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Gypsy - The 2008 Broadway Cast Recording [+digital booklet]
Gypsy - The 2008 Broadway Cast Recording [+digital booklet]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Recording of Broadway's Greatest Show., August 14, 2010
To preface, I saw this production during its final weekend on Broadway in January 2009, and it was without question the finest, most exhilarating (almost) three hours that I have ever spent in the theatre.

But we all know that there have been a fair multitude of fine Broadway shows/revivals that just didn't translate well in the studio. This 2008 Broadway Revival Cast Recording of Gypsy is an exception. It perfectly captures the enthralling performances given by EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of that incredible cast, and Patti shines in the second benchmark role of her entire career. I simply refuse to engage in the Great Madame Rose Diva War, because every actress that ever played Rose exposed a different facet of the greatest character written for the contemporary stage. As a matter of preference, however, Patti's take on the character is absolutely definitive for this reviewer. Patti's "Rose's Turn" is the complete, frightening, heartbreaking mental breakdown that it was meant to be (à la Lansbury's brilliant take on the number) and NOT the campy, triumphant diva moment that it so often performed as.

This recording is simply magical on all fronts. Unlike the other cast albums, there are no weak links - completely strong orchestra; completely strong cast. It holds the distinction of being the most complete cast recording available of the show, and the closest I've encountered of a cast album capturing the magic of actually being in the audience.


Aphrodite
Aphrodite
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aphrodite Victorious!, July 18, 2010
This review is from: Aphrodite (Audio CD)
While perhaps not the most ambitious album of Kylie's career, Aphrodite holds a distinction that precious few albums in the Minogue oeuvre share - sonic and thematic cohesion. The concept is quite simple, really. First, take an album of euphoric love songs, christen it Aphrodite after the Greek goddess of love, and put Kylie on the cover in a celestial, flowing blue gown in a dramatic goddess stance as becoming the deity she embodies. Second, create a video for the lead single, All the Lovers, featuring Kylie at the apex of a mountain of "lovers" that she will then orchestrate; manipulating her adoring masses into echoing her every gesture and movement. Bulls-eye, baby. I tip my hat to Ms. Minogue for recognizing the power of deciding on a theme and blessedly sticking with it. It really contributes to the overall "completeness" of the Aphrodite experience. The songs themselves coexist in a perfectly produced microcosm of sonic euphoria (producer Stuart Price's forte), making Aphrodite easily the most concise Minogue album since 2000's much under-recognized masterpiece, Light Years, and her most aesthetically satisfying piece since 1997's Impossible Princess.

In short, Aphrodite joins ranks in what can now be called the "Holy Trinity" of Kylie Minogue albums (along with the aforementioned two), and we should all be so lucky that Pop's Princess will continue to bless us with such fully-realized collections in the future.

A joyous triumph.


Hounds of Love
Hounds of Love
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An In-Depth Profile of Kate's Masterpiece, June 5, 2010
This review is from: Hounds of Love (DVD)
This release is a definite MUST for all fans of Kate's "Hounds of Love." Not only do the interviewees discuss the background and making of the album, but we are also taken on a journey through the conceptual story of the album itself via breathtaking visuals and informative narration. Full of valuable insight from musicians, Kate historians, and even Kate herself, this documentary pays thrilling tribute to one of the greatest musical narratives of all time.


Have One on Me
Have One on Me
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will stay for the remainder..., February 23, 2010
This review is from: Have One on Me (Audio CD)
I can exclaim with tremendous joy and admiration that our little elfin harp-maiden has given us her masterpiece in "Have One on Me," her third album. Her evolution is masterful on these three beautifully intricate little connected "albums," each threaded to each other and yet somehow vital and satisfying in their own right.

Certain days I'm a disc one kind of guy. Tomorrow I might be in the mood for disc three. Who knows? Therein lies the beauty of this album. In dividing these songs over three discs and connecting them in such a way as to reveal the brilliantly interwoven disc-to-disc and album-spanning connections between these songs, "Have One on Me" begs us to dive in with insatiable gusto; with a lust to downright cake ourselves in its rich, inviting soil.

This album was designed to be digested piece by piece, so pacing is obviously essential. Repeated listens and exploration are not only rewarding, but absolutely transcendent. Don't be afraid to open up that little lyric booklet either. The poetry therein is unrivaled in contemporary music.


Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect companion piece to Jackson's "Elizabeth R.", November 5, 2009
This review is from: Elizabeth I (DVD)
What is so wonderful about this film is how Mirren's Elizabeth contrasts with Jackson's in BBC's "Elizabeth R." Mirren both embodies the "Gloriana" legend with full regality as well as showing us a vulnerable, sensual, REAL woman behind the iconic portraits. This film and Jackson's are the two best films on the mythic monarch.


Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriana, Incomparable., November 5, 2009
This review is from: Elizabeth R (DVD)
This is it - the sacred canon of films about the life of Elizabeth Tudor. You simply will not find more historically accurate, concise, engrossing, or well-acted films based on the iconic monarch. Period.

Glenda Jackson IS Elizabeth.


Love is the Answer (Deluxe Edition)
Love is the Answer (Deluxe Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Sophistication...Simply Streisand., September 29, 2009
She hits notes on this album that I didn't thinks he could hit anymore. I am blown away, I tell you. From the first note of "Here's to Life" to the last line of "Some Other Time"...perfection. Barbra has not made an album of this particular quality, intimacy, and consistency since the sixties. No question. There are so many ultimate moments for the Streisand Hall of Fame here.

The inclusion of the second disc of quartet versions is a very special treat. In a perfect world, disc 2 of this deluxe edition would have been the album proper, but as it stands the orchestral arrangements are very subtle and not overpowering at all. Disc 2, however, sounds as though she's singing directly into your ear...her jazz quartet playing right there with her in your living room.

This album is easily her best whole package since "The Broadway Album." Easily. This woman's gift is ageless. Boundless.


Love is the Answer
Love is the Answer
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Sophistication...Simply Streisand., September 29, 2009
This review is from: Love is the Answer (Audio CD)
She hits notes on this album that I didn't thinks he could hit anymore. I am blown away, I tell you. From the first note of "Here's to Life" to the last line of "Some Other Time"...perfection. Barbra has not made an album of this particular quality, intimacy, and consistency since the sixties. No question. There are so many ultimate moments for the Streisand Hall of Fame here.

This album is easily her best whole package since "The Broadway Album." Easily. This woman's gift is ageless. Boundless.


Classical Barbra
Classical Barbra
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Beauty, July 3, 2009
This review is from: Classical Barbra (Audio CD)
I admittedly had my doubts before coming into this album. I had wondered if Barbra's voice was capable of handling classical material written for classically-trained vocalists, but as she so often did in the early-mid 70's Barbra took this material and made it her own. Her voice is angelic, soothing, and the arrangements are simply gorgeous.

Excellent album. One of her very best achievements.
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Evita (Original London Cast)
Evita (Original London Cast)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing start., December 25, 2008
EVITA is without question Andrew Lloyd Webber's finest achievement. He and Tim Rice collaborated on one of the true operatic masterpieces of musical theatre, and it's interesting hearing this - the representative recording of the first staged production of the show. Unfortunately, this is perhaps the most disappointing of all the English cast albums of the show. The orchestrations and performances are deplorably lackluster, particularly in light of the definitive American Premiere production that would take place the following year.

For one, the orchestra is obviously very small and minimalistic - sounding truncated and sloppy in many areas of the score.

Secondly, the cast is mediocre - particularly and most unfortunately Elaine Paige's Eva. Don't get me wrong, I adore Elaine, but it's obvious here that her voice was not in top form when this recording was done. She may have either been sick, or just one of those performers whose voice didn't mature until she was much older. For example, listen/watch her performance of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" on the Royal Albert Hall Celebration DVD and then listen to her rendition of the song on this album. She's almost painfully flat and strained here. She has this annoying habit of yelling the notes she can't quite hit - so obviously not the natural semi-operatic belter that Patti LuPone is.

Overall, avoid this cast album unless you're an EVITA completist. It simply is not worth the money that it goes for. I don't care if it is an import.

If you're an EVITA newb, I'd say go with the American Premiere Cast highlights album as a starter. Buy the full double album if you can afford it (and trust me, it's well worth it), but you absolutely can't go wrong with Patti, Mandy, and Bob.
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