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The Complete Recording of Boublil & Schonberg's Miss Saigon Cast Recording, Box set

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Audio CD, Cast Recording, Box set, November 14, 1995
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  • Audio CD (November 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture: Back Stage Dreamland - The Orch/Kevin Gray/Sonya Swaby/Emy Baysic/Sylvia Dohi/Rona Figueroa/Lydia Gaston/Margaret Gates...
2. The Heat Is On In Saigon - Kevin Gray/Emy Baysic/Sylvia Dohi/Rona Figueroa/Lydia Gaston/Margaret Gates/Zoie Lam...
3. The Movie In My Mind - Sonya Swaby/Joanna Ampil/Emy Baysic/Sylvia Dohi/Rona Rigueroa/Lydia Gaston/Margaret Gates...
4. The Transaction - Hinton Battle/Kevin Gray/Peter Cousens/Joanna Ampil/Company
5. The Dance - Peter Cousens/Joanna Ampil/Kevin Gray
6. Why God Why? - Peter Cousens
7. This Money's Yours - Peter Cousens/Joanna Ampil
8. Sun And Moon - Joanna Ampil/Peter Cousens
9. The Telephone Song - Peter Cousens/Hinton Battle
10. The Deal - Peter Cousens/Kevin Gray
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Entr'Acte - Orch
2. Bui Doi - Hinton Battle/Chor
3. The Revelation - Hinton Battle/Peter Cousens/Ruthie Henshall
4. What A Waste - Kevin Gray/Company
5. Please - Hinton Battle/Joanna Ampil
6. Chris Is Here - Junix Inocian/Hinton Battle/Kevin Gray/Joanna Ampil
7. Kim's Nightmare - Thuy's Ghost/Joanna Ampil/Peter Cousens/Hinton Battle/Company
8. Room 317 - Joanna Ampil/Ruthie Henshall
9. Now That I've Seen Her - Ruthie Henshall
10. The Confrontation - Ruthie Henshall/Peter Cousens/Hinton Battle
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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Customer Reviews

I would definitly buy this recording over the London Cast for both it's completeness and its cast.
Bryan Songy
Charles Azulay is fantastic as Thuy and Kevin Gray also has to be commended; he's a lot more funny and vocally better than Jonathan Pryce.
I absolutely love the cd, and I think it is absolutely necessary to hear all of the music when listening to Miss Saigon.
Katherine Humpert

