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Bombay Dreams Original London Cast Recording

Cast Recording

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Just when you thought Andrew Lloyd Webber was stuck in a rut, he pulls off a new success. But maybe the reason Bombay Dreams is so lively is that Lloyd Webber only acted as a Svengali producer, helping Indian composer A.R. Rahman (Lagaan) make his debut on Western stages. And that move proved to be inspired.

Indeed, at a time when many people complain that new musicals have become dreary and have lost all sense of fun, Lloyd Webber imported talent from the one place where entertainment for entertainment's sake is still alive and well: Bollywood. The Indian film industry cranks out hundreds of movies every year, a huge number of them deliriously gaudy musicals, and so it was a natural resource to mine. The plot of Bombay Dreams is on par with your usual musical-theater fare, but the songs are unlike anything ever heard on Broadway or the West End. Sure, the lyrics by Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) flirt with sheer idiocy, but the music that surrounds them is so irrepressibly lively that you'll simply focus on it and it alone. Borrowing both Indian (ragas) and Western (electronic dance music) elements, Rahman and his co-producer, Marius de Vries (who's worked with Björk), have come up with a delicious musical treat. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bombay Awakes - Bombay Dreams Orchestra
  2. Bombay Dreams - Bombay Dreams Ensemble
  3. Like An Eagle - Raza Jaffrey
  4. Love's Never Easy - Raj Ghatak
  5. Don't Release Me - Dalip Tahil
  6. Happy Endings - Preeya Kalidas
  7. Ooh La La - Andy Playfoot
  8. Shakalaka Baby - Raza Jaffrey
  9. Are You Sure You Want To Be Famous? - Raza Jaffrey
  10. I Could Live Here - Raza Jaffrey
  11. Only Love - Preeya Kalidas
  12. Chaiyya Chaiyya - A.R. Rahman
  13. How Many Stars - Raza Jaffrey
  14. Salaam Bombay - Raza Jaffrey
  15. Closer Than Ever - Raza Jaffrey
  16. Ganesh - London Session Orchestra
  17. The Journey Home - Raza Jaffrey
  18. Wedding Qawwali - A.R. Rahman
  19. Bombay Sleeps - London Session Orchestra

Product details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006GO7F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,374 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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