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2011 release from the British tenor, a ground-breaking album comprised of world-class show tunes. Boe, known among his other great performances for his portrayal of the lead in Les Miserables in the West End, is electrifying in this collection featuring the title track "Bring Him Home". Other highlights on the album include duets with Matt Lucas and Kerry Ellis.

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The first song Alfie Boe `The People's Tenor', ever performed on stage was Bring Him Home, the showstopper from Les Miserables. Little did he know, at the age of 14, that this would form the title of his first album to be released on Decca Records. A couple of years after this first performance the teenage Alfie became an apprentice car mechanic at a sports car factory in Blackpool. Having discovered opera at a young age from listening to his father's records, Alfie would often sing to entertain his colleagues. One day he was overheard by a customer who was so impressed he suggested Boe should go to London and audition for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Over thousands of hopefuls Alfie landed the job.

Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe was born 35 years ago in Blackpool, a seaside town in the north west of England and brought up in nearby Fleetwood. As the youngest of 9 children, little did Alfie's parents know that the baby of the family would grow up to be one of the finest British tenors of his generation. His mother of Irish and father of Norwegian descent respectively, loved classical music. On Sundays the family would sit around the dining table whilst Alfie's father would listen to his favourite tenor, Richard Tauber. Alfie would sit patiently waiting to be excused so he could go and play football. Many years later he realized the immense effect those Sunday afternoons would have on his life.

Alfie went on to study at The Royal College of Music and then The Royal Opera House; there it was that he received a call changing his plans. The caller was Baz Luhrmann who, after spending two years looking for one of the main leads for his controversial production of Puccini's La Boheme, approached Alfie for the role. "We came to London to hear a young tenor called Alfie Boe who turned out to be absolutely extraordinary." - Baz Luhrmann Things just got better and better for Boe, and this year in particular has been an eventful one. After taking the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at The Queens Theatre, Alfie lead the cast in Cameron Mackintosh's 25th Anniversary celebration of Les Mis at London's 02 Arena. This momentous occasion has been captured on DVD, to be released by Universal Pictures. Alfie will then be returning to the stage production in the same role next year. Alfie brings a hugely successful year to a close with the release of his new album - his finest to date - Bring Him Home. He delivers a wonderful selection of many of the greatest of all show tunes, from such Rodgers & Hammerstein evergreens as Some Enchanted Evening and If I Loved You through to more recent winners from Sunset Boulevard, Moulin Rouge and, of course, Les Miserables. The tenor is joined by a couple of distinctive voices for two mesmerising duets: West End star Kerry Ellis for a powerful performance of Come What May and none other than comedian Matt Lucas in the first duet version of The Impossible Dream. With Alfie Boe's ringing tenor voice, the magic of the musical has never sounded more enchanting.



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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B004CCS11W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
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Alfie Boe continues to impress with every new recording. Though quite at home in opera (Baz Luhrmann's DVD of 'La Boheme' shows how fine a Rodolfo he can be), Boe brings great musical dignity to these theatrical gems. His selections range form Rogers and Hammerstein ('Some Enchanted Evening' beautifully transposed for tenor voice, 'If I Loved You') to the Bricusse/Newley 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' ('Pure Imagination') to the Wasserman/Darion/Leigh 'The Man of La Mancha', to Lerner/Lowe 'My Fair Lady' to Boubil/Schonberg 'Les Miserables' to Bricusse/Ornadel 'Pickwick' and more.

Boe follows the lyric of each of these very much loved songs - his very tender 'Bring Him Home' reminds us of his impeccable performance of Jean Valjean on the anniversary recording of 'Les Miz', and he soars in 'On the street where you lived' and finds the nobility in 'The Impossible Dream'. Boe's voice is supple with an extensive range, but in the end it is the wedding of a beautiful voice with the instincts of an intelligent interpreter that makes this album such a delight. Grady Harp, March 11
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. Chandler on March 8, 2011
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I guess I was one of the lucky ones who immediately went to Amazon.com to look and see if this new guy, Alfie Boe had any other songs out. He was simply amazing as Jean Valjean on the 25th anniversary recording of 'Les Miz'. I wanted to hear more from that great voice and this CD does not disappoint. I love every song and recommend the purchase to anyone else who enjoyed hearing him that first time. A lovely discovery.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 25, 2011
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I first heard Boe in his incredible performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert . I'd urge any fans of his and/or the musical to get that DVD as well, especially since the original 1985 cast comes together at the end and Boe sings another rendition of "Bring Him Home" which is well worth hearing and a rare opportunity to experience three "Jean Valjeans" sing together.

