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Jekyll & Hyde: HIGHLIGHTS FROM Soundtrack, Import

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Silver Sounds
  • ASIN: B000003F05
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Once Upon a Dream
2. Hospital Board
3. Love Has Come of Age
4. Possessed
5. This Is the Moment
6. Transformation
7. Seduction
8. Someone Like You
9. No One Must Ever Know
10. Till You Came Into My Life
11. No One Knows Who I Am
12. Retribution
13. Letting Go
14. A New Life
15. It's Over Now
16. We Still Have Time
17. Once Upon a Dream

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
This was the initial concept album for the mammoth project of Jekyll and Hyde. By the time they had finished writing and launched the show in 1997, Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse had written over 6 hours of music and as a result had to cut a lot of great tracks! What this does mean is that all the recordings are quite different in places and this initial recording has more of a lively theme than the others, with a few darker tracks. Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder who are the only two performers on the recording sing some brilliant duets and excellent solo's. Colm Wilkinsons 'This is the Moment' is powerfully sung and his 'Till You Came into My Life' which not only is the best song on here, but cannot be found anywhere else. One slight disappointment is that it is supposed to be a concept Album of 'Jekyll and Hyde'. There is virtually no Hyde on here apart from a rather bizarre and slightly comical attempt by Colm at the end of the 'Transformation' as he turns from Jekyll into Hyde.
This album is a must have for any fans of the musical (or Frank Wildhorn) as it is interesting to here it in it's original form. However if you want to obtain some idea what the musical is like on stage and hear a good interpretation of Hyde the Complete Work with Anthony Warlow is by far the best of the three recordings available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Knights on 11 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the original concept recording of Jekyll & Hyde by Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse featuring Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder. When I came across this recording i was filled with geniune excitment as J & H is one of my favourite musicals of all time. The chance to hear Colm Wilkinson perform some of the best show songs was too good an opportunity to miss out so i gladly spent my money. Unfortunately i can't help but feel i little dissappointed. Don't get me wrong Colm Wilkinson is an outstanding performer and i admire his voice but for me it just isn't suited to this particular role, I felt like i was listening to the Bee Gees. There is also very little of the "Hyde" (had "Alive" not been written at this stage of development?). As for Linda Eder, her appearrance on three different recordings speaks for itself and it was a real treat to hear her intepretation of Lisa Carew as well as the chance to hear some of the rarer songs. As previously mentioned, i adore J & H hence the 4 star rating but I'm not sure i really like this recording. Overall this is a great insight into what was to become a masterpiece and I also feel it is a worthy introduction into the world of J & H for newcomers, however the definative version (although slighty different to the final Broadway production) is "The Complete Works".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
What Could Have Been! 22 Mar 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having heard this recording on tape many years ago I looked forward to hearing Jekyll and Hyde when it was completed. I lost my copy of the tape and forgot about the show untill this year when I bought the Broadway recording. I was disappointed in it after hearing the potental of the show on this recording! The completed show lacks pace, although some of the induvidual songs are really nice, they are too similar to be in the same show. This concept recording has some of the songs contained in the completed show and indeed other fantastic songs which were scrapped! Till You Came In To my Life, for example, is an excellent song and Colm Wilkinson is fantastic performing it. This recording shows the great potential the show had, but unfortunatly the final product is lacking and some of the great moments on this cd have been lost in the completed musicall! Frank Wildhorn has composed excellent melodys for this show infact I think he could have written two shows with the amount of material he has! This cd lets you hear how good Jekyll and Hyde could have been, and is well worth ordering. There is not a bad song on this cd, and the performances of Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder are brilliant. The three duets, all which have been lost in the finished product are really special and should not be forgotten in time! Have a listen and see for yourself how things could have been.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Performances not in other recordings of this show. 19 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are three versions of this show on CD to date. This is the original concept recording and only two people sing on it: the astounding Colm Wilkenson (known for originating the lead role of Jean Valjean in the original recording from London of LES MISERABLES) and Linda Edler (who also went on to be in all the recordings of this show and the concept album of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, which music was also writen by the same person - Frank Wildhorn). On this album, her voice is amazing, in my opinion, her best performance in this role. She sounds like Barbara Striesand on her best days... I mean that as a compliment. The two artists have a remarkable vocal chemistry she never finds with her other Henry Jekylls... or maybe that's just Colm. Each of them sing two roles (Lucy, Lisa, Jeckyll and Hyde). I'll let you guess who sings which.
Also, don't think that this is the difinitive recording of this show because half of the songs on this original concept album are either severly altered or completely writen out of the show in the other two recordings. In my opinion, this is a must simply because of the performances, though you also need the expensive pre-Broadway recording to get a true feel for the show (the way it is now). This CD contains some great love songs like "LOVE HAS COME OF AGE" and "TILL YOU CAME INTO MY LIFE" that are not on any other version of this show. They were completely cut from the show, and they are wonderful songs. But if you just want a CD to know the show better the way it is now, my opinion is to get the two CD pre-Broadway recording. It's close to thirty bucks, but at least you get a few extra songs on it that they cut out for the Broadway version to shorten the show's length.
If you like this show, you are also going to enjoy THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, but only the concept album, NOT the Broadway cast! Chuck Waggoner, Linda Edler, Pueblo Bison & Dave Clemens make a wonderful cast. The Broadway cast doesn't even hold a candle to Chuck's ma! stery of "INTO THE FIRE" and the lead role in general. The only really good song on the Broadway cast is "FALCON IN THE DIVE" which isn't on the pre-recording.
Other shows I recommend: LES MISERABLES (with Colm Wilkinson of course), SWEENEY TODD (Sondheim's dark masterpiece) and CHILDREN OF EDEN (Stephen Schwartz's most recent musical with music as good, if not better than, his legendary shows GODSPELL or PIPPIN).
PS: Gossip trivia: Frank Wildhorn & Linda Edler are romantically involved (maybe even married)... Talk about old fashion casting! But hey, he got an amazing performer for the job, so who cares... other than lucky Frank.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Unique Jekyll & Hyde CD!! 16 Mar 2003
By K. Mandalovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't see why everyone goes on about how bad Colm Wilkinson sings. I've got every Jekyll & Hyde CD that is humanly possible to get, and this one sticks out because of Colm's unique voice. May I also remind you the songs Linda Eder sings are written FOR HER? Colm had to do it the harder way.
I fell in love with `Love Has Come of Age' with Linda Eder, and that blew me away. Perhaps Colm has his faults with `Transformation' - something about him doesn't make him seem like a well played bad guy. But other than that, he sings `This Is The Moment' in a unique style I have never heard before on a Jekyll & Hyde music CD, it is marvelous.
Before you go on `dissing' Colm, you have to listen to other versions of these songs. Other versions sound so similar, but take `This is The Moment' for example, and you will hear such a different version of the song. It sounds wonderful to hear the same Jekyll & Hyde songs in a different style. Well done Colm, despite what others say!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A musical jewel 7 Sep 2005
By Les Mis junkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the original concept album for Jekyll & Hyde, the earliest version of the musical that took another 8 years and many revisions to reach the stage. Following in the tradition of such epic `concept albums' as those that brought Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Chess to the stage, the objective of this album was to showcase the songs that the musical would be built around. It does so wonderfully, using two of musical theater's most glorious voices - Linda Eder and Colm Wilkinson. The musical was written to showcase Eder's achingly lovely voice. She portrays both Jekyll's fiancé Lisa and the prostitute Lucy; occasionally you need a scorecard to determine which you are listening to. She is especially effective as Lucy - soaring through "Someone Like You", tugging at your heart in "No One Know Who I Am". Wilkinson's rich, mellow tenor complements her beautifully in the duets "Love Has Come of Age", "Letting Go" and "We Still Have Time". Although Wilkinson is listed as both Jekyll and Hyde, in fact all the songs are Jekyll's. As always this fine musical actor hits EXACTLY the right emotional note. It is an absolute joy to listen to in his solos - such wide-eyed, youthful optimism in "Hospital Board", such fierce, possessive love in "Till You Came Into My Life". What a thrilling version of "This Is the Moment"! For Jekyll to do what he does, he HAS to have such total confidence, such clarity of purpose, such an absolute belief in his own abilities. Like Henry Jekyll, Wilkinson charges ahead with joyous, infectious abandon.

