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Andrew Lloyd Webber Gold: The Definitive Hits Collection

Andrew Lloyd Webber Gold: The Definitive Hits Collection

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by A. L. Webber
The celebrated musical composer collects his finest on one aptly titled CD, including songs from Cats, Phantom, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and more, as sung by Streisand, Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, and Michael Crawford.


The celebrated musical composer collects his finest on one aptly titled CD, including songs from Cats, Phantom, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and more, as sung by Streisand, Charlotte Church, Sarah Brightman, and Michael Crawford.

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has a gift for melody that works both in the confines of the musical theater and in the greater pop music airspace. In the tradition of the great Broadway composers of the past, his songs have taken on independent life as standards that beg to be interpreted by all manner of singers. Gold proves their durability and popularity. Here, tunes from such Broadway blockbusters as Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and Sunset Boulevard retain their grand appeal even when taken from the context of the original productions. While some are sung by the performers that made them famous (Michael Crawford’s “The Music of the Night”; Patti Lupone’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”; Betty Buckley’s “Memory”), others are reinterpreted by popular mainstream vocalists including Barbara Streisand and Tom Jones. Whether interpreted by the likes of Sarah Brightman or Donny Osmond, the songs sound terrific, their powerful, memorable melodies making indelible impressions once again.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Following the release of the box set Now and Forever, Andrew Lloyd Webber seems to have thought that the time had come to replace his one-disc compilation, The Premiere Collection, issued more than a decade earlier, with a new one. He has put out different versions of the set in different territories. In the U.K., what is called The Definitive Hit Singles Collection, released in December 2001, takes account of Lloyd Webber's status as a consistent producer of chart singles. In the U.S., he does not have that status; his first project, Jesus Christ Superstar, threw off a pair of Top 40 hits, "Superstar" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," but since then only "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Memory," "You Must Love Me," and "No Matter What" have had any sort of singles chart success. On the other hand, the cast albums for Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera have all been million-sellers. This collection presents a few of those hit recordings, plus key tracks from some of the musicals and occasional superstar guest appearances, such as Barbra Streisand's rendition of "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard. The songs are all mixed up chronologically, sequenced for ease of listening, with, for example, the synth-drum driven "The Phantom of the Opera" followed by Madonna's performance of the Oscar-winning "You Must Love Me" from the movie version of Evita, which begins a cappella. The Lloyd Webber fan is likely to consider the album more of a sampler than something definitive and to complain about what's missing (e.g., "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "Tell Me on a Sunday"), but more casual listeners will recognize most of the tunes. Meanwhile, this puts an almost up-to-date disc of Lloyd Webber career highlights into the American marketplace.

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Performance Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Primary Artist,Piano,Musical Direction
Sounds of Blackness   Ensemble,Track Performer
Mandy Patinkin   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbra Streisand   Vocals
Donny Osmond   Vocals,Track Performer
Cliff Richard   Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Crawford   Vocals
Tom Jones   Vocals
Sarah Brightman   Vocals,Track Performer
José Carreras   Vocals
Yvonne Elliman   Vocals,Track Performer
Murray Head   Track Performer
Betty Buckley   Vocals,Track Performer
John Mauceri   Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Patti LuPone   Vocals,Track Performer
David Caddick   Conductor,Musical Direction,Choir Conductor
Madonna   Vocals
Harry Rabinowitz   Conductor
Michael Reed   Conductor,Musical Direction
Michael Ball   Vocals,Track Performer
Boyzone   Ensemble,Track Performer
Rene Wiegert   Musical Direction
Paul Bogaev   Conductor
Glenn Close   Vocals,Track Performer
Alan Campbell   Vocals,Track Performer
Horace James   Leader,Choir Master
Charlotte Church   Vocals,Track Performer
Sîan Edwards   Conductor
Welsh National Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michael Dixon   Conductor
Michael Reed   Conductor,Musical Direction

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestration,Remixing,Orchestra Director,Piano Accompanist
Barbra Streisand   Producer
Mike Batt   Lyricist
Jim Steinman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Executive Producer
Don Black   Lyricist
David Caddick   Producer,Musical Supervision,Vocal Conductor
David Cullen   Orchestration
Bob Fernandez   Engineer
Paul Gambaccini   Liner Notes
Keith Grant   Engineer
Charles Hart   Lyricist
Dave Hunt   Engineer
Martin Levan   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Dick Lewzey   Engineer
Alan O'Duffy   Engineer
Alan Parker   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Richard Stilgoe   Lyricist
Nigel Wright   Producer,Remixing
Tim Rice   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Cover Design
David Hamilton-Smith   Remixing
Gary Hines   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Hershy Kay   Orchestration
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
David Hunt   Engineer
Grace Row   Producer
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Trevor Nunn   Composer,Lyricist
T.S. Eliot   Composer
Christopher Hampton   Lyricist
Amy Powers   Lyricist
Jeremy Caulton   Executive Producer
Lupino   Producer
Bobby Fernandez   Engineer
David Hamilton Smith   Remixing
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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