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Songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's 'Whistle Down the Wind'
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12 songs from the Andrew Lloyd Webber & Jim Steinman musical'Songs from Whistle Down the Wind', including Boyzone'ssmash 'No Matter What', plus Tom Jones' 'Vaults of Heaven', Meatloaf's 'A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste' & TinaArena's 'Whistle Down the Wind'. Other artists include Bonnie Tyler, Sounds of Blackness, Elaine Paige, DonnyOsmond, the Everly Brothers, Boy George, Michael Ball andLottie Mayor with Webber. 1998 Polydor release.
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When it became known that ALW and Jim Steinman are working together on a new musical, an idea arose about a non-cast recording album of the material, featuring the artists ALW and Steinman have been separately collaborating for years. So what we have here is an album with the songs from a musical recorded in their own right, outside the context of the show, with totally different orchestrations more suitable for the occasion. This is actually something ALW has done in the past with most of his shows, when he would release the main songs with different orchestrations as the singles, usually sung by famous artists.
This album thus boasts the artists from the ALW's world like Elaine Paige, Michael Ball and Donny Osmond, together with the ones brought in by Steinman: Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf, Tina Arena and Tom Jones. There are a few others and one of the main assets of this album is the fact that all of the singers here have very strong vocals and a unique way of interpretations. Be it Elaine Paige's mature soprano, Michael Ball's famous warm voice or the husky vocals of Tom Jones and Bonnie Tyler, each of the songs is a little pop masterpiece. Some of them, like Michael Ball's rendition of "Unsettled scores", are actually better here than on the subsequent cast album.
Another benefit is the very good orchestrations, echoing the original sounds of the score, but in a more suitable pop and rock environment. Some of the songs, like Boyzone's "No matter what", topped the chart for a considerable time.
Besides being a remarkable pop album, this set of songs is another proof of the fact just how masterful composer ALW really is, the one that has no problem moving between the genres of the modern musical theatre and the contemporary pop. One would like to think that the days when a musical could produce a hit tune are not altogether gone. And ALW has written plenty of them.
This album, therefore, should have no trouble in finding its owners, be it the musical theatre devotees such as myself, the fans of a good pop piece or both.