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The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast) [Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Box set]

Andrew Lloyd Webber , Michael Reed , Rosemary Ashe , Michael Crawford , Sarah Brightman , John Savident , David Firth , Steve Barton , Mary Millar , John Aron , Janet Devenish , Janos Kurucz , Charles Hart Audio CD
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listen  1. Prologue (The Stage Of Paris Opera House, 1905)Original London Cast 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. OvertureOriginal London Cast 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Think Of MeSarah Brightman 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Angel Of MusicPhantom Of The Opera Original London Cast 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Little Lotte.../ The Mirror... (Angel Music)Original London Cast 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Phantom Of The OperaOriginal London Cast 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Music Of The NightOriginal London Cast 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Remember.../ Stranger Than You Dream It...Original London Cast 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Magical LassoOriginal London Cast0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Notes.../ Prima DonnaOriginal London Cast10:56Album Only
listen11. Poor Fool, He Makes Me LaughOriginal London Cast 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Why Have You Brought Me HereOriginal London Cast 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. All I Ask Of YouOriginal London Cast 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. All I Ask Of You (Reprise)Original London Cast 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Entr'Acte (Act Two - Six Months Later)Original London Cast 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Masquerade / Why So SilentOriginal London Cast 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Notes .../ Twisted Every WayOriginal London Cast 9:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Wishing You Were Somehow Here AgainOriginal London Cast 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wandering Child .../ Bravo, Monsieur ...Original London Cast 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Point Of No ReturnOriginal London Cast 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Down Once More .../ Track Down This Murderer ...Phantom Of The Opera Original London Cast11:55Album Only


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Product Details

  • Performer: Rosemary Ashe, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, John Savident, David Firth, et al.
  • Conductor: Michael Reed
  • Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, 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: Verve
  • ASIN: B00004YTY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

It's the most successful musical of all time, the best-selling cast album ever-and now it sounds better than ever! The cast album of the original 1986 London production (with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman) has been remastered by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber; this 2-CD set also includes a new 56-page companion booklet. The Phantom lives!

