- Audio CD (21 Jan. 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: First Night Records
- ASIN: B000025HVN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,897 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Blood Brothers Soundtrack
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Top customer reviews
The narrator in Blood Brothers is my absolute favourite.
For the uninitiated, Blood Brothers is the touching story of two best friends who... are brothers, only, uh... they don't know they're brothers, which kind of complicates things.
This musical is witty and clever in that it is full of irony, for example, one character plays games about dying but, in his words, "if you cross your fingers and count from one to ten, you can get up off the ground..." and ends up shooting someone, upon which the narrator reminds him that if he crossed his fingers and counted, it might all be a game.
While the characters appear to have their ups and downs, the narrator represents the stark reality of the world around them and brings into context the guilty secret that the main character (Mrs. Johnstone) holds inside her in one simple phrase - "The Devil's got your number."
Sublime singing all around, melodic and rocky playing of instruments and sharp, bitter irony carry this touching recording through to the end, which is so shocking and disturbing that one cannot help but be moved by the characters' final song. But it's inescapable. As the narrator will remind you, the devil's got your number.
Blood Brothers is the finest British musical of the past 20 years, Willy Russell's greatest masterpiece and a show which sees the audience openly weeping night after night in the theatre.
They don't come better than this !!!
Buy it now! I promise that once you have listened to it, you will do so over and over again. I think I am now word perfect on most of the songs!
I saw this show last weekend on the UK Tour. It was incredible.
I bought this CD and the 1995 London Cast Recording and I have to say that this is by far the better of the two.
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It happens to have been the second time I've purchased this very same product - the original one was worn out !
Blood Brothers is already an icon in musical theatre, and no matter how many times you may have seen the production, with a variety of cast memembers, this recorded version for me, is the ONLY one worth listening to as it immediatley takes me back to the first time I saw the show.
The emotions remain raw, the tension palpable and the music, evocative of Willy Russell's tense drama. Just a few weeks ago I went to a matinee touring production in Glasgow .... and it was amazing ! However, I am drawn back time and again to this true reflection of the character's struggle.
Coud there ever be a Blood Brothers 2 ?? Wouldn't it be fun to find out !
Unfortunately I purchased this one. I found the voices in no way matched the excellence of the current London Cast (02.09.02) and the musical arrangement is "bitty" and disjointed.
However, a friend lent me a copy of the London Cast featuring Stephanie Lawrence and this is absolutely excellent. It is equal to the current London performance. If you are considering seeing Blood Brothers, do buy the Stephanie Lawrence version first or it may put you off a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable experience that will stay in your memory for months.
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at her best as usual " just 5 star all through,the cd