Blood Brothers (New London Cast Recording (1988))
New London Cast of Blood Brothers (1988)
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i grew up listening to this soundtrack because it was one of my father's favorites. i never thought i'd get a chance to see blood brothers since it's really only playing in london, however i was fortunate enough to see the show while studying abroad this year. almost every song brings a tear to my eye, and as i sing along to "tell me it's not true", i'm almost unable to stop the tears by the end of it. the show is incredibly moving and the album is one i will cherish forever.
19 Recordings And 20+ Years On The Boards
Blood Brothers is an international hit that has spawned 19 different cast albums (in nearly as many languages) and run for twenty years in London's West End. It seldom pleases the critics, but it always pleases the audience. The story of twins separated at birth, one to live in poverty with his mother and the other adopted by a rich family, is heartbreaking. The score is appropriately folksy, with a couple of stand-out songs (Tell Me It's Not True, Easy Terms). iTunes only carries this version (for now), but it's the one I'd recommend for your first listen to the show. The cast is great, and there is enough dialogue included to make is possible to follow the storyline.
Blood Brothers is an interesting show as far as musicals go because it actually has a plot, and it doesn't have a happy ending. Compared to most musicals, the style is slightly different, but it adds a nice touch. A few of the songs on the album are a little disappointing; however, it has some absolutely terrific songs that more than make up for it. Among my favorites are "Shoes Upon the Table" (-reminiscent of Leading Player in "Pippin") and "Tell Me It's Not True" (-heart-wrenching). The "Marilyn Monroe" numbers will make you want to go out dancing, and you'll definitely sing along. Some of the dialogue has been left in the numbers, and that greatly helps because it gives you a better idea of the plot. Hope you enjoy! ~Kat the Cat