Happily, it is not the responsibility of this review to address in detail the train wreck that was the 1979 film adaptation of the stage musical Hair. A complete misfire conceived by a screenwriter, Michael Weller, and a director, Czech expatriate Milos Forman, who did not seem to have the slightest familiarity with hippies, the '60s, America, or even Broadway, the movie was miscast with supposedly bankable young film stars of the day (Treat Williams, John Savage, Beverly d'Angelo), and the essentially plotless libretto of the stage version was replaced by a contrived Hollywood script in a textbook example of how not to do an adaptation. But never mind the movie itself…
HAIR was the first musical of the Love and Peace generation epitomising the sixties hippy teaching on war, theology, authority and sex. It was a theatrical breakthrough with its contentious opinions, colourful language and nudity combining with a wonderfully original score and lyrics - and these songs gave hit records to Oliver, Nina Simone, The Fifth Dimension, Paul Jones and Three Dog Night. Many established performers launched their careers in HAIR - Oliver Tobias, Paul Nicholas, Annabel Leventon, Julien Clem, Sonja Kristina, Ronnie Dyson, Elaine Paige, Marsha Hunt, Diane Keaton, Diane Langton, Judy Loe, Maxine Nightingale, Tim Curry, Peter Straker, Lynn Kellog and Melba Moore …
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical's profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of "rock musical", using a racially integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a "Be-In" finale.
The cast list is a dream come true. The diversity of the players and pieces is what makes this album special to me. The album structure could be labelled Prog before there was Prog. Split this into the written piece "Hair in a G-String" (about 46 minutes) & "Songs not in G" (About 36 minutes) and you'd have a prog album and a melodic rock album I guess. We didn't do that. We mixed it up. See it as musical interludes between the main action.
2009 UK 5-CD album set comprised of the best selling and critically acclaimed album releases 'Nuff Said', 'To Love Somebody', 'Black Gold', 'It Is Finished' and 'Nina Simone And Piano!', each album is housed in a mini LP-style card picture sleeve with the complete set presented in a card slipcase.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
Formed at the end of the 60's, Gomorrha rised from the German progressive rock scene thanks to the help of the producer and sound engineer Conny Plank. The band original line up includes Helmut Pohl (drums) and Eberhard Krietsch (ogan, bass) with Ad Oschel and Ali Claudi at the guitars. They released their first album in 1970.
Essential: a masterpiece of Progressive rock music
German band HAZE's 1971 album Hazecolor-Dia is primarily remembered today for possessing an interesting album cover. The cover, which was designed by NINE DAYS' WONDER founder and singer Walter SEYFFER, featured a plastic transparency over a picture of the band to create a slide picture frame. Neat, huh? Copies of the original vinyl are quite expensive these days.
The Complete Wooly Bully Years 1963-1968 includes six albums on three CDs plus bonus recordings, including non-LP singles. The quintessential Tex-Mex band of the 1960s, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs hailed from Dallas, Texas where Domingo "Sam" Samudio was born in 1937 and raised. After chart success eluded them after recording Haunted House for the Dingo label in 1965 they landed a contract with MGM Records, home of such rock 'n' roll artists as Roy Orbison, The Animals, and Herman's Hermits…