COMRADE ROCKSTAR – Studio Cast (SimG Records – SimGR-CD033)
Comrade Rockstar is the latest offering from SimG Records. Written by Julian Woolford and Richard John, this is a musical based on the life of Dean Reed – known in the 1980s as the Soviet Elvis.
I was a little wary at first because I am not a great lover of the ‘rock musical’ and so, with a little trepidation, I pressed play and sat back to listen. I must say I was pleasantly surprised!
It really isn’t a rock opera and doesn’t get that rock-feel until towards the end of Act I and during Act II.
I followed along with the synopsis in the booklet and, after having read up on Dean Reed, I have to admit that it really got my attention.
There are a couple of tracks that don’t quite live up to the majority of the CD, but I’m sure that’s the case in almost 80% of musicals, past and present, so it’s not a bad thing.
Out of the 18 tracks I especially enjoyed: ‘Smallville Colorado’, ‘Sing Together’, ‘Minnestota’, ‘Happy Ever After’, and especially ‘The Mermaid Song’.
‘While You Can’, sung in a hysterically thick accent by Kim Ismay, had me smiling while the faux pop songs ‘Wonderful Girls’ and ‘My First Love’ hit the spot with their cheesy style.
The cast, as always with SimG Records, is exemplary with Tim Howar as Dean Reed, with Kim Ismay, Caroline Sheen, Andy Conaghan, Lucy Schaufer, Yvette Robinson, Orla Gormley and Katy Secombe.
This has only been produced as a concert version so far but, hopefully, after this wonderful cast recording, we may soon see a fully-realised production.
This CD is available HERE.