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Stephen Ward (Original Cast Recording) [Soundtrack]

Stephen Ward , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Christopher Hampton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00FLDVIZ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Human SacrificeAlexander Hanson 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Super Duper Hula HooperTim Walton 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. When You Get To Know MeAlexander Hanson 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You're So Very Clever To Have Found ThisAlexander Hanson 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. This Side Of The SkyAlexander Hanson 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. ManipulationAlexander Hanson 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. He Sees Something In MeCharlotte Spencer 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You've Never Had It So GoodAlexander Hanson 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Black-hearted WomanRicardo Coke-Thomas 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mother Russia, While We Can [Explicit]Alexander Hanson 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love NestDaniel Flynn 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 1963 [Explicit]Charlotte Spencer 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Give Us Something Juicy [Explicit]Charlotte Spencer 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Manipulation RepriseJulian Forsyth 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Police Interview [Explicit]Charlotte Blackledge 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I'm Hopeless When It Comes To YouJoanna Riding 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The ArrestDaniel Flynn 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The TrialAlexander Hanson 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Too Close To The FlameAlexander Hanson 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

The original London cast album for Stephen Ward, the new political musical by Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black.

Stephen Ward charts the rise and fall from grace of the society osteopath. Friend to film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats, his rise and ultimate disgrace coincided with the increasingly permissive lifestyle of London's elite in the early 1960's. The musical centres on Ward's involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club which led to one of the biggest political scandals and trials of the 20th century."

Track Listing:

1. Human Sacrifice - Alexander Hanson
2. Super Duper Hula Hooper - Tim Walton, Kate Goyston, Amy Griffiths, Emma Kate Nelson, Helen Ternent, Emily Squibb
3. When You Get To Know Me - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer
4. You're So Very Clever To Have Found This - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Joanna Riding
5. This Side Of The Sky - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer
6. Manipulation - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge, Ian Conningham
7. He Sees Something In Me - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge
8. You've Never Had It So Good - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge, Daniel Flynn, Ian Conningham, Anthony Calf, Martin Callaghan, Chris Howell, Joanna Riding, Paul Kemble, Ricardo Coke-Thomas, Wayne Robinson, John Stacey, Julian Forsyth, Jason Denton, Tim Walton, Carl Sanderson, Kate Coyston, Amy Griffiths, Emma Kate Nelson, Helen Ternent, Emily Squibb
9. Black-hearted Woman - Ricardo Coke-Thomas
10. Mother Russia, While We Can - Alexander Hanson, Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge, Ian Conningham
11. Love Nest - Daniel Flynn, Charlotte Spencer
12. 1963 - Charlotte Spencer, Charlotte Blackledge, W


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific music and lyrics 28 Feb 2014
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Very clever lyrics and great melodies. Seeing the show in a fortnight but horrified that it is closing so soon. Very sad.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable listen... 15 Jan 2014
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After reading a lot of chatter on the web, I was concerned this might not live up to the high expectations I have from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Glad I decided to find out for myself. While this is vastly different from Andrew's more operatic scores (like Sunset, Aspects and Phantom) he is a gifted composer who's tunes find a way of remaining in your mind long after you've first heard them. I've woken up humming some seemingly less popular songs from this ("You're so very clever to have found this"; "He sees something in me") and find myself replaying the "hits" like "Human Sacrifice" as well as "This side of the Sky".

"Too Close to the Flame" seems to be one of the most dramatic finale's ALW has written since "Anything but Lonely" from Aspects of Love. After all that, the song "I'm hopeless when it comes to you" is worth buying the album itself. Truly one of ALW's classics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephe Ward (original cast recording) 27 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this production .I have seen the show twice and the CD did not disappoint from the live performances
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best show in town! 16 Feb 2014
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Saw this show at the beginning of January and thought 'ALW has done it again'! The acting and singing were excellent and for those of us who remember the scandal well, we couldn't help but realise what a miscarriage of justice Stephen Ward was dealt. The songs were so relevant to that time and I'm hoping to see the show again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lloyd Webber's best show for 20 years 10 Jun 2014
By Tim
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Extremely good. Clever lyrics and splendid music. There's a wonderful cast too - especially Alex Hanson as Ward, and the 22-year-old Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler. She deserves a glittering career.

To tell the truth I don't much enjoy Lloyd Webber's light entertainments (Phantom, Starlight, etc), though of course they're brilliantly suited for their intended audiences, and contain fine moments. But when he tackles a more adult topic he produces something really valuable. And in my view, this is as good as anything he's written.

The musical explores the downfall of Stephen Ward, a doctor who enjoyed introducing society figures to young and pretty girls. In particular, Jack Profumo, the Secretary of State for War, to the 19 year old show girl Christine Keller. The resulting scandal destroyed them all. The musical argues that Ward was an honourable man, motivated only by "kindness". Personally I'm not convinced, but that's not a weakness in the musical. It's a strength. It makes the show thought-provoking and challenging in a way that more black-and-white musicals are not. Jazzy tracks such as "When you get to know me" underline the moral ambiguity.

