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Cats (1982 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Cats (Related Recordings)Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 7, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000001E3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Act One: The Overture
2. Act One: Prologue: Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats
3. Act One: The Naming Of Cats
4. Act One: The Invitation To The Jellicle Ball
5. Act One: The Old Gumbie Cat
6. Act One: The Rum Tum Tugger
7. Act One: Grizabella: The Glamour Cat
8. Act One: Bustopher Jones
9. Act One: Mungojerrie And Rumpelteazer
10. Act One: Old Deuteronomy
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act Two: The Moment Of Happiness
2. Act Two: Gus: The Theatre Cat
3. Act Two: 'Growltiger's Last Stand' Including 'The Ballad Of Billy McCaw'
4. Act Two: Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
5. Act Two: Macavity: The Mystery Cat
6. Act Two: Mr. Mistoffelees
7. Act Two: Memory
8. Act Two: The Journey To The Heaviside Layer
9. Act Two: The Ad-Dressing Of Cats

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of T.S. Eliot's poems may not have become Broadway's longest-running musical without the original cast to begin the raves. Which is why every aficionado of this theatrical classic will tell you that this is the one you have to own (although they'll probably tell you that you need the import Original London Cast album as well, the show having originated on London's West End and all). But this is the one with Betty Buckley singing "Memory"--the song that turned her into a star--and the two discs are appropriate for the musical that helped set off Broadway's "operatic" phase. The show is now also available--in its entirety--as a home video, but the music still stands on its own, though some cynics have wondered why so much music only produced one hit standard. --Bill Holdship

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest of all official CATS recordings in English June 9, 2002
By Yi-Peng
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This recording of CATS is what I consider the finest of all the official English recordings of the score of this classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Compared to its London cast predecessor, I find this recording more spirited in nature, and better able to keep in tune with its quintisential Britishness. Notwithstanding revisions and rewrites, this cast does an excellent job at this, even with American accents that do not seriously jar the ear. And the recording quality, despite having a sense of theatrical atmosphere, tends to be a little too thick-textured, and sometimes clouded.
This fine performance boosts the stalwart Betty Buckley as Grizabella. Buckley is able to adopt the right kind of gorgeous voice in her portrayal of the fallen glamour cat, and she really is able to use this to great effect with her rendition of Memory. Elaine Paige may be regarded as the foremost interpreter of the role, but here Buckley is able to prove that she can hold her own against her arch-rival from the original London cast. Ken Page's portrayal of Old Deuteronomy is on the same high plain as Buckley's Grizabella, as he uses his sonorous voice to great effect in his solos. In particular, he gives a firm and commanding performance of The Ad-Dressing of Cats, and is warm, open and expansive. The rest of the cast is no less strong, especially the lower-level principals Timothy Scott, Harry Groener and Terrence Mann. Timothy Scott does a splendid job not only in his standout number but also when he sings Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, and Terrence Mann sings his Rum Tum Tugger passages (Mistoffelees and his standout number) with gusto and panache, and a tenderness during Old Deut's Theme. Anyway, they both characterise their cat characters with as much slickness as you could hope for.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CATS February 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
WOW!I mean WOW!This cd is awesome!Ken Page is Old Dueteronomy!Betty Buckley is GREAT!But I would say that ELaine Page is a better Grizabella.Betty is good don't get me wrong.Harry Groener is a great Munkustrap(the best you can get)!Jellylorum is GREAT!The best one you can find.Bustopher/Asparagus/Growltiger all those characters being played by Stephen Hanan is the GREATEST you can find.He gives a crisp interpretation.Demeter could have been better.Also this recording has a great Mr.Mistoffelees sounding Caberatish(excuse the spelling).I also like the sound COMPLETE in it.Over all this recording sounds THE BEST AND IS THE BEST!Well see you at the Jellicle Ball!
Also Recommended:Les Miserables(Concert version),Jesus Christ Superstar(Australia version),The Phantom of the Opera(London Cast),Sunset Boulevard(American version),and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(Canidian version).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular & Delightful, those Jellicle Cats!! August 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw "CATS" at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in July 1987 when I was 13, and it made an impression on me that is with me to this day. The songs, costumes and makeup were breathtakingly fantastic, and being a cat lover, I had an instant affinity for the subject matter. This soundtrack is SUCH a pleasure to listen to, and I never tire of it. Each and every song is performed with enthusiasm, emotion, and a sense of fun. My personal favorites are "MungoJerrie & Rumpelteazer", "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat", "The Jellice Ball" and, of course, "Memory". I also own the London Cast Soundtrack, and I despise it. The vocals are weak, unenthusiastic and almost indifferent. I definitely prefer Betty Buckley's interpretation of Grizabella to Elaine Paige's, and Ken Page gives a MUCH more heartfelt and robust performance as Deuteronomy than Brian Blessed does. To sum up, the Broadway version is the ONLY version of "CATS". It will always be a delight for the ears.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you address a cat. July 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Few musicals divide audiences as much as this one, but I think this is a great CD. Though it isn't complete--one full song, and some significant portions of dance music aren't included--it is a marvelous representation of the show. The music feels perfectly matched with T.S. Eliot's poems, and allows their childlike lightheartedness and fun to shine through. Betty Buckley's rendition of the show's most famous song, "Memory," is still unmatched in my opinion. The cast is wonderful straight across the board, but with Betty Buckley giving the show's most famous song, "Memory" what remains its best performance ever, how can you not have Cats in your cast recording library?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Lana
Format:Audio CD
Like most people, I've been torn between London and Broadway for a while. I'll admit, I'm fond of both London and Broadway, but some songs I like on Broadway more than London, and vice versa. However, when I bought the Australian recording, it turned into my favorite CATS recording, hands down. They have EVERY song in there, (Growltiger's Last Stand, and Battle of the Pekes and Pollicles) Anyhow, here's my biased opinion on which of the three recordings dominate in certain songs.

