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The Beautiful Game [Original Cast Recording] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game which opened in London on September 26, 2000 is an original story set in Northern Ireland in the late '60s that concerns a team of teenaged football i.e., soccer players whose lives are derailed by the Irish Troubles. It's an unusually serious topic for Lloyd Webber and is driven by Elton, a playwright and comedian though there are no laughs here. The late-'60s setting plunges Lloyd Webber back into his pop
ock roots in a style somewhat reminiscent of Jesus Christ Superstar, though he has also borrowed from other styles, notably the rhythmic, ominous music that film director John ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game which opened in London on September 26, 2000 is an original story set in Northern Ireland in the late '60s that concerns a team of teenaged football i.e., soccer players whose lives are derailed by the Irish Troubles. It's an unusually serious topic for Lloyd Webber and is driven by Elton, a playwright and comedian though there are no laughs here. The late-'60s setting plunges Lloyd Webber back into his pop
ock roots in a style somewhat reminiscent of Jesus Christ Superstar, though he has also borrowed from other styles, notably the rhythmic, ominous music that film director John Carpenter composes for his horror movies. Elton excels at delineating character and giving a sense of the world of British sport, especially in the early going, though the result is that the original London cast recording carries a warning "some lyrics may cause offence" and there is a fair amount of slang that will slow down American listeners. Actually, the show remains appealing until after the wedding and marriage night depicted early in the second act, but then the more heavy-handed aspects of the plot kick in and the musical begins to drag toward its inevitable "why can't we live together in peace" finale. Typically, conventional songs such as "Let Us Love in Peace" and "Our Kind of Love" were being emphasized around the time of the show's opening in the hope of scoring a pop hit, but the more impressive songs are the quirkier ones such as the triumphant drinking number "Off to the Party" and "Don't Like You," in which the main couple discover their interest in each other. It's a score to be enjoyed more in individual parts than as a whole, if only because, by combining sports, politics, and a Romeo and Juliet romance, Elton has more elements in the plot than he can handle effectively. Josie Walker, in the female lead of Mary, makes the strongest impression among the cast members, though they are all good singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: TELSTAR (EMPIRE)
  • UPC: 822165013028
  • Catalog Number: 3160

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:37)
  2. 2 The Beautiful Game (4:02)
  3. 3 Clean The Kit - Michael Shaeffer (3:03)
  4. 4 Don't Like You - Josie Walker (4:03)
  5. 5 God's Own Country - Dianne Pilkington (4:28)
  6. 6 God's Own Country (Protestant March) (1:30)
  7. 7 Let Us Love In Peace - Hannah Waddingham (3:15)
  8. 8 The Final (A Game Of Two Halves) (6:21)
  9. 9 Off To The Party - Frank Grimes (2:02)
  10. 10 The Craic (2:28)
  11. 11 Don't Like You (reprise) - Dale Meeks (0:54)
  12. 12 Our Kind of Love - Hannah Waddingham (3:40)
  13. 13 Let Us Love In Peace (reprise) - Hannah Waddingham (4:01)
  14. 14 The Happiest Day - Frank Grimes (1:28)
  15. 15 To Have And To Hold - Josie Walker (3:11)
  16. 16 The First Time - Josie Walker (5:10)
  17. 17 I'd Rather Die On My Feet Than Live On My Knees - Michael Shaeffer (2:50)
  18. 18 God's Own Country (reprise) - Hannah Waddingham (2:09)
  19. 19 The Selection (1:23)
  20. 20 Dead Zone (5:15)
  21. 21 If This Is What We're Fighting For - Josie Walker (2:54)
  22. 22 All The Love I Have - Josie Walker (3:24)
  23. 23 Finale - Oliver Segal (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Adams Keyboards
Andy Findon Flute, Piccolo, Pipe
Simon Humphrey Vocals, Ensemble
Fridrik Karlsson Guitar
Phil Mulford Bass Guitar
Sonia Slany Violin, Electric Violin
Malcolm Maddock Keyboards
Paul Clarvis Percussion
Andy McGlasson Drums
Alex Sharpe Vocals
Simon Lee Conductor
Keith Bookman Vocals, Ensemble
Chris Key Vocals
David Shannon Vocals
Pete Adam Keyboards
Sally Bourne Vocals, Ensemble
Josie Walker Vocals
David Lyons Vocals, Ensemble
Pete Adams Keyboards
Shonagh Daly Vocals, Ensemble
Michael Bernardin Vocals, Ensemble
James Bowden Vocals
Jenna Boyd Vocals, Ensemble
Kevin Cregan Vocals
Ben Goddard Vocals
Jamie Golding Vocals
Nic Greenshields Vocals, Ensemble
Frank Grimes Vocals
Ben Healthcote Vocals, Ensemble
Mark Hilton Vocals, Ensemble
Dale Meeks Vocals
Grant Murphy Vocals, Ensemble
Kelly O'Leary Vocals
Dianne Pilkington Vocals
Greta Rochford Vocals, Ensemble
Oliver Segal Vocals
Michael Shaeffer Vocals
John G. Smith Keyboards
Andrew Spillett Vocals, Ensemble
Alessandro Splendore Vocals, Ensemble
Paul Tarling Vocals, Ensemble
Hannah Tollman Vocals
Hannah Waddingham Vocals
Jonathan Ball Vocals, Ensemble
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson Guitar
Beautiful Game Cast Ensemble cast
John Smith Keyboards
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Producer, Orchestration
David Cullen Orchestration
Martin Levan Sound Design
Robin Sellars Engineer
Nigel Wright Producer
Lee McCutcheon Programming
Simon Lee Musical Supervision
Chris Key Contributor
Kennedy Aitchison Musical Director
Joan Bergin Costume Design
James Bowden Contributor
Kevin Cregan Contributor
Kelly O'Leary Contributor
Hannah Tollman Contributor
Hugo Glendinning Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music, but lacks if you haven't seen the show

    This is classic Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music follows his normal pattern as in any of his other musicals. The same theme plays throughout with several reprises. The words are moving and the music moves it along nicely. The only problem is it is hard to understand and follow if you haven't seen the show. There is a lot of action on stage that you miss by just listening to the soundtrack. Fortunately, I was in London in the summer of 2001 and saw the musical. It was outstanding and I give the musical 15 stars. I bought the soundtrack at intermission. I needed to take the music home with me. I will recomend the soundtrack. It has wonderful music and the lyrics are outstanding and moving. The play is 10 times better. Hopefully soon, it will come to the United States so I can see it again and you can see it too.

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