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A guilty pleasure
on 8 January 2018
Although I act in various local amateur productions, I'm not a regular theatre goer myself, and certainly wouldn't count the soundtracks of such productions as among my desired musical preferences, but the album of the 1991 revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rices' 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', which starred Jason Donovan at the possible height of his popularity, contains two irresistible tracks that I can't help but tap my feet too.
The songs in question are 'Jacob and Sons / Joseph's Coat', which is a joyful singalong, and the haunting 'Go, Go, Go Joseph', where the lead character finds his luck was ''really out'' but this fine storyteller soon turns things around to real optimum. For me, these are worth the investment alone, or at least an individual download, but I also like the enchanting 'Pharaoh Story' and 'Close Every Door To Me, as well 'Poor, Poor Pharaoh', where Linzi Hateley's singing is particularly good. I can give or take the rest, but they have generally aged well enough for children to really enjoy the majority of them today.
Naturally very cheesy and camp in most places, this is an overall 'fun' album which contains the aforementioned two tracks that never fail to bring a smile to my face. The story of Joseph is told through the songs on this soundtrack, and if you enjoyed hearing them in any production, you'll enjoy listening to them again here.