Jekyll & Hyde: The Gothic Musical Thriller - The Complete Work [Original Studio Cast] [Explicit Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The second version of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde, referred to as "The Complete Work, " is certainly more extensive than its predecessor, a 1990 "highlights" album sung by Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder. That album was dominated by Wildhorn's pop ballads -- "Once Upon a Dream," "This Is the Moment," "Someone Like You," "No One Knows Who I Am," "A New Life" -- and Eder's Streisand-like belting. There is no lack of that sort of thing here: in fact, with "Take Me as I Am," "Sympathy, Tenderness," "Letting Go," and "In His Eyes," there's even more of it. But, extending over two discs and two hours, there is also the Robert Louis Stevenson tale, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The second version of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's Jekyll & Hyde, referred to as "The Complete Work, " is certainly more extensive than its predecessor, a 1990 "highlights" album sung by Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder. That album was dominated by Wildhorn's pop ballads -- "Once Upon a Dream," "This Is the Moment," "Someone Like You," "No One Knows Who I Am," "A New Life" -- and Eder's Streisand-like belting. There is no lack of that sort of thing here: in fact, with "Take Me as I Am," "Sympathy, Tenderness," "Letting Go," and "In His Eyes," there's even more of it. But, extending over two discs and two hours, there is also the Robert Louis Stevenson tale, told in musical recitative, and even in occasional character songs that, unlike the many ballads, are even performed with British accents. If Jekyll & Hyde is the story of a man divided into two parts, the score mirrors that form, as the plot songs contrast with an album's worth of songs that all sound like the sort of thing that plays over the closing credits of romantic movies, bland lyrics of love and self-fulfillment sung by soaring voices over straining strings. It is often true that concept albums, since they have been designed as such, work better as sheer listening experiences than cast albums drawn from actual theatrical productions, which often come off as souvenirs. This was true of the early Andrew Lloyd Webber works, for example, and it is true here. One can follow the story easily. In fact, if anything, there's too much plot; often, the story seems repetitive and plodding. Although this recording was made shortly before the start of a national tour of the show, it's hard to imagine it working on-stage as recorded here, what with one Eder ballad followed immediately by another, as the storyline is dropped for extended periods of time. Concept albums are also often dominated more by the lyricist than the composer, and again that's true here, as Leslie Bricusse's lyrics, with their authentically British tone and the philosophical musings that often recall his earlier works such as "What Kind of Fool Am I?," drive the story despite Wildhorn's similar melodies and clichéd effects. Jekyll & Hyde still isn't a successful musical piece on this recording, but it is a fully realized dramatic work for the first time. Jekyll & Hyde was produced on Broadway in 1997 in a vastly revised form that dispensed with much of the material on this album, primarily retaining the big ballads. The single-disc original Broadway cast album was the usual souvenir, leaving this recording as the best representation of the score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678272349
  • Catalog Number: 82723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (0:48)
  2. 2 I Need to Know (3:41)
  3. 3 Facade (3:58)
  4. 4 Bitch, Bitch, Bitch (1:43)
  5. 5 The Engagement Party (1:19)
  6. 6 Possessed (1:43)
  7. 7 Take Me as I Am (3:16)
  8. 8 Lisa Carew (2:09)
  9. 9 Board of Governors (9:25)
  10. 10 Bring on the Men (5:08)
  11. 11 Lucy Meets Jekyll (2:41)
  12. 12 How Can I Continue On? (1:24)
  13. 13 This Is the Moment (3:31)
  14. 14 Transformation (4:46)
  15. 15 Lucy Meets Hyde (2:14)
  16. 16 Alive (4:34)
  17. 17 Streak of Madness (3:37)
  18. 18 His Work and Nothing More (4:21)
  19. 19 Sympathy, Tenderness (1:42)
  20. 20 Someone Like You (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mass (1:28)
  2. 2 Murder, Murder! (6:06)
  3. 3 Letting Go (3:23)
  4. 4 Reflections (2:24)
  5. 5 In His Eyes (4:13)
  6. 6 The World Has Gone Insane (3:07)
  7. 7 The Girls of the Night (4:06)
  8. 8 No One Knows Who I Am (3:28)
  9. 9 It's a Dangerous Game (4:16)
  10. 10 Once upon a Dream (2:48)
  11. 11 No One Must Ever Know (4:30)
  12. 12 A New Life (4:26)
  13. 13 Once upon a Dream (2:25)
  14. 14 Confrontation (4:26)
  15. 15 The Wedding Reception (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Wildhorn Primary Artist
Linda Eder Choir, Chorus
John Acosta Cello
Marissa Benedict Trumpet
Timm Boatman Percussion
William Booth Trombone
Amick Byram Choir, Chorus
Jon Clarke Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe
Joel Derouin Violin
Burnett Dillon Trumpet
Earl Dumler Oboe
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Charles Everett Violin
David Finck Bass
Kenneth Kotwitz Accordion
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Michael Markman Violin
Doug Masek Alto Saxophone
Raymond McLeod Choir, Chorus
Dennis Molchan Violin
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Maria Newman Viola
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Bobbi Page Choir, Chorus
Edward Persi Viola
Karie Prescott Viola
Geri Rotella Flute, Piccolo
Kim Scharnberg Conductor
David Stenske Violin
Joe Stone Clarinet, English Horn
George Thatcher Trombone
Mark Walker Percussion, Drums
John Wittenberg Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Dave Stone Bass
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Daniel Kelley French Horn
Ed Maina Flute, Piccolo, Bass Saxophone
David Riddles Bassoon
Philip Hoffman Choir, Chorus
Suzie Katayama Cello
Bob Peterson Violin, Concert Master
Kathy Robertson Violin
Jeremy Roberts Piano, Keyboards
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Dave Clemmons Choir, Chorus
Judith Siirila Choir, Chorus
Andy Klein Bassoon
David Washburn Trumpet
John A. Reynolds French Horn
Larry Hughes Clarinet
Farah Alvin Choir, Chorus
Steve Richards Cello
Mark Adams French Horn
Alex Iles Trombone
Kenneth Kugler Trombone
Steven Becknell French Horn
Louise di Tullio Flute, Piccolo
Gary Gray Clarinet
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Brenda Russell Contributor
Matt Rollings Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
John Raitt Contributor
Molly Scott Contributor
Brad Aaron Engineer
Gregory Boyd Liner Notes, Direction
Leslie Bricusse Liner Notes
Steve Cahill Director
Sammy Fain Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Karl Richardson Producer, Engineer
Cathy Riso Contributor
Leo Robin Composer
Andrea Robinson Contributor
Kim Scharnberg Orchestration
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Frank Wildhorn Producer
Bill Nolte Contributor
Doug Crider Composer
Joe Privitelli Engineer
Jeremy Roberts Producer, rhythm arrangement
Willy Falk Contributor
Anthony Warlow Contributor
Jeanne Ash Contributor
Martha Ashton Contributor
Noel T. Williams Contributor
Frederick Hollander Composer
Christine Pedi Contributor
James May Vocal Arrangements
Vincent Tumeo Contributor
Brad Oscar Contributor
Henry May Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    You Need to Know! You Need to get this soundtrack. There's no feeling like being Edward Hyde!

