- Composer: Elton John
- Audio CD (Feb. 7 2006)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Cast Recording, Compilation, Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B000CS45RE
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Billy Elliot The Musical Cast Recording, Compilation, Explicit Lyrics
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|1. The Stars Look Down|
|3. Grandma's Song|
|5. Expressing Yourself|
|6. The Letter|
|7. Born To Boogie|
|8. Angry Dance|
|9. Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher|
|10. Deep Into The Ground|
See all 15 tracks on this disc
|1. The Letter - John, Elton|
|2. Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher - John, Elton|
|3. Electricity - John, Elton|
The original cast recording features the acclaimed new score by Elton John and is produced by recording legend Phil Ramone. Hailed as 'The Greatest British Musical' by The London Telegraph, Billy Elliothas won universal acclaim for a powerful and theatrical score, unlike any Elton John has ever written. The songwriter has spoken about his strong emotional attachment to the story. This release will be issued as 2-CD box set: First CD with the original cast recording and the second bonus CD featuring three songs from the show performed by Elton John. Decca. 2006.
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Only complaint is missing an Act II musical number: the "Swan Lake" which is a very nice remix of Swan Lake when the younger Billy dancing with the Billy Older Self.
As this is a review of the album, I will say that I really enjoy the cast recording. It's well done and the songs are beautiful and are integral to the story. For someone who hasn't seen the show, they may not enjoy the album the way they would with Phantom, Les Mis, and so on. It doesn't have your typical Broadway showtunes feel. It's more like an Elton John album broadwayfied.
But I still highly recommend it for any fan of Broadway Musicals. My favorite songs are The Stars Look Down, Solidarity, Express Yourself, and Electricity.
In this soundtrack featuring members of the original London production, Elton John's powerful music is still there; so is Billy's story in all its intensity, humour and pathos. Lee Hall's trenchant, touching lyrics are still there: poignant, humorous and often, essentially, profane. After all, this is all about tough, coal-mining folk in 1980s England: on edge, on strike, and, one might add, royally brassed off at the prospect of Maggie Thatcher's government doing them out of a job.
In the midst of all this social and economic turbulence, shines one unique, determined young boy.
When I first saw the multi-award-winning film Billy Elliot, I found it to be the most compelling examination of innocence that I had ever seen: Billy's creative innocence, his passion to dance, struggling for expression in his profane world. The boy's need to release his soulfulness in this way is a yearning frustrated by the harshness of an environment and home life where soulfulness is hardly understood, let alone placed as priority.
Then when the stage production came along, the film's story translated perfectly to a full-scale musical, and, for me at least, seeing the live show several times was never enough.
So this CD is the next best thing to actually seeing the record-breaking, Tony winning, and Laurence Olivier Award-winning show. Buy it, hear it, listen intently, follow the lyrics in the accompanying booklet. Then one day, perhaps, if you have been as affected as I was by the music and the story, find a way to see it live, on stage, in all its complete and bewitching brilliance. Because, after all, Billy Elliot is all about the dance, and you have never seen young boys dancing like this!
The recording isn't that captivating. It's not one of Elton John's better works like his AIDA. There are no real sweeping melodies that stick with you. The orchestrations seem rather bland. Highlights on the recording include "Solidarity": a strong ensemble number with a gorgeous ending. And "The Letter", certainly a tear-jerker and pretty little song.
The TrackListing provided by Amazon here is actually incorrect. They have listed the track listing for the movie soundtrack that starred Jamie Bell. This is a totally different recording as this is the stage cast recording, not the film soundtrack. Here is the Original Cast Recording as found on the disc:
1. The Stars Look Down
3. Grandma's Song
5. Expressing Yourself
6. The Letter
7. Born To Boogie
8. Angry Dance
9. Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher
10. Deep Into The Ground
11. He Could Be A Star
13. Once We Were Kings
14. The Letter - Reprise
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