Miss Saigon [Original London Cast Recording]

Miss Saigon [Original London Cast Recording]

by Original 1990 Cast


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Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's followup to Les Miserables is another sung-through operetta with a serious theme and a classic source: They have placed Madame Butterfly in the waning days of the Vietnam War. Jonathan Pryce stands out as a pimp named the Engineer in this London cast recording, and the score has the same rock feel as Schonberg's Les Miserables music.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/1990
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0720642427125
catalogNumber: 24271
Rank: 6362

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Nick Davies   Violin
Duke Dobing   Flute,Piccolo
Ellen   Track Performer
Greg Ellis   Vocals
Sid Gauld   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kim   Track Performer
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Brendon O'Reilly   Violin
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Godfrey Salmon   Violin
Lea Salonga   Vocals
Ray Shell   Vocals
Allen Walley   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Justin Ward   Viola
Steve Aitken   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Chris Lacey   Flute,Piccolo
Glen Martin   Clarinet
Steve Waterman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Gigi Dover   Track Performer
Sandy Mackay   Oboe,Cor anglais
Ian McLeod   Violin
Norris Bosworth   Viola
Keith Burns   Vocals
Claire Moore   Vocals
David Randall   Violin
David Hartley   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste
Martin Koch   Conductor
Ian Laws   Synthesizer,Guitar
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
John McDougall   Bassoon
William Arman   Violin
Julian Fairbank   Percussion
Glynn Kerslake   Vocals
Peter Polycarpou   Vocals
Jonathan Pryce   Vocals
Jack Rozman   Violin
Nick Holder   Vocals
Martin Wall   Horn
Michael Strassen   Vocals
Anthony Castro   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Chris   Track Performer
Jimmy Johnston   Vocals
Simon Bowman   Vocals
Ruthie Henshall   Vocals
Kim   Track Performer
Gerard Casey   Vocals
Isay Alvarez   Vocals
Robert Sena   Vocals
Claudia Cadette   Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Jeremy Gough   Trombone
Orchestra   Track Performer
Andrew Golder   Vocals
Jimmy Johnston   Vocals
Pinky Amador   Vocals
Bobby Martino   Vocals
Richard Calkin   Vocals
Antoinette Lo   Vocals
Suchitra Sen Sawrattan   Vocals
Jon Jon Briones   Vocals
Glyn Kerslake   Vocals
Paul Manley   Violin
Mark Carroll   Vocals
Lyon Roque   Vocals
Chooi Kheng Beh   Vocals
Miss Saigon Cast Ensemble   Choir, Chorus
Andy Lanai   Vocals
Inocian Junix   Vocals
Miss Saigon Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Louie Spence   Vocals
Jay Ibot   Vocals
Shukubi Yo   Vocals
Johnny Amobi   Vocals
Bob Sydor   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Graeme Scott   Viola
John Bradbury   Violin

Technical Credits

Alain Boublil   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Lyric Adaptations
David Caddick   Musical Supervision
Richard Maltby   Composer,Lyricist,Additional Music
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Martin Koch   Musical Supervision
David Hunt   Engineer
Michael Le Poer Trench   Production Photography
Andy Bruce   Sound Design
Cameron Mackintosh   Presentation
John Napier   Production Design
Andreane Neofitou   Costume Design
Nicholas Hytner   Director
Claude-Michel Schoenberg   Producer,Liner Notes
Mark Steyn   Liner Notes

