This album of highlights from the score of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard is just about the last one you'd want to buy. Part of a series of such recordings credited to the Chicago Musical Revue, which consists of arranger/synthesizer player Gordon Wallin and a few other musicians, plus, in this case, only two vocalists handling all the singing parts, it presents 12 selections from the musical, many of them performed as instrumentals. Ron Watkins makes some attempt to distinguish the male roles, but Amy Beth Schutzenhofer is just phoning in her performances, making, for example, "As if We Never Said Goodbye," the song in which aging silent-film star Norma Desmond rhapsodizes about returning to the movie studio, sound about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. This album is the aural equivalent of a community theater production of the musical, which means its listenership probably should be limited to forgiving relatives of the participants.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann