The British Invasion: Broadway, 1981-1992

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The British Invasion: Broadway 1981-1992 is the fifth of six budget-priced compilations of cast recordings issued by Universal Music's Decca Broadway imprint, covering the six decades since the founding of the American Decca Records label. Long since enveloped by MCA Records, the Decca name had been retired by 1981, but MCA itself was later merged with PolyGram to form Universal, creating a vast catalog of recordings by previously independent companies. The tracks included here were first issued on LPs by Polydor, Geffen, MCA, and Mercury Records, among others. The "British invasion" of musicals cited in the title was well underway by the start of the 1980s, already ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The British Invasion: Broadway 1981-1992 is the fifth of six budget-priced compilations of cast recordings issued by Universal Music's Decca Broadway imprint, covering the six decades since the founding of the American Decca Records label. Long since enveloped by MCA Records, the Decca name had been retired by 1981, but MCA itself was later merged with PolyGram to form Universal, creating a vast catalog of recordings by previously independent companies. The tracks included here were first issued on LPs by Polydor, Geffen, MCA, and Mercury Records, among others. The "British invasion" of musicals cited in the title was well underway by the start of the 1980s, already including Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita from the '70s, but it reached its apex during the decade, to the point that some shows weren't even getting separate recordings for their Broadway casts, which featured the same principals who had appeared in the shows in London. This was true of The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, although Cats and Les Misérables did have original Broadway cast albums with songs included here. Also originating in Britain were Chess and the revival of Me and My Girl. That's six out of ten tracks on this brief album, leaving room for only four homegrown efforts, and of these, only "Muddy Water" from Big River and "Dr. Jazz" from Jelly's Last Jam are Broadway cast recordings. Little Shop of Horrors, which provides "Suddenly Seymour," was an off-Broadway show, and opera singers Renée Fleming and Bryn Terfel contribute a song from The Secret Garden, although they never appeared in it on-stage. These ten songs provide some sense of the Broadway of the 1980s, although record company restrictions deny the inclusion of anything from Nine, La Cage aux Folles, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, or Falsettos. (Having been released by Geffen, Dreamgirls presumably was available, so the omission of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is puzzling.) A more balanced examination of the '80s on Broadway could have been made, but this album undeniably contains some of the best-known songs of the era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602498809181
  • Catalog Number: 000447302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Phantom of the Opera (from The Phantom of the Opera) - Sarah Brightman (5:05)
  2. 2 Memory (from Cats) - Betty Buckley (3:38)
  3. 3 On My Own (from Les Misérables) - Frances Ruffelle (4:14)
  4. 4 Muddy Water (from Big River) - Daniel Jenkins (2:32)
  5. 5 How Could I Ever Know (from The Secret Garden) - Bryn Terfel (4:54)
  6. 6 American Dream (from Miss Saigon) - Jonathan Pryce (6:06)
  7. 7 I Know Him So Well (from Chess) - Elaine Paige (4:16)
  8. 8 Doctor Jazz - Gregory Hines (2:41)
  9. 9 Me and My Girl (from Me And My Girl) - Robert Lindsay (3:45)
  10. 10 Suddenly Seymour (from Little Shop of Horrors) - Jennifer Leigh Warren (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gregory Hines Vocals
Michael Crawford Vocals
Sarah Brightman Vocals
Barbara Dickson Vocals
Betty Buckley Vocals
Renée Fleming Vocals
Lee Wilkof Vocals
Frances Ruffelle Vocals
Ellen Greene Vocals
Elaine Paige Vocals
Bryn Terfel Vocals
Jonathan Pryce Vocals
Robert Lindsay Vocals
Jennifer Leigh Warren Vocals
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Benny Andersson Composer, Lyricist
Howard Ashman Composer, Lyricist
Alain Boublil Lyricist
Charles Hart Composer, Lyricist
Richard Maltby Jr. Lyricist
Alan Menken Composer
Doug Pomeroy Remastering
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer
Lucy Simon Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe Composer, Lyricist
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Lyricist
Tim Rice Lyricist
Susan Birkenhead Lyricist
Herbert Kretzmer Lyricist
Trevor Nunn Composer, Lyricist
Walter Melrose Lyricist
T.S. Eliot Composer, Lyricist
Douglas Furber Lyricist
Tom Rice Composer
Brian Drutman Producer
Joseph S. Szurly Producer
Olivier Delhaye Art Direction
Marsha Norman Lyricist
Roger Miller Lyricist
Arthur Rose Lyricist
Joseph Szurly Producer
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