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Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Adam Pascal, Heather Headley, Sherie Rene Scott, Elton John, Tim Rice, West End Orchestra & ChorusAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Every Story Is A Love Story (Album Version)Sherie Rene Scott 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Fortune Favors The Brave (Album Version)Adam Pascal 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Past Is Another Land (Album Version)Heather Headley 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Another Pyramid (Album Version)John Hickok 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. How I Know You (Album Version)Damian Perkins 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Strongest Suit (Album Version)Women of the Palace 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Enchantment Passing Through (Broadway Cast Recording)Adam Pascal 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Strongest Suit (Reprise) (Album Version)Adam Pascal 1:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dance Of The Robe (Album Version)Heather Headley 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Not Me (Album Version)Adam Pascal 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Elaborate Lives (Album Version)Adam Pascal 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Gods Love NubiaEnsemble - Aida 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Step Too Far (Album Version)Adam Pascal 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Easy As Life (Album Version)Heather Headley 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Like Father, Like Son (Album Version)Adam Pascal 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Radames' Letter (Album Version)Adam Pascal 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. How I Know You (Reprise) (Album Version)Damian Perkins 1:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Written In The StarsAdam Pascal 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. I Know The Truth (Album Version)Sherie Rene Scott 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Elaborate Lives (Reprise) (Album Version)Adam Pascal 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Enchantment Passing Through (Reprise) (Album Version)Adam Pascal0:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Every Story Is A Love Story (Reprise) (Album Version)Sherie Rene Scott 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B00004RCVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For his second Broadway musical (and first time out writing a full show directly for the stage), Elton John certainly set his sights high by turning to one of the grandest of all operas as a source. His continued collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice has produced a work far closer to the agreeable pop style and formula of the team's Disney musical, The Lion King, than to the majesty and tragic passion of Verdi's opera. But the compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and star-crossed lovers--retooled in part by acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang--inspires some of John's signature melodic felicity, as in "Elaborate Lives" and "Every Story Is a Love Story." And the original cast recording marks a dramatic leap forward from 1999's dreary mishmash studio concept album, thanks to the heat generated by Heather Headley and Rent star Adam Pascal as the forbidden lovers. Sherie René Scott can turn on a dime from a parodic stance ("My Strongest Suit") to sad resignation ("I Know the Truth"), while the three get to blend in the ensemble "A Step Too Far"--a pop counterpart to the intensity of operatic ensemble. The score touches on reggae and gospel, and on all-out rock balladry (where it's fun to hear Pascal clearly imitating John's characteristic vocal inflections), but it's most touching in the more reflective moments given to Headley's dignified Nubian princess. --Thomas May

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Original Broadway Production Elton John & Tim Rice

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "Enchantment Passing Through" September 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"What is this Rubbish?!", I thought to myself when I first listened to 'Aida'. I thought that Elton John's music was ordinary, and Tim Rice's lyrics were nothing special. I had heard Adam Pascal in 'Rent', and not being a big fan of 'Rent', I was not thrilled with his voice. I thought Sherie Rene Scott's voice was more like a screech, and, well I didn't mind Heather Headley's voice that much. That was my first listen, and after that I just put it away for a couple of months.
After a few more listens I actually came to enjoy 'Aida' more and more, and now I just cannot stop listening to it. Based on the opera, by Verdi, 'Aida' follows the love-story of Nubian Princess, Aida (Heather Headley), and her nation's enemy, the Captain of the Egyptian Army, Radames (Adam Pascal). Yet, Radames is betrothed to Princess Amneris (Sherie Rene Scott), Pharaoh's daughter. Radames must chose love or power, and his choice of love leads to tragic circumstances.
Husky, yet versatile in range, Pascal's voice grew on me, and I believe that he portrays Radames very well. Listeners are first introduced to Radames in the song, "Fortune Favours the Brave". This fast-paced rock song is sheer brilliance on the part of John and Rice. Pascal's voice fits into this type of song perfectly. But as I listened more I discovered that his voice fitted into most of the songs on this album. He develops his character from a follower of his father's commands, to a man who decides his own fate.
Heather Headley's portrayal of the proud, majestic Aida is brilliant. Headley adds so many dimensions to her character; she is a lover, she is passionate and strong-willed, and she is loyal to her nation and her people.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I REALLY LIKE THIS! June 23, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
After the "All-Star" Album, I was a bit nervous about the real recording. But it turned out to be one of the best Broadway albums I have ever heard.
Now, I'm not one of those Elton John freaks who will tell you to buy anything he makes. I don't even own an Elton album. But the fact remains that this is a wonderful album.
The album starts with the slow ballad "Every Story is a Love Story" that blends ingeniously into the pop-rock song "Fortune Favors the Brave." Other note-worthy songs: "How I Know You," "Elaborate Lives," "A Step Too Far," "Written in the Stars."
