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A Basic Beginner's Helping of Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals on CD

Yi-Peng
The list author says: "I would like to offer this list to any beginning collector of the Lloyd-Webber musicals. In this list I compile the recordings I like the most of each musical, together with the first (or earliest available) recordings, compilations and other recordings. In many cases I would like to use the remastered versions of the recordings because I find that they sound fuller and richer."
The Likes of Us
The Likes of Us
"The first Lloyd-Webber musical in its world-premiere recording, 40 years after Lloyd-Webber and Rice wrote it."
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1973 London Studio Cast)
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1973 London Studio Cast)
"I include this version of Joseph to stand in for the 1968 Joseph Consortium recording, when the musical was much shorter. Oddly enough, I like the scoring here a lot. This could be the "forgotten" Joseph cast album, and it is closer to the original "school musical" spirit than the glitzy Vegas extravaganza of the revivals."
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: London Palladium Cast Recording (1991 London Revival Cast)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: London Palladium Cast Recording (1991 London Revival Cast)
"I like this cast album of Joseph compared to the later recordings. I like Donovan's performance and also the contributions of the supporting cast. The only thing is I've lately not felt fond of the overcooked orchestrations in some numbers (e.g. the Elvis Pharaoh song)."
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1992 Canadian Cast)
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1992 Canadian Cast)
"Donny Osmond's wonderful portrayal of the eponymous hero, backed by a sparkling Canadian cast. The video soundtrack recording was briefly released as a CD but it's unavailable now."
Jesus Christ Superstar (Original London Concept Recording)
Jesus Christ Superstar (Original London Concept Recording)
"Here is the first recording of Superstar with Gillan, Head and Elliman."
Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Remaster)
Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Remaster)
"Here is the remastered version of the Superstar concept album. It may appeal to rock fans more than to musical theatre fans. I know this remastered release is tied to the UK arena tour of the musical, but it's good to hear it in fuller, improved sound."
Jesus Christ Superstar (1996 Revival Cast) [2 CD Remastered]
Jesus Christ Superstar (1996 Revival Cast) [2 CD Remastered]
"This version of Superstar features the 1996 London revival cast. This cast album might not be as gritty as the concept version but it's fine nonetheless."
By Jeeves (1996 London Revival Cast)
By Jeeves (1996 London Revival Cast)
"I include this recording of By Jeeves to represent the original 1975 musical Jeeves. It may be a reworking but it still includes songs from the failed 1975 musical."
Evita: An Opera Based On The Life Story Of Eva Peron 1919-1952 (1976 Studio Cast)
Evita: An Opera Based On The Life Story Of Eva Peron 1919-1952 (1976 Studio Cast)
"Now on to the first recording of Evita, with Covington, Wilkinson and Jones. This recording seems very hard to find now, compared to the first Broadway recording with LuPone and Patinkin."
Evita (1978 Original Broadway Cast)
Evita (1978 Original Broadway Cast)
"This was the first complete recording of Evita as a stage musical. Many Americans are fond of LuPone's strong performance as Eva."
Evita (2006 London Cast)
Evita (2006 London Cast)
"A recent recording of Evita with Elena Roger and Philip Quast. I know this is a highlights album and I know that Elena Roger might take some getting used to. Even so it's good to hear the new orchestrations and they work very well."
Evita (New Broadway Cast Recording)
Evita (New Broadway Cast Recording)
"This recording of Evita is a complete version of the score featuring the 2012 Broadway revival cast. I know that some people here have felt unhappy with this recording but I rather like Elena Roger's performance. She has matured since the 2006 recording. Ricky Martin fares wonderfully as Che and I also like Michael Cerveris's menacing, yet nuanced, portrayal of Peron."
Song & Dance / O.L.C.
Song & Dance / O.L.C.
"I would like this recording of Song and Dance to stand in for Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday. It's a shame that we can't get Marti Webb's original recording of Tell Me on a Sunday on CD. Curiously this release is impossible to find nowadays at affordable prices."
Song & Dance: The Songs - Original Broadway Cast Recording
Song & Dance: The Songs - Original Broadway Cast Recording
"Song and Dance revised for its Broadway production."
Tell Me on a Sunday (2003 London Revival Cast)
Tell Me on a Sunday (2003 London Revival Cast)
"Tell Me on a Sunday in its latest incarnation, with some new songs."
Cats: Original Cast Recording (1981 Original London Cast)
Cats: Original Cast Recording (1981 Original London Cast)
"Now on to Cats. I'm including both the London and Broadway cast recordings. This London recording features Elaine Paige and Sarah Brightman, but I find that it doesn't capture the verve of the musical as well as it should. Oddly enough there has not been a satisfactory release of the complete recording."
