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Blood Brothers (1988 London Revival Cast) [Cast Recording]

Kiki Dee, Warwick Evans, Robert Locke, Willy Russell, Annette Ekblom, Blood Brothers (Related Recordings)Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 11, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000003FHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Marilyn Monroe - Kiki Dee And Company
2. My Child - Kiki Dee And Joanne Zorian
3. Easy Terms - Kiki Dee, Warwick Evans And Company
4. Shoes Upon The Table - Warwick Evans
5. Kids Game - Terry Melia, Annette Ekblom, Con O'Neil And Company
6. Shoes Upon The Table (Reprise) - Warwick Evans
7. Long Sunday Afternoon/My Friend - Con O'Neil, Robert Locke
8. Bright New Day - Kiki Dee And Company
9. Marilyn Monroe - Kiki Dee And Company
10. That Guy - Con O'Neil, Robert Locke And Company
11. Summer Sequence - Warwick Evans
12. I'm Not Saying A Word - Robert Locke And Company
13. Take A Letter Mrs Jones - Joanne Zorian Kiki Dee And Company
14. The Robbery - Warwick Evans, Con O'Neil And Terry Melia
15. Marilyn Monroe - Kiki Dee, Con O'Neil And Annette Ekblom
16. Light Romance - Kiki Dee, Warwick Evans And Company
17. Madman - Warwick Evans
18. Tell Me It's Not True - Kiki Dee And Company

Editorial Reviews

Bill Kenwright presents Willy Russell's award-winning musical: BLOOD BROTHERS, London Revival Cast Recording. Kiki Dee, Warwick Evans. Track Listing: 1. Marilyn Monroe 2. My Child 3. Easy Terms 4. Shoes upon the Table 5. Kids Game 6. Shoes upon the Table (Reprise) 7. Long Sunday Afternoon / My Friend: My Friend 8. Bright New Day 9. Marilyn Monroe 10. That Guy 11. Summer Sequence 12. I'm Not Saying a Word 13. Take a Letter Miss Jones 14. The Robbery 15. Marilyn Monroe 16. Light Romance 17. Madman 18. Tell Me It's Not True

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is Best. February 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
BLOOD BROTHERS became my favorite musical of all time after seeing the show in London several years ago. The show is about two twin brothers who are separated at birth and raised in different homes but eventually become best friends of the closest kind, blood brothers. The show realistically displays the problems with the class system in England and the great divide that separates the rich from the poor.
"Marilyn Monroe" is the theme of the musical and it's flowing melody pops up throughout the soundtrack. "Bright New Day" is a cheery tune that ends the first act; it is a song full of hope and promise of grand things to come. The last song on the cd is "Tell Me It's Not True", a haunting melody that sticks with the listener long after the stereo has been turned off. My favorite song on the cd is "I'm Not Saying a Word" a ballad that speaks of a perfect, yet unrequited love.
They don't make too many shows like BLOOD BROTHERS in the U.S. anymore: a simple story with a strong social and moral message supported by a strong score and soundtrack yet not backed by any huge blockbuster dance numbers. That is unfortunate. However, until they do, one can listen to BLOOD BROTHERS and be reminded that sometimes simple is best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Cats! October 30, 2000
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
Well, I don't think critics would put this play above "Cats," but then again, when have the critics have been right? I first saw this play in London a few years ago, and I fell in love with it. Without giving away the ending,(which unfortunately the soundtrack does-that's my only complaint) this play tells the story of two brothers separated at birth, and their journey as they form a friendship, unaware of their family ties. The entire play is a flashback, so in essence, you know how the play is going to end, but that doesn't matter. "Marilyn Monroe" is probably the most powerful song in the play which is evident by it's reoccurence, and the occasional references to her in the dialogue. It's kind of eerie how much her life models the life of the brothers' lives, which adds to the power of the song. "Shoes Upon the Table" is a strong song, due mainly to the fact that it is sung by the narrator. In the play, the narrator is like a shadow who lurks in the background, and foreshadows disaster, so when he sings about the shoes, there is a very powerful message of superstition. He is actually my favorite character, and I think his strength comes through well on this recording. "Bright New Day" is exactly what it sounds like-- it's the end of the first act, and there are signs of hope, but like clockwork, the narrator shows up not too long after the second act begins. Again, since I don't want to give away too much because I want you to see the play yourself, I will say that the last track, "Tell Me It's Not True" is a powerful song whose message is easy to relate to. Anyone who has suffered like Mrs. Johnstone does in the play can understand what she sings about, and it is a very strong end to the CD. I highly recommend this CD to everyone, but because it does kind of give away too much of the plotline, I do highly recommend seeing the play before buying this recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreaking story of two brothers June 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
i am an american who first saw blood brothers performed live while living in london. though the class issues at the heart of this have a uniquely british veneer, i found it to be one of the most heartbreaking & powerful musicals i've ever seen. many of the themes are universal.

