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Dylan Thomas - Under Milk Wood

Sir Anthony Hopkins , Jonathan Pryce , Dylan Thomas Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Dylan Thomas
  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000DIGJD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Main Theme - Orchestra
2. To Begin At The Beginning...
3. Never Such Seas
4. I Am A Draper Mad With Love
5. Now, In Her Iceberg-White...Nightgown
6. In Butcher Beynon's
7. Titbits And Topsyturvies
8. And The Dawn Inches Up
9. Morning Prayer
10. Guide Book - Alan Bennett
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Music Of The Spheres - Orchestra
2. Polly Garter: I Loved A Man - Bonnie Tyler
3. And Gossamer Beynon, Schoolteacher, Spoon-Stirred And Quivering
4. Gwennie Call The Boys
5. Gossamer Beynon High-Heels Out Of School
6. Persons With Manners Do Not Read At Table
7. Lord Cut-Glass, In His Kitchen Full Of Time
8. Now When Farmers' Boys On The First Fair Day (Reprise Of Polly Garter Song) / The Sunny, Slow, Lulling Afternoon - Bonnie Tyler
9. Rosie Probert And Captain Cat: Love Duet - Mary Hopkin
10. The Revd Eli Jenkins, Inky In His Cool Front Parlour - Alan Bennett
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Sep 2005
By Phil
Format:Audio CD
This is great, an all Welsh cast, apart from Alan Bennett, with wonderful, evocative music.
I feel Anthony Hopkins does a wonderful job as the first voice, and both emphasises and enunciates beautifully (I've heard one of the Richard Burton versions where he positively runs through it, as though he had to be somewhere else). And Jonathan Pryce is also wonderful as the second voice - they complement each other so well.
I agree with the other reviewer that the Polly Garter song is a bit too complicated - but it's Bonnie Tyler, it had to be a bit rock/camp.
I love it, you feel as though you wake in the valleys, drift through the spring day, and go to bed content.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 12 April 2008
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I bought this in 1988 on vinyl and have only just discovered, to my great delight, that this is now available on CD.
What a pleasure to sit down, relax and listen to these wonderful voices. A timeless piece which can be enjoyed by all age groups.
I certainly don't agree with one reviewer's criticism of Anthony Hopkins - his perfomance as First Voice is excellent - beautiful rhythmn.
Highly recommended - such great value for a wonderful production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great version of classic radio play 17 Mar 2013
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Richard Burton's version is the most famous but this matches and in parts surpasses it. With a cast list of Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Alan Bennett, Freddie Jones, Windsor Davies, Ruth Madoc, Sian Phillips, Gareth Thomas, Angharad Ress, Glyn houston, Nerys Hughes, Harry Secombe, Geraint Evans, Tom Jones, Mary Hopkin and Bonnie Tyler and production by George Martin, you can see it wears its pedigree on its sleeve. An excellent realisation and not to be missed. The booklet is also interesting and informative, despite the awful cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 8 Sep 2013
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I had this on vinyl some years ago when it was first released. I am so pleased to have it now as part of my collection again as this classic never fails to amuse, impress, and leave me with a sense of great pleasure. All the welsh contributors gave outstanding performances and listening to their beautiful voices and accents leaves me feeling at peace with the world. I strongly recommend this to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timely tribute 1 Sep 2014
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If you only ever bought one recording of a radio drama, this would have to be it. What makes this all-Welsh production even better than the Richard Burton original is the musical direction of George Martin. Many of the arrangements and the incidental music is by him and, together with the input of numerous friends in the music industry - Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Tommy Reilly, and singers Bonnie Tyler and Tom Jones - this is quite simply a triumph. It excels at every level, the cast a long list of Welsh stars who exactly capture the characters and the atmosphere of the play. Most reviewers single out Anthony Hopkins's performance as superlative, which it is, but others are equally outstanding, especially Freddie Jones as Captain Cat. His love duet with Rosie Probert (Mary Hopkin) has to be the definitive version. Dylan Thomas would have loved it. This Anniversary Edition is a wonderful tribute to him in his centenary year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Up Date 16 Jun 2014
By MAS
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This recording has converted the family into appreciating Under Milk Wood. Having heard the recording by Richard Burton which was of it's time, this recording is an excellent up date, If there is any criticisim at all, it is that Tom Jones' song would have benefitted from a less mid-atlantic voice. Sir Anthony Hopkins is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milk wood 26 May 2014
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great version of the full radio play, well produced with attention to details and a great musical setting for the songs too.
Personally I feel Anthony Hopkins stands up well aganst the Richard Burton version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Welsh version of Under Milk Wood 17 Jun 2013
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This is a brilliant version of Under Milk Wood, the spoken word is beautifully by Anthony Hopkins and Jonathon Price. There are some wonderful voices such as Geraint Evans, Bonnie Tyler, Tom Jones to name but a few. The whole cast are Welsh which means that the intonations of the Welsh Language are genuine and not cod accents put on by English Accents. This is specially true of The Reverend Eli Jenkins morning prayer.
I would thoroughly recommend this version to any serious lover of Under Milk Wood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It came very quickly, and I am really enjoying listening to it on long car journeys.
Published 2 days ago by A. S. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely
Published 16 days ago by Jo Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bit for me
Thank you to Martha Gordon ( and her brother) for gifting this to me many years ago, on tape. The CD version is even more enjoyable as an aural experience. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favourite Under Milk Wood recordings
This is one of my favourite Under Milk Wood recordings. Had it on cassette and was up-dating to CD and we no longer have a cassette player!
Published 1 month ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars and a lifetime favourite to be revisited again and again
A magical recording - hugely enjoyable, and a lifetime favourite to be revisited again and again. (I have at last replaced my much-worn cassette tapes with a CD!)
Published 2 months ago by John Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. I have always loved my Richard Burton reading ...
Brilliant. I have always loved my Richard Burton reading Under Milk Wood but this surpasses it. Really feel I know all the characters
Published 3 months ago by m. carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 3 months ago by Norah Lavin
4.0 out of 5 stars George Martin adds his unique skill to bring out the best from the...
For lovers of Dylan Thomas and this exceptional play, this recording is essential listening. George Martin adds his unique skill to bring out the best from the cast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely catalogue
I bought the Peter blake catalogue which is beautiful and well laud out. The exhibition was good so lovely to have a momento
Published 5 months ago by booky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I used to own this on an LP and was so pleased when I found it on a CD. It is so well performed by all the actors and I love the songs throughout the play.
Published 6 months ago by Wardy
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