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Album Review

Despite its worldwide success as a stage production, the musical Miss Saigon, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's follow-up to Les Misérables, spawned relatively few recordings, but an early one was this modest disc, which annotator Chris White refers to as a "'concert' version," in the sense that it is really a singers' record, not a full-scale studio cast recording. (It was not, however, recorded in concert.) Eleven of the show's songs are presented as showcases for Carl Wayne (former lead singer for the Move) and stage star Kim Criswell without regard to the characters who originally sang them; Wayne simply sings all the male roles and Criswell all the female ones. Since there are a lot of characters in the show and the songs are sometimes performed by more than one, this doesn't always work. For example, Criswell alone sings "I Still Believe," written as a duet for the competing characters of Kim and Ellen, and the lyric doesn't make sense sung by one person. This relatively low-key effort puts the emphasis on the songs' music and lyrics, which doesn't always do favors for the score. As ever, the cynical songs for the Engineer, "If You Want to Die in Bed" and "The American Dream," are more interesting than the overwrought ballads. But the singers are good: Carl Wayne is a more expressive vocalist than he was in his rock-star days, and Kim Criswell (though you can't help feeling someone intended a joke by casting her in a show with lead characters named Kim and Chris) gives the material more conviction than it really deserves. This 1994 recording turned up in a reissued version in U.S. record stores in the spring of 2001 retailing for under five dollars. You get what you pay for.

Customer Reviews

ummm... no

Itunes, please, please, get people the broadway and london recordings. This is just sad... One brilliant musical sung by two highschool music teachers who probably never saw Lea on Broadway. Lea Rocks guys. Do not buy this, go out and get a version with Lea Salonga playing kim on disk. It is worth it. Thats a fact.

An Embarrasment to Miss Saigon

I'm sorry...but you can not just have two people record a show like Miss Saigon. I am in a current production of Miss Saigon at the moment, and i know from experience that this is a group show. The Ensemble carries the production of Miss Saigon and when you're missing numbers like "The Morning of The Dragon" or "This Is The Hour", you ruin the show. iTunes, please start putting more CAST recordings into the database, i appreciate this attempt...but's still not attiquite.


umm im sorry this is just not good i was in a high school production of miss saigon, the first one to be exact, and we were better than this! and lea, the original kim, is so amazing!! itunes, you really need to get like the actual broadway cast recording on here, not this knock-off!!!! and its not even worth one star, but i was told i had to rate it


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Carl Wayne had the good fortune to be a member of the Move, one of the top rock acts ever to come out of Birmingham, England; he also had the bad fortune to share the spotlight in the band with the likes of Roy Wood, an obvious musical genius whose creativity partly eclipsed Wayne's contribution as lead singer. Born Colin David Tooley in Birmingham in 1943, he was involved in music from childhood and by his late teens had changed his name to the more attractive Carl Wayne and taken over fronting...
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