David Byrne's American Utopia- Original Cast Recording (2xLP Vinyl)

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'American Utopia' features David Byrne with Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III; Davi Viera also performs on the album. The show's design team includes Rob Sinclair (lighting) and Pete Keppler (sound). Karl Mansfield and Mauro Refosco are Musical Directors. Choreography and Musical Staging is by Annie-B Parson.




I was fortunate enough to see this live on Broadway, a show that I point to be the first time I have ever cried tears of joy. Seeing David Byrne, in the flesh, playing a smattering of solo work and extremely classic Talking Heads work was an experience that I remember so distinctly, above the 50+ shows I make it to
a year. Take this into account with my "review" with this live recording.

Onto this recording:
Weeks after the show, I learned about this recorded version and was overjoyed. I immediately revisited the whole thing and was very pleased with both the quality of the recording, and the actual performance by Byrne and his band. Of course, it will never compare to the actual live performance but I am satisfied with it. The less exciting/nostalgic songs from Byrne's solo work don't slow down the record and the reimagined takes of classic tunes make it more special then if he had just asked a backing band to play like the orignal records. I am happy with it and am glad that we have this.

I fully understand that without the experience of seeing this show in person, this recording is likely average to okay but as a token to revisit a very found memory of mine, I am thankful for it. Cheers

By: Sad_Yeehaw

I Know Sometimes A Man Is Wrong / Don't Worry About The Government
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
I Zimbra
Slippery People
I Should Watch TV
Everybody's Coming To My House
Once In A Lifetime
Glass, Concrete & Stone
Toe Jam
Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
I Dance Like This
Every Day Is A Miracle
Burning Down The House
Hell You Talmabout
One Fine Day
Road To Nowhere

Cast recording of the Broadway show.

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