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Cats (Original London Cast Recording)
Cats (Original London Cast Recording)
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool for catz!, 30 Nov. 1999
The only thing I don't like about this cd is that I bought it in a record shop for a higher price than the one offered here. The songs are funky and guaranteed to cheer you up (except perhaps "Grizabella the glamour cat" and "Memory".) This is a must for anyone who loves cats or music (even better if you are nuts about both). If you haven't seen the show, see it. Then buy the video version and the book by T.S.Eliot, "Old Possum's book of Practical Cats" - not an advert for amazon, this is required reading for your full appreciation of this masterpiece. When you have worn them both out listen to the cd once more and then go and see the show again - if you're not sick of it all by then, you'll be hooked forever - just like me. Some people may analyse the different musical genres used by A.Lloyd-Webber, but I am young, uneducated in the history of music and just enjoy what I hear, so don't worry if you're the same - enjoyment doesn't always come from understanding! This cd is especially good as it has all the songs that were originally written and performed, whereas this isn't always the case with the stage productions nowadays as the show has been running for so long. Having so many famous names on the cd is a bonus as, famous or not, all the singers bring warmth and personality to the cats they are playing. But don't take my word for it - find out for yourself!


Diana's Story
Diana's Story
by Deric Longden
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 30 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Diana's Story (Paperback)
Before I read this I'd only read Deric's books about his life now with lots of cute cats and only the occasional sad bit, but this just shows the extent of the power he has with words. We've all lost relatives and some of them may have spent a while in hospital, but this just takes the cake. Deric Longden writes about his life with Diana as it happened and the most powerful parts are those when he shows us how his mind was working at the worst moments of their life together. He brings Diana to life superbly and shows her strength, courage and that she was a real person, with feelings, fears and hopes and that is something that is forgotten so easily when a person is confined to a wheelchair. The best example of this is the bit in the restaurant when Diana says to Deric "You didn't tell her (the waitress) about my periods." because so many doctors talk to Deric about these things, instead of asking Diana herself. The bit in the restaurant is one of the funny moments, of which there are many, and these show that Deric is the same absent-minded and humerous bloke he is in his later books. This one has to be read in order to understand him fully - buy it now!


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