Boots Cast Recording for about 3 weeks now and I still don’t see why everyone loves it. I can’t get into. It’s just ehhhh. 

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