Once On This Island

Original London Cast Recording

Once On This Island, Original London Cast Recording
CDJAY 1243
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SURROUND
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CD1: 73'34''

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Music by
Stephen Flaherty

Book and Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens

Based on the novel 'Love My Love' by 
Rosay Guy

Orchestrations by
Michael Starobin

Cast
P P Arnold
Clive Rowe
Shezwae Powell
Lorna Brown
Sharon D Clarke
Anthony Corriett
Trevor Michael Georges
Suzanne Packer
Mark Vincent
Johnny Worthy

Conducted by 
Richard Balcombe

1995 winner of the prestigious Society of London Theatre's Olivier Awards for:

Best Musical.

This recording is released to coincide with the opening of the new musical "Ragtime" by the composers of "Once On This Island" in Toronto which is stirring great interest and is destined to be a Broadway smash in 1997.

Once On This Island, an unconventional Broadway Musical is part primitive folk myth and part romantic tragedy. It tells of love and sacrifice in a relationship doomed by racism. Loosely based around the idea of "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen. Once On This Island acquired a new cultural slant in an exotic, colourful setting, highly charged with vigorous Caribbean music, dance rhythms and magic. Playing originally on Broadway in October 1990 and running for 487 performances the show opened in to London in 1994 where a further success ensued.

 

A rousing and fun score make this recording and joy to listen to from beginning to end. Included in this recording is the special bonus mix of "The Human Heart" sung by American born pop star P.P. Arnold (who has toured with the likes of Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones) which narrowly missed it’s release as a chart single.

Digital Dolby Surround effects are used to the full in this recording and give a graphic demonstration of the ambience and reality that this system can bring to the musical genre.

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CD 1
  1. Prologue / We Dance
  2. One Small Girl
  3. Waiting For Life
  4. And The Gods Heard Her Prayer
    Company
  5. Rain
    Trevor Michael Georges, Company
  6. Discovering Daniel
    Lorna Brown, Company
  7. Pray
    Shezwae Powell, Johnny Worthy, Lorna Brown
  8. Forever Yours
    Clive Rowe, Lorna Brown, Anthony Corriette
  9. The Sad Tale Of The Beauxhommes
    Mark Vincent, Company
  10. Ti Moune
    Shezwae Powell, Johnny Worthy, Lorna Brown
  11. Mama Wil Provide
    Sharon D. Clarke, Company
  12. Some Say
    Company
  13. The Human Heart
    P. P. Arnold
  14. Pray (Reprise)
    Company
  15. Some Girls
    Anthony Corriette
  16. The Ball
    Anthony Corriette, Suzanne Packer, Lorna Brown, Company
  17. Ti Moune's Dance
    Lorna Brown, Company
  18. When We Are Wed
    Anthony Corriette, Suzanne Packer, Lorna Brown, Company
  19. Promises / Forever Yours (Reprise)
    Clive Rowe, Sharon Brown, Company
  20. Wedding Sequence
    Sharon D. Clarke, Anthony Corriette, Lorna Brown, Company
  21. A Part Of Us
    Shezwae Powell, Johnny Worthy, Monique Mason
  22. Why We Tell The Story
    Company
  23. The Human Heart
    P. P. Arnold