Hamilton

Hamilton

Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music CD - 2015
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Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Recording Corporation, [2015]
Edition: Explicit version
Copyright Date: ℗2015
Branch Call Number: CDMUSIC SOUNDTRK 01 MIRANDA
Characteristics: 2 audio discs : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 2 inserts
Alternative Title: Hamilton : an American musical

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Chapel_Hill_MollyL Dec 28, 2015

I wish I could give this recording 10 stars--I love it unreservedly. Hamilton, the musical, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers. The music is a mix of hip-hop, R&B, and a whole mess of other musical styles. The story is immediate and alive in a way that hi... Read More »


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bhg0010
May 10, 2018

Somehow managing to be challenging, dramatic, funny, interesting, patriotic, reflective, touching, and more all at once, the musical sensation seems to have drowned in hype but just about every word is earned. This look at the life and times of Alexander Hamilton doesn't merely make for a great story. It's legitimately informative, and the ability to see the different sides of individuals often subject to simple portrayals is quite nice.

Aaron Burr in particular was an ambitious opportunist with fluctuating loyalties, to the point that he eventually explored taking up arms against the country that he'd previously defended. The musical doesn't let him fall into the role of a cackling, mustache-twirling villain. Instead, it takes a broader look at the man. Another selling point is the incorporation of soul music traditions, hip-hop stylings, modern pop vibes, and the like into standard show tunes. All that helps make the musical into something worth listening to over and over again. The album itself is truly a delight to have.

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Tomkitty1
Aug 03, 2017

I am still listening to the Hamilton Broadway CD. I have tickets to see the play in October, 2017 and decided to give a listen to the original Broadway musical CD. I haven'[t stopped listening to this music yet. What great lyrics/ music! I recommend that you listen to the original CD before seeing the play. It will help in understanding the rap lyrics tremendously.

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CatLady1017
Jul 07, 2017

I absolutely love this Musical! I have listened to it over and over again and never get tired of it. The 1st Act is magnificent. The 2nd Act I found to be a bit depressing but lives are like that sometimes... I highly recommend giving this a listen, as well as reading through the liner notes to identify which historical person is singing as it is hard to tell when you can't see them.

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JHope24601
Jun 27, 2017

As someone who doesn't usually like or listen to rap music I was surprised to find how much I love listening to this musical! It's very current and refreshing and everyone is downright talented! I highly encourage you to listen to this soundtrack (Though I would give it a PG-13 rating for some language and content)! Very well written and performed!

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 16, 2017

VERY GOOD 2 music CD's with 45 cuts from original Broadway cast recording.

JCLAshleyF May 31, 2017

Hamilton is a phenomenon for a reason. If you are interested in more about Alexander Hamilton, be sure to check out the book that helped Lin-Manuel Miranda write the musical, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

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white_cobra_21
May 30, 2017

I am incredibly impressed with this musical. In fact, I love it. An instant favorite. I've a read a few of the reviews by conservatives who seem threatened by the story. I have to say, as a conservative myself, I find nothing threatening here. "Immigrants, we get the job done." If you are threatened by that founding idea in our country, then you don't understand our country. I'm 100% pro-immigration. I'm 100% anti-illegal-immigration. Don't understand why people are so threatened by that? The music is superb. The performances are mostly great. The writing is one of the best works we've seen in a while. And "forgiveness"? Forget about it - one of the most moving moments in Broadway history. Can you imagine?

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olivebear
Apr 17, 2017

best. musical. ever.

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King_Mob
Mar 22, 2017

Wait.. Wait. I have a intelligent idea. I will gather up the washed out 80's rock stars and create an contemporary rock opera about life and times of Andrew Jackson; the great American hero. Watch the liberals gather up and pay homage to the bastard.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 21, 2017

Lin Manuel Miranda, of In the Heights fame, is back at it again with a brand new musical that is rightfully being called revolutionary. Hamilton, telling the story of the founding of the United States of America, and the revolutions that followed, uses hip-hop, rap, R&B, pop, and rock music to tell it's story, and to great success. Miranda's music and lyrics are skilled in incredible fashion that can be compared to William Shakespeare: Witty, fast-paced, heartbreaking, informational, and unlike anything ever seen before. The story is also told through the use of a cast comprised of mostly people of colour, which is a wonderful burst of diversity. You absolutely must listen to Hamilton at least once - but you'll probably listen to it over and over again.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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angellacody
Nov 09, 2017

"I am NOT throwing away my shot!"

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mirox2
Jan 19, 2017

"Raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away."

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Chickenzilla
Jul 20, 2016

Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy

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Chickenzilla
Jul 20, 2016

Talk less, smile more, do not tell them what you're against or for

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Chickenzilla
Jul 20, 2016

"I am not throwin' away my shot, I am not throwin' away my shot, yo I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwin' away my shot."

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CoolDogeGuy
Jul 18, 2016

"I think your pants look hot."

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cmfinley
Jun 01, 2016

"I hope you burn."

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Chickenzilla
Jul 20, 2016

Sexual Content: Hamilton has an affair.

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CoolDogeGuy
Jul 18, 2016

Coarse Language: Some of the songs have bad words like "B*stard", "Wh*re", "Sh*t", "Fat Motherf*ucker", "P*ss", etc.

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cmfinley
Jun 01, 2016

This musical follows the life of Alexander Hamilton. While not adhering strictly to historical fact, it follows general themes of his life, providing context and explanation for his extensive writing career.

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