Strictly limited to just 1000 individually numbered copies, the first 500 signed by Barbara!
In 1974, folk singer Barbara Dickson’s life and career were transformed when she was offered the leading role of ‘The Singer’ in Willy Russell’s award-winning Beatles’ musical, ‘John Paul George Ringo… & Bert’. Opening in Liverpool the show broke box office records and transferred to London’s West End where it ran for a year, earning Barbara glowing reviews and setting her on the road to fame as a recording artist.
When Willy Russell, fresh from his success with ‘Shirley Valentine’, was looking for a singer who could act for his new musical ‘Blood Brothers’ in 1982, he turned to Barbara. Never having previously acted before, Barbara had to be persuaded to accept the role but it turned out to be a pivotal moment in her career. The critics raved about her performance as Mrs. Johnstone, the downtrodden Liverpool housewife forced to give away one of her new-born twins, and the role went on to win her the Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical. ‘Blood Brothers’ went on to become one of the the most successful British musicals of all-time and, as the original Mrs. Johnstone, Barbara’s was the performance that each successive actress who took the role was measured against.
Turning down the offer of other work which she felt was not up to the standard of ‘Blood Brothers’, it was to be some years before Barbara was tempted back to the stage. In 1997 she collaborated with the director of ‘Blood Brothers,’ Chris Bond, to create a one woman show for the theatre, ‘The 7 Ages of Woman’. Described as “A Journey from the Cradle to the Grave” from a female perspective the show toured the UK to rave reviews. Liverpool’s Daily Post was typical of many: “By the final curtain there were people on their feet, cheers and whistles and thunderous applause. It was a triumphant evening”.
In 1999, Barbara was tempted back to the stage to play 60’s pools winner Viv Nicholson in the Steve Brown and Justin Greene musical “Spend Spend Spend”. “It is the most glorious new musical I can recall… Barbara Dickson is magnificent,” wrote the Financial Times, echoing the sentiments of many. The show was to earn her both the 2000 Olivier Award and the Variety Club Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Now, for the first time ever, all of Barbara’s major theatre recordings are released together in a special limited edition CD set.
‘Barbara Dickson – More Brecht than Broadway: The Complete Theatre Recordings, 1974 – 2000” features the original cast recordings of all four of the above productions (‘John Paul George Ringo… & Bert’ appearing on CD for the first time ever), beautifully presented in a large format box set with a lavish booklet containing photos and excerpts from the shows’ original theatre programmes. Featuring a special introduction by Barbara, each CD also contains extensive liner notes on all four productions.
‘Barbara Dickson – More Brecht than Broadway’ is strictly limited to just 1000 individually numbered copies, the first 500 signed by Barbara. It is sure to become a real collector’s item, both for fans of Musical Theatre as well as followers of Barbara’s long and successful career as one of the UK’s best-loved female vocalists.
JOHN, PAUL, RINGO & BERT
01. I Should Have Known Better (Barbara Dickson)
02. You Mother Should Know (Barbara Dickson)
03. Ooee Boppa (Tiny Tina & The Titular 3)
04. With A Little Help From My Friends (Barbara Dickson)
05. Penny Lane (Barbara Dickson)
06. In The Bleak Midwinter (Barbara Dickson)
07. Here Comes The Sun (Barbara Dickson)
08. Long And Winding Road (Barbara Dickson)
09. Clap And Cheer (The Cast)
10. Help (Barbara Dickson)
11. Lucy In The Sky (Barbara Dickson)
12. You Never Give Me Your Money/Carry That Weight (Barbara Dickson)
13. We Can Work It Out (Barbara Dickson)
14. I Will Be Your Love (Leroy Lover (Bert)
15. A Day In The Life (Barbara Dickson)
BLOOD BROTHERS - ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING
02. Marilyn Monroe
03. My Child
04. The Devil's Got Your Number
05. Easy Terms
06. Just A Game
07. Sunday Afternoon/My Friend
08. Bright New Day
09. Marilyn Monroe (2)
10. One Summer Narration
11. Saying A Word
12. Miss Jones (Sign Of The Times)
13. Prison Song
14. Light Romance
15. There's A Madman
16. Tell Me It's Not True
SPEND SPEND SPEND
01. Salon Mystique
02. I'll Take Care of Thee
03. Upstairs In My Room
04. Sexual Happening
05. Special Day
06. The Boy Next Door
07. Scars Of Love
08. John Collier
09. The Win
10. Two Rooms
11. Spend Spend Spend
12. Miners' Arms
14. Drinking In America
16. Who's Gonna Love Me?
17. Suits/Pieces Of Me
18. A Brand New Husband
20. Canary (Reprise)
01. In My Life
02. Song Of Bernadette
03. Teenage Medley
04. She's Leaving Home
05. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
06. It's Money That I Love
07. I Will Wait For You
08. Picking Up After You
09. Behind The Wall
10. Natural Woman
11. Same Girl
12. Fine Flowers In The Valley
13. September Song
14. When I'm 64
15. MacCrimmon's Lament
16. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End