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Aspects Of Love - Michael Reed Original London Cast

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Genre: Easy Listening / Artist: Michael Reed Original London Cast / Box set / Audio CD released 2005-11-07 at Polydor Group

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      19.01.2010 09:05

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      An excellent soundtrack to the musical

      I went to see the original production of Aspects of Love with a young Michael Ball in the lead role - and watched it with my mouth open (according to my friends!) From the start to the end this was, as the title suggests, different aspects of love from a fathers love to his daughter to the love between an older woman and her young lover. As the main character moves from one love situation to another so the music invites us to accompany him.

      Known for the song ""Love Changes Everything" which was a chart hit, Aspects of Love is not my favourite musical but this soundtrack is a fair representation. Starring Michael Ball, Ann Crumb, Kevin Colson and Kathleen Row McAllen, this is an original London Cast Recording - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart.

      The sound quality is good and, like most original recordings, transports you back to the first time you watched the performance. Would I watch the show again - probably not. The book is laboured and the acting was stilted (although a young Michael Ball in his boxers .......). Would I listen to this recording - yes time after time.

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      28.06.2007 17:00

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      One of Lloyd Webbers most interesting musical scores

      Aspects of Love is one of my favourite Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. It is a thoroughly composed, tematic musical that is best seen on stage or listened to in one run. The tematic character of the music gives you a very good undestanding of what is actually happening in the story and on the stage - although it makes it less suitable for listening to in the background whilst doing something else.

      It came at a point in Andre Lloyd Webbers career when he was tired of the mega-musicals he'd recently produced. He wanted to make something more intimate, which he succeeded in doing with this show.
      After this show Lloyd Webber wrote several shows which were less successfull, with rather boring music. His lates musical, The Woman in White, has been much more accalimed, and is also the musical I consider most in style with this one - a detailed, fascinatingly tematic score with a story that makes you interested in the characters and their lives.

      The singers in this original London production are outstanding, making the score a really nice experience.

      Main cast:
      Rose Vilbert - Ann Crumb
      Alex Dillingham - Michael Ball
      George Dillingham - Kevin Colson
      Guilietta Trapani - Kathleen Rowe McAllen
      Marcel Richard - Paul Bentley

      The tracks on the CD:

      Disc: 1
      1. Railway Station At Pau, 1961 :: Love Changes Everything
      2. A Small Theater In Montpellier
      3. A Cafe In Montpellier:: Parlez-Vous Francais?
      4. The Railway Station
      5. In A Train Compartment :: Seeing Is Believing
      6. The House At Pau
      7. An Art Exhibition In Paris
      8. A Memory Of A Happy Moment
      9. In Many Rooms In The House At Pau
      10. On The Terrace
      11. Outside The Bedroom
      12. Up In The Pyrenees :: Chanson D'Enfance
      13. The House At Pau
      14. Fairground In Paris :: Everybody Loves A Hero
      15. George's Flat In Paris
      16. First Orchestral Interlude
      17. She'd Be Far Better Off With You
      18. Second Orchestral Interlude
      19. Giulietta's Studio In Venice :: Stop, Wait, Please
      20. A Registry Office
      21. A Military Camp In Malaya

      Disc: 2
      1. Orchestral Introduciton To Act Two
      2. A Theatre In Paris
      3. Leading Lady
      4. At The Stage Door
      5. George's House At Pau
      6. Other Pleasures
      7. A Cafe In Venice
      8. There Is More To Love
      9. The Garden At Pau
      10. Mermaid Song
      11. Countryside Around The House, The (Third Orchestral Interlude)
      12. The Garden At Pau
      13. On The Terrace
      14. The First Man You Remember
      15. In The Vineyard At Pau
      16. Up In The Pyrenees
      17. George's Study At Pau
      18. A Circus In Paris:: Journey Of A Lifetime
      19. Outside The Circus :: Falling
      20. Jenny's Bedroom In Paris
      21. The Vineyards At Pau:: Hand Me The Wine And The Dice
      22. A Hay Loft
      23. On The Terrace
      24. Anything But Lonely