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Miss Saigon [Original London Cast Recording] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I wasted my money on this... I love this show and I can't believe it was so ruined... My first complaint was that Lea Salonga was horrible. She dropped some parts down a couple times... I've never liked her, but I hated her this time. Simon Bowman... Yuck! MELODRAMA... The tempos were all much slower than performed on stage. While Claire Moore is fine, Ruthie Henshall tops her by far... buy the Complete Symphonic... It's much better and more like the show. The leads are MUCH better
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased the recording of the London cast in a Wyoming music store, which by the way was no easy task. The score is breathtaking with the unimitable style of Boubil and Schonberg. The listener will find the same stunning themes of love, heatbreak and betrayal evident in Les Miserables. One can close thier eyes while listening to the beautiful intertwining of lyrics, voices, incredible orchestrations and artists as they absorb this magnificient musical journey through a heartbreaking era of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Saigon opens doors to the talented Asians who have to fight for any role in Broadway. And what a show! Lea's crystal voice is amazing, there's no other like it.I can't wait to watch her as she reprises her role in the new ''Flower Drum Song'' that will open in Broadway in October.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man! I never really expect this show that good until I heard the voice of Lea Salonga.And the songs are so good! I have not slept the whole night hearing the voice of Lea Salonga, so soft but strong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this cd!but, i think that the recent kim had a better voice than lia salonga and the original chris had a better voice than the recent one!! i am only 12 and i love theater!! the music in this show was sensational, and anyone should buy it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Saigon was such a sad story! It want to cry every time I listen to it. Lea Salonga has such a beautiful voice and sounds great on this CD! I must say that this is just about equal (in quality) to Les Mis if not better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Saigon is one of the best musicals I've ever heard, and I'm a big fan of musicals. The emotion ranges from joy to love to anger to loathing and hopeful despair. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but once you've heard this, you'll know what I mean. Lea Salonga IS Kim, the role was created for her and I can see why. Simon Bowman is a wonderful Chris, in ''Why God Why'' I can hear the confusion and despair in his voice...Jonathan Pryce is amazing, no other word for it. He's a sleaze as the Engineer, but you find yourself pitying him in spite of yourself. Claire Moore's rich, throaty voice is perfect for portraying the anger, jealousy, and love she shares for Chris. This is one of the best musical purchases you could ever make.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is awesome. the voices are amazing and the story line is so simple yet so complicating. When I first heard it I was crying by the second half and I threw a shoe at my CD player for something that Chris does that i don;t wnat to tell anyone. Anyone who liked Epionin's voice from les Miserables will love Kim becaus it is the same chick. Wish she was in more musicals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
everything about the play is good even the soundtrack was done very well but I wish for them to release a MISS SAIGON video. We thank God for Lea for she has given honor to our country
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly salute everyone involved in the production of the play!All of them have given justice to the roles that they are asked to portray. I am very sure that a lot of people out there are too radical and gross on some things that displease them.True,we are entitled to our own opinions but I don't think that we still need negative feedbacks on the Original London Casts. These people went through the tedious screening process and have been proven worthy to be one of the acclaimed performers.It's not all easy to get there on stage!I know how it feels like...So, enough of the bombastic comments. I STILL BELIEVE that they all have the LUNGS of STEEL which only a few possess.What more can I say but,''ENCORE!'' Oh and one more thing,MS.LEA SALONGA did a great performance as KIM.She's got it all!Hey, I am your FAN!!! To Mr.Cameron Mckintosh, You have hired the best of the best!More Power...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but that person has no idea. This person has no idea what they are talking about! This recording is unbelievable, i recommend it to anybody who loves the show and anybody who doesnt. It is incredible. I myself love the show and the recording is just as good as being there. I'm just waiting for a video release because i will be first in the que for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Touching and powerful. Performances (especially Lea Salonga's and Jonathan Pryce's) are first-rate. No wonder it's among the top ten shows in musical theater history!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In response to the bad review this cd got, I felt compelled to make a rebuttal. I've seen this musical on Broadway 4 or 5 times, and if you love the musical, you WILL love this cd. As for Lea Salonga, she originated the role of Kim in Miss Saigon. To say that she was horrible is an insult to its creators. They knew in an instant that she was the Kim they were looking for. Personally, I love Lea Salonga in all of the many roles she's played. I think she is a wonderful Kim. I highly recommend this cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I have both the London cast recording and the complete recording I think I have a balanced opinion. Each set has its own exceptional qualities which you wish you could put on one CD. For instance, on the London cast John (Polycarpou) is fantastic while his Complete counterpart has a voice that can really annoy you; some of the harmonies and variations are better on the London recording. On the other hand you'll find the Chris of the Complete set to seem more believable. All in all, if you expect perfection, you'll be disappointed. But if you love the musical and the moving music, you will be amazed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album and play is absolutely phenomenal! Lea Salonga's voice stood out in the whole album with her songs. I completely disagree with someone who said that this album wasn't worth it. I guess you are a waste of time to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been a fan of lea salonga for a long time. when i first bought this recording, i would listen to it everyday. this musical is just so good and lea salonga was just so amazing. she was the perfect actress and singer for this role. she has only gotten better and better through the years. i hope they come up with a miss saigon video soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago