ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION OUT MARCH 16TH
As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.
In celebration of his 70th birthday this March, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION will be available March 16th through UMC / Polydor.
The next instalment of his collection is available to listen to now – Lana Del Rey‘s mesmerising take on “You Must Love Me” from Evita.
Of the newly recorded version, Andrew Lloyd Webber says, “Lana Del Rey sings beautifully, and with a haunting echo, over the simple piano accompaniment. Singer and song express neediness, devotion, bravery and command, all at once, a clever, seemingly effortless trick of Rice’s syntax.”
The song became a reality when Alan Parker reunited Andrew and Tim Rice for the song he wanted for his Evita movie, over the sad scene of her retreat in a wheelchair to her last resting place in her bedroom. It’s a plaintive and moodily exact ballad and it deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Lana Del Rey notes, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream. I especially love this particular song, You Must Love Me, because of how unique the melody is. I’ve been incredibly inspired by all of Andrew’s work from Phantom of the Opera to Evita.”
“Unmasked: The Platinum Collection” is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with 1968’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.
In addtion to “You Must Be Love” by Lana Del Rey, newly recorded songs from superstar artists Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats), Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) add to the collection and are available now.
The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.
UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page hardcover book with more in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with personally written tributes from Barbara Streisand and Glenn Close among others.
The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The four new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings to give a précis to Lloyd Webber’s dearest shows, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
As the most successful composer of musicals in history, Lloyd Webber’s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.
Also in celebration of his 70th birthday, Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, will be released on March 6th by Harper Collins. Written entirely in his own words, Lloyd Webber recounts his fascinating life and remarkable career. A natural storyteller, with his signature humour and self-deprecating tone, Lloyd Webber shares the details of his early personal and professional years, including his early artistic influences. He takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance, which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER ‘UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION’ formats and track listing:
PHYSICAL FORMATS: 2CD
01 SUPERSTAR • MURRAY HEAD & THE TRINIDAD SINGERS
02 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & MICHAEL CRAWFORD
03 OH WHAT A CIRCUS • ANTONIO BANDERAS & MADONNA
04 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING • MICHAEL BALL
05 STICK IT TO THE MAN • ALEX BRIGHTMAN & THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
06 MEMORY* • NICOLE SCHERZINGER
07 NO MATTER WHAT • BOYZONE
08 WITH ONE LOOK • BARBRA STREISAND
09 BUENOS AIRES • GLEE CAST
10 DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA • JULIE COVINGTON
11 TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE • MARTI WEBB
12 I’M HOPELESS WHEN IT COMES TO YOU • JOANNA RIDING
13 LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL* • GREGORY PORTER
14 THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT • MICHAEL CRAWFORD
15 GETHSEMANE (I ONLY WANT TO SAY) • IAN GILLAN
16 ANY DREAM WILL DO • DONNY OSMOND
17 AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & JOSÉ CARRERAS
18 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM • YVONNE ELLIMAN
01 AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE • GLENN CLOSE
02 THEME AND VARIATIONS 1-4 • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
03 UNEXPECTED SONG • SARAH BRIGHTMAN
04 YOU MUST LOVE ME* • LANA DEL REY
05 EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT • YVONNE ELLIMAN, IAN GILLAN & MURRAY HEAD
06 THE VAULTS OF HEAVEN • TOM JONES & THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS
07 ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL • MADONNA
08 YOU’RE IN THE BAND • BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
09 IT’S EASY FOR YOU • ELVIS PRESLEY
10 COLD • THE EVERLY BROTHERS
11 COME BACK WITH THE SAME LOOK • DENISE VAN OUTEN
12 I AM THE STARLIGHT* • MICA PARIS & GEORGE URE
13 MR. MISTOFFELEES • PAUL NICHOLAS
14 TELL ME ON A SUNDAY • MICHAEL CRAWFORD
15 THINK OF ME • EMMY ROSSUM & PATRICK WILSON
16 RAINBOW HIGH • ELAINE PAIGE
17 ALL I ASK OF YOU • CLIFF RICHARD & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
18 WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN (LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL) • SIERRA BOGGESS
BONUS TRACK LEARN TO BE LONELY* (LIVE AT THE OSCARS) • BEYONCÉ & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
01 JACOB & SONS/COAT OF MANY COLOURS • JANET METZ, DONNY OSMOND, MICHAEL FLETCHER & THE CANADIAN CAST
02 CLOSE EVERY DOOR • DONNY OSMOND
03 HEAVEN ON THEIR MINDS* (LIVE – ARENA TOUR) • TIM MINCHIN
04 KING HEROD’S SONG • ALICE COOPER
05 SKIMBLESHANKS • KEN WELLS & THE ORIGINAL LONDON CAST OF CATS
06 MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT • WENDY EDMEAD & DONNA KING
07 YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD • STEPHEN WARD ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
08 I’D BE SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOU • ELENA ROGER & PHILIP QUAST
09 EVERMORE WITHOUT YOU • MARTIN CREWES
10 I BELIEVE MY HEART • DUNCAN JAMES & KEEDIE
11 IF ONLY YOU WOULD LISTEN • THE BROADWAY CAST OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
12 SING • MILITARY WIVES
13 HOSANNA • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LONDON CAST
14 HOSANNA • PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, SARAH BRIGHTMAN & THE CHOIR OF WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
15 PIE JESU • SARAH BRIGHTMAN & PAUL MILES-KINGSTON
16 BY JEEVES • STEVEN PACEY, SIMON DAY & NICHOLAS HAVERSON
17 WHERE DID THE ROCK GO?* • FLORENCE ANDREWS
01 PHANTOM PHANTASY† • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA
02 MASQUERADE • ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE CAST
03 ’TIL I HEAR YOU SING • RAMIN KARIMLOO
04 LOVE NEVER DIES ORCHESTRAL SUITE† • ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA
05LOVE NEVER DIES•SIERRA BOGGESS
06THE BEAUTY UNDERNEATH*•BEN LEWIS & CASEY LYONS
07 VARIATIONS ON VARIATIONS† • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
08 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR OVERTURE • ORIGINAL JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ORCHESTRA
09 OVERTURE AND THE BEAUTIFUL GAME† • ORIGINAL CAST AND ORCHESTRA FROM THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
10 IF THIS IS WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR • JOSIE WALKER
11 CATS OVERTURE • THE ORIGINAL LONDON ORCHESTRA
12 THE JELLICLE BALL • CATS MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA
13 SUNSET SUITE† • ORIGINAL BROADWAY ORCHESTRA
14 SUNSET BOULEVARD • KEVIN ANDERSON
15 ASPECTS OF ASPECTS • ORCHESTER DER VEREINIGTEN BUEHNEN WIEN
16 SEEING IS BELIEVING • MICHAEL BALL & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
17 ANYTHING BUT LONELY • SARAH BRIGHTMAN