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

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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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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Prologue (The Stage Of Paris Opera House, 1905)Original London Cast 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. OvertureOriginal London Cast 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Think Of MeSarah Brightman 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Angel Of MusicPhantom Of The Opera Original London Cast 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Little Lotte.../ The Mirror... (Angel Music)Original London Cast 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The Phantom Of The OperaOriginal London Cast 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. The Music Of The NightOriginal London Cast 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. I Remember.../ Stranger Than You Dream It...Original London Cast 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Magical LassoOriginal London Cast0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Notes.../ Prima DonnaOriginal London Cast10:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Poor Fool, He Makes Me LaughOriginal London Cast 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Why Have You Brought Me HereOriginal London Cast 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. All I Ask Of YouOriginal London Cast 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. All I Ask Of You (Reprise)Original London Cast 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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

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 (682 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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208 of 231 people found the following review helpful By RJStuart on 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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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By "bombshell90210" on 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 10, 2006
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 By Bivens2 on February 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The phantom may have been ugly, but listening to this disc, you would think he's prettier than Christine."

That's one of the main points of the music, D. Hu. I'll excuse your ignorance assuming that you had only gotten into the phantom because of the movie, but the Phantom's voice should be the greatest voice...not gruff.

First of all, Crawford's voice is not girly...he's a true tenor. Not only is that not girly at all, singing true tenor at his level is a rarity among singers. Next, the character of the phantom is all about "beauty on the inside" regardless of how the outside appears. Crawford's Phantom's hideous face yet gorgeous voice makes a perfect balance. The character of the Phantom was a musical genious, however he was shunned because of his looks...not because his voice was rough.

This recording is the greatest. The characters are cast for who ALW intended them to be. Webber didn't want colm wilkinson or whoever as the Phantom, he wanted Crawford, and Crawford shined. His music of the night reprisal at the end of disk one, and his masquerade reprisal at the end of disk two both bring tears to the eyes of anyone with an ear for music or a heart for love. Steve Barton should have gotten more songs. His voice in "All I Ask of You," "Down Once More," and even his short stint in "Think of me" was soft and soothing. Brightman? All I can say is: High E...amazing...

Now on to the two best songs, in the order that they appeared.

"Music of the Night"

Perhaps the most haunting tune i've ever heard, this song showcases Crawford's beautiful voice and amazing emotion with amazing lyrics.
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