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Jesus Christ Superstar: A Resurrection (1994 Studio Cast) Cast Recording

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What a bizarre concept. Let's get together a whole slew of folkies who, for some inexplicable reason, loved the soundtrack for the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and rerecord all the songs. Why? To satisfy some childhood obsession, it seems. This has to be the least relevant album of all time. Perhaps if those involved reinterpreted the opera, updated it, gave it some kind of new light or understanding. But that doesn't happen--the versions here offer nothing over the original. Remarkably, this is even worse than the soundtrack to the movie version, which featured the annoying vocals of Ted Neely as Jesus. How do you top that? How about enlisting Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls to play Jesus? Sheesh. --Tod Nelson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture - Dew
  2. Heaven On Their Minds - Michael Lorant
  3. What's The Buzz - Amy Ray/Emily Sailers
  4. Strange Thing Mystifying - Michael Lorant/Amy Ray
  5. Everything's Alright - Emily Sailers/Michael Lorant/Amy Ray
  6. This Jesus Must Die - Benjamin/Mike Mantone
  7. Hosanna - Mike Mantone/Amy Reed
  8. Simon Zealotes - Kelly Hogan
  9. Poor Jerusalem - Amy Reed
  10. Pilate's Dream - Gerard McHugh
  11. The Temple - Amy Reed
  12. Everything's Alright (Reprise) - Emily Saliers/Amy Reed
  13. I Don't Know How To Love Him - Emily Saliers
  14. Damned For All Time/Blood Money - Michael Lorant/Mike Mantione/Benjamin

Disc: 2

  1. The Last Supper - Michael Lorant/Amy Ray
  2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) - Amy Ray
  3. The Arrest - Michael Lorant/Amy Ray/Matt Brown/Benjamin/Mike Mantione
  4. Peter's Denial - Anne Richmond Boston/Matt Brown/Jeff Jensen/Bill Decker/Emily Sailers
  5. Pilate And Christ - Gerard McHugh/Rob Gal/Amy Ray
  6. King Herod's Song - Dave Clair
  7. Judas' Death - Michael Lorant/Mike Mantione/Benjamin
  8. Trial Before Pilate - Gerard McHugh/Benjamin/Amy Reed/Rob Gal
  9. Superstar - Social Insanity
  10. Crucifixion - Amy Reed
  11. John 19:41 - Revelation String Quartet


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: November 8, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Daemon Records
  • ASIN: B0000018CA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This recording is the most rocking version you'll ever hear of this material. The editorial review above missed the point altogether. What all of these "folkies" did was take all their life long devotion to this rock opera and made one big love letter to it .... and it shows. It's inspired and every single note speaks volumes of their attachment to Jesus Christ Superstar. It's never sounded better. Michael Lorant was a fantastic Judas and the fellow who plays Caiphas(sp) sounded great ... very much as if Tom Waits played the part and, boy, did it sound cool. Kelly Hogan makes a great Simon Zealotes and though I think that the Indigo Girls were a bizarre choice for Jesus and Mary Magdelane, the Jesus part comes off quite nicely, though Mary Magdelane comes off kind of thin ... which is the only criticism I could give at all. "Hosanna" was brilliantly staged as done by a high school marching band and .... well ... I could go on and on, but to give this less than the maximum stars would be a disservice to this remarkable staging of Jesus Christ Superstar. I've heard many versions of this play and this version very much sounds like it was done by people who loved it and not by someone collecting a paycheck. My hat is off to Michael Lorant who was the brainchild of this. I have no idea who he is or what he did before or since, but he did a good thing here.
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I'm a big musical fan and a big fan of the Indigo Girls. So this is a pretty great combination for me! I've seen Jesus Christ Superstar and heard various versions of the soundtrack and while this one may lack a little of the passion of some of the others, I still really like it and it is the version I like to listen to over any other. However, the reason to buy it is the novelty of having the Indigo Girls performing on some of the songs. You've got to love Amy as Jesus! I think more lesbians should play Jesus in this musical! ;-) If you are looking for a really solid JCS soundtrack and you're not a big Indigo's fan, your best bet is probably the Broadway soundtrack. But if you love the Indigo Girls, you really need to own this CD!
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This truly sounds like a bunch of buds who love Jesus Christ Superstar got together and recorded their own version, with some 90's updates (including a rap of the title song, which is the worst part). The Indigo girls sound great, professional, as polished as they ever pull off, but the rest of the cast is pretty amateurish. I appreciate the enthusiasm, and it does make a nice change, but can't beat one of the cast recordings.
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By A Customer on September 10, 2002
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I loved the Original Superstar, so I thought I wouldn't be too impressed by this. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's FANTASTIC!
Amy Ray as Jesus, definately a good choice with a GREAT voice.
As for Emily Saliers singing "Everything's Alright", her gentle vocals took my breath away.
"Jesus Must Die"...the chorus of "Superstar" sung in the background beautifully done. Another favourite of mine on this album.
Overall, I really was impressed. Well done to all involved in this project.
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I got this CD simply because I was a fan of the Indigo Girls... I didn't expect that I'd like every song in this 2-disc set. Great sound, great instrumentals in the background, great voices and the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Outstanding!
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As you can tell form the reviews already here, this is a spotty recording. There are parts that flat-out work brilliantly-Amy Ray's performance as Jesus is excellent. I love how she handles "Hosanna." Emily Saliers does a great job as Mary Magdalene, especially on "Everything's Alright."

Other tracks will leave you scratching your head. Dave Clair's drunken take on "King Herod's Song" just sounds sloppy. If I have an overall complaint, it's the mix-very muddy, with the vocals sometimes lost in the mix completely.

If you're looking for Broadway show-stopper stuff: run screaming in the other direction. If you like folk/acoustic rock, have an open mind, and welcome new interpretations, go for it. There are gems on these discs. Just like in real life though, ya gotta dig for 'em.

Scott
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I wanted to give this both 1 and 5 stars, because that's what it deserves -- it's both wonderful and awful. The arrangements are unnecessarily alternativized (especially the pseudo-punk "What's the Buzz"), and except the Indigo Girls themselves, none of the voices are up to the challenge. (Especially Michael Lorant as Judas -- as long as they were casting their Atlanta-native buddies, couldn't they get Michael Stipe of REM?) However, fans of either Indigo Girls or JCS should at least hear this album for one thing only: Amy Ray's Jesus. The natural dramatic power of her voice and her extraordinary tenor range serve her well in this role, which she plays simultaneously as written, that is to say as a superstar succumbing to public adoration, and also reminding you that yes, she is a woman playing Jesus. Altogether, though, JCS has always been an extremely limited score, with a few overly obvious melodies distorting what could have been a fascinatingly complex libretto. It takes a cast with musical and acting talent, mastery of technique, and extraordinary vision to pull it off, and this just isn't it.
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