if you ever have the chance to see this in person, go see it. if not, the album is the next best.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Revival not as good as Cassidy Bros November 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just purchased the London Revival Cast Recording of "Blood Brothers" after seeing it in London in 2000. I previously owned the Cassidy Bros/Petulla Clark recording. That recording far surpasses this one in quality of voices/interpretation, etc. Kiki Dee sounds flat and unemotional whereas Ms. Clark is a believable mom torn by tragic events of her life. I am very sorry I purchased this other, boring recording- even Willy Russell doesn't capture the intensity found on the other recording -I'll have to repurchase the Cassidy Bros. (they were surprisingly great - I wasn't a fan before that) one which is hands down the best - I miss it and the mood it inspired.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic musical September 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
BLOOD BROTHERS, playwright Willy Russell's stinging indictment on the Thatcher-governed years in Britain, has come to be regarded as a modern classic and with very good reason. Willy Russell's music and lyrics perfectly inhabit the locale and themes of the piece. The story revolves around twin boys, Eddie and Mickey, who were separated shortly after birth and go on to live polar-opposite lifestyles. Their mother, known only as Mrs Johnstone, is plunged into every parent's worst nightmare, when one brother unknowingly kills his twin... The story later explores the ramifications of the event as well as the aftermath in store for Mrs Johnstone.

BLOOD BROTHERS had been staged several times in the years before this particular production, most notably in 1983 (the World Premiere in Liverpool), but the show took a while to achieve a following. It wasn't until 1987 that a new touring production decided to settle for an extended run in London, and BLOOD BROTHERS began to make it's mark. Starring Kiki Dee in the demanding lead role of Mrs Johnstone, featuring Con O'Neill and Robert Locke as Mickey and Eddie (with Warwick Evans as the Narrator), this cast of BLOOD BROTHERS is one of the best recorded for disc.

Songs like "Marilyn Monroe", "Tell Me It's Not True", "Bright New Day" and "That Guy", are draped over the characters like second skins, they are so powerful in exploring characterisation and meaning. Musically in BLOOD BROTHERS, nothing happens without a reason, and this score definitely improves with repeated listening. Well worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers is an amazing musical, and the 1988 revival cast does an amazing job. I'm not a huge fan of the guy that plays Eddie in this version, but Overall an absolutely... Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD from Outstanding Show
This is not the biggest British import ever, but it should be. This is a great show that has been compressed very well into this album. Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Brothers
Recently saw this play in London. Loved it and wanted a reminder. This disc is wonderful. If you do not know the story, I think you would still enjoy the music.
Published on October 27, 2007 by christine s. abbott
1.0 out of 5 stars A great play, a terrible musical!
I saw Blood Brothers in London in July 2007. Being a huge fan of musicals, the show was a real disappointment. Read more
Published on October 20, 2007 by Kelly Linton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Get Better Than This
If you love musicals with characters that are not one-dimensionally self-involved--If you love musicals without screeching sopranos and tons of special effects--If you love... Read more
Published on January 31, 2007 by Edrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
We visited the musical in the London Phoenix Theatre in December 2006. The performance was wonderful, so we decided to buy the cd via Amazon. Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by Pieter
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's funny.
Blood Brothers is one of the most hilarious shows of modern msical theatre. The only problem is that it is a drama. Read more
Published on August 17, 2006 by Bakermum
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
This musical is nothing special. I own two different recordings of it, and this is the better of the two. The lyrics in the show are nice although plain. Read more
Published on August 2, 2006 by ~Amante
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've Heard!
The story of the Blood Brothers is a fantastic one, I saw this at the Empire in Liverpool during their homecoming in 2004 and I was blown away. Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by K. Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Waited way too long!!
I first heard selections from this cd on Kiki Dee is amazing as the mother. The story is heartbreaking. Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by Cupdeville
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