Whistle Down the Wind [Original Cast Recording]

Whistle Down the Wind [Original Cast Recording]

by Original London CastOriginal London Cast


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The cover of the original London cast album of Whistle Down the Wind bears the names of its composer and lyricist in equal-size type above the title: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman. This marks the first time since Lloyd Webber's partnership with Tim Rice dissolved that a lyricist has been given equal billing on a musical with one of his scores, and perhaps not coincidentally, it's his best score in a long time. Steinman, most widely known for his writing and production work with Meat Loaf, puts his stamp on this music, not only in the forceful, rhythmic lyrics, but seemingly, on the music as well. It's easy, listening to such songs as "Tire Tracks and Broken Hearts," "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," and "Off Ramp Exit to Paradise," to imagine Meat Loaf or another big-voiced Steinman client singing them. In part, this is because Whistle Down the Wind is Lloyd Webber's most rock-oriented score since Jesus Christ Superstar. Based on a novel about a group of children in Lancashire who come to believe that an escaped convict hiding in their barn is Jesus Christ, Whistle Down the Wind is essentially a character study with a spiritual tone.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731454726122
catalogNumber: 5036185

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Helen Ward   Musician
Peter Adams   Piano,Keyboards
Howard Ball   Musician
Andy Findon   Flute,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Hinnigan   Musician
Andrew Holdsworth   Banjo,Guitar
Chris Howard   Vocals
Neil Johnson   Musician
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Steve Levine   Musician
Andy Pask   Musician
Steve Pearce   Bass
Ralph Salmins   Percussion,Drums
Jamie Talbot   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Dermot Crehan   Violin,Electric Violin
Eddie Roberts   Musician
Paul Gardham   Musician
Jim Graeme   Vocals
Tony Stansfiled   Vocals
Nicolas Colicos   Vocals
William Parker   Vocals
Mark Powell   Vocals
Rachel Allen   Musician
Michael Samuels   Vocals
Matthew Hill   Keyboards
Oliver Lewis   Violin
Lorraine McAslan   Violin
Katherine Rockhill   Keyboards
Christopher Nightingale   Musical Direction
Roland Roberts   Musician
Rosalind James   Vocals
Jason Green   Vocals
Joan Atherton   Musician
Louise Claire Marshall   Vocals
Dave Lee   Horn
Ashley Andrews   Vocals
Gerard Bentall   Vocals
Anthony Cable   Vocals
Danielle Calvert   Vocals
Dean Clish   Vocals
Adam Coleman   Vocals
Dean Collinson   Vocals
Hannah Cooper   Vocals
Vikki Coote   Vocals
Ricki Cuttell   Vocals
Carol Duffy   Vocals
Phylicia Dyers   Vocals
Reg Eppey   Vocals
Laurel Ford   Vocals
Paul Garrington   Vocals
Sam Gillam   Vocals
Veronica Hart   Vocals
Zalika Henry   Vocals
Lee Honey Jones   Vocals
Marcus Lovett   Vocals
Paul Lowe   Vocals
Rhys Maxwell   Vocals
Lottie Mayor   Vocals
Jason McCann   Vocals
James Muir   Vocals
Craig Parkinson   Vocals
Jean Reeve   Vocals
Walter Herron Reynolds   Vocals
Jack Shalloo   Vocals
Lucy Skilbeck   Vocals,Children's Choirmaster
Giovanni Spano   Vocals
Rohan Tickell   Vocals
Tosh Wanogo Maud   Vocals
Sara West   Vocals
Jonathan Hill   Musician
Matthew Senior   Musician
Nick Thistleton   Musician
Christopher Howard   Vocals
John Turner   Vocals
Whistle Down the Wind Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chris Nightingale   Conductor
James Graeme   Vocals
James Nesbitt   Vocals
John Turner   Vocals
Whistle Down the Wind Cast Ensemble   cast
Justin Pearson   Cello

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Jim Steinman   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Dave Clarke   Engineer
David Cullen   Orchestration
Martin Levan   Sound Design
Michael Reed   Musical Supervision
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer
Richard Attenborough   Producer
Lee McCutcheon   Programming
Dave Russell   Engineer
Jason Timmins   Engineer
Anthony Van Laast   Choreographer
Sylvia Addison   Orchestral Manager
Gale Edwards   Director
Paul Garrington   Director
Roger Kirk   Costume Design

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Whistle Down the Wind [Original Cast Recording] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this musical. i;m not religiouse but the song Tire Tracks and Broekn Hearts describs anyone stuck in a small town. Then teh song A Kiss Is A Terrible Thing To Waste is one of the best songs on Broadway, and trust me I know my broadway. The convict has a deep, dangeriouse, romantic voice, and is soooooo hotttt. Then I love the girl that plays Swallow. Her voice is sweet even thought the southern accent isn;t fooling anyone. Then Amos is a timless charactor for a teen girl into the romantics. He is too sweet. When I heard the line, " It;s later than you think and a kiss is a terrible thing to waste," I blushed for some stupid reason. Can;t forget how great the convicts voice is. This CD has some downers but it;s wirth the ten songs that are awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely musical. The more you hear it, the more it grips you. The title song may be the most beautiful melody ALW has ever written. And with Jim Steinman's touch, things are spiced-up a bit. It's not entirely song like Evita or Joseph, but the dialogue helps you understand the story. I would love to see it on stage!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bawled my head off, and still do, every time I hear this masterpiece.