Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variations (1978)

"We've done the Electric Savage album, I think, with Colosseum II, and Andrew Lloyd Webber was with the same record company, MCA. He was in the offices one day, heard this music and said, "Oh, that's wonderful! Who's that?" They said, "It's a drummer called Jon Hiseman, he's got a band, Colosseum II", so he rang me up and said, "You don't know me, dear boy, but I've written this work for my brother Julian, on cello, and I need exactly that combination to do it, which would be interesting". So I went to his home, and he played the music for me on the piano, for an hour, explaining what would happen. I didn't remember much of it, but I went back to Gary and said, "This guy really know what he's doing, and I think we should get involved". Gary thought it was a bit weird, but he agreed because the guy was going to pay us well. We went in the studio for two weeks and made this album, called "Variations". After then, Gary went off and did his own thing, of course, because Colosseum II broke up, but I stayed with Andrew all the way through to Requiem. We - Rod Argent, myself, Barbara, John Mole - only ever did three weeks in the shows in London, the first three weeks, and then handed it over to people who did that for a living."

Jon Hiseman - November 2004

source: Let It Rock

Vinyl releases

United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCF 2824 - 1978 - promotional copy, with innersleeve
United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCF 2824 - 1978 - with innersleeve
United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCL 1816 - March 1987 - with insert
Germany - MCA Records/Metronome Musik - 0062.104 - 1978 - with insert
France - MCA Records - 414 031 - 1978 - with gatefold sleeve
Italy - MCA Records - MCA 4027 - 1978
Spain - MCA Records - 63 28 852 - 1978
Norway - MCA Records - MCA 2332 - 1978
Norway - MCA Records - MCA 2332 - 1978 - different label
Israel - MCA Records - MCF 2824 - 1978
USA - MCA Records - MCA 2332/3042 - 1978 - with innersleeve
USA - MCA Records - MCA 2332/3042 - 1978 - with free 7" (MCA-40866B) - promotional copy, with innersleeve
USA - MCA Records - MCA 2332/3042 - 1978 - with free 7" (MCA-40866B), with innersleeve
Canada - MCA Records - MCA 3044 - 1978 - with free 7" (MCA-40907C)
Australia - Astor/MCA Records - MCA 2332 - 1978 - with innersleeve
New Zealand - MCA Records - MCA 2332 - 1978 - with insert
South Africa - MCA Records - ML 4178 - 1978 - with hardpaper insert
Japan - Victor - VIC-2143 - 1978 - with insert

Side A:
1. Introduction
2. Theme (Paganini Caprice No. 24) and Variations 1-4
3. Variations 5 and 6
4. Variation 7
5. Variation 8
6. Variation 9
7. Variation 10
8. Variations 11-15
9. Variation 16

Side B:
1. Variations 13-14 Varied
2. Variation 17
3. Variation 18
4. Variations 19, 20 and 6 Varied
5. Variations 21 and 22
6. Variation 23

Cassette releases

United Kingdom - MCA Records - TC-MCF 2824 - 1978
United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCFC 2824 - 1978
United Kingdom - MCA Records/Universal - MCLC 19396 - 1997
Germany - MCA Records/Metronome Musik - 0662.104 - 1978
Norway - MCA Records - MK 2332 - 1978
USA - MCA Records - MCAC-3042 - 1978
South Africa - MCA Records - MC 4178 - 1978
Saudi Arabia - 747 Pop - 2273 - 19??

Side A:
1. Introduction
2. Theme (Paganini Caprice No. 24) and Variations 1-4
3. Variations 5 and 6
4. Variation 7
5. Variation 8
6. Variation 9
7. Variation 10
8. Variations 11-15
9. Variation 16

Side B:
1. Variations 13-14 Varied
2. Variation 17
3. Variation 18
4. Variations 19, 20 and 6 Varied
5. Variations 21 and 22
6. Variation 23

United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCLC 1816 - March 1987
United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCLC 1816 - March 1987 - different cartridge/label

Side A:
1. Introduction
2. Theme (Paganini Caprice No. 24) and Variations 1-4
3. Variations 5 and 6
4. Variation 7
5. Variation 8
6. Variation 9
7. Variation 10
8. Variations 11-15

Side B:
1. Variation 16
2. Variations 13-14 Varied
3. Variation 17
4. Variation 18
5. Variations 19, 20 and 6 Varied
6. Variations 21 and 22
7. Variation 23

CD releases

United Kingdom - MCA Records - DMCL 1816 - March 1987
United Kingdom - MCA Records - MCLD 19126 - 1994
United Kingdom - MCA Records/Universal - MCLD 19396 - 1997
Germany - Aris?? - 872233 - 19??
USA - MCA Records - MCAD-31089 - June 1988
Canada - MCA Records - MCABD-31089 - June 19??
Japan - MCA Records - MCAD-3042 - 1988
Japan - Universal - UICY-93371 - 2007 - promotional copy
Japan - Universal - UICY-93371 - 28th November 2007

1. Introduction
2. Theme (Paganini Caprice No. 24) and Variations 1-4
3. Variations 5 and 6
4. Variation 7
5. Variation 8
6. Variation 9
7. Variation 10
8. Variations 11-15
9. Variation 16
10. Variations 13-14 Varied
11. Variation 17
12. Variation 18
13. Variations 19, 20 and 6 Varied
14. Variations 21 and 22
15. Variation 23