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4 Mar 1996

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  Song Title Artist
Andersson: Merano Murray Head
Andersson: The Russian And Molokov/Where I Want To Be Denis Quilley
Andersson: Opening Ceremony (Musical "Chess") Björn Skifs
Andersson: Quartet (A Model Of Decorum And Tranquillity) Björn Skifs
Andersson: The American And Florence/Nobody's Side Murray Head
Andersson: Chess London Symphony Orchestra
Andersson: Mountain Duet Elaine Paige
Andersson: Florence Quits (Musical "Chess") Murray Head
Andersson: Embassy Lament Tommy Körberg
Andersson: Anthem (Musical "Chess") Tommy Körberg
Disc 2
Bangkok/One Night In Bangkok Murray Head
Andersson: Heaven Help My Heart Elaine Paige
Andersson: Argument (Musical "Chess") Elaine Paige
Andersson: I Know Him So Well (Musical "Chess") Elaine Paige
Andersson: The Deal (No Deal) (Musical "Chess") Murray Head
Andersson: Pity The Child (Musical "Chess") Murray Head
Andersson: Endgame (Musical "Chess") Murray Head
Andersson: Epilogue: You And I/The Story Of Chess (Musical "Chess") Elaine Paige

Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1984 3 Knights Ltd., Under exclusive license to Polar Music International AB
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  • Total Length: 1:33:39
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  • ASIN: B003T0107K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,075 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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There have been many incarnations of CHESS but this is the original concept album written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA with veteran Tim Rice. The score is an amazing amalgam of soaring classical orchestras, rock, pop and choral singing.
Benny and Björn have always had an ear for the dramatic and with the added bonus of some very witty and sensitive lyrics by Tim Rice, this album is a true classic. The story is that of East versus West as Chess champions square up for the world championships, only for the American's lover to fall in love with the Russian opponent.
There are many fantastic moments on this CD - the bitter exhillarating climax ('You can slink back to your pawns and to your tarts!'), the comical merchandisers (Maybe it's a bit confusing for a game - but Rubiks Cubes were much the same), diplomats (No one's way of life is threatened by a flop - but we're gonna smash their bastard!) and civil servants ('He will not see you - with respect it buggers up his very taxing schedule') and the tender and heart-rending love songs.
'One Night In Bangkok' and 'I Know Him So Well' were both international smash hits but belie a very intelligent and thrilling musical. It is a true original classic.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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The song "I Know Him So Well" was No. 1 for 4 weeks in the UK and prompted me to make my first ever musical purchase - Chess. In nearly 20 years I have never tired of it and am still moved when I listen to many of the songs. The emotional highlight for me is the song "Pity the Child", a heart-rending outpouring of raw emotion from the twisted American player (based on Bobby Fisscher) which ends with a superb guitar solo.
Reviews of the stage musical always seem to say something like "some good music, but deeply flawed", without explaining what the flaws were. I don't see it - I saw the show in London, loved it, and would love to see it again.
Anyway, whatever the merits or shortcomings of the show (sadly not available on DVD or Video), the music is exceptional. It is a mix of rock and orchestral music (contrast the two singles, "I Know Him So Well" and "One Night in Bangkok"); it has some beautiful duets (trios, quartets...) with lovely interleaved melodies and some very elegant and clever lyrics by Tim Rice.
If I could, I would give it a hundred stars. This is, I think, my favourite album bar none.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Majestic and Superb 30 Dec 2004
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This CD stayed in my cabinet for many years without me giving it a second glance or thought. Then, one day with nothing much to do, I dug it out and played a few of the tracks. I was ASTOUNDED I hadn't listened to this CD before. This is a superb representation of Benny and Bjorn's composing abilities as well as Tim's incredibly moving lyrics. Each track is refreshing and full of life - as oppposed to some soundtracks where the first few songs are ok, and it snowballs downhill from there. lol!
In a nutshell, I highly recommend this CD. Even if you have never seen the show on stage, it should not hinder your enjoyment. I never seen the show live (though I've always wanted to) and the plot is still very clear and understandable.
Songs like "One Night in Bangkok" and "The Arbiter" will have you tapping your feet (or even dancing round the room) and those like "Pity the Child" and "I Know Him So Well" may even reduce you to tears.
All in all, an excellent display of talent and as I said, one I'd recommend v.v.v.highly to anyone with a love of music. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is full of some of the best songs from the age of the rock musical, from the well-known 'I Know Him So Well' to the less popular but equally as good 'Arbiter's Song' or 'Anthem'. It owes something to the early Lloyd-Webber rock musicals (such as 'Jesus Christ Superstar') but at the same time becomes so much more than these under the skilful pen of Andersson/Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. If you're put off this by the subject material don't be, as the plot is as much about the influence of the Cold War on people's lives as it is about chess. I've seen and heard other recordings but this must be considered the definitive one. A must-have for any musical aficionado's CD shelf.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess- a superb yet underrated musical 5 May 2004
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"Chess" is usually regarded by critics as being a somewhat patchy follow up to Abba's music- very good in places, yet too corny and cheesy for sophisticated theatre audiences as a whole.
However, I believe it is a very underrated musical, certainly on hearing it for myself(I have yet to see it on stage, for I'm only 20 and thereby too young to have been able to see it initially). I think part of the problem with critics is that they may have thought that because Andersson and Ulvaeus were from Abba, they expected "Chess" to be like Abba's music. And let's face it, if you don't like Abba's music in the first place, you're not going to take projects like this seriously, are you?
To counter the critics- it needs to be emphasised that this was intended to go beyond Abba, even if Andersson and Ulvaeus' roots obviously lay there. Sure, there are the classic pop songs- most notably "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well"- and both are very good songs. But there is SO much more to Ulvaeus and Andersson's composing than pop- within Chess there is some amazing orchestration(e.g. "Merano", "Chess", "Endgame") that shows their talents as composers. There is also a vast range of songs within the musical- solos, duets, trios, even quartets- which further highlight the versatility of the Swedish duo.
As for lyrics, Tim Rice is able to veer between the humourously sarcastic (Take "One Night in Bangkok", "Where I Want to Be") and the touchingly poignant ("I Know Him So Well", "Heaven Help My Heart"). That takes some skill to do that- and much as he had done before with "Cats", "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" Tim Rice manages to strike gold here with his creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chess the musical.
First bought this in Vinyl years ago and absolutely loved it, still love it after all these years. Love all the music and cast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To All Musical Lovers this is not the full score of Chess
I have to say I love the musical "Chess". I have this album
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Published 24 days ago by Mr. M. A. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Well worth the money and i have seen the show many times and had lost the cassette. Brilliant music, lyrics and artists.
Published 3 months ago by Robert James Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The only recent musical worth a damn..
Memorable tunes. Clever words. Multi-layer plot. What's not to like? Makes Starlight Express and Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera sound like what they are, forgettable fluff.
Published 5 months ago by Greywolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess
Loved the musical. All tracks are excellent especially the title track chess. Prompt service and CD perfect.
Would have preferred more information/words to tracks
Published 8 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Just love this. Good songs and well produced . I saw this show in the West End and I loved it. Couldn't understand why it didn't have a longer run
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Jean Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Prezzie
I bought this as a present for my Mum for her birthday and she loves it must be good!
Published 10 months ago by Jac Ipsen
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Published 10 months ago by A. Pickering
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I had this on cassette and it got damaged. Thought about it for many years and finally bought it on CD, it's as brilliant as I remember, makes you want to join in. Read more
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