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194 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Combination of Power and Passion April 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard the music from 'The Phantom of the Opera' 8yrs ago, almost instantly, a surge of emotion and inspiration tingled up my spine and I was in awe of the brilliance of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Strouse, and Richard Stilgoe. The composer, Lloyd Webber, has simply out done himself in this album, more so than in any of his other fantastic musicals. Not only did he choose a fascinatingly mysterious story to create his operatic musical, but his music is so powerful and so stirring for the listener, that they become part of the action in the musical. The lyrics, written by Charles Strouse and Richard Stilgoe, are brilliantly descriptive which creates rich imagery for the listeners. With the combination of both Lloyd Webber's compelling music and the lyricists' words, 'The Phantom of the Opera' is infallable. 'The Phantom of the Opera' consists of a number of songs which would appeal to listeners. The title song, "The Phantom of the Opera", involves the two leading characters, the Phantom and Christine, singing of how the former is incessantly in the mind of the latter. As this song contains rock and opera it would appeal to a wider variety of listeners. "The Music of the Night", one of Lloyd Webber's greatest pieces of music, is one of the most descriptive songs I have ever heard. A soft and haunting tune, this song's lyrics evoke fantastic description for listeners, and create a tension yet a resolution; and is in fact rather paradoxical, but amazing to listen to, as it is powerfully beautiful. "All I Ask of You" is one of the few positive songs in the album, which reveals the strong love between the main female character, Christine, and another central character, Raoul. Read more ›
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The best musical ever made." July 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"The Phantom of the Opera" is simply the best musical ever made. Sure, it has quite a bit of material lifted from Italian opera, but as an opera fan, I can appreciate that, and it enhances the score. No other musical equals this musically...from the complicated harmonies of "Notes" and "Wandering Child" to the vocally stunning "Phantom of the Opera" and "Music of the Night." The lyrics are beautiful, the story simultaneously eerie, mysterious, touching, and deep. The only musical that comes close is Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." Neither Lord Lloyd Webber, Michael Crawford, nor Sarah Brightman have ever equaled their work here. It is a "love it or hate it" musical, definitely, but any lover of romance, mystery and great music will appreciate this show.
The original cast was also probably the greatest musical cast ever put together in one place. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman give the performances of their lifetimes...and ours. They have real, legitimate voices, not those awful Streisand/Minelli belts that cover Broadway today. While both are flawed performers in general, each found their best role in this show.
As for Crawford, he is the definitive Phantom. No one else's dramatic interpretation is anywhere close to his. He did it first, and he did it best. His beautiful tenor voice just takes the material and soars with it...from the eerie "Wandering Child" to the powerful title song to the seductive and incomparable "Music of the Night." Anyone who doesn't weep at the heartbreaking finale ("It's over now, the music of the night...") must have a heart of a stone, or a Broadway critic. Michael Crawford is the Phantom, and that is all there is to it. I have never seen anyone become a role the way he did in this show.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! Thank you AMAZON! August 10, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
This CD set just blows me away. It even has stage directions in the liner notes, and PHANTASTIC (:-) ) pictures. The sounds you hear is like watching the performance with your eyes closed. I LOVE IT! If you want a phantom CD, get this one first. I got the highlights first, but it didn't have the lyrics, but this one does. So, i HIGHLY reccomend this CD. :-) Hope this helps!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most romantic version of the many "Phantoms" December 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"The Phantom of the Opera" is not a perfect musical, although the only serious flaw turns out to be the "title" song. Written first, the song "The Phantom of the Opera" was a rock tune with a music video designed to get investors excited about the in progress Andrew Lloyd Webber musical extravaganza. By the time the show was finished, the rock opera idea was abandoned in favor of something decidedly more operatic. I always thought one of the reasons "Phantom" was so great was that Lloyd Webber lifted the best songs from the other show he was working on, "Aspects of Love." I had the opportunity to see Michael Crawford perform the role in Los Angeles, and it is sad to think that he will join the long list of legendary Broadway performers who were replaced when the musical was turned into a Hollywood movie (think of Richard Kiley replaced by Peter O'Toole in "Man of La Mancha" to know how bad such things can get in this world). Enough has been said about the music, from the thundering organ of the Phantom's "theme" to the diminishing minor chords at the end of "The Music of the Night," but I think more credit needs to go to Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber for the Book. There have been numerous versions of the Gaston Leroux novel, but Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber manage to turn it into a tragic romance. In the original novel Christine breaks the hold of Eric the Phantom by kissing him on the forehead, a small act of tenderness that is beyond anything he has ever known in his tortured life. This musical version of "Phantom" ups the ante considerably. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the night.
What can I say other than the music is great and if you liked the stage/ movie, then you'll love the music of the night. ;-)
Published 15 days ago by Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
This is a great set! I love the booklet that comes with the cds. I've had absolutely no problems with it.
Published 24 days ago by C M
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
Another addition to my show collection.
We saw this in London, so the original cast was the obvious choice. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Gary A. Glisch
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best!
Never got to see the original cast in Phantom, but they are my favorite. I loved this musical so much I wrote a sequel to the original book by Gaston Leroux. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie A Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorite
This musical is by far my favorite ever. I repurchased it because I was wearing out my other copy - it was starting to skip and pause.
Published 1 month ago by T. Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Opera of all time
Saw it live on Broadway. The best play ever. The music is so powerful and haunting. Buy it! Go see it if you get the chance!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like you're at the opera
This CD is fabulous. The music is from the original play in Loveland, and it captures all of the sound and feeling of the music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Poledra84
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the score of this play.
Saw the show years ago, was glad I was able to get the version I wanted. Brought back the emotional of the play.
Published 1 month ago by Pilot
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
The original is ALWAYS the BEST!! I only wish I coud have seen The Phantom with Michael Crawford!! Just saw the play in Chicago...still wonderful...
Published 1 month ago by Patricia J Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars That's all I ask of you
Listen to this CD, weather you did or did not see the show you will love the music. This songs are wonderful, the DVD od the show is also great
Published 2 months ago by Carol Agrillo
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