It's true that several other tracks which must have worked well on stage, aren't interesting enough to play several times at home (e.g. Mother Russia, Black-Hearted Woman and much of the later part of the show which is little more than dialogue). This is not true of some other Lloyd Webber shows, for example Evita. However, most tracks repay repeated listening. "This Side of the Sky" always moves me, and Charlotte Spencer's voice is charming. Christine's songs are more touching than any in Evita or Sunset Boulevard because her character is so much more attractive than Evita's or Norma's.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL WITH A MISSION 10 Jan 2014
By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The sensational sex scandal of 1963. Very famous names were allegedly involved. Mind boggling revelations proved manna to the media - public agog, eager for the next instalment. War Minister Profumo with the same prostitute as a Russian spy? At the very least, a major threat to national security. This was but the tip of the iceberg, rumours multiplying about sexual orgies featuring prominent people. Was Royalty involved, exactly how many aristocrats, top judges, MPs? Accusations. Denials. The Government seemingly out of control and about to topple.

Frantically The Establishment closed ranks to protect its own. Top priority was the need to create a diversion. Stephen Ward became the scapegoat.

This is the dramatic background to Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical. Here he tries to set the record straight about the extraordinarily gifted osteopath (Churchill and Gandhi amongst his grateful patients). It is a sympathetic portrayal. The man was no angel but certainly not the monster he was made out to be - waxwork effigy in Blackpool's Chamber of Horrors alongside Hitler and the Acid Bath Murderer. He, perhaps naively, had simply set out to enjoy life. All around were captivated by his charm, he friend of the elite - they quick to desert him in his time of need.

Be advised this is no Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster with a score likely to linger in the memory. Throughout the music is more restrained, ideally complementing the tender, witty, sometimes disturbing book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black. This is a recreation of the times. While not holding back on the sleazy aspects, much is sensitive and wistful - a wry depiction of the doctor who became victim of spin.

Alexander Hanson is excellent as Ward.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a 'Stephen Bored' 14 July 2014
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My problem with the title still remains: Stephen Ward is not the title of a musical. It relies on a decent knowledge of the Profumo affair- i.e. knowledge beyond the fact that there was probably someone called Profumo involved. If you're going to use a name, it better have an obvious resonance. There was a musical about the Profumo affair in 2007 actually, called A Model Girl- a much better title.

The second problem- that young audiences won't be familiar with the material- is not necessarily a problem. After all, how many people watching Evita are au fait with South American politics?. The fact that it was the fiftieth anniversary of the events meant that Stephen Ward's trial might pop up in the papers, and therefore people who were around at the time have a reason to remember it. And yes, the parallels with modern celebrity and the culture of scapegoating makes the show relevant; although ALW banks a little too much on this parallel.

For example, we get lots of songs showing the music of the time. The sixties' pastiches are very enjoyable- songs like 'Super Duper Hula Hooper' and 'Black-Hearted Woman'. ALW's strength has always been in creating a popular sound and as the sixties were his teenage years, he should know about the 'sound of the sixties'. Then we get songs showing the culture of the time: Cold War fears in 'Mother Russia, While We Can' and swinging orgies in 'You've Never Had It So Good'. The latter is a kinky version of Ascot Gavotte, with the assumption that Fifty Shades of Grey has whetted our appetites for such things. It is funny but not as witty as it could be; more of the simple Carry On type humour. Then we have police interviews, press interviews and the trial- all sung of course.

You might well wonder where the characters are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sad I missed the stage version, so good to have the sound track.
Published 4 days ago by HELEN EVANS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ordered for a friend and he is well pleased with it
Published 1 month ago by James Hoye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice music!
Published 1 month ago by yukiko-konishi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not the best from the creators
Published 2 months ago by Gerard Bien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Pity the show itself closed so soon.
It is a bit of an unusual and "old" subject - maybe that is why it closed.
Published 3 months ago by stan owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - Fresh - but ultimately flawed by its title
Criminally closed before its time and shackled and weighted down by one of the worst titles to ever grace a musical this is actually some fine work.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars The affair set to music
People who were around when the Profumo affair broke were very shocked at the time. No one could have guessed a musical would be made one day. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had expected better and, had it continued for a longer run in the West End, would not have been tempted to go and see it.
Published 5 months ago by gavin rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity
Love Lloyd Webber musicals in general. Can't understand whynthis has failed. Sorry I won't get to see the original cast but I'm sure there will be a revival in the future. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maralyn Lever
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but a complete recording would have been better
Great performances and a very faithful record of the original cast. Thoroughly enjoy listening to it. It's just a shame it is not the complete score and libretto.
Published 5 months ago by J. Burridge
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