Andrew Lloyd Webber Sets All-Star Retrospective 'Unmasked'

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

With his 70th birthday just around the corner, Andrew Lloyd Webber is letting all the memories flood back with a special retrospective release.

Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman are just some of the big names who appear on Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection, due out March 16 through UMe / Polydor.

One of the most successful theatrical-music composers of the modern era, Lloyd Webber's portfolio includes the celebrated musicals Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The Opera, and Love Never Dies.

The new collection, available now to pre-order, is curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to feature works from early in his career through to his most recent, School of Rock, and includes newly-recorded songs from Lana Del Rey ("You Must Love Me", Evita), Nicole Scherzinger ("Memory", Cats) and Gregory Porter ("Light at the End of the Tunnel", Starlight Express). 

Unmasked: The Platinum Collection will be available in 2-CD or 4-CD editions, the latter containing a 40-page book containing in-depth notes on each song and an introduction from Lloyd Webber. Scherzinger’s version of “Memory” is available now as an instant grat track.

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey comments, "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."

In a recent interview with Billboard, Lloyd Webber heaped praise on Scherzinger and Del Rey. “Nicole is a superb wonderfully talented girl,” he said of the former Pussycat Doll. “I think her performance of ‘Memory’ in many ways is as good as you’ll ever hear. Barbra’s is in a way smoothed out the way she always wants everything to be perfect. But Nicole’s is something that is an astonishing thing. And I truly believe that you’ve got to go a long way. I’m delighted it’s on the album they’re putting out, because nobody would release it originally. There was no place to put it.”

Lloyd Webber is known as the Lord of the Musical, and for good reason. His productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide over a decades-long career which has been recognized with various honors including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar. Lloyd Webber's iconic Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End history and it joins Cats as one of Broadway’s top 5 highest-grossing shows of all time.

"I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you," he says in a statement announcing the retrospective. "A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost 50 year old career. This compilation brings back a heap of memories - it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There's nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra."

Also in celebration of Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday, HarperCollins will release the new autobiography Unmasked on March 6 in the U.S. and on March 8 in the U.K. He reaches his birthday milestone on March 22.

Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Unmasked: The Platinum Collection' Tracklisting:
CD ONE
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 
  
Cd Two
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
 
Cd Three
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 
 
Cd Four
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 

Mickey Rapkin contributed to this report


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