Whistle Down the Wind [Original Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The cover of the original London cast album of Whistle Down the Wind bears the names of its composer and lyricist in equal-size type above the title: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman. This marks the first time since Lloyd Webber's partnership with Tim Rice dissolved that a lyricist has been given equal billing on a musical with one of his scores, and perhaps not coincidentally, it's his best score in a long time. Steinman, most widely known for his writing and production work with Meat Loaf, puts his stamp on this music, not only in the forceful, rhythmic lyrics, but seemingly, on the music as well. It's easy, listening to such songs as "Tire Tracks and Broken ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The cover of the original London cast album of Whistle Down the Wind bears the names of its composer and lyricist in equal-size type above the title: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman. This marks the first time since Lloyd Webber's partnership with Tim Rice dissolved that a lyricist has been given equal billing on a musical with one of his scores, and perhaps not coincidentally, it's his best score in a long time. Steinman, most widely known for his writing and production work with Meat Loaf, puts his stamp on this music, not only in the forceful, rhythmic lyrics, but seemingly, on the music as well. It's easy, listening to such songs as "Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts," "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," and "Off Ramp Exit to Paradise," to imagine Meat Loaf or another big-voiced Steinman client singing them. In part, this is because Whistle Down the Wind is Lloyd Webber's most rock-oriented score since Jesus Christ Superstar. Based on a novel about a group of children in Lancashire who come to believe that an escaped convict hiding in their barn is Jesus Christ, Whistle Down the Wind is essentially a character study with a spiritual tone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 731454726122
  • Catalog Number: 547261
  • Sales rank: 90,334

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Helen Ward Musician
Peter Adams Piano, Keyboards
Howard Ball Musician
Andy Findon Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Hinnigan Musician
Andrew Holdsworth Banjo, Guitar
Chris Howard Vocals
Neil Johnson Musician
Fridrik Karlsson Guitar
Steve Levine Musician
Andy Pask Musician
Steve Pearce Bass
Ralph Salmins Percussion, Drums
Jamie Talbot Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Dermot Crehan Violin, Electric Violin
Eddie Roberts Musician
Paul Gardham Musician
Jim Graeme Vocals
Tony Stansfiled Vocals
Nicolas Colicos Vocals
William Parker Vocals
Mark Powell Vocals
Rachel Allen Musician
Michael Samuels Vocals
Matthew Hill Keyboards
Oliver Lewis Violin
Lorraine McAslan Violin
Katherine Rockhill Keyboards
Christopher Nightingale Musical Direction
Roland Roberts Musician
Rosalind James Vocals
Jason Green Vocals
Joan Atherton Musician
Louise Claire Marshall Vocals
Dave Lee Horn
Ashley Andrews Vocals
Gerard Bentall Vocals
Anthony Cable Vocals
Danielle Calvert Vocals
Dean Clish Vocals
Adam Coleman Vocals
Dean Collinson Vocals
Hannah Cooper Vocals
Vikki Coote Vocals
Ricki Cuttell Vocals
Carol Duffy Vocals
Phylicia Dyers Vocals
Reg Eppey Vocals
Laurel Ford Vocals
Paul Garrington Vocals
Sam Gillam Vocals
Veronica Hart Vocals
Zalika Henry Vocals
Lee Honey Jones Vocals
Marcus Lovett Vocals
Paul Lowe Vocals
Rhys Maxwell Vocals
Lottie Mayor Vocals
Jason McCann Vocals
James Muir Vocals
Craig Parkinson Vocals
Jean Reeve Vocals
Walter Herron Reynolds III Vocals
Jack Shalloo Vocals
Lucy Skilbeck Vocals, Children's Choirmaster
Giovanni Spano Vocals
Rohan Tickell Vocals
Tosh Wanogo Maud Vocals
Sara West Vocals
Jonathan Hill Musician
Matthew Senior Musician
Nick Thistleton Musician
Christopher Howard Vocals
John Turner Vocals
Whistle Down the Wind Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Chris Nightingale Conductor
James Graeme Vocals
James Nesbitt Vocals
John Turner Vocals
Whistle Down the Wind Cast Ensemble cast
Justin Pearson Cello
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Jim Steinman Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Chris Blair Mastering
Dave Clarke Engineer
David Cullen Orchestration
Martin Levan Sound Design
Michael Reed Musical Supervision
Robin Sellars Engineer
Nigel Wright Producer
Richard Attenborough Producer
Lee McCutcheon Programming
Dave Russell Engineer
Jason Timmins Engineer
Anthony Van Laast Choreographer
Sylvia Addison Orchestral Manager
Gale Edwards Director
Paul Garrington Director
Roger Kirk Costume Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AHHHH the convict can sing and is really really hot

    I love this musical. i;m not religiouse but the song Tire Tracks and Broekn Hearts describs anyone stuck in a small town. Then teh song A Kiss Is A Terrible Thing To Waste is one of the best songs on Broadway, and trust me I know my broadway. The convict has a deep, dangeriouse, romantic voice, and is soooooo hotttt. Then I love the girl that plays Swallow. Her voice is sweet even thought the southern accent isn;t fooling anyone. Then Amos is a timless charactor for a teen girl into the romantics. He is too sweet. When I heard the line, " It;s later than you think and a kiss is a terrible thing to waste," I blushed for some stupid reason. Can;t forget how great the convicts voice is. This CD has some downers but it;s wirth the ten songs that are awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a Shame it Didn't Make it to Broadway!

    This is a lovely musical. The more you hear it, the more it grips you. The title song may be the most beautiful melody ALW has ever written. And with Jim Steinman's touch, things are spiced-up a bit. It's not entirely song like Evita or Joseph, but the dialogue helps you understand the story. I would love to see it on stage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As good as it gets!

    Bawled my head off, and still do, every time I hear this masterpiece.

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