Musical Soundtrack Compilation
Andrew Lloyd Webber Divas
Music and Lyrics By: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed By: Various Artists
Produced By: Decca Broadway
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Anyone who says that he or she has never heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber must have lived their entire life hiding under a rock, ears firmly kept closed. This is the only explanation as to how that particular person can honestly state that they have never heard any of the works of the most popular theatrical composer of the late 20th Century. One might say that they have never been to a Broadway Musical. This would still not be an excuse, as the songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber have been recorded by many an artist and have earned worldwide recognition. When one thinks of Andrew Lloyd Webber, they think of Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.
Now, Decca Broadway releases a 15 track CD compilation of some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best songs. Andrew Lloyd Webber Divas is a tribute to the composer with tracks sung by the performers who made them famous. The album contains tracks from Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and more. The tracks are sung by such notables as Betty Buckley, Barbra Streisand, Minnie Driver, Madonna, and Glenn Close (to name a few).
Although the CD was enjoyable, listeners may be disappointed to discover that Memory, a song made famous by Barbra Streisand, is instead performed by Betty Buckley. It is an admirable performance and Betty Buckley did sing a rendition of this song in her performance in Cats. However, it is Barbra Streisand who sang the best rendition of Memory to date. Instead, Streisand contributes to the CD with her performance of As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard. Call me crazy, but I think the listeners would rather hear her perform Memory. Some listeners will also wonder how certain tracks made the CD. Buenos Aires, a song found in Evita, would not have been one of my picks. Although the song is somewhat enjoyable, it hardly shows the range of performer Patti Lupone, nor is it indicative of the genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber found in compositions such as All I Ask of You, The Heart Is Slow To Learn, and Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina. Indeed, a couple of the tracks included in this compilation are surprising in that they almost seem not to belong.
While most fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work may still find it worthwhile to pick up this album, this reviewer believes that at $17.00 U.S., this CD is hardly a steal. If you are dead-set on getting your hands on a copy of Andrew Lloyd Webber Divas, I would wait for the CD to be marked down. This is certainly one for the bargain bins.