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Album Review

One of the biggest stars from the world of musical theater, Elaine Paige is just as popular as ever, thanks to her Sunday afternoon Radio 2 show and last year's televised duet with Susan Boyle, who cited her as the main influence behind her rapid rise to fame. Now, for the first time since 1991's Love Can Do That, she releases a brand new studio album that's void of any of her trademark songs from the musicals. Like the title suggests, Elaine Paige and Friends is a duets album, featuring a diverse range of artists from the more obvious John Barrowman on a cover of Roberta Flack's "Where Is the Love," to the unlikely Sinéad O'Connor on the only original track, the Gary Barlow/Tim Rice penned "It's Only Life." Unlike Tom Jones' Reload and Lulu's Together, both of which featured collaborations with younger, more relevant singers, Elaine Paige and Friends doesn't seem like such a calculated bid for chart success. Indeed, LeAnn Rimes, who she teams up with on Katie Melua's "Closest Thing to Crazy," is the only guest vocalist to have had a hit single in the last ten years. Instead, Paige has picked her favorite singers from the past 50 years, such as Paul Anka on the lounge-pop reworking of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Neil Sedaka on a subtle rendition of Bread's "Make It with You," and Dionne Warwick on a stirring version of Andrew Gold's "Thank You for Being a Friend." When the album does stray into more contemporary territory, it's not quite as successful, as both Madonna's gorgeous ballad "Take a Bow" and Josh Groban's Latino-influenced "Mi Morena" are both turned into slightly overwrought cabaret. But with the rest of the material, Phil Ramone's clean and simple production perfectly complements Paige's sweet but powerful vocal ability. Elaine Paige and Friends is unlikely to echo the multi-platinum success of similar duets collections, but for fans who've waited nearly 20 years for new material, it's a tasteful and well-produced choice of songs. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A stunning new collection from the Queen lady-chief of song!

My favourite tracks on here are the duets with Billy Ocean and the wonderful Barry Manilow but honestly, every track is truly gorgeous xxxx


Thank you EP and Phil Ramone for making such a brilliant album! You remind us all what GREAT performing and GREAT songs are all about!!!

Elaine paige and friends???

This album was awful, i was really looking forward to buying it and when i eventually did, it was awful, i cant believe i wasted the money on it, songs were awful and the singing sounded the same all the way through, sorry ep i know you have been great in the past, you should have legacy the past


Born: 05 March 1951 in Barnet, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born Elaine Bickerstaff in the spring of 1951, Elaine Paige would go on to be one of the most recognizable names in theater. She attended the Aida Foster Drama School as she was growing up, preparing her lovely singing voice for musical theater. In the early '70s, she started acting in various London productions, getting small roles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, and finally landing the lead in Grease (opposite an unknown Richard Gere). She eventually quit musical theater to try her hand at television....
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