- Audio CD (Oct. 21 2016)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B01L0EIW4U
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Lazarus (Original Cast Recording)
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|1. Lazarus - David Bowie|
|2. No Plan - David Bowie|
|3. Killing A Little Time - David Bowie|
|4. When I Met You - David Bowie|
The Lazarus Cast Album is the unique collection of material that includes the last three studio recordings of David Bowie's storied career ("No Plan", "Killing A Little Time", "When I Met You"), recorded with Donny McCaslin and his quartet, the same band that played on Bowie's final studio album . The songs were co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti.
Lazarus, the musical presented by the New York Theater Workshop in December 2015 and January 2016, was written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. The show opened to phenomenal critical acclaim. The New York Times raved "Ice-cold bolts of ecstasy shoot like novas through the glamorous muddle and murk of Lazarus, the great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing new musical," while Rolling Stone hailed it as a "Surrealistic Tour de Force... milk-swimming, lingerie-sniffing, gin-chugging theater at its finest." Lazarus is based on the classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis.
This collection includes the full cast and band of the original New York production with their versions of the David Bowie songs from the show as the Lazarus Cast Album. The album was produced by the show's musical director Henry Hey, who had previously worked with Bowie on "The Next Day" and features vocals from actors Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and other cast members backed by the seven-piece house band Hey assembled for the New York run. The album was recorded January 11, 2016. Upon arriving at the studio, the musicians and cast were shocked and saddened to learn that Bowie had passed away the evening before. Their emotional performances that day are captured on this recording.
The production of Lazarus in New York also timed with the January, 2016 release of the David Bowie's final studio album . Included alongside the cast s interpretations of classics from his canon of material are the three final David Bowie studio recordings "No Plan," "Killing A Little Time," "When I Met You" which bring completely new dimensions to their cast counterparts. The original version of "Lazarus" is also included on the Lazarus Cast Album.
Lazarus is based on the classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. The 1976 film starred Bowie himself as a hollow-eyed humanoid alien (this was during Bowie's Thin White Duke phase) who comes to the earth in search of water for his drought-ridden home planet. While Lazarus marked Bowie's first time scoring a stage show, he was no stranger to the world of theatre. His 1979 performance in the Tony-winning The Elephant Man drew rapturous responses from the critics, while of course his myriad musical personas have all had a strong theatrical streak.
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As for the performances, they're okay. Some are bland, and some don't work. But there are a few standouts -- Heroes is pretty haunting in its slower, stripped down form, When I Met You works better with the duet style, and Absolute Beginners sounds pretty good. But overall, nothing is particular exciting about this package as far as Bowie covers go.
As for the extra three new Bowie songs that come with this album, they feel like B material from Blackstar. If you loved Blackstar, you'll probably love these. If you weren't a fan of Blackstar, you'll probably think these songs are muddled and overwrought.
All in all, this is an okay package, but it just doesn't have the context to bring the musical alive, and it's a rather timid cover of Bowie songs.
Note that the second CD is in fact the No Plan EP.
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As a cast recording, it shows the performers to be confident and, I think, sincere in their work. The singing is not overly theatrical and thankfully doesn't play like a bunch of old-school showtunes. As a tribute to David Bowie, it's a mediocre affair (which accounts for the bulk of my 3-star rating). The performances and arrangements don't add much, if anything, to the originals. Obviously, it would be impossible to improve upon the originals, though some of these stand up very well to comparison. Always Crashing in the Same Car, one of my favorite songs, is done very well here, and I like it quite a bit. In general, I like the songs performed with a female vocalist, as they present a more striking difference from the original songs. That said, Heroes is done well here. None of the other songs is bad or poorly performed, but I can't imagine I'll listen to them very often at all.
So that brings me to the real reason I bought this, and I suspect the main draw for most people who will buy this: Bowie's final recordings. They are beautiful and heartbreaking, especially No Plan, my favorite of the three, and I probably would have arranged it to come last, rather than the lighter When I Met You. They have the same tone as the latterday masterpiece, Blackstar, and are by far the best part of this album, so much so that I feel like they are the true album, and the cast recordings from the show are the bonus tracks.
Bowie fans like me are going to feel this is a necessary purchase, the final coda to the incredible career of one of the greatest artists of our time. No Plan, Killing a Little Time, and When I Met You are fantastic, and they'll be the songs you remember and come back to. For me, I'll probably organize them in my personal digital backups to be a part of Blackstar, and I'll only listen to the Lazarus cast recordings on the odd occasion when the mood strikes.
One in particular said it was only OK but probably not one that they would ever listen to again.
As for me, I was impressed on my first listen. I love the reimagined versions of Bowie's music.
I shouldn't have been surprised that Michael C Hall was such a great singer but I was.
The band was tight and polished.
I forsee this as my current new favorite.