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Phantom Of The Opera (CD Set - remastered 2000)

February 6, 2001 | Format: MP3

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1:56
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4:09
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2:20
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2:48
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5:02
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5:41
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3:21
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0:59
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10:56
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3:06
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3:11
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4:14
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3:23
Disc 2
30
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3:03
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6:24
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9:41
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3:30
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6:24
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5:32
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11:55
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 30, 2000
  • Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Verve
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 1:40:40
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  • ASIN: B000V6U6SE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 762 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,735 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
"The Phantom of the Opera" is simply the best musical ever made. Sure, it has quite a bit of material lifted from Italian opera, but as an opera fan, I can appreciate that, and it enhances the score. No other musical equals this musically...from the complicated harmonies of "Notes" and "Wandering Child" to the vocally stunning "Phantom of the Opera" and "Music of the Night." The lyrics are beautiful, the story simultaneously eerie, mysterious, touching, and deep. The only musical that comes close is Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." Neither Lord Lloyd Webber, Michael Crawford, nor Sarah Brightman have ever equaled their work here. It is a "love it or hate it" musical, definitely, but any lover of romance, mystery and great music will appreciate this show.
The original cast was also probably the greatest musical cast ever put together in one place. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman give the performances of their lifetimes...and ours. They have real, legitimate voices, not those awful Streisand/Minelli belts that cover Broadway today. While both are flawed performers in general, each found their best role in this show.
As for Crawford, he is the definitive Phantom. No one else's dramatic interpretation is anywhere close to his. He did it first, and he did it best. His beautiful tenor voice just takes the material and soars with it...from the eerie "Wandering Child" to the powerful title song to the seductive and incomparable "Music of the Night." Anyone who doesn't weep at the heartbreaking finale ("It's over now, the music of the night...") must have a heart of a stone, or a Broadway critic. Michael Crawford is the Phantom, and that is all there is to it. I have never seen anyone become a role the way he did in this show.
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A Kid's Review on August 10, 2006
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This CD set just blows me away. It even has stage directions in the liner notes, and PHANTASTIC (:-) ) pictures. The sounds you hear is like watching the performance with your eyes closed. I LOVE IT! If you want a phantom CD, get this one first. I got the highlights first, but it didn't have the lyrics, but this one does. So, i HIGHLY reccomend this CD. :-) Hope this helps!
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"The phantom may have been ugly, but listening to this disc, you would think he's prettier than Christine."

That's one of the main points of the music, D. Hu. I'll excuse your ignorance assuming that you had only gotten into the phantom because of the movie, but the Phantom's voice should be the greatest voice...not gruff.

First of all, Crawford's voice is not girly...he's a true tenor. Not only is that not girly at all, singing true tenor at his level is a rarity among singers. Next, the character of the phantom is all about "beauty on the inside" regardless of how the outside appears. Crawford's Phantom's hideous face yet gorgeous voice makes a perfect balance. The character of the Phantom was a musical genious, however he was shunned because of his looks...not because his voice was rough.

This recording is the greatest. The characters are cast for who ALW intended them to be. Webber didn't want colm wilkinson or whoever as the Phantom, he wanted Crawford, and Crawford shined. His music of the night reprisal at the end of disk one, and his masquerade reprisal at the end of disk two both bring tears to the eyes of anyone with an ear for music or a heart for love. Steve Barton should have gotten more songs. His voice in "All I Ask of You," "Down Once More," and even his short stint in "Think of me" was soft and soothing. Brightman? All I can say is: High E...amazing...

Now on to the two best songs, in the order that they appeared.

"Music of the Night"

Perhaps the most haunting tune i've ever heard, this song showcases Crawford's beautiful voice and amazing emotion with amazing lyrics.
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It simply does not get any better than the original London Cast Recording of the Phantom of the Opera. I have been listening to this show since I was five years old, and today I love it as much as I did then. Even before I saw this show live, I felt as if I had after enjoying this CD set. Since that time I have seen and heard many musicals, and nothing has captured the excitement, the wonder, the magic, or the mystery quite like The Phantom of the Opera. It is a show beyond compare, one that draws you in and takes you on a journey into the imagination. I don't believe that there will ever be anything like it again.

To say that "Phantom" is a musical made in heaven or that it is a masterpiece of our age is never an overstatement. The stars seemed aligned perfectly (pun intended) at the time of this endeavor, with every detail, even the most minute, finessed to the highest degree of theatrical and musical excellency.

Andrew Lloyd Webber truly outdid himself, both in style and composition. While many of his previous and consequent works feel dated and sound so time specific, "Phantom" is astoundingly timeless. The romantic lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe are descriptive and haunting, and coupled with Lloyd Webber's amazing score makes for a musical that refuses to be forgotten. It seems safe to say that it appears that nothing will ever surpass it in its beauty, majesty, romanticism and piognancy, even something written by Mr. Webber himself!

I am an obsessive listener of this show and barely let a day pass without listening to at least part of it--yet I never grow tired of it. The music is memorable and timeless, and the singers perfect and lovely every moment. The score is lush and thrilling, and gives me goosebumps every time.
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