I originally heard the POTO theme sometime in 2001, and the music just grabbed me.
Being only 15, I wasn't old enough to see the original cast with Micheal Crawford and Sarah Brightman, and I have yet to see it, but this recording is absolutely brilliant.
It misses a few parts out, but oerall you get a general feel for the story, and I haven't gone a day without listening to some of it for days now!!
The music is wonderful, and right at the end, I can almost hear the clapping of an audience.
Overall, amazing music, amazing storyline, this recording is an absolute must for any fan of Phantom of the Opera!