Cats (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Cats Original Broadway Cast Recording
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Great Musical, but 1981 London Cast is much better...
Cats is a great musical for both children and adults. It is fun, yet intriguing, based from T.S. Elliots book of poems about Jellicle Cats. Many people dismiss it, but if you've seen the show, I will tell you as a performer, it is not easy to sing these songs doing those dance moves - the performers are extremely talented. This was the first musical I heard as a child, and two of my four cats are named after cats in this show (Macavity is 18, and Gus is 10). This is a great musical, and a great soundtrack, but the 1981 London Cast is MUCH better. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn't have the London Cast Recording, so this will have to do. I'd recommend this recording AND the London Cast Recording to anyone really interested in this musical.
Cats or Cats?
Why is this on here and not the video-cast? I think I prefer the video cast over this one. The vocals in the video cast are much more suited to the characters, and they overall sound better than these ones. (Munkustrap sounds like a kid and Rum Tum Tugger sounds like a geek in this album. The two who played and sang in the video sounded much better.) Overall, I was pretty depressed when I found out that this was a different cast than the one I was much more fond of. The only highlight of this cast is Growltiger's Last Stand, which was not shown in the video because John Mills (Gus the Theatre Cat) was "too old." It's sad that Growltiger is not available for purchase unless you buy the whole album. I really hope they put the video-cast on iTunes someday soon.
I LOVE CATS!!!!!!
This is one of my favorite musicals. I love to dance to all of the great songs! It's wonderful! The musical deserves five stars, but this album is about four and a half. So I'm keeping it with four. It is definitely hard to sing these songs while doing these dance moves. I'm astonished at the range of these singers. They are wonderful. But I have to admit, they are surely not as amazing as the video cast. The video cast are so much more connected to the characters, in my opinion, and I hope that they come out with an album. There are a couple of reasons that the video cast is better: Why don't Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer sing their own song? I love the song, but I kind of prefer them singing it. Betty Buckely, Grizabella, does a great job, but I prefer Elaine Paige because Betty Buckely sings too loud too soon. I believe, as Elaine Paige sings, that "Memory" should begin quiet and sad and then build up to the very last dramatic verse: "Touch me! It's so easy to leave me..." The Gus on this album is definitely a good singer, but he is no comparison to Sir John Mills of the video cast. I absolutely think that John Mills did a wonderful job by being calm and yet telling the story of his life at the theatre. I have to give credit to the actor in this album, but I prefer John Mills' version of Gus the Theatre Cat. All in all, I'd definitely suggest this album for those who love the musical and want to keep it forever. Despite a few complaints (which are small, believe me) I'd say go ahead and buy it. It is very overpriced, but I think it's worth it to hold one of the best musicals made forever. I LOVE CATS!!!! P. S. Favorite Songs (And be ready. There's a lot): Memory, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, Prologue, Old Gumbie Cat, Rum Tum Tugger, The Jellicle Ball, Grizabella, Skimbleshanks, Macavity, Mr. Mistoffelees, and the Journey to the Heavyside Layer.
Born: March 22, 1948 in London, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s