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Godspell (2001 National Touring Cast)

Stephen Schwartz, Godspell (Related Recordings)Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000055T3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair are often named as the two best "rock musicals," but Stephen Schwartz's Godspell--which opened off-Broadway in 1971 and on Broadway five years later--is, for many people, a sentimental favorite. The musical style involves consistently catchy pop and is inspirational without being preachy. Instead of presenting a linear narrative, the book is made up of a succession of vignettes illustrating biblical parables through a hippy prism--making it particularly easy to adapt and update. Directed by Schwartz's son Scott, this touring production (including new lyrics by Schwartz senior) is set in a hi-tech environment and incorporates references to video monitors and computers (which form an electronic crucifix). This revival is sometimes marred by weird arrangements (new orchestrations have been made by Alex Lacamoire)--as with the quasi drum & bass beat on "Tower of Babble" or the metallish guitar licks on "Save the People." Still, the performance presents an exuberantly youthful cast and is highly energetic. To hear an equally upbeat but less aggressive update of the show, you might want to check out the 2000 Off-Broadway cast recording. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Pop Updating of this Musical February 7, 2002
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I've been a fan of "Godspell" for about 10 year now. Not too long after I first saw it, I bought the Original Cast Recording, and I've been enjoying it ever since. So I was very hesitant to buy this version. Boy, am I ever glad I did.
Without changing the songs in any significant way, the producers make the show feel contemporary with new arrangements and orchestration, not like it's stuck in the 1970's. I was able to sing along the first time through, while experiencing the musical in a whole new way. It's actually changed my opinion on several songs, most noticeably "Beautiful City" and "Turn Back, O Man."
I was also glad to get the "Prologue" and "Tower of Babble" songs. As far as I know, this is the only recording of these songs, and it's nice to have all the songs for this musical. I was also glad to see "We Beseech Thee" since it's one of my favorites.
This CD hasn't replaced my Original Cast Recording CD. But it's a great addition, and I'm glad I've added it to my collection. If you're a fan of this musical, buy this CD today and enjoy a classic with a modern feel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good! January 16, 2001
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I love this play and the Original Off-Broadway Cast, but this CD is a worthy companion. If you want to get the best version of each song, it is squarely between these two. The cast is so awesome and extremely talented. "All Good Gifts" has never sounded better, and "We Beseech Thee," "Light of the World," and "Beautiful City" all have fresh new spins on them which make you want to get up and dance. Even though "Bless the Lord" sounds wierd at first with the grunge touch, Natalie Joy Johnson does such an incredible job singing it that it soon doesn't matter. The only down side to this recording is that they took the wonderful vaudevillian piece, "Turn Back, O Man" and turned it into a porno soundtrack type song. In short, buy this and the Original Cast, and you will have all the "Godspell" you will ever need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good look July 24, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
being very familiar with this show - i've seen it a few times and just finished performing it (as "jeffrey") - i was pleased to see another revival of godspell out on the market. i have to admit, at first it didn't strongly catch my attention. the opening is cool - it blends instrumentals from "day by day" with "finale" and a couple of other things. "tower of babble" falters - the techno/dance beat just didn't do it for me. from there on, though, the reworking is nearly perfect. an interesting approach on "bless the lord", where they chose to tone it down a bit and make it groove a little more (compare that to the original), and it came out sounding great. "light of the world" has a sort of funk-bass groove to it, and the harmonies on the chorus ("so let your light...") are excellent. they chose to put "beautiful city" at the beginning of the second act (great place for it), as well as make it rock out a lot more and add in the entire cast (when i did it, it was slow, almost remorseful, with just jesus, and was put right before the last supper). that changed my view of that song altogether. "we beseech thee" is done to a gospel-type style, and it works perfectly (compare that to the hoedown-ish original and 2000's reggae mix). and as always, "finale" is energetic and emotional.
seriously, my only complaint is "tower of babble". besides that, the cast and musicians managed to update "godspell" to rock out, while still preserving all the meaning of the text. i'd recommend buying the 2000 version alongside this one, especially if you're as obsessed with this show as i am! good work, guys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An update with freshness and power June 10, 2003
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This version of Godspell really shows that it is more than a classic musical in the sense of Oklahoma, but a timeless work of art that can be stylistically reworked and still carry astonishing power. For the most part, this version stays true to the original where needed ("All for the Best") while bringing some of the songs fully into the 21st century with the wonderful work of an outstanding band ("Bless the Lord", "All Good Gifts", "Light of the World"). Even in the songs that exhibited little change benefit from the outstanding backing musicians. The arrangement of "We Beseech Thee" as a revival style number is stunning as well. The only dissapointment is with the updated version of "Turn Back O Man" which really should be done in the style of the original.
I highly recommend this CD to anyone who loves Godspell and wants to hear it brought up to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE! February 23, 2001
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What a challenge it is to bring GODSPELL to a new generation-a challenge that this cast and artistic team accomplishes flawlessly. While the arrangements are different to those who know the original, they illuminate the lyrics and idea of the show in a fresh and provocative manner. There isn't much to the book, so the score has to engage the audience moment to moment. I think this production brings the musical to a new height, and while I don't agree with all of the choices made, I applaud the fresh honest energy of the cast. Sharon Francis breathes new vibrant life into DAY BY DAY. Natalie Joy Johnson delivers a BLESS THE LORD that builds in raw verve and commitment. I don't mistake her powerful voice for screaming . . . I respond to it as passion that transcends the music and lyrics. I can't wait to see what Johnson does next . . . she has an amazing future ahead of her and I can't wait to be transformed by that awesome voice. This is an important revival . . . whatever you do, don't miss this cast!
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1.0 out of 5 stars WTH???
Ok..first off, let me say I am jaded. I totally enjoy the movie soundtrack, and tolerate the broadway recording from the 70's (I actually think the Broadway production did a better... Read more
Published on August 15, 2009 by M. Turcotte
2.0 out of 5 stars YIKES!!
C'mon... this music is filled with computer-programmed drum and synthesizer parts that sound more like a cheesy $49 keyboard from K-Mart than like a group of musicians. Read more
Published on May 30, 2009 by J. Douglas Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Having listened to all the other recording of this, I can honestly say that this one is by far my favorite. I love the updated orchestration and think it sounds fresh and modern. Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by Yaya1967
3.0 out of 5 stars I just don't get it
With all the talk about this being an updated, more contemporary version I guess I was expecting more or at least something much, much different. Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by emmarie
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
I have been a Broadway fan for about 18 years now. I tend to like the more Contemporary Music better. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by Timothy A. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars The reason to own this recording is:
I'm not gonna lie and say I'm really a fan of this recording...HOWEVER: This album is to Natalie Joy Johnson what the 1963 BEST FOOT FORWARD album is to Liza Minnelli. Read more
Published on February 16, 2006 by Aaron Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought
I first want to apolgize for judging a book by its cover. This version is splended. Its not to the quality of the orginal, but does have its spirt. Read more
Published on February 5, 2005 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars new and inviting music
This is a wonderful start for new people coming into the musical theatre scene. I am a friend of one of the persons on this cd and having him tell me stories of them on tour is a... Read more
Published on June 29, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Messing with a classic
The promise of a complete score plus new orchestrations made me get this - and what a let down. New orchestrations are one thing, but they have been made to the total detrement of... Read more
Published on March 26, 2003 by M. C. Cresswell
1.0 out of 5 stars See a community theater production instead
I bought this cd wanting to love it. Acquaintence Joe Carney plays Jesus in this horribly-cast abomination of a fun musical. Read more
Published on December 9, 2002 by L. Schneider
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