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Starlight Express [Original Cast Recording]
     

Starlight Express [Original Cast Recording]

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by A. L. Webber
 

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When Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Starlight Express opened in the West End in 1984, it was accompanied by an original London cast album released on Polydor Records. Three years later, when Starlight Express opened in New York, no original Broadway cast album appeared. Instead, Lloyd Webber helped put together a various artists/studio cast version,

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When Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Starlight Express opened in the West End in 1984, it was accompanied by an original London cast album released on Polydor Records. Three years later, when Starlight Express opened in New York, no original Broadway cast album appeared. Instead, Lloyd Webber helped put together a various artists/studio cast version, Music and Songs From Starlight Express, on which such performers as El DeBarge and Richie Havens sang over tracks produced by Phil Ramone. Such an approach was appropriate to the pop-rock style of the music, and probably was intended to break out a pop hit. Onstage, Starlight Express' music was swamped by its visual style, with its performers roller skating around the stage in their futuristic costumes. Minus the staging and given overtly contemporary pop arrangements dominated by synthesizer parts, however, the music still sounded bland, even when an expressive vocalist like Havens or session singer Marc Cohn (years before his commercial breakthrough) was leading the charge. Essentially Lloyd Webber's attempt to get in on the Flashdance/Footloose sound of the mid-1980s, the music remained the least intriguing part of Starlight Express. [As a bonus, the album contains a previously unreleased 1977 recording of "Engine of Love," featuring Earl Jordan and produced by Lloyd Webber that the composer described as "the grandfather of the whole project." It has more of a disco feel than the rest of the album.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0076732507223
catalogNumber:
5972

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Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist
Richie Havens   Vocals,Track Performer
Marc Cohn   Vocals,Track Performer
Earl Jordan   Vocals,Track Performer
Josie Aiello   Vocals,Track Performer
DeBarge   Vocals,Track Performer
Harold Faltermeyer   Track Performer
Jay Graydon   Synthesizer,Guitar
Pete Hewlett   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Producer,Liner Notes
Richie Havens   Contributor
Marc Cohn   Contributor
Earl Jordan   Contributor
Josie Aiello   Contributor
DeBarge   Contributor
Harold Faltermeyer   Producer,Contributor
Jay Graydon   Producer,Engineer
Peter Hefter   Engineer
Pete Hewlett   Contributor
Tim Leitner   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Wayne Tarnowski   Engineer
Peter Hewlitt   Contributor
Josei Aigello   Contributor
Richard Byrd   Artwork

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Starlight Express [Original Cast Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B&N has this listed as the "Original Cast," but this is the U.S. Concept Album. Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is always fantastic, and the numbers are performed by terrific, popular artists.