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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, undeservedly failed in the theatres, 2 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Chess (Audio CD)
The song "I Know Him So Well" was No. 1 for 4 weeks in the UK and prompted me to make my first ever musical purchase - Chess. In nearly 20 years I have never tired of it and am still moved when I listen to many of the songs. The emotional highlight for me is the song "Pity the Child", a heart-rending outpouring of raw emotion from the twisted American player (based on Bobby Fisscher) which ends with a superb guitar solo.
Reviews of the stage musical always seem to say something like "some good music, but deeply flawed", without explaining what the flaws were. I don't see it - I saw the show in London, loved it, and would love to see it again.
Anyway, whatever the merits or shortcomings of the show (sadly not available on DVD or Video), the music is exceptional. It is a mix of rock and orchestral music (contrast the two singles, "I Know Him So Well" and "One Night in Bangkok"); it has some beautiful duets (trios, quartets...) with lovely interleaved melodies and some very elegant and clever lyrics by Tim Rice.
If I could, I would give it a hundred stars. This is, I think, my favourite album bar none.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2010 20:17:03 GMT
P. G. Croft says:
Very well said. I saw this show at the Bristol Hippodrome in it's pre-Westend tour, and was thrilled with the performances, althought the sound was uneven . But thats no criticism of the play. I am particularly pleased that you selected 'Pity the child' for special mention, one of my all time favourite songs--AND--that superb guitar ending WOW ! still love it. P G Croft.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2015 01:34:45 GMT
Mr. Mc Perry says:
you say:undeservedly failed in the theatre in part of your post, it was not a failure at all it was on for 3+half years that is a very good run and Tim Rice said it made it's money back within the first year so I'm confused with your comment!

I could understand if it was mean't to run say for 2 years then got taken off a month or so down the line like Gone with the wind did with Darius which was not meant for a limited run for 6/8 weeks like some shows do
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