But on to the current CD: I confess that I can't get enough of Boe's voice, even in some songs that might not be among my favorites. But as Boe interprets them, they become new again and I find myself impressed by his rendition of songs which include "If I Ruled the World" and "On the Street Where You Live." These two songs can - and have- been sung in ways that tip them over into pure camp and sentimentality but Boe is adept enough to make them memorable and finely balanced emotionally. Most of the tunes are musical classics, including "Some Enchanted Evening" and "The Impossible Dream."

It can be difficult to describe anyone's voice during a review but you can certainly play samples of some of the songs. I find Boe to have a very lush, muli-layered voice which has depth but also carries high notes well. His "Bring Him Home" is a definitive version for me now. For those unfamiliar with Alfie Boe, he comes from a very modest background, one of 9 children who was as eager to play football as listen to classical music.

Listeners lucky enough to own any of his DVDs have the opportunity to hear one of the superb tenor voices out there.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2011
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I would give the Les Miz 25th Anniversary dvd 5 stars but after hearing the Bring Him Home cd I would also say that the dvd does not do justice to ALfie Boe's voice or singing ability. Basically, if you like Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean you will really enjoy his singing here. For those of you who did not see the PBS broadcast or view the dvd, if you enjoy songs from broadway shows you will really enjoy hearing this man sing on this cd. Alfie Boe was clasiically trained which comes through here. He also really puts emotion into the songs that he records.

This is the first reveiw I have wriiten on Amazon and I have been buying from this site for years which is an indication of how stronly I felt about this cd.

Hope you enjoy it as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sweetp on April 3, 2011
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Alfie Boe is amazing and so is this album. This is the first album that I have ever bought where I have loved every single track. The songs themselves are beautiful, but it is his heavenly voice and the emotion he is so obviously feeling that draw us in and send our hearts soaring. Buy every one of his albums, but this one should definitely be at the top of your list.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ILikeAmazon on April 9, 2011
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Alfie Boe has one of the finest instruments of our age -- a supple and endlessly sumptuous tenor voice with fully emotive dynamics. He's obviously cognizant of his skills and has an intuitive sense of when to finesse and when to belt it out. So impressive. So, why not five stars? Here's why: 1) If you listen to the 25th Anniversary recording of Bring Him Home, you'll be somewhat disappointed by the rendition on this disk. It doesn't have that edge, that fire... sorry Alfie, but you've spoiled an entire generation of theatergoers with that one performance. 2) The aggressive violins on each track! Who controlled the microphones and mixing?!? I want to hear Alfie, not the Land of 1000 Strings. 3) Who are these other performers trying to sing with Alfie? It's just an impossible task to keep up with this guy...to quote properly: "to dream the impossible dream." 4) Why so many over-sung standards? Sure, they're great songs, but how about some selections to call your own that we haven't heard a hundred times before (clearly he can select great songs...e.g., Hushabye Mountain).

In summary, I give Alfie Boe 5+ stars but this CD is a mixed collaboration where nearly anything added to Alfie somehow detracts.
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Why isn't Alfie Boe on any Les Miserable recordings?
Big Hollywood money wants big Hollywood names whether or not they have the singing talent to pull it off. I love Hugh Jackman and he has a great voice albeit more a baritone than a tenor. I wonder if they will need to drop "Who Am I" and "Bring Him Home" down a few keys for... Read More
Feb 12, 2012 by Stargate luver |  See all 15 posts
alfie boe...brilliant
I'm in Chicago and just saw Alfie Boe in LES MISERABLES IN CONCERT -25TH ANNIVER. which was broadcast as a fund-raising event for local public TV (WTTW) If other public broadcasting markets broadcast LES MIS.....it will do amazing things for his career here in the states. If you haven't heard... Read More
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