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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. OvertureOriginal Cast 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. The Beautiful GameThe Company 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Clean The KitDavid Shannon 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Don't Like YouDavid Shannon 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. God's Own CountryDianne Pilkington 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. God's Own Country (Protestant March)Ensemble 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Let Us Love In PeaceHannah Waddingham 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The Final (A Game Of Two Halves)Ensemble 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Off To The PartyEnsemble 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The CraicEnsemble 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Don't Like You (Reprise)Dale Meeks0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Our Kind Of LoveHannah Waddingham 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Let Us Love In Peace (Reprise)Hannah Waddingham 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. The Happiest DayDavid Shannon 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. To Have And To HoldDavid Shannon 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. The First TimeDavid Shannon 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. I'd Rather Die On My Feet Than Live On My KneesMichael Shaeffer 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. God's Own Country (Reprise)Hannah Waddingham 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. The SelectionDavid Shannon 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Dead ZoneDavid Shannon 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. If This Is What We're Fighting ForJosie Walker 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. All The Love I HaveDavid Shannon 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. FinaleEnsemble 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B00007BH8Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mattyp4 on December 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I saw this show in London a few years back. At the time I wasn't as big a theater fan as I am now (in fact, living in London's West End is what really got me into theater in the first place), yet The Beautiful Game manages to be the first & only Andrew Lloyd Webber show I've ever seen. His other shows don't really appeal to me, so I'm by no means a fan of his. I am, however, very familiar with his other scores.

I was drawn to this show b/c of the offbeat subject matter: football (soccer), the IRA, etc. It's certainly not your typical musical. It's basically a coming of age tale centered around a local football team, all set amongst the political/religious turmoil of Northern Ireland during the 1970s. The teenagers are forced to live their lives against a backdrop of violence & rivalry. Some of the characters get involved in the conflict, others stand aside, wanting to get on with their lives in peace, etc. The show was a lot of fun, though at times quite dark & violent.

It's also very inconsistent. For the book & lyrics, Lloyd Webber teamed up with noted English humorist Ben Elton, his first foray into musical theater (Elton went on to write We Will Rock You). The songs teter from corny & campy to deeply morose & melancholy. Some are quite memorable, while others are laughable. Think of it as a guilty pleasure.

That said, some of the more silly songs include "Don't Like You" & "The First Time." The former is a rather juvenile song of flirtation with silly, simplistic lyrics ("Don't like you / Don't like you / I don't think I like you"... which segueways to, naturally, "I like you / I like you / I really like you."). The latter is sung on the two leads' honeymoon...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marijan Bosnar on February 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Beautiful Game will certainly not count among Andrew Lloyd Webber's best contributions to the musical theatre and this recording doesn't improve that fact. There are several things that didn't come to place here. But first, something must be said about the development and the history of this show.

"Whistle down the wind", was ALW previous musical and it returned him to his rock and roll roots of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was never much accepted by the critics and it never made it to Broadway, although it ran for 4 years in London and the audiences liked it. Therefore, the composer chose to do something different for his next project. It happened before: in 1981 with "Cats" and in 1989 with "Aspects of love". He admitted he felt he was repeating himself and therefore decided to do something unusual for his reputation of a creator of blockbuster and flashy musicals. That's why he chose Ben Elton as his next collaborator and lyricist. It was an uncommon partnership: Elton had a reputation of a comedian and a play writer very close to the English political Left; that is the Labour Party, while Lloyd Webber had a knighthood and was commonly associated with the Tories. The important thing was that Elton conceived a completely new story to be put on stage. It was a new direction for ALW, since the rest of his musicals are based on the lives of the historical characters (Jesus, Eva Peron); movies (Sunset Blvd) or books (Cats, The Phantom of the opera or, more recently The Woman in White). The story of The Beautiful game is actually genuine enough.
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ALW provided a strong score for this musical, which I saw in 2001 in London. The show was excellently performed, but not well received, largely due to the subject matter, I think. But there are some great numbers in this show, and some beautiful ballads. The opening number is not as energetic on CD as I remember it on stage. Even the more banal pieces received some strong tuneful hooks, and you may hate yourself for humming some of them despite their simple-minded lyrics, ie "I like you". On the whole a very listenable score, and I think the show would be ripe for revival at the right time and venue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. McConahay on January 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The CD is a recording of the songs in the play The Beautiful Game. It follows a Catholic boys soccor team in 1969 Ireland. The story has wonderful songs with lots of excitement surrounding a winning season of soccor and the turmoil of the day. The lyrics on the company songs are a bit hard to understand and the dialect is sometimes different, but the CD is wonderful! The album jacket can help with the storyline and it is well worth the effort. I highly recommend this CD,
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It's 2014 and I still find this OC recording to be amazing - beautiful and thoughtful. It is fine to hear ALW's favorite - Love Never Dies - in its second recycle (before the Phantom sequel). It's a lovely song and reworked to great advantage. And a couple of other songs made it to his latest show - to our good fortune (I'll never like you). There are many 'professional ALW critics' but I'm not one of them. Even when he does some repeats I find pleasure in his music and concepts.
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