A rock opera about the Marvel Comics superhero, Captain America, by independent singer/songwriter Will Kouf. This is set during World War II and Captain America’s origin.
Released in 2007, this may not be an award-winning album, but gosh, is it fun. It’s a bit silly (and that is half the fun), but there are also some great moments, such as the use of FDR’s Third Inaugural Address in the opening track. And I think we can all relate when Sarah (his girlfriend in this, not his mother) says she’ll “always love him tenderly.” (Side note: you only get her name in Kouf’s lyric notes, available in an archived geocities site. And considering Kouf sings all the lyrics, you can give her parts to anyone you want. ;) So take your pick.)
While it is Steve’s origin story, it’s another retelling of course, with Will Kouf taking his own spin on the tale. No mention of Bucky, no fall into the ocean, no Invaders, and the Red Skull is the one we’re more familiar with (rather than the corporate saboteur of the first Cap comics).
Most of all, taken as a whole, this album is very charming, and definitely worth a listen if you like Steve Rogers. And it really needs to be listened to in order, because it is a comprehensive story with a narrative arc. A few of the tracks are instrumental only, but most of them have lyrics. Take care to listen to the lyrics, because you get little lines that may remind you of other Captain America stories. (For example, at one point, Steve says it would be better if someone else had the shield, and, well… I may have actually whispered, “Bucky…” out loud.)
Also, I like how Kouf portrays Steve in this story. I think he captures his character well, his determination and idealism and genuine care for others.
I really do think you should give it a try if you want a charming musical version of Captain America. It’s a lot of fun, and Will Kouf’s own affection for Captain America is very evident.