Includes Heaven on Their Mind; Strange Thing Mystifying; The Temple; Peter's Denial; King Herod's Song (Try It and See); Could We Start Again Please?; Trial Before Pilate; Superstar, and more. 25 tracks total.
It may not have been the first rock opera (the Who's Tommy
was released in 1969), but Jesus Christ Superstar
was a legendary album long before it hit the stage, thanks to Tim Rice
's compelling book and lyrics combined with Andrew Lloyd Webber
's irresistible music. Telling the story of the last days of Christ from the point of view of Judas (Murray Head), the still-unmatched original cast also stars Deep Purple
's Ian Gillan as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, the role she made into a career (with a cameo on the Saturday Night Fever
soundtrack). Decades later, such songs as "Superstar," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Heaven on Their Minds," and "Everything's Alright" still retain their extraordinary power. --David Horiuchi