REVIEW: Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Joe UK Cast Album ✭✭✭

Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Cast Album ReviewJoseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Joe McElderry UK Tour Cast Recording
BK Records
3 Stars
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Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat has come a long way since it debuted as a pop cantata at London's Colet Court School in 1968. Lasting all of 15 minutes, it was the first time anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice had ever been performed in public. Fast forward to 2017, with pit stops for major productions at the London Palladium starring Jason Donovan and at the Adelphi Theatre with Lee Mead (via a reality tv search) and a great filmed version starring Donny Osmond and you come to the show's current star Joe McElderry (another TV talent find) produced by Bill Kenwright, who must surely go down in the Joseph history books as the man who has produced more tours of Joseph than anyone else on earth – and thank goodness he did.

Joseph (The Show) has always been a particular favourite of mine. Masterful in its simplicity, it shows tuneful zing by a young Lloyd Webber and a taste of the lyrical wizardry that was to come from Tim Rice. It's enormously unoffensive, infectiously catchy and something that if prompted I bet many people could sing by heart and probably do at karaoke nights across the country.

I've not seen the current tour but the show seems in pretty good shape if this cast album is anything to go by.

Joe McElderry makes for a good Joseph. Big on pop sensibility, he comes across as a very likeable leading man. You could really go to town on the Joe/Joseph wordplays here but all in all his portrayal is pleasant to listen to and he does a good job. His versions of Close Every Door and the finale Any Dream Will Do/ Give Me My Coloured Coat are stirring.

Joe (the actor) is supported by an uncredited group of performers (I assume from the last or current tour) who really make this album take flight. The vocals on numbers including One More Angel In Heaven, Potiphar, Those Canaan Days and Benjamin's Calypso are brilliant and hit the mark every time.

This recording also includes King Of My Heart which was included in the 2007 revival. It's a great sounding track, again sung by an uncredited performer but listening to the show as a whole I'm still not sure it fits.

One major difference between recent recordings and this one is that the Palladium Megamix is absent. It's a shame as it was a fun way to round out this wonderful family show.

At the end of the day, I'll hold my hand up and say that I've played this through four times, singing along with the lyrics and realising that I probably know most of it – which is not something I perhaps should admit to. I love the wonderful harmonies, the fabulous chorus of children providing backing vocals and a cast led by Joe McElderry who have left me thinking that a visit to see the show is perhaps long overdue.

At a time when the worries of the world are huge, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a wonderful way to escape for a few hours way, way back to many centuries ago. How could anyone resist?

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  • julie strong

    You should go and see Joe McElderry in the role Mr Mayo 👍… You have to experience the emotion and connection he had with the role he’s playing.. It truly is amazing..like you I’ve seen many Joseph’s but this is just the best… Do try..

    • BritishTheatre.com

      Hi Julie, you’re the second person in the last twenty minutes to tell me this. I am intending to get to see the show asap. I’ll post my thoughts here. I first saw the show in 1983 in Sydney and it’s one of my favourites.

      • julie strong

        Will look forward to it..
        Joe is Joseph in everyway ( even the sheep love him) ☺

        • BritishTheatre.com

          Well if the sheep love you….. lol

  • MG

    The cast is the 2009 version. Joe has had to overlay his voice in a studio setting and there’s an inevitable loss of what comes across in the live shows. I agree that you need to see and hear the real thing – which is fabulous .

    By the way – there is also a series of Josephs at Liverpool on 3-7 October 2017.

    • BritishTheatre.com

      Going to try to see it before October!

  • Glenis Riley

    Just thought you like to know none of the present cast cast other than Joe McElderry is on the album .It’s an old recording from way back!

    • BritishTheatre.com

      That’s a great shame!

  • Glenis Riley

    The Joseph album 2017 is an old recording from way back only Joe McElderry voice was recorded over it.
    Hope you get to see the show , the present cast are amazing .

    • BritishTheatre.com

      That must have been disappointing for the cast! I really look forward to seeing the show.

  • Lorraine Brooks

    The cast recording was from 2009, with only Joe McElderry’s voice included in this re-modelled recording for 2017. It was a pity that they didn’t also include Lucy Kay, the current Narrator, as she is fabulous too. The performance on stage is even better, as the atmosphere of a live performance cannot be replicated on CD. Do see the musical as it is quite wonderful and Joe really is the “Real Joseph”; and I have been fortunate enough to see all the previous famous Joseph’s.

    • BritishTheatre.com

      Have you heard the cast albums for Kinky Boots and Half A Sixpence in the West End? Both are recorded live and both capture audience reaction which really makes the albums work.

      • Lorraine Brooks

        A live recording of Joseph would have been the most ideal way of refreshing this CD. Not heard live recordings of Kinky Boots or Half A Sixpence, but will try and do so soon 😀. Thanks for that.

        • BritishTheatre.com

          How often have you felt that cast recordings don’t quite capture the magic of the night, that you wish they’d recorded that bit of dialogue mid-song, well some of the live recordings lately seem to have that licked.