The vocal talent on the CD is excellent. Heather Headley is wonderful as Aida (she deserves the Tony...and I'm just going off the album!) Adam Pascal (of Rent fame) is good as Radames, but seems to have some trouble with the slower songs; his voice is better suited to the faster rock and roll songs. At times he also sounds scarily like Elton John. Sherie Rene Scott is also good as Amneris.
I know some of you are going to scoff, thinking John&Rice will never compare to Sondheim. And this is true. But the album is good enough that I would recommend it to you. Elton John and Tim Rice fans should pick it up without a doubt, but for the rest of you, I would say it's worth a look.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Heartfelt Performances led by Headley June 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I didn't get to see the Original Broadway Cast with Tony Award Winner Heather Headley, but I was fortunate enough to experience the first National Tour with Simone, Patrick Cassidy and Kelly Fornier. That night I was blown away by the touching story, haunting tunes and brilliant performances, mainly Simone's Tour-de-force "Easy As A Life."
The Original Broadway Cast Recording, recreates all the passion and heartfelt longing that the live show created. The show's opening number cleverly starts off in an Egyptian Museum in the present time, where tourists are viewing the Ancient Ruins. A man and a woman are mysteiously drawn to the tomb of Aida and Radames, and to each other. The Egyptian Mannaquin comes to life and begins to tell the tale of the Wars between Egypt and Nubia and we are instantly taken back in time. "Every Story is a Love Story" starts off dark and mysterious, then with a wicked force and rock tempo we are catipulted back in time and greeted with "Fortune Favors the Brave." This is one of my favorite beginnings in a musical theatre production. Very clever, very catchy, and it's driving beat commands you to listen.
Enter Heather Headley. Her performance is raw, powerful, proud and enganing. "The Past Is Now Another Land" is a simple yet stirring song of the Princesses vision of her beloved land. Headley's natural accent lends a special added touch to the authenticity of creating the character of the Nubian Princess, it's as if she was born to play the role, and the Tony voters seemed to agree. Headley shines in "Gods Love Nubia" the princesses ode to her country, "Easy As A Life" her painful decision to deny Radames' love, and "A Step Too Far" the gorgeous trio sung by the tragic lovers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying too hard to be a repeat "Lion King" October 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The idea of Elton John and Tim Rice collaborating once more since their first and amazingly brilliant pratnership, "The Lion King" seemed like quite a logical idea. However, the ending product disappointed not only Broadway goers, but everyone in general.
"Aida", at the heart, seems to be desperating reaching to climb the same steps "Lion" did in both its film and stage forms. The album, however, is in no way awful or in any sense "bad"... It is just being compared to "The Lion King" -- which far surpasses "Aida" with ease.
The album does, however, execute a strong musical form that entertains quite vividly. "Another Pyramid" and "Like Father, Like Son" execute truly outlandish rock forms with intriguing Browadway vocals. This strange mix cascades a lovely listening value -- but minuses that core emotional value with lyrics that seem to be quickly thrown together.
There are two crowning achievements on the album, on the other hand. "Elaborate Lives" shows the amazing vocal talent that Adam Pascal and Heather Headley can show with lyrics and music that is heartfelt and emotional. Above this though, is the incredibly orchestrated "A Step Too Far", an amazing triplet of Sherie Rene Scott with Pascal and Headley. Interwining their verses with incredible ease and smoothness, this single track influences the entire's album potential.
Overall, "Aida" is a good album -- and will stand by that. It is in no way whatsoever an incredible or ground-breaking record. It does not break a boundary that would have been expected of Elton and Rice, but it does provide an entertainment value that should be considered.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved AIDA!
I saw the show in New York shortly after it opened and loved it! Listening to the original score again brought back all of those good memories!
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Akin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love the soundtrack! I also love that it's an MP3. I listen to it everywhere! Great price! Great music!
Published 9 months ago by Lois Lynette Guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I purchased this to learn the musice. The play was put on by North Penn High School in PA and it was fantastic!
Published 11 months ago by Linda Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Great Music
This musical hits your emotions on every level: humor, honor, love, friendship, duty. I only wish it would come to Broadway again!
Published 13 months ago by karen m. walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful show
this is a fantastic play if you are lucky enough to see it on broadway. i have not. we did our own show in our local theater and i have seen the high school do it also.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Don Klose
5.0 out of 5 stars Heather Hadley & Adam Pascal Incredible
If you loved Adam Pascal in Rent...he'll blow you away in Aida.....Heather Hadley has such a great future ahead..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephen Strang-Wolf
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing a track
This CD was missing a track from the album! It was supposed to have 22 tracks, but the CD only had 21.
Published 16 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music
Aida is an amazing show, and the music is half of what makes it so. This original Broadway cast recording, with the incredible talent of Adam Pacal and Heather Headley is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cindy C. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
The recording is very good.....one can tell they are Elton John songs a mile away; It almost sounds like the Lion King sound track at times. Read more
Published 23 months ago by NEpetperson
5.0 out of 5 stars AIDA, great play, Great soundtrack
I love the music from AIDA & highly reccomned this CD. Great voices, catchy tunes. 5 stars for sure!
If you havent seen the play and you get the opportunity, do it.
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