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Cats Cast Recording, Original recording remastered

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Now and Forever! This is the show which launched the blockbuster musical movement and played 18 years on Broadway. The unsurpassed original Broadway cast recording features the sensational Betty Buckley and her unforgettable rendition of the worldwide phenomenon hit, Memory.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Rmst Comp Rpkg ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca Broadway / Universal
  • ASIN: B000BSM28E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a devoted fan of CATS and this recording of this wonderful musical, I am very thrilled that Lord Lloyd-Webber has released this wonderfully remastered version of the recording. Although I will touch a little on the performances, I'd use this review to praise the remastering. The original Geffen and Polydor CDs didn't sound too good, with rather boxy sound, but this new remastering spreads out the sound much more and allows the voices to come across more vibrantly.

In my other reviews of CATS on Amazon I've mentioned that I like this Broadway cast recording much more than the West End cast recording. I do not say this to be Yankcentric, but I say this because I can sense the irrepressible energy that pours out of my speakers when listening to this version, without destroying the original British spirit of the musical. Buckley's Grizabella rivals Elaine Paige, but yet with her husky voice that makes the character more real and worn-out. Ken Page lends his solid portrayal of Old Deuteronomy, and Terrence Mann shines as the contrary Rum Tum Tugger. Harry Groener lends us an inviting portrayal of Munkustrap with his warm yet melancholic voice, and Stephen Hanan rounds out the supporting cast as Gus and Growltiger. Besides the better performances I tend to like this version of the show, as it includes the revised versions of Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer and Growltiger's Last Stand. The only quibble is that Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer do not sing their number. Yet even with the blemishes of this recording (including the cuts in the dance breaks) I tend to like this much more than the West End cast album.

The packaging is a vast improvement over previous issues, as the CD booklet is lavishly illustrated with photos of the original Broadway cast.
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In many ways Cats was a turning point for Andrew Lloyd Webber. At the beginning of the 80-is he was already a hugely successful musical theatre composer, thanks to his work with the lyricist Tim Rice on "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita". In the early 1980-is he decided to part ways with Rice and many people predicted him a quick downfall, even more so when he decided to use T. S. Eliot's book of children's poetry called "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" as a basis for his next musical. He used then a relatively unknown musical director Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne as a choreographer. Cats was imagined as a mixture of pop songs and ballet; by that time an unseen combination for a musical, so it is no wonder that Webber and his producer Cameron Mackintosh had trouble finding financial backup. The show opened in London and became a phenomenon in its own right. It closed in London after exactly 21 years of running in May 2001. The same thing happened when the show came to Broadway in 1982; it closed after 18 years of running, in 2000.

So you may wonder what it's all about. It's quite simple really. Many people say that Cats hasn't got a story. It's certainly true that the plot is very simple and that's part of the appeal for the audiences. We are presented with a group of special cats, known as Jellicle cats. They meet once a year to decide who among them is worthy to get a chance to be reborn and start a new life. Since we meet them at that precise night, each of them tells us about their lives and habits through the musical numbers.
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No wonder this musical broke just about every record out there. I lost count of how many times I have seen it performed all over the world.

So, when a friend of mine put this on her wishlist, it was an easy choice.
And I know it made her happy.

Anybody wanna sing along?

Recommended!
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If you the musical, this recording will make you feel like you are in the theater. Of course you will have to imagine the characters, but the vocals make that easy. A great addition to my collection of soundtracks.
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By RRB on October 22, 2013
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Cats is delightful fun. I especially like the American version for its inclusion of "Growltigger's Last Stand." The singing is marvelous. Introducing the story with the memories of Gus, the theater cat, is very sweet. It is my favorite part of the musical. Deep Cats is not. Neither is it profound. Entertaining? Absolutely! T.S. Eliot obviously loved cats and understood their ways. Andrew Lloyd Webber has done justice to Eliot's poems. Love it!
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Mr. Webber interpretation of the book makes all the characters pop. I am not a cat person but loved the play and have the DVD and now that I am rebuilding my CD collection this is one of the first I there. So whimsical!
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By FLaNette on September 21, 2012
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I saw CATS in Las Vegas and loved the music, costumes, sets, etc. I wondered why it took so long to receive my CDs. It was because these CDs were recorded on Abby Road in London and it took extra time to clear customs and to get them to the US. They were in NEW condition, although they were not new. I love the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber and I have the cassette of CATS already. I needed these CDs so I can play them in my car and on my computer at work. I am happy to say that they arrived in great condition. Thank you.
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