Andrew Lloyd Webber Gold: The Definitive Hits Collection

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The celebrated musical composer collects his finest on one aptly titled CD, including songs from Cats, Phantom, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and more, as sung by Streisand, Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, and Michael Crawford.
Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has a gift for melody that works both in the confines of the musical theater and in the greater pop music airspace. In the tradition of the great Broadway composers of the past, his songs have taken on independent life as standards that beg to be interpreted by all manner of singers. Gold proves their durability and popularity. Here, tunes from such Broadway...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
The celebrated musical composer collects his finest on one aptly titled CD, including songs from Cats, Phantom, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and more, as sung by Streisand, Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, and Michael Crawford.
Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has a gift for melody that works both in the confines of the musical theater and in the greater pop music airspace. In the tradition of the great Broadway composers of the past, his songs have taken on independent life as standards that beg to be interpreted by all manner of singers. Gold proves their durability and popularity. Here, tunes from such Broadway blockbusters as Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard retain their grand appeal even when taken from the context of the original productions. While some are sung by the performers that made them famous (Michael Crawford’s “The Music of the Night”; Patti Lupone’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”; Betty Buckley’s “Memory”), others are reinterpreted by popular mainstream vocalists including Barbara Streisand and Tom Jones. Whether interpreted by the likes of Sarah Brightman or Donny Osmond, the songs sound terrific, their powerful, memorable melodies making indelible impressions once again.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Following the release of the box set Now and Forever, Andrew Lloyd Webber seems to have thought that the time had come to replace his one-disc compilation, The Premiere Collection, issued more than a decade earlier, with a new one. He has put out different versions of the set in different territories. In the U.K., what is called The Definitive Hit Singles Collection, released in December 2001, takes account of Lloyd Webber's status as a consistent producer of chart singles. In the U.S., he does not have that status; his first project, Jesus Christ Superstar, threw off a pair of Top 40 hits, "Superstar" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," but since then only "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Memory," "You Must Love Me," and "No Matter What" have had any sort of singles chart success. On the other hand, the cast albums for Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera have all been million-sellers. This collection presents a few of those hit recordings, plus key tracks from some of the musicals and occasional superstar guest appearances, such as Barbra Streisand's rendition of "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. The songs are all mixed up chronologically, sequenced for ease of listening, with, for example, the synth-drum driven "The Phantom of the Opera" followed by Madonna's performance of the Oscar-winning "You Must Love Me" from the movie version of Evita, which begins a cappella. The Lloyd Webber fan is likely to consider the album more of a sampler than something definitive and to complain about what's missing e.g., "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "Tell Me on a Sunday", but more casual listeners will recognize most of the tunes. Meanwhile, this puts an almost up-to-date disc of Lloyd Webber career highlights into the American marketplace.

Following the release of the box set Now and Forever, Andrew Lloyd Webber seems to have thought that the time had come to replace his one-disc compilation, The Premiere Collection, issued more than a decade earlier, with a new one. He has put out different versions of the set in different territories. In the U.K., what is called The Definitive Hit Singles Collection, released in December 2001, takes account of Lloyd Webber's status as a consistent producer of chart singles. In the U.S., he does not have that status; his first project, Jesus Christ Superstar, threw off a pair of Top 40 hits, "Superstar" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," but since then only "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Memory," "You Must Love Me," and "No Matter What" have had any sort of singles chart success. On the other hand, the cast albums for Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera have all been million-sellers. This collection presents a few of those hit recordings, plus key tracks from some of the musicals and occasional superstar guest appearances, such as Barbra Streisand's rendition of "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. The songs are all mixed up chronologically, sequenced for ease of listening, with, for example, the synth-drum driven "The Phantom of the Opera" followed by Madonna's performance of the Oscar-winning "You Must Love Me" from the movie version of Evita, which begins a cappella. The Lloyd Webber fan is likely to consider the album more of a sampler than something definitive and to complain about what's missing e.g., "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "Tell Me on a Sunday", but more casual listeners will recognize most of the tunes. Meanwhile, this puts an almost up-to-date disc of Lloyd Webber career highlights into the American marketplace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 731458957720
  • Catalog Number: 589577
  • Sales rank: 23,685

Album Credits

Performance Credits
A. L. Webber Primary Artist, Piano, Musical Direction
Sounds of Blackness Ensemble, Track Performer
Mandy Patinkin Vocals, Track Performer
Barbra Streisand Vocals
Donny Osmond Vocals, Track Performer
Cliff Richard Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Crawford Vocals
Tom Jones Vocals
Sarah Brightman Vocals, Track Performer
José Carreras Vocals
Yvonne Elliman Vocals, Track Performer
Murray Head Track Performer
Betty Buckley Vocals, Track Performer
John Mauceri Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Patti LuPone Vocals, Track Performer
David Caddick Conductor, Musical Direction, Choir Conductor
Madonna Vocals
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Michael Reed Conductor, Musical Direction
Michael Ball Vocals, Track Performer
Boyzone Ensemble, Track Performer
Rene Wiegert Musical Direction
Paul Bogaev Conductor
Glenn Close Vocals, Track Performer
Alan Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
Horace James Leader, Choir Master
Charlotte Church Vocals, Track Performer
Sîan Edwards Conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michael Dixon Conductor
Michael Reed Conductor, Musical Direction
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Orchestration, Remixing, Orchestra Director, Piano Accompanist
Barbra Streisand Producer
Mike Batt Lyricist
Jim Steinman Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer
Don Black Lyricist
Chris Blair Remastering
David Caddick Producer, Musical Supervision, Vocal Conductor
David Cullen Orchestration
Bob Fernandez Engineer
Paul Gambaccini Liner Notes
Keith Grant Engineer
Charles Hart Lyricist
Dave Hunt Engineer
Martin Levan Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Dick Lewzey Engineer
Alan O'Duffy Engineer
Alan Parker Producer
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Robin Sellars Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent Engineer
Richard Stilgoe Lyricist
Nigel Wright Producer, Remixing
Tim Rice Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Cover Design
David Hamilton-Smith Remixing
Gary Hines Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Hershy Kay Orchestration
Simon Rhodes Engineer
David Hunt Engineer
Grace Row Producer
Charles Harbutt Engineer
Trevor Nunn Composer, Lyricist
T.S. Eliot Composer
Christopher Hampton Lyricist
Amy Powers Lyricist
Jeremy Caulton Executive Producer
Lupino Producer
Bobby Fernandez Engineer
David Hamilton Smith Remixing
Grace Kristopher Row Producer
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