Billy Elliot [Original London Cast] [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Ayelet Prizant
The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner's son in Northern England, changes forever the day he stumbles into a ballet class and realizes his dream is to dance. Set during the turbulent miners' strike of 1984, the critically acclaimed film features a soundtrack loaded with gems of the era, mostly from British and Irish artists -- the only non-Brit in the bunch is singer-songwriter Eagle-Eye Cherry, who contributes the catchy rocker "Burning Up." The album treats us to no fewer than five songs from '70s glam-rock giants T-Rex, including the hits "Get It On" and "Children of the Revolution" and the very fitting "Cosmic Dancer." Amid bits of dialogue from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ayelet Prizant
The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner's son in Northern England, changes forever the day he stumbles into a ballet class and realizes his dream is to dance. Set during the turbulent miners' strike of 1984, the critically acclaimed film features a soundtrack loaded with gems of the era, mostly from British and Irish artists -- the only non-Brit in the bunch is singer-songwriter Eagle-Eye Cherry, who contributes the catchy rocker "Burning Up." The album treats us to no fewer than five songs from '70s glam-rock giants T-Rex, including the hits "Get It On" and "Children of the Revolution" and the very fitting "Cosmic Dancer." Amid bits of dialogue from the film are such Brit punk perennials as the Jam with the exuberant "A Town Called Malice" and the Clash the angry, anthemic "London Calling". Interestingly, the Jam's lead singer Paul Weller makes another appearance with his subsequent band, the more R&B, jazz, and soul-oriented Style Council, who offer up two songs, "Shout to the Top" and the U.K. Top 10 hit "Walls Come Tumbling Down." Here's a soundtrack that nails down the film's setting and makes for an inspiring listen to boot.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The triumph that is the stage adaptation of the film Billy Elliot is all the more remarkable when one considers the many ways it could have gone wrong. Director Stephen Daldry's 2000 movie about a pre-adolescent boy in an English mining town discovering his love of dancing against a background of struggle among striking mine workers was set in 1984, but made excellent use of a score full of '70s songs by T. Rex and several new wave bands. A stage producer might have tried to turn it into a T. Rex jukebox musical, but that didn't happen. When The Full Monty, a British film with a similar setting and themes, was made into a musical, the story was moved to the U.S., and an American composer, David Yazbek, brought in. The results weren't embarrassing, by any means, but the British flavor of the piece was lost. That didn't happen to Billy Elliot, either. The hiring of Elton John as composer may have been the most dangerous choice in adapting the work, however. John has enjoyed success with the film-to-stage transfer of The Lion King, of course, and his Aida even won a Tony Award against a weak field in 2000, but he hasn't really been accepted in the musical theater ranks. Billy Elliot, which opened in London on May 11, 2005, should change that. John, who came out of a working-class background and overcame his father's resistance and other social pressures to attend the Royal Academy of Music, must have felt a special affinity for the story of a boy who does exactly the same thing, even though he winds up at the Royal Ballet School. As a result, he hasn't just dashed off a few pop songs that he could have sung himself and called it a score. His two main influences seem to have been the quintessentially English soccer anthem and swing music. The former serves him well in writing the many choral numbers in which the miners declare "solidarity forever" and the police respond derisively. The swing element serves the many dance numbers, and there's plenty of dancing. But if John is gifted in his ability to compose pastiche numbers nearly as good as the originals, he also knows his way around a ballad, and his music for such songs as "The Letter" sung in the words of the boy's dead mother and "Electricity" in which the boy tries to explain how dancing makes him feel is as appealing as anything he's ever written. But John's music is only one element in the production. An even stronger one is Lee Hall's libretto and lyrics, which bring out the twin aspects of the story, contrasting the miners' troubles with the boy's. Hall captures not only the idealism of socialism as it encountered the harsh policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's conservative regime, but also Billy Elliot's emergence as a dancer against the odds. And the score is well realized by a cast including Liam Mower in the title role and Haydn Gwynne as the dance teacher. Running 75 minutes, the original London cast recording is an excellent rendition of an excellent musical work. Elton John has done too much good work to call Billy Elliot his greatest achievement, but it is certainly the most outstanding theatrical project with which he has been involved so far, and it finally establishes his claim as a legitimate theater composer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498752166
  • Catalog Number: 9875216
  • Sales rank: 87,398

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Stars Look Down (7:31)
  2. 2 Shine (6:08)
  3. 3 Grandma's Song (4:42)
  4. 4 Solidarity (8:56)
  5. 5 Expressing Yourself (5:15)
  6. 6 The Letter (3:49)
  7. 7 Born to Boogie (4:26)
  8. 8 Angry Dance (3:51)
  9. 9 Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher (3:27)
  10. 10 Deep into the Ground (3:36)
  11. 11 He Could Be a Star (4:51)
  12. 12 Electricity (5:54)
  13. 13 Once We Were Kings (4:14)
  14. 14 The Letter (Reprise) (2:53)
  15. 15 Finale (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Craig Armstrong Vocals
John Barclay Trumpet
Pete Beachill Trombone
Mark Berrow Violin
Michael Dove Choir, Chorus
Yona Dunsford Choir, Chorus
Simon Gardner Trumpet
Roger Garland Violin
Garfield Jackson Viola
Alison Jiear Choir, Chorus
Martin Loveday Cello
Steve Pearce Bass
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Ralph Salmins Drums
Jamie Talbot Woodwind
David Porter Thomas Choir, Chorus
Paul Willey Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Hartley Piano
Martin Koch Conductor
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Stephen Henderson Percussion
Haydn Gwynne Vocals
Tim Healy Vocals
Tracy Holloway Trombone
Julian Leaper Violin
Matthew White Choir, Chorus
Rachel Bolt Viola
Deborah Widdup Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Steve Paget Vocals
Simon Preece Choir, Chorus
Ben Castle Woodwind
Alan Forrester Vocals
Tom Pearce Choir, Chorus
Natalia Bonner Violin
Chris Dean Trombone
Chris Lennon Vocals
Isaac James Vocals
Mike Lovatt Trumpet
Ann Emery Vocals
Emma Kershaw Choir, Chorus
Steve Elias Vocals
Laurence Davies Horn
Samantha Shaw Choir, Chorus
Danny Coll Vocals
Susan Fay Vocals
Richard Ashton Horn
Michael Blake Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Brooke Havana Bailey Vocals
Philip Bateman Keyboards, Musical Direction
Poppy Coggins Vocals
Jeff Daley Woodwind
Erica Ann Deakin Vocals
Alex Delamere Vocals
Damien Delaney Vocals
Trevor Fox Vocals
Adam Goldsmith Guitar
Christie Halsey Vocals
Charlotte Hamilton Vocals
Simon Harpham Trombone
Jeremy Holland Smith Keyboards
Chris Hornby Vocals
Paul King Cello
Gillian Kirkpatrick Vocals
Michelle McAvoy Vocals
Liam Mower Vocals
Emily Neil Vocals
Daniel Page Vocals
Lee Proud Vocals
Stephanie Putson Vocals
Stephanie Rawson Vocals
Mike Scott Vocals
Phil Snowden Vocals
Alice Stephen Vocals
Katie Stephen Vocals
Jennifer Veal Vocals
Ellie Jaine Woolf Vocals
Tessa Worsley Vocals
David Massey Vocals
Paul Stevens Woodwind
Tom Rees-Roberts Trumpet
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Tim Jones Horn
Jonathan Evans-Jones Violin
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer, Executive Producer
Phil Ramone Executive Producer
Martin Koch Producer, Orchestration, Musical Supervision
Julian Leaper Orchestra Leader
Peter Darling Choreographer
Paul Arditti Sound Design
Stephen Daldry Director
Nicky Gillibrand Costume Design
Steve Price Engineer
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