Overture - The overture is pretty much the same

Jellicle Song for Jellicle Cats - London

Naming of Cats - Australia

Invitation to the Jellicle Ball - Broadway

Old Gumbie Cat - London but Australia's is pretty darn good

Rum Tum Tugger - I'm not very fond of London's version or Broadway's. I'd have to say Australia, but Broadway is just as good.

Grizabella - London

Bustopher Jones - London

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer - Australia. This version has a very interesting Mungo and Rumpel

Old Deuteronomy - London or Broadway

Jellicle Ball - London

Grizabella: The Glamour Cat - Tie

Memory - Okay, Elaine Paige is about as good as it gets. But Debbie Byrne from Australia delivers a heart felt Memory also.

Gus: The Theatre Cat - Australia

Growltiger's Last Stand/The Ballad of Billy McCaw - All are good

Macavity: The Mystery Cat - Australia

Mr. Mistoffelees - Australia. The Australian Rum Tum Tugger is a lot better. And while I'm a huge Sarah Brightman fan, and you can hear her overpowering in this song, I still say Australia wins here.

Memory - Moment of truth. I love Elaine Paige. Her Memory is as good as it gets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cats cd's
The cd's were in good quality and play nicely on my cd player and have been added to my mp3
Published 3 months ago by Edith Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find!
Just as described, and in excellent condition! Had been
looking for this in the record stores in town, but no one
had it and no one seemed to know where to find it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by quiltlady
5.0 out of 5 stars CATS music
CATS music on TAPE, so I donated it to the school. I like the music and the children will too.........
Published 8 months ago by Curtrenton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Described
I was told this would be the full set, I only received Disc 2. The case was scratched and did not look very new.
Published 12 months ago by Erica McQueary
1.0 out of 5 stars Somethings missing
This was supposed to be Cats: Complete Original Broadway Cast recording and according to the item description was supposed to be TWO discs. I only received disc ONE. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD !!!
This product is worth the money you pay. These items make a difference in hitting the target gift for anyone. You can't go wrong buying this product. It a nice product to buy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MARSKY
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice. Where's the other CD?
I love this CD so much! Its definitely a great one. I would like to say that this company only gives Act 1 of the Show! Bummer! Maybe try a different company to buy it from. Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by Elliesinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Ooops!
Seller made a mistake; what was sold was not what was advertised. When I contacted her, she immediately apologized, refunded my money, and told me to keep the (wrong, but nice)... Read more
Published on May 14, 2010 by Anne C. Woodlen
5.0 out of 5 stars Cats the musical
I saw this musical as a child with my father. I absolutely loved it! Every time I hear these CD's it brings back fond memories. Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by Cat mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars CAT attack!
The greatest musical of all time is now the best sound track of all time! Fans of CATS the musical will definately love the soundtrack, espeically those who were privaleged enough... Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by K. A. Bauermeister
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