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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sunset Boulevard recording in the world....ever!, 22 Jun 2005
This review is from: Sunset Boulevard: Original Los Angeles Cast [SOUNDTRACK] (Audio CD)
After opening to poor reviews in London, Lloyd-Webber opened the musical in Los Angeles, setting of the show, with a newly tweaked and refurbished production. Starring in the leading role of Norma Desmond was actress Glenn Close who, despite not having the voice of London star Patti LuPone, manages to prove herself as the definite Miss. Desmond. Her voice manages to convey all the emotions the character is experiencing thoughout the show, whilst having an eerie, lost quality perfect for the character. The supporting cast are also excellent, with Alan Campbell proving an excellent leading man, with Judy Kuhn as his fine voiced love interest, both of whom triumph in the second act love duet, 'Too Much in Love to Care'. George Hearn also stars as butler Max. THe recording is of all the musical acts in the show, with linking dialogue cut, but despite this, the running time of just over two hours contains the entire story. The reorchestrated score sounds the best it ever has, with subtle references to Franx Waxman's original movie score. This studio album, however, does not contain the elongated 'home' in 'As if we Never Said Goodbye' that can be found in most other recordings and stagings. A very slight amount of low level hiss can be heard on the recording, due to it's orignal analogue recording source, but other than that, the sound is top notch. In my opinion, this is the best recording of Webber's masterpiece, and comes complete with full-colour booklet containing liberetto and production photographs.
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