John Barrowman was one of few musical theater personalities to make a successful foray into a recording career. Though many stage stars release an album at some point in their careers, seldom are they met with chart success and longevity. Barrowman was born in Glasgow but raised, from the age of nine, in Illinois. Throughout his high-school years, Barrowman ... Read more in Amazon's John Barrowman Store
8. The Kid Inside (Is There Life After High School?)
9. So Close (Enchanted) Duet with Jodie Prenger
10. Unusual Way (Nine)
11. You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)
12. The Winner Takes It All (Mamma Mia!)
13. Oh What A Night (Jersey Boys)
Best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series’ Torchwood and Doctor Who, he has also been a judge on the award-winning BBC1 entertainment shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything. He has also hosted his own primetime Saturday night TV extravaganza, Tonight's The Night and graced London’s West End as Zaza in the Olivier Award-winning La Cage Aux Folles.
John Barrowman is perhaps his most personal album to date – the album he has always wanted to make. As with 2007's Another Side and 2008's Music Music Music, it is a masterful, evocative and uplifting journey into perhaps the man's first love, musical theatre, comprising his favourite moments from Cats, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys and Mack and Mabel to name a few. The album is filled with instantly familiar classics - "Memory", "The Winner Takes It All", "My Eyes Adored You" - to the less immediately familiar, such as "So Close", a spine-tingling duet with Jodie Prenger. Also included is a beautiful version of "You’ll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, a song which his mother sang to him as a child. Every track holds an emotional relevance for John.
John Barrowman claims in interviews that "what you see is what you get". I don't believe him because inside the enthusiastic, passionate and endearingly giggly entertainer is an equally passionate but quieter, more reflective soul who doesn't always get a fair amount of airtime. However, in this very personal choice of songs, this aspect of his singing style is allowed to shine through especially in the slower numbers where his mellifluous voice seemingly effortlessly floats up to his higher register without strain. When I saw "You'll Never Walk" alone on the track listing I thought that this would be one to skip, but JB has reclaimed it from the football terraces and returned it to its roots as a song of love and hope. His wistful rendering of "Memory" is also refreshing. And of course he sings his heart and lungs out in the more up-tempo showstopping numbers but always with the lyrics clearly enunciated and the notes spot-on (well you would expect nothing less from such a consummate professional).
So buy this disc even if like me you don't recognise some of the tracks or think you won't like some of the tracks you do recognise - I guarantee you will be entertained.
Just a minor production niggle - the informative sleeve notes in what must be in 4 point font in white on black are really difficult to read, but is slightly better than Music Music Music's pale salmon pink on white.
just got my new "John Barrowman" album- it is great- wonderful songs- he is in great voice and is totally enjoying himself- so much emotion especially on "my eyes adored you" -"i wont send roses " and especially "you'll never walk alone"- these are the songs he is born to sing- awesome album !!!!!!!!!!!! a very happy fan
I feel it's time someone started writing songs for John as most of his cd's are covers, a previous cd Another Side is much better than this new cd which I felt was disappointing.
Having recently bought John's dvd which is fantastic, I feel John ia a very visual entertainer (like Shirley Bassey)and sometimes hearing them on record is not the same, however to be fair to Mr. Barrowman I have only listened to the new cd once so perhaps it will grow on me.
This CD is really one of the best I own. John Barrowman is a very special kind of entertainer!!! I discovered him only a few weeks ago when our Si-Fi Channel aired a few episodes of Torchwood. After googling his name a world of song opened up to me.............. Via Amazon UK I ordered a few CD's, his books and the DVD boxes of Torchwood. What a joy is this man, a beautiful voice and many talents more. Looking forward to more of John Barrowman!
I've always been a fan of musicals and each one generally has a song which stands out. The selection on this cd ticks most of the boxes for what I like to listen to. What makes it special however are the arrangements and of course the quality of John Barrowman's voice. From happy, uptempo, to where are the tissues, the emotions are so real and beautiful. Best of all though is the feeling at the end of the cd, contentment. I'm sure I will be playing this a lot.
John's voice just keeps getting better. As a scouser it's lovely to hear "You'll Never Walk Alone" taken seriously, it brought tears to my eyes !! There's a good variety of songs here but all show stoppers in their own way. From Manilow to Abba John makes every one his own.His obvious love for the music is infectious.Non confirmed fans may be surprised to find that he can do quiet and sensitive when it's called for !!
I am a (fairly recent - just over a year) huge John Barrowman fan. I got hooked with Torchwood - The Children on tv last year and then looked up everything he did on Amazon and bought it all (ouch!(£) but worth it). This CD is wonderful - he is great voice and the thing about him is that you can hear and feel each word he is singing because he really puts his all into it. All his CDs are playing on rotation in my car and I just love to listen to him. Buy it and you will not be disappointed. (and the gift box has a great pic of him which I have indoors while the actual CD is in my car!)