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VINE VOICEon 19 November 2007
This is a reissue of the original 1991 Cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat starring Jason Donovan.

It has been digitally remastered with two new tracks from the 2007 Cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat by Lee Mead and Dean Collinson.

Even though I brought this CD in 1991 I have brought this version because it is a Special Edition and contains an updated booklet with new linear notes and pictures and a dedication to Steven Pimlott 1953-2007, a director in British Theatres, by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This is a must buy for true fans of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jason Donovan but also a taster for the new 2007 cast. In the future they may release the new cast recording but to me this will keep you going until then.
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on 3 December 2007
I saw the show at the weekend and bought this CD at the theatre. Yes, it is a reissue with two extra tracks, but they are hardly being discrete about it: it's written across the front of the CD.

I was pleased to be able to get this as the only copy I have of the 1991 version is on cassette, which is not much use these days. The 1991 cast were amazing (although I do think Lee was better than Jason) and this CD doesn't disappoint.

For those who are complaining, I'm afraid this is the way cast recordings are going these days. For example when a show opens here after having played on Broadway then it is rare to get a London Cast recording (see Wicked, Spamalot, and Avenue Q as recent examples). Given that the current production of Joseph is identical to the 1991 production (with the exception of a new song, which is one of the two bonus tracks on this reissue) right down to the staging, set, and costumes, then a new recording was obviously not thought worthwhile and/or fiancially viable.

Do buy this album, just be aware that it is a reissue and you will not be disappointed.
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on 13 May 2009
I bought this cd for my 6 year old, we went to see Gareth Gates in the show and we also have the dvd with Donny Osmond. She loves this cd, the fact that it's Jason Donovan doesn't seem to bother her, just enjoy the songs!
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on 10 June 2009
I recently went to see the show staring Craig Chambers - he and the show were both brilliant!! - My son who is 6 and I have been trying to remember the songs, but without success - hence this purchase!! - Yes, I probably would of brought Lee Mead singing the songs, but as a child of the 80's,Jason Donovan works for me!! For us its about learning the words and dancing to the songs and bringing back the memories of the show - regardless of the cast!!
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on 27 July 2009
Andrew Lloyd Webbers Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - Special Edition
Bought this CD for grandson and he absolutely loves it. The music is great and having the lyrics also means he can sing along. The package and Cd are excellent quality.
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on 14 November 2007
Disappointing is the word to use for the re-release of this JOSEPH CD featuring Jason Donovan... a 17 year old recording with a couple of 'bonus tracks' by Lee Mead and Dean Collinson is not what JOSEPH fans wish to buy.

With the revival of JOSEPH in the West End doing so well with Lee Mead in the leading role you would have thought the least the fans of this new show would be rewarded with would be a brand new cast recording with the energetic, talented cast who are currently performing at the Adelphi.

It feels as though fans of the current show are being somewhat short changed.

I would have given the review of this CD nil stars if I could, I feel giving it just the one star is very generous of me.
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on 16 February 2009
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on 14 November 2007
Read the small print ! It's a re-release of Jason Donavon version (recorded 17 years ago)with Lee's single & 1 other track.
Why aren't they doing a version with full new cast - I'd have bought that.
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VINE VOICEon 23 February 2014
I would like to share my thoughts on this recording of Joseph after hearing news that it is being turned into a film.

There have been many recordings of this Rice & Lloyd Webber musical through the years, and this recording with Donovan, Hateley and the London Palladium cast is a pretty good recording. I would probably say it is among the better ones. The cast performances are top-notch and spirited. Donovan conveys Joseph's naive side very well, and Hateley turns in a solid, bubbly performance as the Narrator. David Easter relishes his turn as the Elvis-style Pharaoh and the ensemble of brothers and wives is excellent as well.

Although I enjoy this London Palladium cast album of Joseph more than the other English language recordings, I have some doubts about the overall feel of this Lloyd Webber musical in recent years. The Pimlott revival was excellent and dazzling in its way but at times it tended to lose the original school musical feel that informed the original 15-minute pop cantata version of Joseph. I'm not against the John Cameron orchestrations per se, but there are times when I find that the arrangements on this recording feel a bit over-produced and overcooked.

For instance, it would have been more effective for Close Every Door to have a quiet finish rather than the big finish on the 1990s revival recordings. I also notice that the Song of the King and the conclusion of Go Go Go Joseph are a bit too heavy. Pharaoh's Elvis song in particular is a bit too heavy and it sounds like it's hitting you over the head to force you to become a rock'n'roll fan rather than offering up a tongue-in-cheek, fun impression of Elvis. I also feel doubtful about the Megamix because it doesn't quite wear well after repeated listenings.

This reissue of the Donovan recording includes Lee Mead's version of Any Dream will Do and Dean Collinson's version of the new Elvis-Pharaoh song, King of my Heart. These bonus tracks are so good that one wishes that Lord Lloyd-Webber and the Really Useful Group had done a complete recording with the 2007 London cast. However it's a shame that they didn't because, as pointed out in another review, new cast recordings are not viable if revivals are revived on the stage with hardly any changes.

It would be nice if there was a Joseph recording that still utilised the updated 1990s orchestrations yet retained the spirit and feel of the original school musical. I know that the pre-1990s recordings had a smaller-scale feel but not all of them were satisfactory and fun. I know some of you would like to point me to the 1982 Broadway recording with Hutton and Beechman, but it's not exactly for me. For now, this Donovan version of Joseph, the deleted CD of the Donny Osmond film soundtrack and even the 1974 MCA studio cast are my go-to sources of this Lloyd Webber musical.

I'm not against this version or the Pimlott revival. It has its own strengths and so does this recording. I'm not saying that we should avoid it when listening to Joseph. It would be nice if it were more intimate and less over-produced at times.
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on 18 November 2010
Cd of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Amazing technicolour dreamcoat'. Original cast special edition with Jason Donovan, Excellent product at a very good price and free delivery. Who could ask for more?
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