A Night With Janis Joplin (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [CD]
A Night With Janis Joplin is anchored by Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies high-octane performance of Joplin's iconic hit songs. The New York Times gushes, saying Davies “captures the Joplin sound perfectly and keeps the house rocking, rocketing through at least a dozen of Joplin’s best-known songs, and singing them with a throbbing fervor that is often riveting.” The original Broadway cast recording also features music from Joplin's greatest musical influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.
In the spirit of the original musical, the cast recording defies Broadway conventions. Recorded in New York City on October 21, 2013, the album was produced by Russ Titelman, Todd Gershwin, Daniel Chilewich, Michael Cohl and Carl Casella. Titelman has, over the course of his 50 year career, recorded with Dusty Springfield, Captain Beefheart and Brian Wilson and produced albums by The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and many more.
The cast recording also marks the World Premiere of “I'm Gonna Rock My Way to Heaven,” a song legendary writer and producer Jerry Ragovoy wrote for Joplin just prior to her death in 1970. Ragovoy, who had never allowed the song to be released prior to A Night With Janis Joplin, was in the audience for its stage premiere with his wife, Bev Ragovoy, opening night in Portland, Oregon in 2011, just one month before his own death. Ms. Ragovoy, who carries on his musical legacy, was ecstatic that the recording of this song was finally realized.
Release Date: February 11, 2014
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