There is some dispute among fans as to which actually should be regarded as the `definitive version' of the musical as it is (or should have been) staged - the 1984 "Gothic Thriller" concept album or the 1988 cast album. As Bricusse and Wildhorn had reportedly written more than 6 hours (60 songs) by 1994, there may never be a final version. Personally, of the two I incline towards the "Gothic" version - it has the complete story and the powerful, deeper voice of Anthony Warlow shines, especially as Hyde. (However, his Jekyll seems too somber to me, too practical to plunge foolishly into experimenting on himself.) THIS admittedly is NOT the complete version of the story; it focuses on exploring the characters and their relationships. Yet I have no difficulty in recommending it wholeheartedly. I have this and the "Gothic" version, and if for some reason I had to give one up, it wouldn't be this one. It's easily one of my favorite albums.

Judged solely on its own merits, this album is a jewel. Bookended by 2 versions of "Once Upon a Dream", it offers a highly romantic and perhaps more optimistic version of the story. Listening to "We Still Have Time", you find yourself hoping that somehow it really will work out. All of us will find a compelling story, and fantastic voices singing enchanting ballads. Fans of the musical will find Frank Wildhorn's original vision, sensitive portrayals of the main characters, and several songs that were regrettably trimmed in preparing the musical for the stage. All are lovely, and Lisa's character suffers without them. "Love Has Come Of Age" in particular helps to explain her devotion to Jekyll despite his increasingly strange behavior. My recommendation is to buy both this and the "Gothic Thriller" and construct your own version, with Wilkinson as Jekyll and Warlow as Hyde.
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