Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season

jacobsnchz14
Broadway Legend
joined:12/13/06
This season gave us some of the most recorded shows in a couple of years and I wanna know what your thoughts are on best/worst, favorite/least favorite songs, what might be Grammy-nominated, etc. This should be enough to have 4 or 5 recording nominees for the Grammy, right?

First Date
Big Fish
A Night with Janis Joplin
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Bridges of Madison County
Rocky
Aladdin
If/Then
Bullets Over Broadway
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (released 7/15)
Violet
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Shows Not Recorded:
Soul Doctor
After Midnight (live songs are available on their website)
Les Misérables (2010 live recording available; I hear they're looking into recording the current Broadway cast)
Cabaret (1998 recording available)
Updated On: 7/4/14 at 05:04 PM
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Have 8 out of 13 Broadway recordings

The best:

Big Fish
Gentlemens Guide
Bridges
If/Than

Have yet to listen to Rocky or Beautiful
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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
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Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
I would also include Fun Home and Comet of 1812 as some of the best. There are no bad recordings, but the Hedwig recording fell a little flat for me.
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Jay Lerner-Z
Broadway Legend
joined:4/4/11
What about Here Lies Love?

Why aren't off-Broadway albums considered for the Grammy? The category is called "Best Musical Theater Album", after all.

Not that it matters a jot, of course.
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Wickedmonkey332
Stand-by
joined:5/2/13
I cannot stop listening to Bridges. I would also include Heathers on this list though I don't think it will be Grammy-nominated despite a few brilliant songs.
rjm516
Broadway Star
joined:6/24/09
Definitely Bridges is the best I've heard in a long time and should win the Grammy. It is gorgeous. (Granted I don't have Fun Home or Comet so barring those, it's the best.)

I wanted to love Beautiful (like I adore the show) but the recording is super annoying and I'm so disappointed. I think they included way too many book lines in all but maybe 2 tracks, so you can't really listen to the tracks and enjoy the songs without hearing dumb lines interrupt the flow. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is wonderful. But ugh just thinking about how they cut "Some Kind of Wonderful" with the manager going "Now that's a song! And I know who should sing it!" etc. makes me angry all over again!
Thparkaly
Understudy
joined:9/11/12
My favorites:
First Date
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
The Bridges of Madison County
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bwayboy22
Stand-by
joined:5/9/12
The Stand Outs for me have been If/Then, Bridges, and Fun Home (in that order). I didn't find anything particularly bad, but those three are the ones that keep me coming back. Also, select tracks from Beautiful are incredible specifically that last few on the recording, they really highlight the amazingness that is Jessie Mueller.

I absolutely loved Great Comet live, but the cast recording for the most part underwhelmed me, some of the songs were incredible, but I think you need to experience the show and it's music to truly appreciate it.
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
Hedwig's is SOO sleepy and lacks a lot of what it sounded like live- Should have been a live recording.
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tdl83
Stand-by
joined:1/28/08
"HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" cast recording on Sony Masterworks....is Grammy eligible this year.
David2
Swing
joined:5/4/13
I really enjoy the cast recording for Beautiful... Jessie Mueller is just extraordinary! I also think that If/Then is very well done. But the recording for Violet includes to much of the book and just ruins it. The Bridges of Madison County is just phenomenal!! I truly think that this is the best that Keli O' Hara has sounded.

I also loved Bullets... HA just kidding.
uncageg
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/04
If/Then and Heathers-The Musical have been in very heavy rotation on my phone. Am addidcted to "Candy Store" and " Seventeen" from Heathes.
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BroadwayGuy12
Broadway Star
joined:12/22/07
But the recording for Violet includes to much of the book and just ruins it.

This is actually the reason I enjoy the new VIOLET recording so much. The (excellent) original 1998 recording doesn't include as much dialogue, and I like that the cast isn't the only thing that makes the new recording a different listening experience.
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jacobsnchz14
Broadway Legend
joined:12/13/06
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/12/14 at 11:22pm
I agree. I wish more shows would include dialogue on their recordings. Which do you think will be nominated/win the Grammy?
VIETgrlTerifa
Broadway Legend
joined:1/18/04
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/12/14 at 11:46pm
I love the dialogue in Violet's cast recording.
"I've got to get me out of here This place is full of dirty old men And the navigators and their mappy maps And moldy heads and pissing on sugar cubes While you stare at your books."
Mr. Nowack
Broadway Star
joined:2/2/14
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 01:01am
IF/THEN's cast recording would have been leagues better for me if there was more dialogue (or any at all for that matter).
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fyeahmaria
Chorus Member
joined:11/10/11
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 08:28am
One of my favorite cast recordings of the season is Love's Labour Lost from Shakespeare in the Park
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promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 09:43am
I have 5 and I will list them in the order of what I listen to the most:
Bridges
Beautiful
If/Then
Big Fish (I only listen to this rarely because it still makes me sob!)
First Date

Downloading Violet right now, I don't know why I forgot that they had a cast recording!
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 09:45am
I would say my favorite recordings this season were GREAT COMET, VIOLET, and FUN HOME. The BRIDGES score also is up there, and (though their scores do not merit widespread praise) ROCKY and IF/THEN are at least well-produced recordings. ALADDIN, too, is expectedly well-produced by Disney. Remember that the Grammy (as I understand it) isn't for best score, it's for best album. That's for the production side, though the composition does likely play a part.
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mFabila
Swing
joined:5/31/10
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 10:28am
As far as Disney – produced recordings, I seem to find the beauty and the beast and the little mermaid recordings lacking. Sound qualities at least on the CDs and transferred to my iPod sound very quiet compared to newly produced recordings. I think Aladdin is Disney's best recording sound quality wise.
kannymary222
Swing
joined:5/24/14
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 01:01pm
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theatregeek6
Leading Actor
joined:6/19/13
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 01:09pm
Right now. If/then and First Date get he most plays- didn't see bridges but am thinking about buying the OBC anyway
promisespromises2
Broadway Star
joined:5/23/13
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 01:12pm
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mrmushnik
Swing
joined:6/3/14
Cast Recordings from 2013-2014 Season
Posted: 7/13/14 at 01:16pm
For me, First Date and Bridges are the best of this season.I also really like the Great Comet. Even though Bullets over Broadway contains no original music, the music is fantastic. I haven't heard Violet or Fun Home, but I'm not impressed by the other recordings.

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