Evita is a concept album released in 1976 and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Having successfully launched their previous show, Jesus Christ Superstar, on record in 1970, Lloyd Webber and Rice returned to the format for Evita. The album was recorded at Olympic Studios in London from April to September 1976 and released in the United Kingdom on 19 November 1976.

Background

Elements of the original plotline on this album were removed before the show was staged in London in 1978. Rice had included details about the character of "Che" attempting to market an insecticide, most significantly in the song "The Lady's Got Potential". The track was cut from the score and a new song written to include the key plotline of Eva Perón's rise to power: "The Art of the Possible".

The libretto and synopsis record "Part One" as ending after the balcony scene following "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and "Part Two" beginning with "High Flying, Adored". On both the original LP and subsequent compact disc releases, though, the recording is split such that the balcony scene begins the second half. This split point was retained for the London stage production.

As well as producing the album, Lloyd Webber and Rice additionally performed on the recording. Rice's principal role was as one of the army officers on the track "Rainbow Tour" and Lloyd Webber played keyboards. In his autobiography, Rice quotes the production cost of the album at £74,827.83; around five times that of the Superstar concept album.

Packaging

The gatefold album was released with a monochromatic sleeve, simply black text and photographs on a white background. The cover had the name "Evita" written in a cursive font across a line drawn heart and the subtitle, "An opera based on the life storey of Eva Peron 1919-1952" below. A glossy brochure was included that contained the credits, libretto and a synopsis, with photographs of the cast and producers by Lord Snowdon and others, collected by the film director Carlos Pasini, of Eva Perón.

The album was relaunched on compact disc in 1996 as the "20th Anniversary Edition" with the cover printed on a silver, blue metalised paper rather than the original white.

Song list from the original LP

Side One
  1. "A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 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"
Side Two
  1. "The Lady's Got Potential"
  2. "Charity Concert" / "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You"
  3. "Another Suitcase in An Additional Hall"
  4. "Dangerous Jade"
  5. "A New Argentina"
Side Three
  1. "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada" / "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
  2. "High Flying, Adored"
  3. "Rainbow High"
  4. "Rainbow Tour"
  5. "The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)"
  6. "And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)"
Side Four
  1. "Santa Evita"
  2. "Waltz for Eva and Che"
  3. "She is a Diamond"
  4. "Dice Are Rolling" / "Eva's Sonnet"
  5. "Eva's Final Broadcast"
  6. "Montage"
  7. "Lament"

CD track listing

Disc One

  1. A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 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 An Additional Hall
  9. Dangerous Jade
  10. A New Argentina

Disc Two

  1. On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada / Don't Cry for Me Argentina
  2. High Flying, Adored
  3. Rainbow High
  4. Rainbow Tour
  5. The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)
  6. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)
  7. Santa Evita
  8. Waltz for Eva and Che
  9. She is a Diamond
  10. Dice are Rolling / Eva's Sonnet
  11. Eva's Final Broadcast
  12. Montage
  13. Lament

Cast

Musicians

The recording additionally featured The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Bowles.

Production credits

  • Producers - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • Engineer - David Hamilton Smith
  • Assistant engineers - Jeremy Gee and Anton Matthews
  • Executive producer - David Land
  • Orchestrations - Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Musical co-ordinator - Alan Doggett
  • Mastering Engineer - Denis Blackham

Credits per AllMusic.[2]

Certification

RegionCertificationSales/certified units
United Kingdom (BPI)[3]Platinum300,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone