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Jekyll & Hyde: The Complete Work - The Gothic Musical Thriller (1994 Concept Cast) Limited Edition, Cast Recording

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Audio CD, Limited Edition, Cast Recording, January 24, 1995
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Music by Frank Wilhorn Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Disc: 1
1. Prologue
2. I Need To Know
3. Facade
4. Bitch, Bitch, Bitch
5. The Engagement Party
6. Possessed
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mass
2. Murder, Murder!
3. Letting Go
4. Reflections
5. In His Eyes
6. The World Has Gone Insane
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Wedding Reception

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Cast Recording
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Scout on May 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
My introduction to Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde was the Broadway cast recording. It was impressive enough with so many terrific songs to motivate me to see the stage play on Broadway. That was something of a disappointment, as the plot seemed a bit incongruous and poorly conceived. Finally hearing the concept recording that resulted in the original Houston play explained a lot. Plainly the producers had to condense and truncate in order to get financing to get the play to Broadway, making numerous compromises along the way. The original concept recording contains enough to indicate that the earlier version of the play was much better organized and well explained, and much closer to Stevenson's story as well.
An additional pleasant surprise was the heightened richness in Wildhorn's original concept recording. Many of the songs have more subtlety and imagination in the orchestrations, and some have extra verses, as well as several songs entirely absent from the Broadway production. The pacing is much better, slowing down some of the songs, and in comparison revealing the Broadway version as rushed to fit it into a time frame. Only the tale end of In His Eyes seems to have been improved for Broadway.
My conclusion is that the original version of the stage play must be superior to the Broadway effort. I will keep my eyes open to find it being performed somewhere so that I can finally see it as Wildhorn and company intended it to be.
While I liked the Broadway cast recording a great deal, this version is even better. I heartily recommend it to all aficionados of Jekyll & Hyde.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By RJStuart on September 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
'Jekyll & Hyde' is, in my opinion, Frank Wildhorn's best work to date. But you wouldn't know it if you listened to the 1997 Original Broadway Cast Recording. The first 'Jekyll & Hyde' recording I ever owned was the Second Concept Cast (1994) starring Anthony Warlow. The composer, Wildhorn, and the lyricist, Leslie Bricusse, wrote an absolutely powerful score in this album; it was perfect. Then they messed with perfection and created the repetitive, and even monotonous, Broadway Cast score. If the creators of "Jekyll & Hyde" wanted to entertain and appeal to the audience, then the score on the Second Concept Cast recording should have been used! Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Jekyll & Hyde' follows the story of a doctor's, Henry Jekyll, struggle to create a world without evil, but when using himself as an experiment he transforms into the epitomy of evil itself, Edward Hyde, and embarks on a creating chaos within London, whilst Jekyll does all he can to stop the villain. Wildhorn's music assists in creating a sombre, mysterious atmosphere, which fascinates the dark side of humanity.
The dual role of Jekyll and Hyde is a difficult one to play well. Anthony Warlow's, who I have been a fan of for years, portrayal of the eccentric Doctor Jekyll and the villainous Mr Hyde is distinct and brilliantly realistic. Warlow's voice is just so powerful no one can compare. Colm Wilkinson's, who I am also a big fan of, portrayal of Jekyll and Hyde in the First Concept Cast (1990) was good, but not outstanding or even powerful. Robert Cuccioli's voice is not powerful or emotive, at all, and I was very disappointed with his performance on the Original Broadway Cast, simply because his voice is not good. Warlow stands out over all of them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit-- getting ahold of this recording was no easy task, and at first I had to settle for the Broadway recording to tide me over till this one came. Mind you, the Broadway recording is good in its own right-- but this one is simply... phenomenal! It's been said before, I know, but Anthony Warlow's performance on this recording is AMAZING! If anyone has created the dual role of Jekyll & Hyde, it's him... just listen to "Transformation" or "Confrontation" to hear the stark contrast! Admittedly, one or two songs are skip-worthy... but what amazes me is that they're songs that were KEPT in the broadway version, while some of the best ones ("The World Has Gone Insane" and "I Need to Know".. both give me chills..) were cut. Linda Eder sounds as good on this recording as on the Broadway one, and Carolee Carmello's performance is solid as well-- she has some particularly good acting in the final number on disc two, despite the lack of much singing in that one. If I were to rave about all my favorite songs and what I like about them, this review would probably be several pages long-- so I'll simply say that there's not a fault to be found on this CD set.. Admittedly, Anthony Warlow's performance is what truly carries this album, but that's to be expected, given his amazing talent. I intend to invest in some of his solo CDs ASAP now... but this one will be sitting in my CD player for a long, long time to come!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Angelowe on August 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD, without having heard any of the songs, on the recommendation from a friend. My friend was right - it's great music. In fact, it's downright sensational. I've since listened to the 1990 Concept Cast and the 1997 Broadway recordings, and neither surpassed the quality and raw talent that this recording boasts. The music and lyrics by Wildhorn and Briscusse are genius to begin with, and the talent of Linda Eder and Anthony Warlow make this CD set perfect.
Eder's voice is beautiful, making songs like "Sympathy, Tenderness", "No One Knows Who I Am", and especially "A New Life" a treat to listen to. She brings the character of Lucy to life with the perfect mix of innocence and boldness that carry though in her singing.
Warlow's performance defies adjectives one could use to describe it. Excellent does not even begin to describe it. His voice is incredible, and he gives contrast between Jekyll and Hyde that is very evident in his voice whenever he sings between the two characters. Just listening to the second track, "I Need To Know" is enough to put any doubts to rest on the quality of this recording or of Warlow's talent, and he carries this same faultlessness through the entirety of both CDs. In "I Need To Know", "Alive", and "Transformation" you can hear the energy that Warlow has through the magnitude of emotion he conveys with his voice.
I cannot recommend it enough, and just words do not do it justice, it has to be heard.
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