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Godspell [Cast Recording]

Stephen Schwartz, Robin Lamont, Stephen Nathan, Godspell (Related Recordings)Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord
2. Save The People
3. Day By Day
4. Learn Your Lessons Well
5. Bless The Lord
6. All For The Best
7. All Good Gifts
8. Light Of The World
9. Turn Back, O Man
10. Alas For You
11. By My Side
12. We Beseech Thee
13. On The Willows
14. Finale
15. Day By Day (Reprise)

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Genre: Original Cast Recordings
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 14-MAR-1991

Jesus was a pretty popular guy in New York in 1971; as the ersatz star of both Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar. If Superstar was a little dark, Godspell was positively frothy; and its portrayal of Jesus as a hippie clown was part of its goofy charm. Another part was Stephen Schwartz's nifty score; a little naive and dated, but also as hummable as anything in history. Slap this in the CD player and be transported back in time to an era when kids were all singing "We Beseech Thee," "Prepare Ye the Way of The Lord" and, of course, the cheery "Day by Day." I'm guessing they don't do these in folk mass anymore. --Michael Ruby

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Outdated Sound, But Still Great December 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just in case you don't know when this musical was written or this recording made, all you have to do is listen to it. It practically screams 70's folk music. Heck, except for the shofar on the opening number and a recorder a little later on, the only instruments are keyboard, guitars, and drums. But that's part of the charm.
The musical is based mostly accurately on the Gospel of Matthew from the Bible. There are only 10 in the cast, so it's not a full blown production. Instead, it's an interpretation with a modern (or at least 70's) setting.
There are lots of good songs here. Probably the most famous is "Day by Day." Personal favorites are Jesus' first appearance with "Save the People" and "We Beseech Thee." I also love the slow ballads "By My Side" and "On the Willows," the second being a lament taken from Jeremiah. Frankly, I've found I can no longer read the Sermon on the Mount without thinking of "Light of the World" or Jesus attacking the Pharisees without "Alas for You" running through my head.
Those looking for "Beautiful City" will want to look elsewhere since it was added for the movie, and this American original cast recording predates it by several years.
This musical is different and takes a few listens to appreciate. But I've loved it since I first saw it a number of years ago, and I pull out the soundtrack on a regular basis. It has an easily singable score, which just adds to the fun.
If you want a musical to encourage and inspire you, this lesser known gem is a wonderful place to start. And the original cast recording, while sounding a bit outdated, is still a wonderful way to experience it today.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tallest Candlestick November 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Godspell" is such an endearing musical. The music is incredibly catchy and memorable, the message is of course positive, and the delivery is excellent -- most of the time. "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" from its conch shell opening is an utter delight, a joyful statement of faithful expectation. "Day By Day" builds joyfully and is such an exquisite statement for trying to live spiritually in a material and sometimes unkind world. "Light of the World" rocks joyfully and makes you feel hopeful, "The tallest candlestick ain't much good without a wick!" Lamar Alford on "All Good Gifts" perhaps leaves a little to be desired vocally, but the song itself is truly wonderful. It's probably time for a remastered soundtrack to be re-released, but this one contains some of the greatest show music about God and faith. Enjoy!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Storytelling Excellence February 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Even after having this cd for about 8 years, having done the show and many others in the past 10 years or so, I still come back to this cd to sing through the whole thing. I love every song. I can actually sit and listen to this cd, knowing I won't have to forward some songs. The only thing I absolutely hate about this cd is that man trying to sing "All Good Gifts". Where, in the name of all that is good in musical theatre, did they find this man? Who did he know to get this job? "By My Side" is just beautiful. I read that it was the only song that Stephen Schwartz didn't write. It was written by some of the cast of the original production of Godspell before he came in to re-work the music. They decided to keep it in. Good move. Think about the idea behind the song...telling someone that you will always be their side. This was the first musical that I ever fell in love with and it will always be the first point that I realized that this was what I wanted to do with my life. Thanks, Stephen Schwartz, for making "God" fun.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The musical I grew up with. January 19, 2005
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
I can remember it know, first the foghorn blows from the silence, it blows three times. Then David Haskell starts to sing "Prepare yee the way of the lord" then it goes into a big rock moment with the entire cast singing the song, then comes Lamar Alford with a big opera voice that is wonderfully out of place with everyones pop singing. Thats when I know I'm listening to Godspell. My all time favorite show. The whole alubm is full of vibrant songs, like Day By Day, All Good Gifts, All for the Best, Alas For You, Light of the World, Turn Back O Man, On The Willows, By My Side and Save the People are just an amazing mix of pop, rock, and(thanks to Lamar) oprea. This alubm is just a part of my life now as it was in my childhood.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than church! March 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of this soundtrack just about my entire life, and I have yet to get sick of it. I was a young child when I first saw the movie (which by the way, I loved) and got the soundtrack as a gift a week later. I still have that original LP, with the cover all torn up and the vinyl scratched to bits. Now the CD I bought to replace it is in similar condition. When I go to church and we sing All Good Gifts during the Offertory, I wish I had brought my penny whistle so I could play along. This music is pure joy, and although some of the arrangements might seem dated, the lyrics are right out of the bible and therefore, timeless. It completely feeds my soul to sing along--harmonies on some, melodies on others. My goal in life is to hit Joann Jonas' High C in We Beseech Thee, but since that'll never happen, I'll just have to keep on listening and practicing. This soundtrack encompasses vast musical styles, and none of them sound Broadway show-tuney, like in Oklahoma or South Pacific. It's inspirational, fun music that appeals to a wide variety of people, even people who don't consider themselves religious. It'll never go out of style.
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It has always been one of my favorites.
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wow!!! saw this musical off-Broadway in the late 70s. ah, what memories. love it
Published 3 months ago by madalyn mcmahan
5.0 out of 5 stars A lively and inspiring musical.
Had remembered Godspell from my youth and was happy to listen again to the music and to give it to my granddaughter who is performing in the musical.
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Always have been a fan of this play and the music. Enjoy owning it. Brings back fond memories from the 70's.
Published 5 months ago by Dolores M. Custer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
These songs never get old. I hadn't heard them for years but remembered them once I heard the music. Great to sing along with!
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