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Dave Clark's TIME, the Musical - Act 2 (Remastered)

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Why?

I saw the original production with Cliff Richard. I have both the cassette and LP versions and have waited years for either a CD or digital release. Now it's here i have to ask- why has it been released as two albums? £22 for a download is a joke. Combine the two at a more reasonable price and i'll buy it.

At long last, I can get rid of my record deck!

This review is really for both Acts 1 and 2. After 25 years of trying and failing to get this musical on CD, I couldn't believe it was finally being made available on itunes. For those of us who bought the album in 1986, and have worn it out on our record decks since, this is nothing short of a revelation! It very quickly became my favourite musical soundtrack, even although I never managed to see the show (I have friends who did and they raved about it despite some moans from critics). Hearing the re-mastered soundtrack in all it's glory almost literally does turn time back, but you don't need to have been around at the time to enjoy the music, to me anyway it's time-less. The singers of what is ultimately a concept album rather than a cast album (although Cliff Richard obviously did appear in the musical initially and his voice suits his songs to a tee) do a great job; how they managed to get all these great acts together for the other songs is a testament to the quality of the song writing. Although the album wasn't a chart success at the time, several singles were successful ("She's so Beautiful", "It's in Every One of Us", and "Time" deserved to chart higher than they did but "In My Defence" did go top 10 in the UK after Freddie Mercury's untimely death, and Laurence Olivier's Theme from Time got to number 27 in Australia!). I heartily recommend you download the album, just a couple of things to keep in mind though:

1. You need to download both Acts 1 and 2, and they have to be listened in that order to get the full effect of the storyline.
2. At £10.99 for each act, this is pretty expensive by itunes standards but this is currently the only way to get this level of quality and it is something special. Don't take my word for it though, preview every track first if you're not familiar with the songs.

Just one criticism, again for those of us familiar with the LP (yes, I'm that old!) - at the end of the last track, "It's in Every One of Us", there was originally a fadeout by Laurence Olivier that I thought rounded off the album perfectly. It's just a few words, "Can we wait for you. Dare we wait for you?" Instead there is just silence during these final seconds. For us Time fanatics, it's a quibble. But I guess I can forgive you Dave, thankyou so much for making this piece of history available - it deserves to get the appreciation of a whole new audience - if the musical ever ran again I would be down the M74, M6, and M1 in, well about 8 and a half hours!

"Choose your words with care ..."

Outstanding audio quality.

Agree wholeheartedly with JamesMacF's review.

In my case, both the Compact Cassette and Long Play double albums are worn out! Just wonderful at long last to have a CD quality recording - in fact, I think this mix is better than the original, more depth, more bass, more clarity all round. My only small quibbles are the slight remix on "Time" (although this is still much better than the various remixes that have come out over the years, mainly on Freddie tributes) and the omission of Olivier's Akash quote to close the album.

Cliff performed "It's In Every One Of Us" on "Aspel And Co" in late '85 or early '86 (guesting with Wendy Craig). His interview description of the upcoming musical show excited me. When I first saw it on 18th April '86 shortly after it opened, I thought I was watching a film when the Time/Ascension sequence started, the effects were so good. Nothing I have seen in the theatre since, has equalled that experience.

I rushed out afterwards to buy the album - at first, only the cassette was available in Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. During a further fourteen visits to Time at the Dominion Theatre, I managed to purchase the LP album with it's hologram sticker! (By the way, my last visit was to the Thursday evening performance (14 April '88) in its last week - this was a packed Terrence Higgins' Trust Aids Gala benefit with speeches at the end from Dave Clark himself and Laurence Olivier (filmed). The part of Chris Wilder, The Rock Star, was performed by David Ian with certain numbers being taken over by Cliff and one Freddie Mercury (parts of the opening numbers were performed by all three). The show lasted 3 hours 15 minutes that night!

This is also my favourite musical (and I see many each year - I am psychlops on Twitter) and am extremely familiar with this (these) album(s), so having this audio mix makes me all the happier. Thank you, Dave Clark (and Jeff Soames, Dave Pomeranz et al).

Akash: "The quality of your life is brought about by the quality of your thinking - think ... about that!"

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