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Pippin (A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album)
Stephen Schwartz
Pippin (A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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A young man graduates from college and wonders how to find real meaning in his life. What's an heir to the 9th-century Holy Roman Empire to do? If you're Pippin, son of Charlemagne, you decide to dabble in war, sex, and po...  more »

      
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All Artists: Stephen Schwartz
Title: Pippin (A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album)
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Decca Broadway
Original Release Date: 1/1/1972
Re-Release Date: 9/26/2000
Album Type: Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Pop, Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601215961324

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A young man graduates from college and wonders how to find real meaning in his life. What's an heir to the 9th-century Holy Roman Empire to do? If you're Pippin, son of Charlemagne, you decide to dabble in war, sex, and politics before finally finding love. When Bob Fosse directed the original Broadway production of Pippin in 1972, he transformed what had originally been a relatively innocent college project for composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz into a burlesque filled with broad comedy, bawdy characters, and magical but dark situations. John Rubinstein (best known for his TV work and son of pianist Artur) plays the title character, and Ben Vereen kick-started his career (and won a Tony) as the narrator figure known as the Leading Player. Schwartz's combination of Godspell-like ensemble energy with various pop-rock styles makes for a snappy, tuneful score, including the soul-driven opener "Magic to Do," the soaring "Corner of the Sky," the lovely ballads "With You" and "Love Song," and the romping "No Time at All" (delivered with saucy conviction by The Beverly Hillbillies' Irene Ryan as Pippin's grandmother). While the original CD release was somewhat notorious for its lack of liner notes, the 2000 remastered release includes an essay on the show's creation, a detailed synopsis, and full lyrics, as well as three bonus tracks. Pippin was originally released on the Motown label, so some of its songs were cross-promoted by Motown stars: The Supremes deliver a conventional take on the gentle "I Guess I'll Miss the Man," the Jackson 5 deliver a blast of high-pop energy to "Corner of the Sky," and Michael Jackson solos on "Morning Glow." --David Horiuchi

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Pippin
Anthony Parisi | Hillsborough, NJ USA | 03/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We found this album to be what we wanted and expected. It was of good quality."