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Qualls on June 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After listening to this recording of one of my favorite musicals of all time, I was thoroughly disappointed, but I did like a few of the things about it. We'll begin with its good points. First, it contains virtually all of the score, so one can listen to it from beginning to end and have a good idea of what is going on in the show. The original London recording only contains "highlights," if you will, of the entire show. Also, this recording gives its audience a better idea of what the show is like today, as it has been changed a great deal since the time it was originally recorded by the stunning London cast.
With that said, I would not recommend this to anyone who hasn't first heard the London recording. All three principal characters have their faults and do not live up to their predecessors. Joanna Ampil is at a great disadvantage in this recording; it is hard to live up to the almightily perfect Lea Salonga, who originated (and won a Tony for playing) the role of Kim. Ampil has a pretty voice but her rather deliberate enunciation becomes annoyingly unrealistic after awhile, and she lacks the heartwrenching emotion that Salonga always possesses in everything she's in. Chris on this recording is not as good as the original Simon Bowman, his voice is nicer but he has trouble staying on pitch (he's continually flat). He also enunciates words very dramatically and unrealistically. Kevin Gray does a good job as the Engineer; he makes a good impression of being the slimy creature that he is supposed to be portraying, but is still not quite as good as the original Jonathan Pryce's (Tony-winner for the role). All in all, the three principals do not live up to the emotion or vocal talent that the original three possess.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Chang on October 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a die-hard fan of the OCR, I was thrilled to find this full recording, since I knew many of the bridges between songs and some lyrics were deleted due to their length. With the full score and lyrics, songs like "The Morning of the Tiger" and "The American Dream" remind the listener of the visual spectacle that made each song so memorable, and the dialogue sung by Kim and Thuy in the prelude to "This is the Hour" is more haunting and sad than any duet between Kim and Chris.
Pity the souls who have had to replace Lea Salonga, whose angelic but tough performance set the standard for Kim. Joanna Ample has a lovely voice, but why on earth did she overenunciate certain syllables, and why did her "accent" come and go, to the point of distraction? Then there is the horrible male cast. Kevin Gray (Engineer) and Peter Cousens (Chris) whine and shriek their way through the songs, and Hinton Battle's (John) over-the-top but brilliant brimstone and treacle performance seemed out-of-place next to the weak vocals of Gray and Cousens. The only improvement on the new disc is Charles Azulay, who gives Thuy a more empathetic voice (and the added lyrics provide some explanation on his and Kim's past).
Overall, buy the OCR for the performances, but get this as a companion piece for the full score and added lyrics, to get the full feel for the Miss Saigon experience.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mysterious apparition on August 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have owned the OLC of Miss Saigon for a long time now, and i thought that it was fantastic, and i still do, but the complete recording is also just as good, and includes the entire score. Earlier this year i was lucky enough to see Joanna Ampil playing Kim in Manchester, England, as she does on this CD. At first I was worried that her voice was a little deep, but she manages to act through her voice and the finished performance is one which can very nearly challenge Lea Salonga's portrayal (but not quite 'cause Lea's is perfect!).
Reviews I have read of this album are really anti-Peter Cousens, and although his voice can be a little annoying (... and Australian??) at times, the portrayal is still good.
Kevin Gray as the Enginner is a very good casting decision, as he captures the essence of the sleazy pimp in a similar way to both Jonathan Pryce of the OLC and Leo Tavarro Valdez of the UK Tour.
Ruthie Henshall is a brilliant Ellen, and the variation in her voice is one of the best that I've heard, especially in The Confrontation.
Hinton Battle (Who won a Tony for his 'John') is another good choice...
Charles Azulay possesses the power and presence to play Thuy very well, as he does on this album, and although he seems to sound a little too American this is a believable performance of the role.
In short, this is a very good Miss Saigon album, but I would advise you to buy the OLC as well as this, as songs such as 'I Still Believe' have never sounded as good as the original.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "chocoholic4" on November 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
To be honest, I was rather disappointed when I first heard this recording. In fact, my friend who was listening to me even told me to ask for a refund. But after listening to it for a while, I kind of got used to it so I am beginning to appreciate the good points of this recording.
The good points:
1) You get to see the changes the music has gone through. The ending was different in the OLC. Some lyrics have also changed. This is the more recent version of the recording so this is what you will hear in the theatre.
2) All the scores are here so you can understand the story more.
The casts:
Kim: Joanna Ampil is excellent as Kim but not as excellent as Lea Salonga. I LOVE Lea Salonga and I think she will always be THE Kim. Joanna is excellent but she sometimes have funny accents and doesn't feel as natural and flowing as Lea sometimes. However, I think she sounds more determined than Lea, especially when she was facing Thuy in "You will not touch Him". If you can forget about Lea while listening to this recording, you will appreciate the beauty of Joanna's voice.
Chris: Simon Bowman is definitely better than Peter Cousens as Chris. I am rather disappointed at his duet with Joanna and his solo "Why God Why?". He sounds rather flat and lacks the emotion as the young and confused Chris who was in love during the Vietnam War.
John: I had expected Hinton Battle to be really good so I was rather disappointed. I have recently went to see MS in Southampton and I found THAT John in the UK tour better. This recording is only interesting because you can hear the new Bui Doi song but otherwise in my opinion the OLC John sings better. In fact, I am wondering how he can get the Tony Awards when much talented actors like Colm Wilkinson could not.
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