- Audio CD (26 Oct. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set, Soundtrack
- Label: Union Square
- ASIN: B002SWXAWI
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Latest & Greatest Musicals (3CD) Box set, Soundtrack
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A deluxe 3CD boxed set featuring the biggest stars from both stage and screen Musicals including Michael Ball, Elaine Paige, John Barrowman, Michael Crawford, Julie Andrews, Jason Donovan and Jodie Prenger. The album includes songs from both the Latest West End shows such as Sister Act, Oliver, Thriller Live and Wicked along with forthcoming Hollywood blockbusters Fame and Nine (from the director of Chicago) and the Greatest Musicals including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Grease, Mamma Mia and Chicago. This is a premium quality album, offering excellent value with 60 great songs from the musicals to enthrall all ages.
Top Customer Reviews
All the big numbers you would expect are there, as well as a few you wouldn't. However, as far as my ears can tell, these are studio recordings of the songs - not live renditions. And there is the rub.
There's something electric that comes from the stage when you hear these songs live - more passion, more volume - the performers are doing just that - performing for the audience. Here they are simply reciting the songs within the confines of a studio. The passion just isn't there, the hairs don't stand up on the back of your neck.
I'm quite happy with the song choices, but I miss the theatre aura that you get with live recordings.
This little lot was put together in 2009, so the word 'Latest' in the title of it is perhaps something of a misnomer. The sleeve notes reveal the facts of the matter, although they do seem to suggest that Marilyn Monroe's fine recording of 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' was made in 2001. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that, especially as she sounds so young in this recording. The sound quality of all of the songs is excellent though, it's not just her.
With the likes of Julie Andrews, Michael Crawford and Michael Ball around, the word 'Greatest' is a lot more convincing. Some of the more modern stuff is perhaps not to my taste - the Grizzly Ghouls' interpretation of 'Thriller' for instance left me frozen, never mind cold. Phillip Schofield's attempt at 'singing' 'Talk To The Animals' fares little better, I'm afraid. I hope the creatures he chats to have a higher boredom threshold than me, that's all I can say. Otherwise it's likely to be a very one-sided conversation.
However, there are so many great tracks to discover that it's easy to forgive (and then, if you're lucky, completely forget) the odd naff one.Read more ›
However, the delivery was super fast and CD was well packaged so cant complain
Most Recent Customer Reviews
empty case! was really looking forward to it too! never mind these things happen and i'm sure it was just a mistake.Published on 23 Sept. 2013 by annie
lots of popular songs with original or cast singers from West End Shows. Very speedy delivery no problems and all new as soldPublished on 17 Aug. 2013 by wendy Kranz
If you love musicals then bang this on in the car and have a good sing along. Very good for the old nosalgia trip and covers most of the popular showslPublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by EJW
Has all the very best songs from all the best shows and more. My friend loves it and recomends it too.Published on 15 July 2013 by K shoe