    This version of the musical, Jekyll and Hyde, makes the Broadway Cast Recording sound tame in comparison. With the clear vocals of Anthony Warlow, Jekyll sounds less whiney, and Hyde sounds more menacing. Linda Eder, the most featured actress in the musical, continues to astound with some interesting and raunchy songs. I have one complaint, and that is about Carolee Carmelo. She doesn't fit my veiw of Lisa/Emma. Christiane Noll does a better job at that. The chorus numbers were very different from the Broadway versions. But mostly, this soundtrack is much better suited to give promising actors a look into character development for this, and any related, musicals. Give me chills every time I listen to it.<BR/><BR/>Long Live Jekyll and Hyde!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all-time favorites!!!

    I have had this soundtrack for a while, and I just saw the show on stage. This music is absolutely wonderful!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best jekyll and hyde version ever!!!!

    anthony warlow is fantastic! he can even sing the A and make it sound like anybody can sing it. he portrays jekyll and hyde so well and can sound so the same yet so different at the same time, if that's possible. linda eder has the most powerful voice of anyone i've ever heard. she is fabulous. carolee carmello needs singing lessons and some pronounciation help. everyone else is fabulous. it's way better than the broadway version, seeing as Robert Cuccioli can barely sing a G. Christiane Noll is better as emma, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than 5 stars!

    I have never seen this production and found out about it through my vocal teacher. I am obsessed with Phantom of the Opera and this is up there with it. And not many are with there with POTO in my book. When I bought this cd, I bought the highlights of Jekyll and Hyde: The Original Broadway Cast in 1997 I believe. Well, I can see why it is no longer on Broadway because the music is weak and quite aweful. But this version...is...well...no words can describe it. IT IS THAT GOOD! Anthony Warlow is amazing...so is Linda Eder...and Carolee Carmello is as well. Hell everyone is amazing, even the ppl who have the least parts. I never write reviews, but this one I just had to to tell everyone how great it is!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    POWERFUL MUSIC, EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE

    If you are going to buy a version of this play, BUY THIS ONE, not the Broadway version. The music is stirring and powerful, and the talent on this soundtrack is incredible. Easily one of the best scores to grace the stage since Phantom. I've listened to it dozens of times already, and am still not tired of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bloody brilliant!

    This is an absolutely superb effort. I've listened to a few songs from the much disappointing broadway version and I must say the actor who portrays JEKYLL/HYDE in it licks balls compared to Anthony Warlow. Warlow fluently changes his voice from kind and worried as Jekyll to dark and dangerous as Hyde. Also he his highest notes in the show don't even fluctuate, even after holding them for NINETEEN seconds, unlike his overrated and often weak broadway counterparts. Linder Eder is amazing as Lucy, which she manages to portray with sensuality, sexuality and deep sorrow. With this recording you'll need the story sheet included with it to figure-out where most of the songs fit into the storyline. But if you want to understand where the musical numbers stand in proportion to the story then get the broadway album, but be warned: The voices are no-way near as good as this concept recording. If you want two hours of take-your-breath-away music, combined with utterly extraordinary voices led by the best and most amazingly, mindboggingly incredible potrayal of the two leads by any singer in the history of man, then this is the recording for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Performance!

    One of my favorite musicals of all time. The songs are great, the singing is strong and powerful, and the story line is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jekyll and Hyde

    If you like musicals you'll love this, after I got it I couldn't stop listening to it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jekyll and Hyde - 1995 release

    I bought this on a whim and I LOVE it. Anthony Warlow is very impressive as Jekyll/Hyde. He makes the two voices sound different in tone, not just by making Hyde sound gravelly. Linda Eder is also wonderful, and had a very powerful voice.

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