Various Artists

Hair: The Musical Singers & Orchestra

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This recording of songs from the Broadway musical Hair performed by the Musical Singers & Orchestra can't ever make up its mind whether it wants to ape the sound of the original Broadway cast or the hit recordings of several of the songs. It begins, for example, with "Aquarius," but then later includes a version of the medley of "Aquarius" and the chorus of "Let the Sunshine In" that was recorded by the Fifth Dimension, copying that recording right down to the exhortation "I want you to sing along with the Fifth Dimension!," which, under the circumstances, is impossible. Similarly, the version of "Good Morning Starshine" sounds a lot like the hit recording by Oliver. Although otherwise pretty much worthless, the album may interest show music completists because, oddly enough, it features a recording of "Dead End," a song cut from Hair between its off-Broadway and Broadway productions, and thus not featured on the original Broadway cast album. (It's worth noting that there are other releases of this same recording floating around. For example, there is an 11-track version credited to C.C. Productions and released by Show Piece and a disc practically identical in content to this one credited to the London Theatre Orchestra & Chorus and released by Hallmark. This casts doubt that there really is any such thing as the Musical Singers & Orchestra.)

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