Various Artists

Evita (Highlights From)

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Of the many recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical Evita, this is one of the lesser ones, if not the least. Little can be gleaned from the scant annotations about the source of the recording, other than that Intercontinental Record & Cassette, Inc., of Council Bluffs, IA, licensed it from Stopwatch Music, Ltd. (Lloyd Webber and Rice even go unmentioned; there are no songwriting credits.) Featured are 11 selections from the musical sung by a competent but undistinguished cast led by Alice Heywood in the title role and Robert Arpino as Che (here called Che Guevara). The recording gives a sense of the show's most memorable songs in arrangements that recall those on the original studio cast album of 1976. But none of the performers match those on earlier recordings. In all likelihood, this was a recording worked up to take advantage of the new exposure the show received as a result of the film version. But any other recording would be recommended over this one.

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