Evita Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, Cast Recording
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|1. A Cinema In Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952|
|2. Requiem For Evita/Oh What A Circus|
|3. On This Night Of A Thousand Stars/Eva And Magaldi/Eva Beware Of The City|
|4. Buenos Aires|
|5. Goodnight And Thank You|
|6. The Lady's Got Potential|
|7. Charity Concert/I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You|
|8. Another Suitcase In Another Hall|
|9. Dangerous Jade|
|10. A New Argentina|
|1. On The Balcony Of the Casa Rosada/Don't Cry For Me Argentina|
|2. High Flying, Adored|
|3. Rainbow High|
|4. Rainbow Tour|
|5. The Actess Hasn't Learned The Lines (You'd Like To Hear)|
|6. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)|
|7. Santa Evita|
|8. Waltz For Evita And Che|
|9. She Is A Diamond|
|10. Dice Are Rolling/Eva's Sonnet|
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, I firmly believe now more than ever that the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Evita is the definitive one. The trio of Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, and Bob Gunton is one that transcends the written notes and truly elevates Evita to another place. But I knew that before buying this concept recording, and if you do also, you will not be disappointed.
Julie Covington is... functional as Eva Duarte de Peron, reminiscent of Madonna but posessing infinitely more range and power. LuPone detractors have hailed Covington as the most accurate representation of the actress, heaping praise on her subtlety, her lack of the "brass" that sets Patti apart. The problem with this position is that, quite simply, the real Eva Peron lacked subtlety. She WAS brassy. She WAS like a hurricane, a force to be reckoned with. Julie, while performing admirably, does not possess this larger-than-life facet that seems to keep Eva from ever being forgotten. In addition, I found her "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" to be mediocre, at best. However, other reviewers have lodged complaints about Covington's accent and mispronunciations. I found her accent to be negligible, and her butcherings of the words off-putting at worst. Certainly, they did not detract from my enjoyment of the album as some reviewers would lead you to believe.
The character of Ché Guevara in this concept recording differs totally from the character that later appeared on the stage.Read more ›
People spend so much time gushing over Webber's tunes that they fail to notice what Tim Rice achieved when he wrote the book for "Evita" - he created a mainstream musical with a complex, well-developed, and above all compelling main character. It is a shame, then, that the actresses who play Eva so rarely do her justice. Patti LuPone and Elaine Paige, of the Broadway and London casts respectively, are both phenomenal singers. However, either through lack of interest or lack of acting prowess, they failed to bring out the nuances of Eva's character. (This goes for Madonna too.) As played by them, Eva came off as a strong-willed, assertive woman. However, the character Tim Rice wrote is more interesting than that: She is a brilliant manipulator of the people around her, and a ruthless pragmatist.
Julie Covington brings out these layers. Her voice is not sweet, but it's pleasant enough to listen too. Her Spanish pronounciation is admittedly a nightmare. But she ACTS the part like no one else, and for me, that is most significant. "Evita" is after all a piece of theater.
Aside from Covington, the rest of the cast on this album is more than solid. Colm Wilkinson, of "Les Miserables" fame, brings a scathing sense of humor to the part of Che.Read more ›
Julie Covington and Colm Wilkinson are great on this (a very young voice of Colm, I didn't read the booklet before I started listening and was trying to place his voice).
If you're a fan of the show, buy this CD! It's sort of interesting to see that even ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER had a point in his career where he didn't overdo all his music!
If you want a good cast, buy the soundtrack with Madonna, or if you happen to understand Spanish, the Madrid recording with Paloma San Basilio.
I had two major problems with the actors on this recording. The first is the accent. They had strong accents that were inappropriate for their characters, especially Julie. She sounded far too British. Normally I love British accents, but not on the wife of an Argentine dictator. In the case of Madonna and Antonio Banderas, they could sound more like someone from Argetina. And Julie's Spanish! Horrible! She kept mispronuncing descamisados, and it really gets on yours nerves after a while. Someone really should have reminded her of the first s. It's like she tried to pronounce it as a french word. Colm also has a funny accent, I'm not even sure what it is, but it bothers me on ALL of his recordings of ANYTHING. He is better than Julie though. She is incapable of being soft for the songs were Eva is gentle or sad. She plays it ... even when she shouldn't. Madonna and Paloma have a better balance. They're soft when Eva is soft, and hard when she's hard. In conclusion: great music, ... cast. I know it was the first one, and they were still figuring it all out, but if you're only a casual fan of the musical, don't buy it. If you're hardcore like me, and you want the whole Evita collection, it's interesting to listen to, but I doubt it will become your favorite.
Most recent customer reviews
In grade 10 Spanish class, I was first introduced to the musical Evita through the film version with Madonna. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2006 by Ab H. Gamble
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice had success by releasing their JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on records first, and then fine-tuning the piece for the stage: A try-out in the recording... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Mark Andrew Lawrence
As an actor myself, I find this score one of the most remarkably boring ever created by Andrew Lloyd Webber - making it one of the most boring theatre scores I've ever heard. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003
EVITA: AN OPERA BASED ON THE LIFE STORY OF EVA PERON 1919-1952 was the world's introduction to what would become a phenomenon that would mirror the veneration paid to Eva Peron... Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2002 by Andrew Parodi
I see that Colm Wilkonsen is credited for playing Che. I sold my copy of this concept recording but I could swear mine had David Essex listed in it and his picture as well for... Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Amazon Customer
this cd is a complete disgrace to evita. Julie Covington is an awful Eva Peron. If evita was alive today, she'd want to die! Covington makes my mom sound like an opera singer. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002
I don't like this very much,because the Evita is not so good.I don't think she is singing.She is SHOUTING.Yes, shouting.That annoyed me much.The others are not bad. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002 by piner
Julie Covington sounds like the role of Evita comes from the depths of her heart. Her melodic singing is such a pleasure to listen to. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by WeaverGrace