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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca Broadway / Universal
  • ASIN: B000BSM28E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Now and Forever! This is the show which launched the blockbuster musical movement and played 18 years on Broadway. The unsurpassed original Broadway cast recording features the sensational Betty Buckley and her unforgettable rendition of the worldwide phenomenon hit, Memory.

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Love the music and soundtrack.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber has done justice to Eliot's poems.
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Finally able to purchase several of his CD's.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng on January 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a devoted fan of CATS and this recording of this wonderful musical, I am very thrilled that Lord Lloyd-Webber has released this wonderfully remastered version of the recording. Although I will touch a little on the performances, I'd use this review to praise the remastering. The original Geffen and Polydor CDs didn't sound too good, with rather boxy sound, but this new remastering spreads out the sound much more and allows the voices to come across more vibrantly.

In my other reviews of CATS on Amazon I've mentioned that I like this Broadway cast recording much more than the West End cast recording. I do not say this to be Yankcentric, but I say this because I can sense the irrepressible energy that pours out of my speakers when listening to this version, without destroying the original British spirit of the musical. Buckley's Grizabella rivals Elaine Paige, but yet with her husky voice that makes the character more real and worn-out. Ken Page lends his solid portrayal of Old Deuteronomy, and Terrence Mann shines as the contrary Rum Tum Tugger. Harry Groener lends us an inviting portrayal of Munkustrap with his warm yet melancholic voice, and Stephen Hanan rounds out the supporting cast as Gus and Growltiger. Besides the better performances I tend to like this version of the show, as it includes the revised versions of Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer and Growltiger's Last Stand. The only quibble is that Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer do not sing their number. Yet even with the blemishes of this recording (including the cuts in the dance breaks) I tend to like this much more than the West End cast album.

The packaging is a vast improvement over previous issues, as the CD booklet is lavishly illustrated with photos of the original Broadway cast.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marijan Bosnar on May 4, 2008
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In many ways Cats was a turning point for Andrew Lloyd Webber. At the beginning of the 80-is he was already a hugely successful musical theatre composer, thanks to his work with the lyricist Tim Rice on "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita". In the early 1980-is he decided to part ways with Rice and many people predicted him a quick downfall, even more so when he decided to use T. S. Eliot's book of children's poetry called "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" as a basis for his next musical. He used then a relatively unknown musical director Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne as a choreographer. Cats was imagined as a mixture of pop songs and ballet; by that time an unseen combination for a musical, so it is no wonder that Webber and his producer Cameron Mackintosh had trouble finding financial backup. The show opened in London and became a phenomenon in its own right. It closed in London after exactly 21 years of running in May 2001. The same thing happened when the show came to Broadway in 1982; it closed after 18 years of running, in 2000.

So you may wonder what it's all about. It's quite simple really. Many people say that Cats hasn't got a story. It's certainly true that the plot is very simple and that's part of the appeal for the audiences. We are presented with a group of special cats, known as Jellicle cats. They meet once a year to decide who among them is worthy to get a chance to be reborn and start a new life. Since we meet them at that precise night, each of them tells us about their lives and habits through the musical numbers.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Castronovo on May 15, 2009
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Definately a must have for any Cats fan. I perfer this over the UK version my self. I got the UK version whne I actualy saw CATS in Jan 2008.
They sold the UK origional version at the shopping stands there. I loved that version instantly seeing how it was the only copy I had. I then got my hands on Cats: Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording (1982 Original Broadway Cast)version and found that I love it much more and better. There a few resons for this.

In case you havnt heard either I will try to explain them to you. The UK sings out the whole song including verses that are not sung during the actual play. No complaint there Where this 1 follows the play exactly. During Grizabellas first apearnce you get remark the cat song but it ends there. In this version you Get Remark and alos when they explain shes an outcast in the first song. The uk has this just before she sings her first part of Memory. In this version she does part of her remark song and then all musical for a few moments. If you saw the play and remember she was trying to dance to be welcomed. Then she starts he small part of memory.

During Gumby Cat Song. The UK version missing the quick little trumpet horn intro to the song. Where this version it is included. To me missing this dosnt sound right. Not hearing the trumpet dosnt fit to me. To me its part of the song. This version you do not hear the mid verse to the song. In the play I went to it wasnt sung there either.

A moment of Happines is sung alot slower on this version. Old Duteronemy takes his time and sings it well.
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