Andrew Lloyd Webber: Now & Forever Box set, Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
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What's in this collection?
* Five CDs in total, packaged in a very nice box set format
* About 100 songs from every musical ever written by Webber on three CDs.
* The fourth CD includes different versions of some of the more popular songs (sung by different artists). It also includes Madonna's rendition of "You Must Love Me" (from the movie version of Evita).
* A bonus CD (so five CDs in total) with some never released stuff (very cool)
* A 64 page booklet with plenty of color photos, and information on the musicals and the songs in the collection.
Overall, a wonderful addition to any Webber fan's collection.
Over the years many compilations of his work have emerged. In the late 80-is and early 90-is it was the "Encore" series and lately the one-disc collection called "Gold". The one in question here can be considered one of the best currently on the market. First, it includes a 3-disc selections from all of his shows, minus the latest one, i.e.Read more ›
Disc 4 has many famous cover versions and singles, some of which you may already have, but you also get the bonuses on this disc of Kiri Te Kanawa's "The Heart is Slow to Learn" (which was originally going to be part of a sequel to Phantom) and the Metal Philharmonic Orchestra's breathtaking rendition of "A Kiss is A Terrible Thing To Waste" (featuring vocalist "Scarpia"). You will have chills for days after that one.
Finally, there is the famous disc 5! Tracks never before realeased on CD for many of us to enjoy for the first time. This CD takes us back to the roots of ALW's music and lets us taste a few of the early moments of his career. It includes many singles for several well-known artist that didn't quite work out. It even includes the song written by Lloyd-Webber for his 1992 wedding. This is the most treasured disc of the whole set, in my opinion. Of course, this whole set is a treasure (even the extravegant and informative booklet in the box) and I highly reccomend this to anyone with a passion for Lord Lloyd-Webber's music.
The most fascinating part of this collection is the rarities included on the last CD. It includes some of his most famous songs, before they were in their final form. Other songs included in this collection of rarities are songs that were recorded and never released in any way shape or form, until now.
Another great part of this collection is the fourth cd. It includes all of the songs that have reached the tops of the charts. All by some of the greatest artists of the late 20th century, such as Elvis, Barbara Striesand, Madonna, Petula Clark, and more!
The only disappointment there is with this collection is that there are still many great recordings of ALW's that weren't included. You'll have to look in other places for those. Even so, it is the best compilation of one of the worlds greatest composers
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Great talent, brilliant music just love it. Covers a lot of his best work. Would recommend to anyone who appreciates show music.Published 22 months ago by Barbara Cicco
got this for my daughter's birthday. she loves Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals and enjoys this music cd set. worth the money spent.Published on January 10, 2014 by Heather
If you don't own all these Webber musicals individually already, this is a great over view of his best songs and works.Published on March 6, 2010 by Ariella Vaccarino creator of Voice Lessons To Go
1 of the most complete Andrew Lloyd Webber box sets out there as far as what he has done. Every thing from Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, To Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream... Read morePublished on May 15, 2009 by Carlo Castronovo
Between Amazone, Ebay and Napster, I don't usually buy CDs anymore, and I usually wait till I can buy them cheaper "new and used". Read morePublished on June 29, 2006 by Just another reviewer
Please beware they made a mistake on this. It's actually the shortened Ray Shell version of STARLIGHT EXPRESS from the original 1984 London cast - NOT the El Debarge single from... Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by eastvillage
"Evita." "Sunset Blvd." "Starlight Express." "Jesus Christ Superstar." "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Read morePublished on January 19, 2003 by Alan W. Petrucelli