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Miss Saigon (1995 Studio Cast - Highlights) Cast Recording

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Miss Saigon ~ Miss Saigon (1995 Studio Cast -

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture/Backstage Dreamland - Kevin Gray/Sonia Swabi/The Company
  2. The Heat Is On In Saigon - Kevin Gray/The Company
  3. The Movie In My Mind - Sonia Swaby/Joanna Ampil/The Companyy
  4. Why God Why? - Peter Cousens
  5. Sun And Moon - Joanna Ampil/Peter Cousens
  6. The Last Night Of The World - Joanna Ampil/Peter Cousens
  7. I Still Believe - Joanna Ampil/Ruthie Henshall
  8. Thuy's Death/You Will Not Touch Him - Charles Azulay/Joanna Ampil/The Company
  9. I'd Give My Life For You - Joanna Ampil/The Company
  10. Bui Doi - Hinton Battle/The Choir
  11. Kim's Nightmare - Charles Azulay/Joanna Ampil/Peter Cousens/Hinton Battle/The Company
  12. Now That I've Seen Her - Ruthie Henshall
  13. The American Dream - Kevin Gray/The Company
  14. Finale - Joanna Ampil/Peter Cousens


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00000ID4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well, there's a lot to be said about this recording. Seeing that I get to write the first review, I will attempt to address all possible aspects of this recording.
1. Is the music itself good? Yes. The music is great and is composed by the award-winning composer Claude Michel Schonberg, author of Les Mis and Martin Guerre. Even if you've never seen or even heard of Miss Saigon, you'll enjoy this CD. The music is good enough to stand on its own.
2. Are the vocals good? Yes. Pretty much. Of all Miss Saigon recordings, this one has the best vocals. The songs are performed with more strength and feeling than in the London recording where the actors seem to be singing just to get the recording over with. My only complaint about this recording (and a big one) is Peter Cousens. He's got a great voice, but he just isn't right for the role of Chris. In my opinion, the best man for the role is Will Chase (who performs the role on Broadway so perfectly, I cannot even begin to describe his performance in words. Such a shame he was never recorded!) But, of the two Chrises recorded, Peter Cousins is the better one. Other than that the casting is great. Especially good is the engineer. While Jonathan Pryce is a great singer and actor, he just can't portray the engineer's unending greed with the passion and humor that Kevin Gray shows in this recording. His performance of "The American Dream" will keep you laughing for a while after the song is over.
3. Is the highlights CD enough to capture the essence of the musical? I think no audio recording can capture the whole essence of the musical. It's the combination of all aspects (acting, staging, visuals, costume, correography, etc.) that make this musical great.
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This 1995 studio cast-album of highlights from MISS SAIGON is a fantastic CD.
It features a superb cast, drawn from MISS SAIGON productions worldwide, as well as a fantastic orchestra.
Heading this recording as the beautiful young Kim is Joanna Ampil. Ampil originated the role of Kim in the Sydney production and then went on to take over the role in London. Her voice is oddly-similar to Lea Salonga's, though her style is quite different. Joanna Ampil is fetching in all her numbers, though her "I'd Give My Life for You" is her crowning glory.
Peter Cousens originated the role of Chris in the Sydney production before being lured to London to take the title role in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Cousens has a rich, soulful voice, most evident in "Why God Why?". His duets with Ampil in "Sun and Moon" and "The Last Night of the World" are magical.
Ruthie Henshall is superb as Ellen. Henshall appeared as one of the bar-girls in the London production before being chosen to take over the role of Ellen, which catapulted her to fame in the West End. Henshall's heart-rending "Now That I've Seen Her" gives me chills every time, and her duet with Ampil in "I Still Believe" positively trembles with dramatic tension.
Kevin Gray appeared on Broadway as the Engineer, and he repeats his acclaimed performance for this recording. His snarly, oily delivery is just what the character needs, and his "American Dream" walks the tightrope between comedy and tragedy.
On the whole, MISS SAIGON fans are going to find a lot to love about this recording, featuring a stellar international cast.
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Well, this is certainly a mixed bag. The point was to create an official complete recording of "Miss Saigon," which would take up three discs, in which case coming up with a single disc of highlights would seem to defeat the original purpose. So why pick up this single disc when you can have the complete musical on the three or even the two discs of the original British production. This brings up the second line of inquiry, which would be that the only advantage the three discs had over the original two discs was that it was a complete (not to mention official) recording. Because on the distaff side there would be the fact that the original two discs offers up Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce is the lead roles and it is just really hard for anybody who followed in their footsteps to compete, especially once you throw away the advantage of offering the aforementioned "complete" recording.
Of course, I have an additional grievance, which is that this complete/highlight version of "Miss Saigon" provides the version of the musical that made it to this side of the Atlantic instead of what we heard on the original two discs. I really disagreed with changing the ending, because I have always thought that Kim killing herself to force Chris to take their son was immensely more powerful than killing herself because he had already decided to do so and leave the boy's mother behind. When I first show the show live and was confronted with this massive change, which also, for all intents and purposes, wrecks Ellen's big number "Now That I've Seen Her" (previously known as "It's Her or Me"), it effectively ruined the climax of the show.
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