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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00000742S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Between his megahits Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber came up with one of his slightest efforts, Starlight Express. The composer admitted it was targeted at kids--centering on a set of trains and the plot of The Little Engine That Could--yet it lacks the charm of his other kids' show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. While the live staging was exciting, featuring costumed roller skaters racing around, over, and through the audience, the score is one of Lloyd Webber's least subtle demonstrations of his ability to compose in different musical styles--country ("U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D."), blues ("Poppa's Blues"), rock ("Rolling Stock"), funk ("C.B."), rap ("The Rap"), and the like. Of course, there are some catchy tunes plus one hit (the title tune), and Richard Stilgoe's lyrics are sometimes cutely clever and sometimes banal ("Starlight Express, you must confess, are you real, yes or no / Starlight Express, please answer 'yes,' I don't want you to go."). The show was revised and revived in 1992, switching some songs, removing the most obvious cold-war references, and adding one pop single ("Next Time You Fall in Love"). --David Horiuchi

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Starlight Express is a true masterpiece of charm and metaphor.
Rebecca M. Deaver
I highly reccommend this Cd for anyone who loves 80's style music and musical productions.
Nostalgicdad
The original Starlight Express produced in London is THE epic version of this story.
Bob C

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bob C on March 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The original Starlight Express produced in London is THE epic version of this story. I have seen it in London, as a traveling Broadway show in Detroit, and in Las Vegas. You are missing the story line if you purchase anything other than this original recording. I have worn out my original two tape set purchased in 1984 in London. The traveling Broadway show was very good and true to the original. If theaters could show envy, the Hilton in Las Vegas would wilt on the vine if it ever knew of the wonderful show available in London. It is so unfortunate that they took God out of the original and added sex for the Las Vegas version - a powerful message and inspirational story is lost through the medium in Vegas. The unspoken message is clear as a bell, and is used as a canvas to paint a wonderful picture in London. The Brits still do some things right and Theater is one of them - If you are ever in London - you must see the show! Skip the Vegas show and CD version - this is what you need. Knowing the words to all the songs doesn't mean you don't need the instrumental backup!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Korabik on December 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a perfect example at the genius of andrew lyodd webber. The music and lyrics merge to create a musical that will set a new standard. This cd is better then the new one. This is one that you will not let your friends borrow because they might hurt it . Thats already happened to me. BUY THIS CD. it is totally awesome
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Hall-Turner on April 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, where to start, the songs on this CD show the musical how it should be presented. The singers are great and songs are fantastic. You should definitely choose this CD over the New (London) Starlight Express recording. The only thing I think the New recording has over this one is three tracks : Crazy, Coda of Freight, and the Megamix. This however has Call Me Rusty, A Lotta Locomotion, He Whistled At Me, Belle, Girls' Rolling Stock, Only He and Only You and a slightly different Light At The End Of The Tunnel. These are the basic differences, with there being others which are smaller, less obvious differences.

Starlight is my favourite musical of all time. I have had this recording on some medium or other since I was 4 (15 yrs ago) and I have managed to wear out every copy I have owned - I love it that much. I think it is probably true to say that you would have had to see the show live on stage to fully appreciate it however. This recording does sound quite dated and is quite blatantly 80s, however some of the tracks (A Lotta Locomotion and He Whistled Me) are so 80s that they would pass as cool/retro nowadays.

In conclusion - the best Starlight recording I own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valentino A DiMauro on June 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Starlight Express came to Atlanta, Ga at the Fox Theater in 1990. I saw a t.v commercial and I was intrigued. But nothing prepared me for the most elaberate light show, customes and beautiful music. I felt like a kid again. The songs were stuck in my head and I was happy four months later, a doucle cd was available. Well Starlight Express never made it back to Atlanta. I only had memories of the show I saw more than 13 years ago.
It just so happens the so-called "New Starlight Express" came back to the fox theater this year. I was skeptical because I bought a new cd from the show back in 1994 and it was nothing like the first one. I figured it would be the same show as it was back in 1990 because it wasnt advertised as "The New Starlight Express". To my unsuprised dissapointment, the show was redone, the best songs deleted, even the light show was edited, it was a total disgrace. In 1990 the theater was filled to almost complete capacity. This show that cam e this year seemed like a ball game with a bad team playing with alot of empty seats. I wish I knew who I could contact because this is a farce compared to the magic I experiened in 1990.
Valentino A DiMauro
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca M. Deaver on October 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Starlight Express is a true masterpiece of charm and metaphor. While it admittedly has its faults (it IS, after all, at first glance a children's musical about anthropomorphic trains), it has good qualities enough to qualify it as a work of genius. Among them are the show's two leading actors on this C.D., the charismatic, glorious-voiced Ray Shell, and Stephanie Lawrence, who perfectly displays the duel passion and selfishness of Pearl, the anthropomorphic parlor car and romantic lead. The characters are deep and full of subtleties, and the actors manage to convey this perfectly while singing up an exceptionally beautiful storm.
Then of course there are the songs. The passionate "Ony he" and the gentle "There's me", a pair of old-fashioned romantic ballads, would catapault the show to genius status on their own. Then there are the inspirational "Call me Rusty" and "I am the Starlight", which are made truly glorious by Ray Shell's amazing tenor and Lon Satton's deep, echoey base. As for C.B., the devious archvillain of the show, many reviewers on this sight have called his voice annoying. I find it sweet, pretty, and unique, somewhat like Matthew Broderick's Leo Bloom in "The Producers", but with a subtly sinister and hypocritical edge. I also disagree that Belle the Sleeper is useless; she may not advance the plot much, but she sings a very pretty, clever and moving song, and she reminds me greatly of Grizabella and Norma Desmond, two of my favorite characters in Lloyd Webber's other musicals.
Finally, there is the sheer wit and charm that makes the ridiculous premise seem forgivable. This is especially evident in Greaseball, a diesel engine and the show's egoistic, Elvis-impersonating villian.
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