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Where in the Product Description below does it state that this is ONLY HIGHLIGHTS? Original cast recording of the brand new 2014 production of Miss Saigon which opened in May 2014, breaking box office records and critically acclaimed across the board. The album will be released on the show’s 25th anniversary. Miss Saigon has not been on stage in the West End for 15 years, when it ended its 10 year run and has since successfully opened in over 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning countless awards around the world. On revisiting the product page I enlarged the album image but that is the only indication. Too late for me as this was part of my wife's Christmas present.
I have been a fan since this show opened 25 years ago, and sure, if you like original recordings, you will think this is inferior not only due to new voices and updated lyrics, but you are also comparing a live vs. studio recording.
This recording is solid. Sure, I could do with less vocal acrobatics on Bui Doi and Why God Why and the new song Maybe is not standout, but this is still a very enjoyable album. As it is not just the songs but almost a full recording of the show, you can listen to it all with a continuing storyline.
However, -1 star as I have no idea why The Fall Of Saigon is no longer a track on its own? It seems to be merged with Kim's Nightmare which makes it a 8:27 song. Kind of silly given the different tempos of these songs.
Mind blowingly brilliant possibly over eggs the noodles, but this recording is certainly up there and streets ahead of the complete recording. Where it is let down is in the orchestral depth, which is lacking. The synthesis, whilst top-end, still drowns out the real instruments. Vocally this is top drawer, and Jon Jon Briones stands out in particular. This production is sheer bombast - a powerhouse of visual excellence and a wall of sound. The CD captures this - sort of - but it's not perfect.
I recently saw the new production of Miss Saigon in London and I wanted to buy the album from the show. Once purchased, you also get a rip download version but the cd was much better. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, but also really enjoyed the cd as its a live performance 2014. Anyone who has seen the show and hasn't got the music from the show, it's well worth the price!
Superb singing from all the cast. It's a live recording but I personally prefer the recording studio version (the original cast recording). They've 'jazzed' up a few of the songs though which isn't a bad thing. Sadly it doesn't have that highly emotional song that Chris sings to Ellen after Kim visits Ellen.
Though lacking the finesse and grand orchestra of the symphonic recording of "Saigon" , this is a fine recording of the new version of the show. Some of the new lyric changes seem awkward and the new song for Ellen is a big mistake ("Now That Ive Seen Her" was a much better and better constructed song), but overall it captures the excitement of the performance in a way no studio recording can manage.
A brilliant recording with a live feel to it by having the audience reaction and applause. It is rather a shame that there is an audible click between the tracks that I put down to a compilation fault. It still is a brilliant recording and most certainly makes me want to see the show.