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Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)(Explicit)(2CD)
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"Hamilton" - which transferred to Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater in NYC - is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers, and shot to death by Aaron Burr in a legendary duel.
The "HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)" is executive produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, founding members of the Grammy Award winning hip-hop band, The Roots. "HAMILTON" has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Lin Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role. The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. "HAMILTON" is inspired by Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton."
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UPDATE: I couldn't get in touch with a human so i had to send it back. I noticed also that the booklets are both Act 1. Presumably I should have had one for Act 1 and one for Act 2. ALSO - when they shipped my replacement, they did not ship to the place I had designated for the original to be shipped. They didn't even ship to the same person! They labeled it with my husband's name instead of mine even though, the account is mine and over the life of the account it's been me, me, me. They did not ship to my default address. I thought that was kind of sloppy.
Truth be told and joking aside, I can't get enough of this album. The source material is certainly not all "feel good", but the retelling of Hamilton's journey was masterful. The musical blend by Miranda was hypnotic and brought up doses of nostalgia. Everything from the instrumental echoes of Grandmaster Flash to the slick rhymes of 80s/90s Hip Hop intertwined and woven with past Broadway styles was truly a fantastic experience for me. As for the story, I won't spoil the content of the album. That would be stealing an opportunity from you. I'll leave it at this:
I enjoyed this album enough to:
-sing along with it
-move along with it
-make plans to fly out to Broadway to watch and support this show
-most importantly: find out more about Alexander Hamilton beyond the 1993 Got Milk commercial
I hope you enjoy this album as much as I have
Hamilton is an absolute masterpiece--educational, singable, rousing, inspiring. I won't go on and on about it because I assume that anyone looking to buy has heard clips of it before, but needless to say--it's absolutely worth it. I was excited to see a "clean" version coming out because my four-year-old loves to sing along with me, and it was becoming a bit of a pain to sing loudly over swear words and the part about having s** with horses.
The soundtrack comes in a double-cd case with one booklet for each cd (act). The case itself is a little flimsy and has already popped apart several times, but does pop back together. The booklets detail the cast and crew, full lyrics for each song, and inspirational elements, which were very interesting. Some were more obvious (Ten Duel Commandments taking inspiration from Ten Crack Commandments), but some were more subtle (Cabinet Battle 1 containing elements of The Message), and it was great to be able to sit down and listen and think about what Lin-Manuel Miranda was thinking when he composed his songs.
I removed a star because the album is not "clean" as advertised. I expect a clean album to contain the original material, but remove, at the least, swear words (the d, s, and f words). At the most, suggestive elements might be removed ("lock up your daughters and horses, of course it's hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets"). I didn't expect this cd to necessarily go one way or another, but I was irritated to realize that it didn't bleep out a lot of the swearing. I would've expected the D word to be edited out.
I think the easiest way to make your decision is to know exactly what's left in. Now, I don't mind all of these words, I just would've liked avoiding screaming some of them out the car window with my kid--but I've included any word I think anyone MIGHT possibly object to, even if I don't, just so people know whether they need to avoid this or whether it doesn't bother them at all.
Here goes: bas****, wh***, d*** God (as an exclamation), "Come again", "Lock up your daughters and horses," interc***se, G and d, p*ss, h*ll (as a place), h*ll (as an exclamation), *ss, a cut-off f, wh*reson, Jes** Chr*** (as an exclamation), and pr*ck.
Bleeped out: s***, f***, mother****
Edited 7/23 to add words.
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I hope the facts are correct as everything I know about the War of Independence, is now based on this.
I wake up in the morning with this soundtrack in my head. In today's society, it can seem like we are all outmanned, outgunned, outplanned etc.... but this will inspire you to stay in the game.
Quality of sound is good, production a little dodgy as they've obviously had to make cuts in a continuous recording to produce individual tracks, and the two lyric books that come with it are substantial and accurate. I'd recommend this. Don't be misled by claims that it's a 'hip hop' musical.........it's pretty much a standard (if enjoyable) piece of work that conforms to the 'operetta' style of musical with continuous music and no spoken dialogue.
This musical will be a family favourite for years to come.
Catchy tunes and delightfully modern.
It's a take on the life of Alexander Hamilton and the creation of early-modern America.
The double CD comes with two booklets which contain the lyrics to the songs.
Also, a masterpiece of modern times that prove that Lin Manuel Miranda is a genius! Do yourself a favour and buy it!
as a side note, my boys (8 and 4) are OBSESSED with this! how cool is that?
I think this is because the show returns to Broadway in March. For me this musical is on a par with Les Miserables which I have seen several times in the west end.
Very handy version included that I could download straight to my phone - great product.
I think the excitement is warranted. I haven't seen the musical, but following the tracks alone (plus a rudimentary idea of American history) was sufficient for me to get an idea of the narrative.
The music is great, the emotions are rich and heartfelt.
This is a classic. If the show ever comes my way I'll definitely see it (if I can afford it).
Definitely worth a buy. I can't even count the number of times I've listened to it.