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Middle 8

by The Four Postmen

Sound track for the original play 'Middle8' featuring The Four Postmen.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Kansas City
3:12 album only
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2. Something / New Mexico!
3:36 album only
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3. Land!
1:37 album only
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4. I Hate This Guy
0:49 album only
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5. Floating
2:58 album only
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6. Sitting at His Drums
3:24 album only
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7. I Don't Sing
1:13 album only
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8. The Middle 8
2:05 album only
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9. Hip Hop?
1:24 album only
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10. More of a Man
0:36 album only
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11. The Family Tree
2:14 album only
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12. I Know Your Name
2:14 album only
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13. Baby
2:31 album only
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14. She's Mine
2:40 album only
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15. The Eulogies
1:04 album only
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16. Something (Reprise)
1:04 album only
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17. The Way Things Are
4:52 album only
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18. Kansas City (Reprise)
1:03 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“If Thornton Wilder were still alive to write a rock opera about five musicians dealing with issues of love, life, death and what comes after, he might choose to title it Our Band. Stefan Marks calls his play-with-songs Middle8, and for anyone who’s seen the playwright-actor-director-musician-designer’s past work, it should come as no surprise that Middle8 is label-defyingly special. Marks writes with a quirky, dry, often outrageous sense of humor tempered with raw honesty as Middle8 deals with aging and failure and the tension that can develop between the best of friends. The Thornton Wilder connection may not be apparent until Middle8’s final, powerful minutes, but like Our Town before it, Stefan Marks’ latest will get you both pondering and appreciating the life you are given, its highs and lows, its joys and sorrows. Oh, and it’s got some terrific songs to boot.” – STAGESCENELA

“Middle8 is a piece of theatre that rivals that of The Mark Taper. Led by a truly gifted ensemble of performers - it is a universal story of friendship, family, love and loss and the music that brings us together. Moment by moment, minute by minute, month by month, year by year, the layers are peeled away from this proverbial friendship-onion and we get a glimpse into the lives of these five men (and the women who loved them) through song, scenes, and monologues that explain how they all arrived at where they are in life, where they went, who they loved and how they left this world. Marks has written a superlative piece of theatre that has a voice so many of its audience members will hear and identify with (no matter what age). Go see and support this tour de force of a play with music. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw it moving to a larger theatre within the very near future. It deserves to be seen.” – BROADWAY WORLD

“In these days of sequels and knockoffs, originality is a rarity. Middle 8 is a fresh idea from storyline to presentation. There are deep-rooted emotional conflicts within these men that sometimes strain their relationships with each other. We care about these people, we rejoice with them, we mourn with them.” – THE TOLUCAN TIMES

“Featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, bass and an emphasis on three-part vocal harmony, these talented five are in the zone with energy and a keen sense of theater. Middle8 is a buddy story, a narrative about men who share, squabble, and sing – and even do some dancing as a happy hip-hop crew. It’s an account about youth, dreams, and hopes and how we can’t really let go of the things that matter. Middle8’s special contribution to the theater must remain its music and the talented people who make this an unforgettable evening.” – LA SPLASH MAGAZINE

“The musical numbers are just plain great. The boy band number that opens the second act is one of the funniest pieces of theatre I have seen this year.” - DISCOVER HOLLYWOOD

“Refreshingly original with even more exhilarative acting, the premise basically follows Adam (a vulnerable Matt Kaminsky), who in mid-life is still trying to create that great rock opera, which he falters at — even with the support of wife, Cassidy (a multi-dimensional Brittany Joyner). Enchantingly droll, rough-hewed dialogue and terrifically upbeat music. Along the way, the stories of each band mate fascinate — a marriage between Bobby (Brett Pearsons) and a deaf girl, Defloria (a resplendent Jules Dameron), is particularly touching — there wasn’t a soul on stage that I wasn’t glad to meet, a tune that I wasn’t happy to hear, and a story that I wasn’t happy to see.” - STAGE AND CINEMA

“The play’s musical numbers precisely and poetically reveal the band’s collective personality. The harmonies are tight and the lyrics are poignant and clever. The band have genuine chemistry. All are fine musicians as well as proficient actors. Particularly enjoyable is Geoff Dunbar as Killian, the stoic, sensitive drummer gone-too-soon. Writer/Director Stefan Marks finds some meaty moments as life-made-haggard Chris. Matt Kaminsky finds much tenderness as Adam. Brittany Joyner lends complexity to the role of Adam’s endlessly supportive wife, Cassidy. Jules Dameron is a breath of fresh air as newlywed, starry-eyed Defloria. Marks’ staging is clean and simple. Stephen Epstein’s video production is clever and creative, the music is grand.” – STAGE RAW

“Why didn’t the un-named band become a rock legend? Its members can’t say and nobody cares. Bands that aren’t famous don’t get interviewed they amusingly point out in a “Behind the Music” – style sequence, in which each of them struggles to tell an interlocutor what went wrong. After all, what differentiates bands that get famous from bands that don’t? There’s really just one difference, isn’t there? The fame. The lonely bewilderment of the also-ran! It’s one of the most poignant, relatable forms of human suffering, and clearly one to which the author and cast of “Middle8” have given thought. The guys’ individual quirks and their bonds with one another ring true. Marks in particular has a mordant, edgy sense of humor as a writer, and as a performer he is notable for his deadpan, boozy delivery. There’s a brilliant scene in which Adam (Matt Kaminsky) frantically staves off mortality by writing a rock opera – typing out the script in real time as actors gamely try to act it out. And it is revealed the band once tried to reinvent itself as a hip-hop trio in a stunning performance that is, by itself, worth the price of a ticket.” – THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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