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5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE MIXTURE OF SONG & DANCE, 12 Sept. 2006
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Song & Dance premiered in West End in 1982. It is comprised of two pieces Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote in the 70-is: the short musical called "Tell me on a Sunday" and the instrumental piece called "Variations" that he composed based on the work of 18-19th century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini. The latter was written for Webber's brother Julian, who plays the cello, although not in this recording. The title is derived from the fact that the first part is formed by the songs only and the second by the orchestra and Wayne Sleep's dancing troupe.

"Tell me on a Sunday" tells the story of a young English girl in New York, going through various love affairs and dealing with the life in another country. The music consists of beautifully composed pop and ballad songs, among the finest Lloyd Webber has ever done. The orchestrations are neatly made; I am especially fond of the parts when the orchestra takes the lead within a song, especially the saxophone part in "Come back with the same look in your eyes." Other noticeable songs are "Take that look off your face", "You're the last man in my life"; "Tell me on a Sunday" and many more. The lyrics of Don Black, Lloyd Webbers later co-operator on "Aspects of love" and "Sunset Blvd" are as witty as always. The first disc with the musical is almost entirely sung-through and although various characters are mentioned, we only see and hear the English girl.

The role of the English girl was originally written for Marti Webb, who played it as a solo part in the 70-is. She reprised her role on this live recording as well. She sounds perfect for the character of a young girl because her vocal abilities seem very suitable for that particular role. She brings a touch of a childish playfulness to it and that works very well. After Marti, many others played the role outside Song & Dance framework, including Sarah Brightman for a TV special and, most recently, Denise Van Outen for the current UK Tour. Marti herself is still playing the part at some parts of the said tour. The show was modernized to match today's standards, so instead of writing letters to her parents as she does on this recording, today the English girl emails them and among other things mentions "Friends" in the show. Also, songs were re-written and some new ones added. Despite of that, this original live 1982 recording works more than well. My only complaint is the lack of the lyrics in the booklet.

"Variations" loosely based on Paganini's compositions are a group of songs performed by the orchestra alone to which the group of professional dancers headed by Wayne Sleep danced. It was quite a sight according to the pictures in the booklet. Here Webber combines pop, jazz and even step dancing. The result is a wonderful mixture of fabulously composed music, which is attested by the enthusiastic response from the audience on this recording. As such, this CD works lovely as background music.

Song & Dance therefore is an obligatory part of any Lloyd Webber fan's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Observation, 8 Nov. 2006
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James Ghani (Richmond Upon Thames, UK) - See all my reviews
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As a teenager I was fortunate enough to see the original show at The Palace Theatre in London back in the early 80's - my first West End theatre show! - I am compelled to point out to the curious viewer that the live recording of Tell Me on A Sunday featured on this disc is certainly the definitive version of the musical and far superior to the over-produced studio album subsequently released by both Marti Webb and more recently Denise Van Outen. The superb 'in-theatre' vocal features all the vaulting skills you would expect from a single voice expected to carry an entire live show herself. The tone, breadth, character and humour are unsurpassable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio CD, 21 April 2013
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Far better than I expected. The sound quality is good and it even came with the libretto which wasn't mentioned in the item description
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brill, fab, class etc, 25 May 2009
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Amazon Customer "hamble" (somewhere in west europe) - See all my reviews
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if you're looking for a version of android webber's "variations" then this is definitely the version for you. none other in all honesty compares. the cellist is brilliant, the other players just fab! but marty webb in "tell me on a sunday" is nothing to write home about. buy this album for the "variations"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Aug. 2014
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good to get a cd copy of this album
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