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The Premiere Collection: The Best Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Original Cast Compilation) Cast Recording

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There are many, many Andrew Lloyd Webber albums out there, including cut-and-paste compilations and songbooks from individual artists, most notably Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, and even Jose Carreras. The Premiere Collection is probably as authentic as you can get in a hits album, however. In addition to the most popular selections from the original casts of Evita, Cats, and Jesus Christ Superstar, the 57-minute album includes two selections from Tell Me on a Sunday (also recorded by Bernadette Peters as Song and Dance), the title tune from Starlight Express, the "Pie Jesu" from the Requiem, and a snippet from the Paganini Variations, thereby allowing you to hear the good stuff without having to spring for the complete albums. Note that the three selections from Phantom of the Opera are the 1986 pop singles instead of the cast recordings, meaning Steve Harley rather than Crawford sings with Brightman on the title tune and Cliff Richard subs for Steve Barton on "All I Ask of You." (Crawford does sing "The Music of the Night," of course.) This 1989 compilation was too early for Aspects of Love or Sunset Boulevard, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is ignored, but these omissions are rectified in the follow-up album The Premiere Collection Encore, and the American-slanted version, The Very Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Broadway Collection. --David Horiuchi

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There are many, many Andrew Lloyd Webber albums out there, including cut-and-paste compilations and songbooks from individual artists, most notably Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, and even Jose Carreras. The Premiere Collection is probably as authentic as you can get in a hits album, however. In addition to the most popular selections from the original casts of Evita, Cats, and Jesus Christ Superstar, the 57-minute album includes two selections from Tell Me on a Sunday (also recorded by Bernadette Peters as Song and Dance), the title tune from Starlight Express, the "Pie Jesu" from the Requiem, and a snippet from the Paganini Variations, thereby allowing you to hear the good stuff without having to spring for the complete albums. Note that the three selections from Phantom of the Opera are the 1986 pop singles instead of the cast recordings, meaning Steve Harley rather than Crawford sings with Brightman on the title tune and Cliff Richard subs for Steve Barton on "All I Ask of You." (Crawford does sing "The Music of the Night," of course.) This 1989 compilation was too early for Aspects of Love or Sunset Boulevard, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is ignored, but these omissions are rectified in the follow-up album The Premiere Collection Encore, and the American-slanted version, The Very Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Broadway Collection. --David Horiuchi

1. Phantom Of The Opera
2. Take That Look Off Your Face
3. All I Ask Of You
4. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
5. Magical Mr. Mistoffeles
6. Variations 1-4
7. Superstar
8. Memory
9. Starlight Express
10. Tell Me On A Sunday
11. The Music Of The Night
12. Another Suitcase In Another Hall
13. I Don't Know How To Love Him
14. Pie Jesu

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: May 1, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Mca Dist Corp
  • ASIN: B000002O5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "gplechuck" on June 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is wonderful for the Broadway buff or the casual listener who wants something different to listen to in the car. As it has been said before, this is the CD to get if you're looking for one Andrew Lloyd Webber compilation CDs - don't be fooled by the cheaper counterparts - or you'll see exactly WHY they earned that price tag. This CD has the original recordings, but the only drawback of this CD is that it is rather out of date (1987) and you miss out on some great material from his later works ("Aspects of Love", "Sunset Boulevard"). There is a follow-up CD to this one aptly called "The Premiere Collection Encore" which picks up where this one left off; I recommend that as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the Best Andrew Lloyd Webber CD, I ever have.. First, the songs from Phantom Opera are richly and passionately romantic. And who can forget one of the most memorable song of the time, Memory? The rest of album are also excellent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have this recording on tape, and I was searching for the CD, as my tape is wearing out. When I saw this on Amazon, I was overjoyed!!!! I have heard this recording ever since I was four (during which time I reveled in singing "The Phantom of the Opera", but couldn't reach the high notes :) Although I love this recording, I still think that Michael Crawford sings "The Phantom of the Opera" best. Wonderful recording, with high quality music and excellent singers (yes, including the one who sings "Phantom" with Sarah Brightman), but I wish they had Micheal sing the Phantom title song with Sarah. However, if you are into Lloyd Webbers' music, this is a GREAT CD!!!!!! I have enjoyed listening to it immensely, and I sincerely hope everyone else does, too. KEEP COMPOSING SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER!!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Smith on March 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This has got to be the Best Andrew Lloyd Weber compilation album out there. It's more original then the others, for the famed musical "Phantom of the Opera" we finally get a break from the typical cast which gets tiring...and get more of a pop feel with "The Phantom of the Opera", and The guitars just make it sound cool! And not to mention of course a new singer for "All I Ask of You." (A good break for those fans who have the Original London Cast Recording) The true masterpieces of this CD are: "The Phantom of the Opera", "Superstar", "Memory" (From the Best Grizabella Ever, Elaine Paige), "Starlight Express", "Tell Me On A Sunday", "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (Thankfully we get two different singers with this one and "Don't Cry for me Argentina"), "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and the conluding Latin-sung "Pie Jesu" with Sarah Brightman...which is simply Beautiful! Well, all of these are Simply beautiful and this really is a Must Buy for any Andrew Lloyd Weber or Modern-day Broadway fan. I got this for my sister six or seven years ago and I still listen to it all the way thru to this very day! Just goes to show how monumental Weber was in the Modern Day world of Broadway and we will always remember his musicals as some of the best in Broadway. Definatly Reccomended! I give this CD an A++!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My mother received this CD for a gift, but me, her fifteen-year-old daughter is the one who can't stop listening to the breathtaking musical abilities of the various artists on the CD. I was so taken by the incredible voices of the artists, It has become the CD I listen to when ever I am able to. The songs on the album are wonderful examples of Andrew Lloyd Webber's astounding talent. When I saw other people's reviews of the CD on the Amazon website, I was so glad that this remarkable CD is also a favorite of many other fans. I urge any other fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber to experience this extraordinary CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By greverio on June 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
To my suprise I became fan of the music. Webber's brilliant music sung by great vocalists like Crawford, Harley, Yvonne, Webb, Richard, and Brightman is an absolute treat. Brightman and Richard's, "All I ask from you" is as good as any duet gets. I am not a broadway fan, and I find the whole scene "weird", but this CD is really good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are getting just one Andrew Lloyd Webber CD, this is the one to get.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on June 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
. . .and in the opinion of this reviewer, better than the Encore Premiere Collection.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber will undoubtably go down in history as one of the premiere composers of the 20th century. He has single-handedly revolutionized the genre of musical theatre.
Here in this collection one finds many of the favorites of Sir Andrew's early shows, and a few numbers not as frequently heard. All are performed by actual cast members, rather than the latest pop star du jour.
My favorites?
"Take That Look Off Your Face" and "Tell Me On A Sunday" from "Tell Me On A Sunday"
"Variations 1-4" from "Song and Dance" (and performed by noted cellist Julian Lloyd Webber)
"I Don't Know How To Love Him" from "Jesus Christ Superstar" (and performed by Yvonne Elliman)
"Pie Jesu" from "Requiem"
The only number I didn't really care for was the offering from "Starlight Express".
Altogether, a treat for the ears! Truly a great album.
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