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Evita (Original London Cast) Cast Recording

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Audio CD, Cast Recording, August 19, 1998
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Mca UK
  • ASIN: B00000B9FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem For Evita
2. Oh What A Circus/Requiem
3. On This Night Of A Thousa
4. Buenos Aires
5. Goodnight & Thank You
6. I'd Be Suprisingly Good F
7. Another Suitcase In Anoth
8. New Argentina
9. Don't Cry For Me Argentin
10. High Flying Adored
11. Rainbow High
12. And The Money Keeps Rolli
13. Waltz For Eva And Che
14. She Is A Diamond
15. Lament

Editorial Reviews

Highlights of the original London Cast recording of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical featuring Elaine Paige in the title role along with pop star David Essex.

Customer Reviews

Do yourself a favour and add this to your collection.
Erin Miner
Individually, though Patti Lupone is very good, Elaine Paige's enthusiasm and range give her a slight edge.
In conclusion, This probably my least favorite english Recording of Evita.
The Mick

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ZenPenguin on July 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The thing about ''Evita'' is that it is such a remarkable musical that the different interpretations are each worthy of owning and enjoying, much like listening to different interpretations of Bach or Mozart. The largest negative about this recording is that it's incomplete (which is hardly a negative: ''The worst thing about the London Cast recording is that there isn't more...''). Elaine Paige is stunning, and her performance alone is worth the money. Her vocal range, power, emotion, and expression are awe-inspiring, and the recording seems tailored to complement her performance. The orchestration is light and subtle, most likely to show off the powerful vocals. David Essex as ''Che'' continues to grow on me (my first impression were not all that favorable) and Joss Ackland is superb. The more I listen to this recording, the more it becomes my overall favorite by far.

The Broadway Cast double album is essential if you want the complete musical and to understand the story, and the production is marked by full orchestration and very large cast. The concept album has its pluses and unique characteristics, but in terms of overall performance I feel the London cast does a better job vocally (especially Elaine) and the Broadway cast is a fuller production. I would probably recommend the Broadway album as a first choice, simply to get the full musical and to listen to a very large production of this incredible work. However, for subtlety, grace, and outstanding performances, the London Cast highlight album stands ahead of all the rest.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "bsplayers" on September 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to have seen the original Evita at the Prince Edward Theatre in London with 2/3 of the cast recorded on this album (Gary Bond had replaced David Essex) in 1979 and was so impressed that immediately after I went searching for the nearest music store to purchase the record. My only regret is that Webber and Rice did not record the entire performance for posterity, as Elaine Paige is THE definitive Evita (what a shame she was not allowed to recreate her wonderfully passionate and totally involving performance on Broadway-she was not considered a major star by Equity at the time-and had to wait until Sunset Boulevard to show American audiences how she can interpret a diva role!) Even without the benefit of the visual, Elaine emerges on this album as a brilliant interpreter of this difficult and demanding role, with her unique and powerful voice capturing every nuance and every emotion with clarity, fire, and authenticity. She soars as the rural girl with stardust dreams in "Buenos Aires;" evinces a knowing tongue-in-cheek attitude on "Goodbye and Thank You" and "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You;" mesmerizes not only the Argentines with her rendition of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina;" spews fiery, determined ambition and scathing viterbation on "A New Argentina" and "Rainbow High;" yet she can be convincingly vulnerable and tragic in the quieter moments ("Oh, what I'd give for a hundred years)-and her "Final Broadcast" on stage was incredible!Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on July 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Evita," the pop opera with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been released on CD in a number of versions. This CD is the London stage cast, with Elaine Paige in the title role and David Essex as Che. The cast does a superb job with this powerful material.
"Evita" tells the story of Eva Peron, who was First Lady of Argentina during the presidency of her husband, Juan Peron. This is a classic story of ambition, resentment, and political upheaval, and Evita is one of musical theater's most fascinating characters.
Paige is an excellent Evita. Her performance is sweet at times, and on some songs her voice has a real bite. I was particularly impressed by her rendition of "Buenos Aires": her Evita sounds both seductive and dangerous. Essex is an excellent foil for Paige; the character's anger and satiric perspective are nicely complemented by Essex's slightly rough voice. The supporting performers also shine. I especially liked Joss Ackland's tender version of "She Is a Diamond."
Unfortunately, this disc contains only excerpts from this production, and appears to be missing material that is found on other versions. Nevertheless, the power of this cast makes this "Evita" an essential disc.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm currently doing Evita right now and being a part of the produciton has encouraged me to listen to numerous other recordings of this show (New Zealand, Brazilian, Mexican, 20th Anniversary Tour, German Tour in English, Broadway World Tour, Movie, Concept, Broadway, and London).
I have to say that, without a doubt, this is the best recording out there. No hard feelings toward Ms. Lupone but the more I listen to that the more I see how much she basically yelled her way through the score. Yes, she had fire and great presence on stage but too often she is shouting.
Both Elaine Paige and David Essex are wonderful in their roles. Joss Ackland is fine as well, although some of his lines are fairly creepy ("sipping cocktails" in 'A New Argentina' is a good example).
If you want to know why people seem to favor Elaine Paige over La Lupone, listen to 'Buenos Aires' and 'Rainbow High'. I think that Lupone tends to run her words together and some of the larger moments get lost. In both numbers Paige is shockingly clear and powerful. Her final buildup in 'Rainbow High' ("I'm their savior") is thrilling down to the bone. I listen to just that phrase often.
What I like so much about Elaine Paige is her ability to find the depth to her notes. I've never heard her sing 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina' the exacty same way twice. She really acts her way through it and brings such emotion to it. Pity that this entire cast wasn't able to record the show fully.
(An interesting note, Siobhan (The Mistress) went on to play Eva in the London Production after a few years.)
Buy this recording not just because you are a die-hard Evita fan, but because it really is quite strong and has held up well over the years.
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