Cats (Highlights from the 1981 Original London Cast)
Cats (Highlights from the 1981 Original London Cast)
Cats
Cats
"The wonderful Broadway cast album of Cats offers more zest and oomph as compared to the London cast album. This version of the musical features the changes that were made for the Broadway production, and I might say they work so much better than the London cast versions of the numbers."
Selections From Cats (1982 Original Broadway Cast)
Selections From Cats (1982 Original Broadway Cast)
"A spot-on and well-produced highlights album of Cats, featuring the Broadway cast. A wonderful way for any Cats beginner to get his paws on the musical as a stepping-stone to the 2-CD set."
Starlight Express
Starlight Express
"The remastered version of the original London Cast album of Starlight Express. I like this version much more than the New Starlight Express. It captures more of the innocent child-like spirit of the musical. I know that the score can be patchy at times but I like it more than the 1993 version."
Starlight Express / O.L.C.
Starlight Express / O.L.C.
"This is a remastered edition of the 1993 Starlight Express cast recording. The plot is different from the plot in the original stage show and works less well. This recording features three new songs, including reworkings of old songs."
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Requiem / Domingo, Brightman, ECO, Maazel
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Requiem / Domingo, Brightman, ECO, Maazel
"Lloyd Webber's setting of the Requiem Mass"
The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
"This is the venerable West End cast recording of Phantom with Brightman, Crawford and Barton."
Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original London Cast Recording (1986 London Cast)
Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original London Cast Recording (1986 London Cast)
"A well-produced, spot-on selection from Phantom, with Crawford, Brightman and the London cast. A pity these highlights CDs aren't included in the series of remastered Lloyd Webber albums."
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall: In Celebration of 25 Years
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall: In Celebration of 25 Years
"As a nice complement to the famous West End cast album of Phantom with Brightman and Crawford I'm including the Albert Hall anniversary cast album. It presents a complete recording of the musical and superb performances from Karimloo and Boggess."
Aspects of Love (Remastered 1989 Original London Cast)
Aspects of Love (Remastered 1989 Original London Cast)
"Now for Aspects of Love. I know I'm not too keen on the story of this musical but the music is wonderful with a few memorable and soaring songs. Michael Ball is superb as Alex the protagonist."
Sunset Boulevard / O.L.C.
Sunset Boulevard / O.L.C.
"The world premiere London cast recording of Sunset Boulevard with LuPone as Norma."
Sunset Boulevard / American Premiere Cast
Sunset Boulevard / American Premiere Cast
"People might not really like Glenn Close's performance as Norman Desmond but this is still a marvellous recorded version of the musical. Also, this recording includes many cut sections not included in the London album."
Whistle Down The Wind (1998 Original London Cast)
Whistle Down The Wind (1998 Original London Cast)
"A wonderful recording of Whistle down the Wind, with the original London cast."
The Beautiful Game
The Beautiful Game
"This musical is about football teams and it is set against the backdrop of conflict in Ireland. Here is the remastered version of the Beautiful Game cast album. Lloyd Webber has reworked the score into The Boys in the Photograph."
The Woman in White (2004 Original London Cast)
The Woman in White (2004 Original London Cast)
"Lloyd Webber's adaptation of the Wilkie Collins novel is like a return to the Gothic mood of Phantom 1."
Love Never Dies (Cast Recording) [2 CD/DVD Combo] [Deluxe Edition]
Love Never Dies (Cast Recording) [2 CD/DVD Combo] [Deluxe Edition]
"Lloyd-Webber's new musical, a sequel to Phantom. It may not be to everyone's taste but there are some worthwhile moments. This version of the cast recording features a libretto booklet and a DVD that describes the making of the show."
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Now & Forever
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Now & Forever
"A 5-disc set that covers Lloyd Webber's entire career up to Beautiful Game, with a disc's worth of unreleased songs."
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
"An essential Lloyd Webber recording with a well-balanced selection of familiar and unfamiliar songs, intelligently sung by Sarah Brightman."
Andrew Lloyd Webber Gold (OC)
Andrew Lloyd Webber Gold (OC)
"A "best-of" collection featuring excerpts from the cast recordings. Interestingly there were two versions of this CD. The UK version featured the first hit single recordings but this American release featured the American cast albums."
Erich Kunzel - Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel - Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
"Erich Kunzel's affectionate reading of the Lloyd Webber songbook with some intriguing and characterful arrangements. Because it was recorded in 1996 it doesn't include any post Sunset Boulevard works. Still a marvellous Lloyd-Webber recital, even if it omits You Must Love Me."