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cover of 1976 studio cast album

cover of 1996 soundtrack album

First Stage Production:
June 21, 1978

Released: 12/76 c, 11/12/96 s

c Cast Album
s Soundtrack


Rating: 3.622 (combined average of 15 ratings for cast album and soundtrack)


Genre: show tunes


Quotable: --


Album Tracks c:

  1. Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952
  2. Requiem for Evita / Oh What a Circus
  3. On This Night of a Thousand Stars / Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City
  4. Buenos Aires
  5. Goodnight and Thank You
  6. The Lady's Got Potential
  7. Charity Concert / I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You
  8. Another Suitcase in Another Hall
  9. Dangerous Jade *
  10. A New Argentina
  11. On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada / Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
  12. High Flying, Adored
  13. Rainbow High
  14. Rainbow Tour
  15. The Actress Hasn’t Learned the Lines (You’d Like to Hear)
  16. And the Money Kept Rolling (In and Out)
  17. Santa Evita
  18. Waltz for Eva and Che
  19. She Is a Diamond
  20. Dice Are Rolling * / Eva’s Sonnet *
  21. Eva’s Final Broadcast
  22. Montage *
  23. Lament
* Unique to studio cast album.


Album Tracks, Disc 1 s:

  1. Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952
  2. Requiem for Evita
  3. Oh What a Circus (ANTONIO BANDERAS / MADONNA)
  4. On This Night of a Thousand Stars (JIMMY NAIL)
  5. Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City (MADONNA / JIMMY NAIL / ANTONIO BANDERAS)
  6. Buenos Aires (MADONNA)
  7. Another Suitcase in Another Hall (MADONNA)
  8. Goodnight and Thank You (MADONNA / ANTONIO BANDERAS)
  9. The Lady's Got Potential (ANTONIO BANDERAS)
  10. Charity Concert / The Art of the Possible (MADONNA / JIMMY NAIL / ANTONIO BANDERAS) **
  11. I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You (MADONNA / JONATHAN PRYCE)
  12. Hello and Goodbye (MADONNA / JONATHAN PRYCE / ANDREA CORR) **
  13. Peron’s Latest Flame (MADONNA / ANTONIO BANDERAS) **
  14. A New Argentina (MADONNA / ANTONIO BANDERAS / JONATHAN PRYCE)


Album Tracks, Disc 2 s:

  1. On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada 1 (JONATHAN PRYCE)
  2. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (MADONNA)
  3. On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada 2 (MADONNA) **
  4. High Flying, Adored (ANTONIO BANDERAS / MADONNA)
  5. Rainbow High (MADONNA)
  6. Rainbow Tour (ANTONIO BANDERAS / GARY BROOKER / MADONNA)
  7. The Actress Hasn’t Learned the Lines (You’d Like to Hear) (MADONNA / ANTONIO BANDERAS)
  8. And the Money Kept Rolling (In and Out) (ANTONIO BANDERAS)
  9. Partido Feminista (MADONNA) **
  10. She Is a Diamond (JONATHAN PRYCE)
  11. Santa Evita
  12. Waltz for Eva and Che (MADONNA / ANTONIO BANDERAS)
  13. Your Little Body Is Slowly Breaking Down (MADONNA / JONATHAN PRYCE) **
  14. You Must Love Me (MADONNA) **
  15. Eva’s Final Broadcast (MADONNA)
  16. Latin Chant **
  17. Lament (MADONNA / ANTONIO BANDERAS)
** Unique to soundtrack.


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0 c, 5.0 s
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3 c, 0.6 s
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2.0 s
sales worldwide - estimated 1.3 c, 18.0 s


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 105 c, 2 s
peak on U.K. album chart -- c, 1 1 - s


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (JULIE COVINGTON) c (12/76) #1 UK
  • Another Suitcase in Another Hall (BARBARA DICKSON) c (2/77) #18 UK
  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (SHADOWS) c (12/78) #5 UK
  • You Must Love Me s (11/2/96) #18 US, #10 UK, #15 AC. Gold single.
  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (MADONNA) s (12/28/96) #8 US, #3 UK, #21 AC
  • Another Suitcase in Another Hall (MADONNA) s (3/29/97) #7 UK


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


Evita (cast album/ soundtrack)
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (writers)
Madonna, Antonio Banderas, et al (performers)
Review:
“As they had with Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber presented Evita, ‘an opera based on the life story of Eva Peron 1919-1952,’ as the album cover subtitle revealed, as a concept album before mounting a stage production. As hoped, the album became a hit, spawning a British number one hit, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, as well as the Top 20 Another Suitcase in Another Hall, feeding anticipation for a theatrical version. (It was much less well-received in the U.S.).” R-C

“The lengthy double album was all music; even the dialogue sections were set to music. Lloyd Webber naturally drew upon Latin themes, at least of an ersatz sort (On This Night of a Thousand Stars aped Pérez Prado’s 1955 hit ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’), to add to his taste in pop/rock and affection for Puccini.” R-C

“Rice had a big, rich story to tell about a social-climbing peasant who achieves the highest rungs of power, only to succumb to early death. As in Jesus Christ Superstar, he used a one-man Greek chorus, the fictional Che (based on Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara), to challenge Evita’s ruthlessness. The subject matter attracted the criticism that it glamorized a fascist, but Rice’s very point was to present a cautionary tale about the deceptive appeal of such a person.” R-C

“The choice of Julie Covington, who could negotiate the musical range of the title role and sing without warmth, was perfect; no stage successor matched her willingness to make Evita unsympathetic C.T. (Colm) Wilkinson's Che was her match, and the rest of the cast sang effectively.” R-C

“In its first recording, Evita was a long, at times dense work (it would be streamlined for the stage), but it was certainly the best work Rice and Lloyd Webber ever did together.” R-C

Twenty years after the 1976 cast album version, Evita became a major motion picture with Madonna in the lead role. She “staked much of her career on Evita, gambling that it would establish her as a proper movie star and respected actress, as well as reviving her slumping musical career. Both the film and the soundtrack, while worthy efforts, fall just short of their goals, despite their numerous strong points. The double-disc soundtrack to Evita — which essentially is an audio document of the entire film, since there is no dialogue in the movie — is an exquisitely produced and expertly rendered version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock-inspired musical, yet it remains curiously unengaging.” R-S

“Part of the reason is Madonna’s performance. While she gives a startlingly accomplished and nuanced performance — her voice actually sounds like it matures over the course of the album — it is impossible to listen to her without getting the impression that she is trying really hard to be credible, which makes it difficult to connect with her.” R-S

“It doesn't help that her supporting cast of Jonathan Pryce and Antonio Banderas are only fitfully successful; Banderas’ performance, in particular, suffers from being removed from the visuals. Even with the faults, Evita has its merits, including the written-for-film ballad You Must Love Me, and is worth investigating. It just isn't the definitive work that it wishes to be.” R-S


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Last updated November 14, 2010.