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Railway Station At Pau - Michael Ball, Kathleen Rowe Mcallen
    2 A Small Theatre In Montpellier - Ann Crumb, Paul Bentley
    3 A Cafe In Montpellier - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball, Paul Bentley
    4 Railway Station At Pau - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    5 In A Train Compartment - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    6 The House At Pau - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    7 An Art Exhibition In Paris - Kevin Colson, Kathleen Rowe Mcallen
    8 A Memory Of A Happy Moment - Kevin Colson, Kathleen Rowe Mcallen
    9 In Many Rooms In The House At Pau - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    10 On The Terrace - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball, Kevin Colson
    11 Outside The Bedroom - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    12 Up In The Pyrenees - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    13 The House At Pau - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    14 A Fairground In Paris - Michael Ball, Aspects of Love Cast (ensemble)
    15 George's Flat In Paris - Laurel Ford, Michael Ball, Ann Crumb
    16 First Orchestral Interlude - Laurel Ford, Michael Ball, Ann Crumb, Kevin Colson
    17 She'd Be Far Better Off With You - Michael Ball, Ann Crumb, Kevin Colson, Laurel Ford, Paul Bentley
    18 Second Orchestral Interlude - Aspects of Love Cast (ensemble)
    19 Guilietta's Studios In Venice - Kevin Colson, Kathleen Rowe Mcallen, Paul Bentley, Carol Duffy, Tim Nilsson-Page, David Oakley, Sally Smith, Patrick Clancy, Ann Crumb
    20 A Registry Office - Kevin Colson, Ann Crumb, Kathleen Rowe Mcallen, Paul Bentley, Aspects of Love Cast (ensemble)
    21 A Military Camp In Malaya - Michael Ball

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Orchestral Intro (Act Two) - Aspects of Love Cast (ensemble)
    2 A Theatre In Paris - Ann Crumb, Paul Bentley, David Greer
    3 Leading Lady - Paul Bentley, Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    4 At The Stage Door - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    5 George's House At Pau - Diana Morrison, Kevin Colson
    6 Other Pleasures - Diana Morrison, Kevin Colson, Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    7 A Cafe In Venice - Kathleen Rowe Mcallen
    8 There Is More To Love - Kathleen Rowe Mcallen
    9 The Garden At Pau - Kevin Colson, Diana Morrison, Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    10 Mermaid Song - Diana Morrison, Michael Reed, Orchestra, Michael Ball
    11 The Countryside Around The House - Andrew Lloyd Webber
    12 The Garden At Pau - Diana Morrison, Ann Crumb, Michael Ball
    13 On The Terrace - Michael Ball, Kevin Colson, Diana Morrison
    14 The First Man You Remember - Kevin Colson, Diana Morrison, Michael Ball, Ann Crumb
    15 In The Vineyard At Pau - Michael Ball, Ann Crumb, Diana Morrison, David Greer, Kevin Colson, Aspects of Love Cast (ensemble)
    16 Up In The Pyrenees - Diana Morrison, Michael Ball
    17 George's Study At Pau - Kevin Colson, Ann Crumb
    18 A Circus In Paris - Sally Smith, Kevin Colson, Ann Crumb, Diana Morrison, Michael Ball
    19 Outside The Circus - Diana Morrison, Michael Ball, Kevin Colson, Ann Crumb
    20 Jenny's Bedroom In Paris - Michael Ball, Diana Morrison, Kevin Colson, Ann Crumb, David Greer
    21 The Vineyards At Pau - Kathleen Rowe Mcallen, Ann Crumb, Michael Ball, Paul Bentley, David Greer
    22 A Hay Loft - Kathleen Rowe Mcallen, Michael Ball
    23 On The Terrace - Diana Morrison, Michael Ball, Ann Crumb
    24 Anything But Lonely - Ann Crumb, Michael Ball, Kathleen Rowe Mcallen