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Post Julie Covington 'Evita'
I've listened to mostly all the Evita recordings except this one. Is it worth purchasing or giving a listen to ? Also how is Julie Covington and everyone else in the recording ?


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Covington is weak compared to the sharp vitality of Patti LuPone and the wonderful nuances of FRlortence lacey.

anyone is better than Elaine Paige, but covinington comes a close 2nd in the worst catagory.

Colm Wilkinson is an adequate che. Paul jones an overly pop sounding peron.

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The orchestrations are worse than the Broadway and 2006 London versions, the cast isn't really strong, and the only reasons I see to buy it is for "The Lady's Got Potential" and as a collectable.

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Purchased the recording today and I have to say it is very good. Julie Covington is wonderful, she has a beautiful voice. I love how she sings Don't cry for me argentina, she puts so much emotion into it. Her Rainbow High is so fierce. Colm Wilkinson is ok, I don't like him very much except in les miserables. I think this is my new favorite Evita recording. My 2nd favorite has to be the Elena Roger recording


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ewwww to both.

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I don't agree with anything of this. I can't decide which Eva Peron I prefer, LuPone's or Covington's.

But the reason why I like Covington, is that she puts so little emotion into it. She sounds like an ice queen. Which suites the role.

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Eva shouldnt be an Ice Queen. she is very emotioanl..she's also very cruel and very misguided. its not that she's heartless its that she's a horrible woman.

i just find covington weak all around. she's not even a good sarah in guys and dolls, never mind a decent eva.

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Are you kidding me? Covington's "emotion" is actually just a strained, cracky voice. Every time I listen to that recording, I can't help but picture Ms. Covington laying on a cot in the recording studio and lazily singing away.

I forgive her for that though, cause it's a rather haphazardly put together concept album and I could imagine someone at the time thinking throughout the whole recording session, "WTF is this sh*t and who is this woman???"

I do like the recording though. A lot. Everything from Ms. Covington's sharp, shrill vocals to the insane orchestral orgy that is "Buenos Aires." It's like Evita on heroin.

It's interesting how Lloyd Webber and his co-orchestrator merge both symphonic and rock elements into the score. It doesn't always work and 'train wreck' immediately comes to mind but it's spectacularly self-indulgent some of the time.

I dig Covington's "Lament." Vocal inflection screams "Why won't this bitch die already?"

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Julie Covington's Eva is awesome. I think what Hans means is that she forces so little emotion onto the role. I think her performance is like a live electrical wire. The emotion is raw and her interpretation thrilling.

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Julie Covington's Eva is awesome. I think what Hans means is that she forces so little emotion onto the role. I think her performance is like a live electrical wire. The emotion is raw and her interpretation thrilling.


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Oh, I know what he meant. A cold, calculating Eva certainly works and I am not saying she sucks due to the lack of emotion. But I am saying her Eva lacks energy at some points and sounds downright clueless and lazy at others. It sounds as if she was handed the material 5 min. before the recording session.

I'm not sure I want to give her credit for giving either "emotional" or stoic performances because it sounds to me as if she just threw herself into it without giving it much thought. I doubt she meant to play her coldly or meant to sound "emotional." It works by coincidence, imo. But whatever the case is, it works and that's why I dig the recording.

However, I do feel she would've kicked ass on stage and it's a pity she declined the role when it was offered to her.

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