- Audio CD (8 Mar. 2010)
- Special Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B002S0OBN2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Love Never Dies (2CD+DVD Special Edition) Box set
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Love Never Dies is Andrew Lloyd-Webber's much-anticipated sequel to legendary musical The Phantom of the Opera and continues the story of The Phantom, who has moved from his lair in the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of Coney Island, far across the Atlantic. Set 10 years after the mysterious disappearance of The Phantom from Paris, the show features the epic ballad "Til I Hear You Sing" (sung by by Ramin Karimloo, who plays The Phantom) and "Love Never Dies" (performed by Sierra Boggess in the role of the lovelorn Christine Daae).
The deluxe double CD & DVD version of Love Never Dies, includes the DVD "Love Never Dies – The Story So Far", a 40 minute documentary that goes behind the scenes of the making of the show and album, plus a 32 page book.
Top Customer Reviews
The varying music styles enhance the story being told - particularly those that evoke vaudeville and the turn of the century. The intriguing tune of "Beautiful" isn't beautiful in the melodious sense of the world, but its very difference in the notes chosen make it beautiful in a strange and haunting way. The lovely harmonies and polite social graces covering up the truthful undertones of "Dear Old Friend" give at once an amusing and hummable song. "'Til I Hear You Sing" is an amazing ballad, and sung with such strength and emotion by Ramin Karimloo. My absolute favourite song on this album is the rock-opera style "The Beauty Underneath". The Phantom's entrance (not for the audience, but for Christine) is punctuated by the strong melody of "Beneath a Moonless Sky", which pervades the entire score. The "Coney Island Waltz" makes me think of carousels at old fairgrounds, but gradually changes to something more sinister, reminding us of who is behind Coney Island in "Love Never Dies".
While there are links to the original "The Phantom of the Opera", "Love Never Dies" can and does stand on its own.
There have been varying opinions on the soundtrack (and on the show), but I think it is like a lot of great music - music that endures - in that it is not always the first listen that traps you, but rather its ability to steal into your soul without you realising its growing effect. As someone who is fast getting hooked, I can't praise this soundtrack high enough.
The DVD includes interviews with Sierra Bogess (Christine), Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom), and Summer Strallen (Meg) for the cast, along with the director, lyricist, the creative team, and, naturally, Andrew Lloyd Webber. There are some fascinating moments, particularly those when you're taken behind the scenes to see the set taking shape.
In each time I've listened to it I hear something new just like what another reviewer said.
I love the music because it's just fits perfectly in the time when it's based - the early 1900s. One of my favourite songs is "'Till I Hear you Sing". It is very powerful and emotional and I feel like I'm going to cry whenever I listen to it. The reason of this is because of the performance by Ramin Karimloo who in my opinion is an absolutly brilliant Phantom. Another is "Beautiful" while my favourite (like other people I have read) is "The Beauty Underneath" because it has the most unique piece of music in the show and it reminds me of the rock-opera style from the first show and I thought that this song was the "Phantom of the Opera" song but for this show. My favourite non-lyric instrumental like piece is "The Coney Island Waltz", like other reviews have said (not just on here) it has reminded them of 'old fairgrounds' and then moves onto something else and I can feel the love and hatred the characters have to Coney Island and it's overall mastermind.
One of my favourite things about this show is how the show isn't a direct sequel. It's a sequel yes but like Andrew Lloyd Webber said it's a stand alone story but with links to the original like the characters and a few pieces of music. Another of my favourite things about this show/CD is how it's more or less the entire show on 2 discs (but you can listen to it in one go if you import it onto your computer).Read more ›
Actually the new show manages very well the transition - although there is a major shock for those who remember the closing moments of the film.
Ten years have passed. Painfully aware he remains not the main love of wife Christine's life, Raoul has taken to gambling and drink. To pay off his debts, Christine accepts an engagement at America's Coney Island - oblivious that the Phantom is again pulling strings. He had been smuggled there from the opera house by Madame Giry and her daughter Meg. Still besotted, he is determined to reunite. The stage is thus set for the love triangle's new phase, ten year old son Gustave the new ingredient. (Yes, ten years old. Think for a moment. Consider implications.)
No more candles and gaslight. Now a world of electricity and razzmatazz, Coney Island very much the place to be - playground of rich and poor alike, freaks abounding so the Phantom has no reason to hide. Andrew Lloyd Webber makes the most of the opportunities to recreate the atmosphere and excitement of this bright new age, whilst indulging in another lush romantic wallow. Highlights are many - including The Coney Island Waltz, Look With Your Heart, The Beauty Underneath, the pulsating Devil Take the Hindmost. All need to be eclipsed, though, by the show's title number that comes near its close - the mere singing of which will alter for ever the lives of the six main characters. That song needs to deliver. It does.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite different from the soundtrack you'll here on the DVD of the stage show but still very good.Published 6 months ago by E C LANE
I’ve been a huge musical fan since my early days, and love the period of the big musicals, from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. Chadwick