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4.8 out of 5 stars
Unmasked
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This morning,on hearing this cd for the first time, I actually shed a tear whilst eating my porridge. John doesn't just sing, he performs each song as though he were performing it on stage. His incredbible acting talent is very evident on this cd.

His voice has so much depth, one moment portraying anger and frustration and the next tenderness. It is a talent which only a small number of artists possess.

The orchestrations are excellent, simple accoustic guitars on Love of My Life and Hallelujah to the tumultous sounds in Thunderball.

There is not a bad track on this album by one of Britain's greatest performers and if I could only possess one cd, this would be the one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2012
The best voice that has enchanted London's West End and all the major cities in Wales and the UK has created a glorious collection of songs. This lovingly recorded CD will keep on amazing song after song. It is impossible to select a favourite. "All I Ask of You" with Natsha Marsh is the best version of this song you will ever hear. "Down to the Sea" will raise the goose pimples but, the very best for me, at this time, is "Without You" is shows the pure versitility of Johns voice. However, I don't know what it will be after the next listen! Oh....don't stop listening until the very end!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2012
I first "discovered" John Owen-Jones when I saw him during the 25th anniversary production of Phantom of the Opera. Living in the US, I've not been acquainted with many of the West End's favorites so was taken by surprise when I heard him singing during the post finale portion of the production. I immediately looked him up and found a lot about him and of course many YouTube videos. When I found out he was coming out with a new album I put it on my "list to purchase" right away.

I was finally able to download it last week and it didn't disappoint in the least and in fact I'm so smitten with the songs and the arrangements, I haven't quit listening to it. Probably the biggest surprise was "Thunderball" as I was around when that first came out in the movie by the same name. John does a fabulous version of it and I'm certain Tom Jones would agree. I'd be surprised if it wasn't the first time some people had even heard it.

"Somewhere" and "Hallelujah" are my favorites of the moment primarily because they were unexpected, but all of the selections are pure genius. You can feel the emotion behind each and every lyric which is certainly due to John's acting ability. He performed an album rather than recorded a bunch of songs for an album.

This is really a musical treat that everyone will enjoy. In fact, my 6 year old nephew listened to it in the car with me and asked to hear it again. He said "the songs sound nice". Go figure.

Anyway, if you haven't purchased the CD yet, go ahead and take the plunge. You won't be sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2012
I came to find John Owen Jones through being a fan of Natasha Marsh. What a fantastic voice he has! Great album with a good variety of wonderful songs. My favourite has to be the moving and powerful 'All I ask of you' which is quite simply the best rendition I have ever heard! Brings tears to my eyes every time I listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2012
John Owen-Jones is one of the greatest singers these days. His performances as the Phantom are legendary and with this CD he tried to capture his musical and acting talent on a piece anyone can keep at home to listen to it over and over again. With songs like "Til I hear you sing", "All I ask of you" and "Without you" he shows how brilliant and powerful his voice really is.

If you have ever seen him live on stage you can imagine his acting performance while listening to each and every note.

From the music to the design of the album it is a brilliant piece of work everyone should own!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2012
From this album you can feel the real Welsh Man behind his mask.
He put efforts making this album graet & wonderful!
The track sequence arrangement, the design of the CD...
All so down to earth. You'll fall in love with his voice.

Life without music is nothing

And there's a secret track hidden in Track 14 Hallelujah!
(CD Version only, not for the D/L version)
Jump to 18:00 when Hallelujah ends at 06:00
The hidden track is a Welsh Folk "Eli Jenkins Prayer".
This is an ACAPPELLA :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2012
What better way to celebrate the start of a prestigious tour playing "The Phantom Of The Opera" nationwide (not to mention two concerts of your own), than to release your second solo album?

For a well known musical theatre star, some song choices seem compulsory. Still, this "Music Of The Night," threatens to eclipse the Michael Crawford original. Even braver, following it with "Til I Hear You Sing" from sequel "Love Never Dies" makes the listener wonder at what he would have brought to that role too. The answer may be found in an "All I Ask Of You" that clearly bewitches his Christine, Natasha Marsh.

Still with musical theatre staples, "Being Alive" moves from slightly stretched into a surprisingly effective begging treatment, while "Somewhere" sparkles both vocally and orchestrally, as a young man sets out his vision to moving effect. Often overdone "This Is The Moment" doesn't dwell on that key-change as lesser versions do - even if this reviewer still finds its continued popularity inexplicable. More successful, bonus track "Bring Him Home" refreshes the singer's claim on another leading role.

Demonstrating more imagination, there's a brace of numbers from lesser known shows. First, a highly successful collaboration with Bryn Terfel on "I Don't Remember You / Sometimes A Day Goes By" from revue "As The World Goes Round." A thrilling exploration of love in a surprising duet. Then follows "Down To The Sea" - an interesting introduction to "Kristina," suggesting a musical worth discovering.

Away from the theatrical, other choices on the CD are as unexpected as the small gift after track 14. First is 1947 Eden Ahbez creation "Nature Boy," which feels as dreamlike as any musical theatre piece. A surprisingly relaxed opening number, it's craftily positioned before a macho rendition of "Thunderball." Owen-Jones finds the `story' in this song, while the Welsh Session Orchestra (who accompany him throughout the album) produce a smart "Bond" sound for him.

Later, the Ham / Evans number "Without You" proves that musical theatre doesn't have a monopoly on setting loss to song, but that a musical theatre performer can find an extra dimension. This applies equally to closings tracks "Love Of My Life" and bonus number "Hallelujah." The first bookends perfectly the opening track with another, slightly less laid-back, wishful performance; the second revitalises a much covered song with a contemplative interpretation.

It's sadly rare in musical theatre for those who `take over' a role created by another performer to have their ideas recorded. Rarer still is a musical theatre artist who can bring those skills to other genres. John Owen Jones achieves both here, and his new disc should delight old fans and win new ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2012
John Owen Jones is the voice of a generation - there simply isn't anybody better. This album is a more eclectic mix than his previous offering, ranging as it does from his familiar Musical Theatre stylings to the beautifully-crafted "Nature Boy" and his powerful (tongue in cheek?) homage to Tom Jones on "Thunderball". For me, the album's centrepieces are a beautifully-woven duet with Bryn Terfel on "I Don't Remember You / Sometimes A Day Goes By", and a performance of "'Til I Hear You Sing" that will raise hairs on the back of the neck of anyone who saw him sing it on the Three Phantoms tour. An absolute must for anyone who loves a big voice that isn't afraid to step up to bat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2012
Came across John Owen Jones during the tour of Les Miserables 25 Anniversary, we saw him in Manchester. I hadn't heard a voice this good for a long time, bought the first EP and then the first CD - loved it and now have bought Unmasked - love the song choices, my favourite is Till I Hear You Sing. Looking forward to seeing him in 25th Anniversary Tour of Phantom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2012
I've just bought this after seeing John on stage twice, once in Les Mis in 2010 and again recently in the Phantom tour - he's just AMAZING both on stage and on a CD.
He brings to life any song with warmth, character & depth that not a lot of today's artists can manage, my only criticism is that there's 2 songs on here which were on his last album - Bring Him Home and The Music of the Night. I wish I could purchase the Phantom CD with him singing, there seems to be several available without him which is annoying seems as he's played the role more than anyone else.
Buy this CD and you will not be dissapointed, it makes me want to clap and cheer after every song & gives me goose bumps - I just love him!!! :-)
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