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By Jeeves (1996 London Revival Cast) Cast Recording

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Some Introductory Chat
  2. Wooster Will Entertain You
  3. The Plot Thickens
  4. Travel Hopefully (Part One)
  5. A Curious Hedgehog Incident
  6. Travel Hopefully - Steven Pacy/ Nicholas Haverson
  7. In Which My Character Is Tested
  8. That Was Nearly Us - Steven Pacy/ Lucy Tregear
  9. Days Of Jam And Mazes
  10. Love's Maze - Steven Pacey/ Cathy Tregear
  11. Wooster Thinks On His Feet
  12. The Hallo Song - Steven Pacy/ Nicholas Colicos/ Simon Day
  13. And Identity Crisis (Or Two)
  14. By Jeeves - Steven Pacy/ Simon Day/ Nicholas Haverson
  15. Wooster Noble Intercedes
  16. When Love Arrives - Steven Pacey/ Diana Morrison
  17. I Am Let Down (Badly)
  18. What Have You Got To Say, Jeeves?
  19. I Answer The Call Of The Code
  20. Half A Moment - Catha Sara/ Richard Long
  21. I Risk My Neck To Save The Bacon
  22. It's A Pig - Lucy Tregear/ Steven Pacey/ Diana Morrison/
  23. A Satisfactory Outcome
  24. Banjo Boy - Malcon Sinclair/ Steven Pacey/ Robert Austin/ Diana Morrison/ Simon Day/ Nicholas Haverson/ Lucy...
  25. Wizard Rainbow Banjo Mix
  26. In Conclusion


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B000001EYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. Sahu on February 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"As Tennyson once thundered/ someone here has badly blundered! " (Not.)
You have to kind of backpedal attitudinally to a more relaxed time to enjoy this musical recording. We bought it, listened to it once, then put it away for a year - it's hard to tune into at first because, of course, it's not at all like "Phantom" or "Evita." Then one day, in a what-the-heck sort of mood, I put it on and we have been listening (and singing along) ever since.
My 10 year old is listening to it right now while he makes pancakes. He and my 8 year old pore over the lyrics sheet. There are no bad words (except, perhaps, when Honoria Glossop sings to Bertie, "you're nobody's intellectual, you hot-blooded het'rosexual!"), no adult situations that children might not understand - this is a great intro to musical theater. But the music and lyrics are definitely clever enough to please any adult. My favorite song is "Travel Hopefully," a great song to pop into the player when you're motoring off to friends for the week-end. "Travel's broadened out my mind," crows Bertie, "Until, today, you'll find..." "...the widest head I know," puts in Jeeves. "Thank you, Jeeves -- you DID say WISEST, didn't you?" "Sir!"
The guy who plays Bertie is just great. The way he manages to show grimaces, grins, puffed out chest, monacle in the eye, red as a beet blushes, every comic posture with just his voice is amazing.
As charming as "By Jeeves" is, though, this is gentle comedy compared to the actual P.G. Wodehouse books. No movie, BBC recording, or musical can compare to a talented reading of the original stories.
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By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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I must admit that I am a theater queen - I love show music. Andrew Lloyd Weber has never been one of my favorites because of his overblown sense of musical drama, but he does write some lovely melodies. This show is chock full of wonderfully lovely and light melodies that quicky get you singing and snapping along. 'Travel Hopefully' appears early in the recording and is just a taste of the fun melodic tidbits to come. There are the telltale Weber exagerations in songs like 'That Was Nearly Us Back There' but the music on this recording shines crisply and cleanly like no other Weber production. The dialog snippets are hysterically funny and help place the songs in context. And, can't forget to mention, the lyrics are greatly humorous that even us dullard americans can appreciate and laugh with. Give this recording 2 listenings - 1 to take in the humor and joy and 2 to get hooked on the music. 5 stars!
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By A Customer on September 23, 1998
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I stumbled across "By Jeeves" on accident one day when I was going through soundtracks. I love P.G. Wodehouse's stories so I decided to buy it on a whim. I figured I could always take it back if I wasn't pleased. I ended up LOVING it. Although it messes up some basic P.G. Wodehouse plots (in the stories Bingo ended up marrying Rosie M. Banks and Gussie married Emerald Stoker and Madeline married Spode) it was still VERY entertaining. I loved the songs and the crazy plot twists which were Wodehouse trademarks. Anybody who has never read Wodehouse but liked the plot of this play should really get the books. This Webber show is definitely worthy of the master.
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It's not "The Phantom of the Opera" or "Sunset Boulevard". It's not "Cats" or "The Woman in White." It doesn't even sound like Andrew Lloyd Weber. And yet ... and yet ... this was really fun! This musical bombed on stage, but it didn't bomb because of the music or the lyrics. I can only guess the story line was simply too intricate for an audience unused to the antics that have made Jeeves a search engine.

Because I know and enjoy P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" stories, I almost didn't purchase this. The idea of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves singing was too painful to consider. But I risked it, and boy, I'm glad I did! The song "It's a Pig" was worth the price of admission alone. I laughed out loud in the Barnes and Nobles parking lot upon hearing it. It turns out that a singing Wooster and his manservant isn't such a bad idea.

This recording comes complete with dialog between the numbers so you know why people are singing, and even the dialog is amusing enough to bring a bemused smile to your lips. I'm looking forward to a second hearing as I write this. If you are at all hesitant to put your money down on this, let me encourage you to take the plunge. You'll be glad you did.
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By A Customer on December 12, 1999
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Quite possibly the most lighthearted of all the A.L. Webber musicals, this lesser known gem is worth getting, especially if you're a P.G. Wodehouse fan. But even if you're not, keeping up with the story is made easy because the sparklingly funny dialogue mixed in with the songs gives shape to the piece. Steven Pacey is perfect as the hapless, clueless Bertie, and his exuberant rendition of the upbeat "Travel Hopefully" is remarkably addictive. Other highlights for me included "That Was Nearly Us," and the chortle-inducing hysteria of "It's A Pig!" While the score is not as lush and extravagant as shows such as Phantom or Evita, its more restrained and intimate nature suits its amusing subject material perfectly. I couldn't recommend anything more refreshing!
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