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Starring Jason Donovan & Nicholas Parsons
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Re-releasePage updated with re-release information Saturday, September 27th, 2008.

I spotted a CD cover that I hadn't seen before when browsing amazon.com the other day. When my copy arrived I realised that it was in fact a 2008 re-release of the Jason Donovan live recording from the 1998 UK tour.

CDThe main details of the recording are listed below with the original release. This copy differs in the packaging and brochure that is included with the disc.

The brochure is a four page fold-out version rather than the booklet that was included with the original release. While the images are much the same they have been edited down from the larger original release versions to much smaller size. On the plus side this leaves room for three pages of text about The Rocky Horror Show, nicely written by Ian McCann.

Track listings are exactly the same as the original disc and the text acknowledges that this is a re-release. Having said that for the completists out there this is a nice re-release and for those that do not have the original a good way of buying the recording without having to resort to dealer prices for the original release.

CDRecorded over three nights at Norwich, this new CD from Damn It Janet records (order number DAMJAN2CD) features Jason Donovan as Frank 'N' Furter.
The CD is edited down from a full show with some dialogue missing, as the average show is over an hour and a half this seems to be due to the seventy odd minute time restriction CD's have. Personally I do think it's better to have a slightly edited single CD than incur the extra cost and inconvenience of a second disc. The Audience Participation aspect is also somewhat subdued, whether this is deliberately so or due to the fact that the CD was recorded during the week rather than the Friday and Saturday performances we don't know.
Along with the show there are two bonus tracks featuring re-mixes of the TimeWarp. Like some of the additional tracks on the Interactive Rocky Game they tend to grow on you after a few plays. They are certainly far better than the Damien version of the TimeWarp that we had to suffer listen to a couple of years back.

The CD has a small booklet included with around nineteen images from the 1998 touring stage production with Jason Donovan (and even a TimeWarp Fan Club advertisement, thanks guys!)

CDCast Listing
Jason Donovan as Frank 'N' Furter
Nicholas Parsons as the Narrator
Laurie Brett - Usherette/Magenta
Georgie Hayes - Riff Raff
Simona Morecroft - Janet
Stuart De La Mere - Brad
Gael Johnson - Columbia
Ross O'Hennessy - Rocky
Mark White - Eddie/Dr.Scott
With Bekki Carpenter - Craig Giovanelli
Amanda Jane Manning - Nathan Taylor as the Phantoms

Musical Director and Keyboards - Peter Whitfield    Drums - Paul Matthews
Bass Guitar - Alan Prosser    Guitar - Mark Jackson
Saxaphone and Panic MD - Dave Webb    Original musical arrangements - Richard Hartley
Sound - Wigwam Acoustics    Musical Direction - Peter Whitfield
Sound Engineers - Gary Kenyon and Colin Ashman    Production Sound Engineer - Ken Woodward
Recorded by - Gregg Jackman    Mixed by - Gregg Jackman and Paul Wright
assisted by - Matt Crawford    Pro Tools editing - Dave McCracken

Face Off Radio Edit
Re-mix and additional production by Face Off for Anthonik Productions Ltd

Wand Radio Edit
Wand re-mixes by Paul Masterson

SingleThere was also a promotional use only CD single released, some of these have found their way into
various outlets, however the ones marked PROMOTIONAL COPY ONLY NOT FOR RESALE have now become a collectors item.

This features the TimeWarp Mixes as on
The New Rocky Horror Show CD album,
but with an extended Face Off Mix
(6.14 instead of 3.30) and also
a third Wand Mix, the twelve
inch version! (7.49)

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