Number six of the 2017 Best Ever Alfie Boe Song is the only song from Alfie’s 2016 collaboration with Michael Ball, Together:
Anthem did not feature on the set list for the live shows but obviously made an impression on fans – I know that many fans have wanted Alfie to record the song for a long time.
Anthem is one of the most famous songs (although for me, I have more of an affection for the Elaine Paige / Barbara Dickson song I Know Him So Well) from the Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus musical, Chess, which opened in London in 1986 before closing three years later. A subsequent Broadway production was much less successful. Prior to either show, a concept album was released, from which Paige and Dickson’s recording derives as Dickson was unable to open in the London production. The other leads, Paige, Tommy Korberg and Murray Head all appeared; Anthem is sung by Korberg’s character.
The song has become a musical theatre standard and has been recorded by many artists, usually male, but here it is with a female voice, Kerry Ellis, who recorded Come What May with Alfie a few years ago:
I’m thinking that Alfie would love this rockier version with Brian May on guitar!
Next week we’ll be half way to the top!
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