After two people on my flist posted about musicals I love, I felt the need for a hit. Bless you, Youtube, for catering to my addictions!
Phantom of the Opera:"Music of the Night" by Anthony Warlow
: Warlow was the youngest Phantom ever, being chosen for the part in Melbourne, Australia at the age of 19. Considered one of the definitive Phantoms, he refused to be exposed to Michael Crawford's version, because he didn't want to end up copying him like so many others had. "Phantom of the Opera" by John Owen-Jones and Rachel Barrell
, who is one kickass Christine.
Les Miserables:"Bring Him Home" by John Owen-Jones
: this song kills me, and his is one of the best versions I've heard."One Day More"
by John Owen-Jones, Michael Ball, sounds like they rousted out the original Eponine...
Chess: yes, they made a musical about chess. This was back in the 80s, when the Cold War was still alive and chess was a civilized way to wage war and for intellectual geeks to feel glamorous. Chass was also the source for the hit single, "One Night in Bangkok." So now you know who to blame."Anthem" by Anthony Warlow"Anthem" by Josh Groban
: I never noticed how much Josh Groban sounds like Athony Warlow before. Stomach the opening seconds of opening sequence; it'll go away, I promise. Sadly, there's some microphone feedback toward the end, but not the painful sort.
Jekyll & Hyde: screw the Hoff! He reeked like a hogwallow. In fact, every stage production ever done of this sucks, to the best of my knowledge. But before that, there was a concept album...and oh, that concept album!
If they'd turned that sucker into the play instead of hacking it to pieces, this would've been the best musical of all time."This is the Moment" by Anthony Warlow
: Jekyll & Hyde on the stage sucks, but Anthony Warlow sang the lead on the concept album (and it sounded exactly like this
on the album), so you could say he originated the role. Check out how long he holds that final note."I Need to Know" by Anthony Warlow
: I think this one was cut from the stage production, but it's the song right before he chugs the brew o'badness."Bring on the Men" by Linda Eder
: this one is...colorful. In a hooker sort of way."Alive" by Anthony Warlow
: he voiced Hyde, too."His Work and Nothing More" by Anthony Warlow
, Carolee Carmello is the woman...and I can't remember the other two."Once Upon a Dream" by Linda Eder
: says this played on a soap opera, but... *thumbs her nose at that* It came from the musical."Confrontation" by Anthony Warlow
: Yeah, same name as the Javert/Valjean faceoff in Les Miz. The video on this (taken from the 1931 film) doesn't do anything for me, but the song is my single favorite from any musical ever. Jekyll and Hyde are both Warlow, and it's notable that this recording was does not
involve any dubbing...which becomes a dramatic achievement when Hyde starts laughing while Jekyll's still sustaining a note. It's called polyphonic singing.
Not exactly a musical, but:
Three versions of "Caruso", by Josh Groban
and even better (but not as pretty-looking), by Pavarotti
, and possibly even better and much
prettier-looking, Lara Fabian.
Finally, just because he's awesome:Pavarotti sings the theme from "Gladiator"
. This gives me chills.
From Turandot, it's Pavarotti's "Nessun Dorma"
, from the Torino Olympics (that freaking made me cry!), and his I Pagliacci
(which is a recording from an actual opera; easy to forget he was an actor, eh?)--the kick-you-in-the-chest perfection of Pavarotti's trademark songs. I never appreciated exactly how good his performance of "Nessun Dorma" was till I saw another very talented singer attempt it and not quite pull it off.