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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B003FS0SO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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2CD edition of the original Broadway cast recording of American Idiot, the hit Broadway musical based on Green Day's 2004 album. The show, and this recording, features every track from American Idiot, as well as several songs from 21st Century Breakdown. For this album, Green Day collaborate with the Broadway cast to create a unique record of the production.

Green Day's singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool wrote the score to the show, which follows the journey of a new generation of young Americans as they strive to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. Armstrong wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book with the show's director, Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening).

The album's arrangements and orchestration were done by Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), who is the show's music supervisor, orchestrator and music arranger. Armstrong is the album's producer.

The album features the entire Broadway cast, including Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr as Johnny, Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy, Stark Sands as Tunny, Michael Esper as Will, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, Christina Sajous as Extraordinary Girl, and Mary Faber as Heather.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a huge Green Day fan, I wasn't sure if I would like the cast recording album, as it's not Billie Joe singing on it, but having listened to the sample tracks (on the US Amazon site), think its absolutely fabulous. The female voices and multi-vocal harmonies give a totally different dimension to what was/is one of the best (IF NOT THE BEST) albums released in the last 30 years, and the additional tracks (ie Favorite Son/Too Much Too Soon + the 21 CB tracks etc) just add the icing to the cake.

****UPDATE - MY IMPORT COPY CAME ON 6th MAY, AND IT'S JUST AS GOOD AS I HAD HOPED, ESPECIALLY WITH THE TRACK 22 - When it's Time, WHICH IS ACTUALLY GREEN DAY/Billie Joe SINGING A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONG *****

Although Green Day are not singing on the Cast Recording Tracks, they are playing the instruments, so many of the tracks are very similar to the original versions, but there are quite a few that sound different (in a good way), possibly because of the female vocals. It's interesting to hear the mixed together songs - Last of the American Girls/She's A Rebel for instance. Letterbomb/Favorite Son/Too Much Too Soon/Extraordinary Girl and the Green Day track 'When it's Time' would be my favourites (at the moment).

Would recommend this as a "must have item" to any Green Day collector.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lydia on 15 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Green Day like to take on things that seem impossible. And when it was announced their 2004 smash 'American Idiot' would become a Broadway original, there was doubt among punk rock fans and theatre critics alike.

This cast recording, however, proves that they have once again pulled off the seemingly impossible.

Featuring all the American Idiot songs along with some from 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, as well as new track 'When It's Time', the musical arrangements are masterfully done and the vocal harmonies very impressive. The best thing, though, is they haven't totally destroyed the 'rockiness' of the songs; the singers aren't typical Broadway, perfect, operatic divas and the whole thing still feels very raw and edgy. It means that Green Day fans who weren't sure if they'd like all this - myself included - shouldn't feel that this album is blasphemy to what was the best album of the 00s. This recording features Billie Joe, Mike and Tre playing their respective instruments alongside the orchestra and actors and the sound is rather beautiful. It still has all the political and emotional power of it's namesake with an extra dash of epicness.

Buy it - whether you're a doubter or not - because you sure won't be after you've listened to it. Simply astounding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
'American Idiot' is a one-act stage musical currently playing on Broadway, and is an adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's concept album of the same name. The story is a collaboration between Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and the show's director Michael Mayer. The music is by Green Day and the lyrics are by Armstrong.

For those who have not seen the show, the story centers on Johnny, a rebellious youth who chooses to flee stifling suburbia and his parents' restrictions to look for meaning in his life, and to try out the freedom and excitement of the city. One of his friends stays at home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend and another friend serves in Iraq. Johnny finds part of himself, including a propensity for heroin abuse, that he grows to dislike, and has a relationship with a girl 'charmingly' called 'Whatsername', and experiences lost love. The story follows the chosen 'paths' of these three friends, through all their trials and tribulations and for the best part presents a lugubrious take on life. The strongest character by far is that of St. Jimmy, a rebellious, sinister, hypnotic figure, conjured up in the mind of Johnny as a reflection of himself.

However, as "Mamma Mia" was for Abba, and "We Will Rock You" was for Queen, "American Idiot" and it's story was only the 'clothes line' for hanging out some superb music and lyrics by Green Day. Surely not too many people (if any) go to these shows on the strength of the story lines. they go for the music, don't they?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Limbrick on 12 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
After listening to clips of the songs on this Cd, i thought i should pre-order it to see if it was any good.
Only got it today but its amazing.
The harmonies between the different singers give the songs a different sound. Even though most of the instrumentation is the same. Most of the song sound different.
The mix of songs; Last Of The American Girls/She's A Rebel.
This is just ga great album
Worth a listen!
I recommend this to everyone!
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I was fortunate to see the stage show at the Edinburgh Playhouse and since I'd been waiting for the tour I made sure I had one of the Best Seats in the House. Right from Curtain-Up the every song was an emotional rollercoaster and (for my money) outdoes the CD for quality, every single performer hit the ground running with perfect pitch and tempo. I could have sat through the entire performance blindfold (which, obviously, I didn't) and still have come away (reluctantly) knowing I'd been part of something incredible.

I say "been part of" because I joined in every song and was rewarded with two plectrums used on the encore "Time Of Your Life"(one from Rebecca Naomi Jones, who beamed the broadest smile that made me go weak at the knees and one from Mike Dirnt, who leant down too with a smile, told me to keep "Rocking-On" complete with the universal gesture). I thanked both with what was probably a slack joyed look of disbelief.

The CD is as close as I'll get to the real thing, or at least until the show goes back on tour again....wherever that is, I'm going back again.
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