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

Indigo Girls, Michael Lorant, Emily Saliers, Amy Ray, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar (Related Recordings), Tim RiceAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 14 tracks on this disc
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
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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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

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best next to the original cast recording. October 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you love the Indigo Girls. December 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus cool is that?!? April 5, 2002
By Howdy
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the Buzz? September 10, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars suprisingly fabulous and entertaining July 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the concept August 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a big JCS fan from my childhood, when we'd listen to the Original Cast album every Easter. I heard this CD being played in a store one day and recognized the voices of some of the characters as being familiar...but couldn't place them. When the cashier told me it was Amy and Emily---the Indigo Girls---I was hearing, I fairly raced back up to my office and ordered it.
Amy Ray has always been the power voice of Indigo Girls, and as Jesus she makes a great impression. She would also have been very good as Judas I think. Emily, the "softer" sound of the duo, seems ideal for Mary Magdalene, but I was disappointed to find that her normally strong voice seems weak or diminished on this CD. Is this perhaps because of the conditions of the recording itself? I don't know. But she comes off too quiet and almost raspy and is sometimes difficult to even hear.
The other artists on the CD are tolerable, and the music is, as always, incredible. I think any fans of Indigo Girls or the other artists on this album might enjoy this CD if they are also fans of the musical. It's quite a novelty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Quirky, but a definite listen-to! August 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of JCS for decades, and (oddly enough) also a fan of many of the artists featured on this recording. The reviews of this piece have been either all or nothing and here is the reason: The people who dislike it seem to be fans of the original and the people who love it tend to be people who have never been exposed to it before. Basically, if you are a die-hard JCS purist, you should probably not listen to this quirky, yet artistically rendered, version. However if you come to this recording with an open mind, you are in for a fun ride.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not, it's GREAT! April 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
As both a major fan of the Indigo Girls' music and Broadway musicals in general, I was curious to hear how this album would turn out. JCS is not one of my favorite shows -- I'm not much of an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan -- but I hoped the Indigo Girls' musical talents might at least make the album bearable.
I was wrong; they made it sensational! To my utter shock, the album is wonderful! JCS *never* sounded so good; every song has been given a totally modern feel and each and every one of them improves upon the original versions greatly. And don't knock the unconventional casting until you've heard this CD's version of "Gethsemane"-- easily the best version I've ever heard, sung with total raw emotion. It still gives me chills whenever I hear it.
Lloyd Webber should be down on his knees thanking Amy Ray and Emily Saliers for turning his derivative ho-hum musical-with-potential into a full-fledged tour-de-force. Brava!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this cd and think I will enjoy it more ...
I like this cd and think I will enjoy it more as I listen to it again. I hope it grows on me. CD arrived on time and in good shape.
Published 19 hours ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars i lost my origial copy of this cd
I have been looking for another one of these for a long time. I am glad to own it now.
Published 22 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, New, Take on This Classic
This cd breathes new life into this fabulous musical. Certainly, the original Broadway recording is the definitive version of this production. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Paul Barkowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite version of Jesus Christ Superstar
I love this version of Jesus Christ Superstar and I think the editorial review listed by Tod Nelson that represents Amazon is out of line, unprofessional and irrelevant itself. Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by AmazonShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, Faithful to the Spirit of 1973
I enjoyed this version, some of the versions approach the intensity and spirituality of the classic 1973 soundtrack album. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by nonamespecified
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Memories
Fast, efficient, service. Well-packaged. Saw the live performance 3 straight nights in Seattle. Studio version is pretty close to the real thing.
Published on June 26, 2010 by Sharon Kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds up well 15 years later
I love this recording of the JCS soundtrack. Indigo Girls' Amy Ray gives a wonderfully passionate performance as Jesus, while Emily Saliers is a perfect foil as the gentle, loving... Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by too_old_to_be_so_indie
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but I like it
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. Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by Spiehler
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, unvarnished, and beautiful
There is no question that this rendition of JSC is for people who love folk/rock, and if you are expecting to get something different, you will be disappointed. Read more
Published on May 3, 2006 by D. Luben
2.0 out of 5 stars Well
It's somewhat worth it if only for the interesting new arrangments, adding a fresh twist on how the music is played, I especially liked the pounding drums on many of the tracks and... Read more
Published on October 4, 2005 by T. Callahan
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