Green Day American Idiot - Original Broadway Cast (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: April 20, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Reprise / WEA
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.American Idiot
- 2.Jesus of Suburbia
- 4.Boulevard of Broken Dreams
- 5.Favorite Son
- 6.Are We the Waiting
- 7.St. Jimmy
- 8.Give Me Novacaine
- 9.Last of the American Girls / She's a Rebel
- 10.Last Night on Earth
- 11.Too Much Too Soon
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Before the Lobotomy
- 2.Extraordinary Girl
- 3.Before the Lobotomy (Reprise)
- 4.When It's Time
- 5.Know Your Enemy
- 6.21 Guns
- 8.Wake Me Up When September Ends
- 11.When It's Time [Green Day Version]
Lyricist: Billie Joe Armstrong.
Personnel: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar); Kathy Marshall (violin); Erin Benim Mayland (viola); Rachel Turner (cello); Carmel Dean (accordion, piano, synthesizer); Tre Cool (drums); Trey Files (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Liner Note Author: Michael Mayer.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, NYC; Jingle Town Recording, Oakland, CA.
Director: Michael Mayer.
Ensembles: Cervantes Miguel; Van Hughes; Declan Bennett; Ben Thompson; Theo Stockman; Lorin Latarro; Joshua Henry; Andrew Call; Chase Peacock; Brian Charles Johnson; Aspen Vincent; Alysha Umphress; Omar Lopez-Cepero; Libby Winters; Leslie McDonel; Gerard Canonico; Joshua Kobak.
Photographers: Doug Hamilton; Kevin Berne.
Arranger: Tom Kitt.
Unlike most albums adapted from rock Broadway musicals, American Idiot isn't a jukebox musical, it's a genuine rock opera based on Green Day's modern-day 2004 classic and its 2009 sequel, 21st Century Breakdown, and that's not the only way it differs, either. Unique among rock musicals, the original cast recording actually feels like rock & roll, no doubt because Green Day functioned as the house band for this original cast recording, lending muscle so heavy it's disarming, particularly when it's paired with the cast's ready-for-the-stage vocals. Inevitably, there's a disconnect between the stage-seasoned singers and Green Day's persistent growl, but it actually makes for a convincing translation from album to stage, at least as far as the record goes: the drama and themes are pumped up without losing the subversive spirit.if anything, it could be argued that the subversiveness has been increased, since there's never been a Broadway cast album that sounds as nasty as this. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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