Hear the original London cast in all their tuneful glory! I now have both this version and the 2004 film version, and I have to say that the latter does not compare at all. Listening to Crawford and Brightman, who can *really* sing, makes me break out in a grin and shiver of glee each and every time. For those of you that have been lucky enough to see the musical on stage, this CD will bring all those wonderful memories back.
This CD contains all the main themes and songs from the musical, and is perfect for those who don't know the story off by heart. The complete recording is great for people who know the lyrics and plot, but for those without a copy of the libretto the half speaking-half singing between the main songs may be confusing. Your choice will depend on whether you want to relive the Phantom experience in full, or simply listen to those particular songs you remember.
Either way, nobody should be without a copy of the original London cast recording of Phantom of the Opera. The music is pure genius, Andrew Lloyd Webber at his best. Filled with emotion and perfectly matched to the story of the Phantom.