Chess: Original Broadway Cast Recording w/ Artwork

Chess: Original Broadway Cast Recording w/ Artwork

Chess: Original Broadway Cast Recording w/ Artwork MUSIC AUDIO CD 1988 show pop 


Audio CD 

RCA Victor 



Album Features




Original Broadway Cast



Release Year


Record Label

RCA Victor


Pop Vocal, Show Vocals


Playing Time

72 min.

Contributing Artists

Philip Casnoff, Judy Kuhn, David Carroll


Benny Andersson, Bjrn Ulvaeus, Brett Alan Sommer


BMG (distributor)

Recording Type


Recording Mode




1. Prologue
2. The Story of Chess
3. Where I Want to Be
4. How Many Woman
5. Chess Hymn
6. Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)
7. You Want to Lose Your Only Friend?
8. Someone Else's Story
9. One Night in Bangkok (Part 1)
10. One Night in Bangkok (Part 2)
11. Terrace Duet
12. Nobody's Side
13. Anthem
14. Hungarian Folk Song
15. Heaven Help My Heart
16. No Contest
17. You and I
18. I Know Him So Well
19. Pity the Child
20. Lullaby (Apukad Eros Kezen)
21. Endgame
22. You and I (Reprise)

It was a success in London but a bomb in New York in 1988, but Chess's cult reputation has only grown over the years--quite a feat for a dramatic musical about love and cold war politics at a chess tournament! While Tim Rice's lyrics aren't too shabby, Chess owes it all to the team of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, a.k.a. the BB in Abba. Their score has the drama that makes for good musical theater, and it doesn't shy from canny pop hooks either. "One Night in Bangkok" was a hit in Europe, while Judy Kuhn particularly shines on the poignant "Nobody's Side." Indeed, Chess is full of superb numbers that basically fall into two types: instantly memorable and growing-on-you memorable. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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