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Jesus Christ Superstar / Revival Cast [Cast Recording, Original recording remastered]

Andrew Lloyd Webber Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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listen  1. OverturePete Adams 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Heaven On Their MindsZubin Varla 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. What's The Buzz? / Strange Thing, MystifyingSteve Balsamo 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Everything's AlrightJoanna Ampil 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. This Jesus Must DieSoundtrack 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. HosannaPeter Gallagher 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Simon Zealotes / Poor JerusalemGlen Carter 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pilate's Dreamdavid burt 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The TempleSteve Balsamo 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Everything's Alright (Reprise)Soundtrack0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Don't Know How To Love HimJoanna Ampil 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Damned For All Time / Blood MoneySoundtrack 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. The Last SupperSteve Balsamo 7:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)Steve Balsamo 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The ArrestSoundtrack 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Peter's DenialCast Of Jesus Christ Superstar 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pilate And ChristSoundtrack 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. King Herod's SongAlice Cooper 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Could We Start Again, Please?Joanna Ampil 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Judas' DeathZubin Varla 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Trial Before Pilate (Including The 39 Lashes)david burt 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. SuperstarZubin Varla 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. CrucifixionSteve Balsamo 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. John Nineteen: Forty-OneCast Of Jesus Christ Superstar 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000BSM27U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Andrew Lloyd Webber restaged this musical, his first international hit, in 1996. The production was a critical and public triumph in both the London West End and on Broadway. The cast recording is complete and highlighted by the wild and unforgettable performance of pop rocker Alice Cooper as Pontius Pilate.

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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Fourth Best Recording of Jesus Christ Superstar April 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Before you consider purchasing this, consider that there have been quite a few recordings of this piece of work. Naturally, one wonders, which of these is the best all around recording? That for one depends on your personal music tastes.
If you like late 60's/early 70's rock operas/concept albums (such as Tommy, Hair etc.) then I strongly suggest The original 1970 concept album. The concept album features Ian Gillan of Deep Purple as Jesus, Murray Head (One Night in Bangkok) as Judas and Yvonne Elliman (Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack) as Mary Magdalene. The musicians are primarily composed of Joe Cocker's Grease Band and Juicy Lucy. This version is true rock - no Broadway "Showtune" atmosphere on it. This version also is by far the most successful, being a number one album on the Billboard charts (in early 1971), and selling over three million copies.
If you're a fan of Motown recording artist Ben Vereen, I highly recommend The Original 1971 Broadway Cast Highlights Album (Available upon import from footlight music). While it features a rather average Jesus, Ben Vereen adds true soul and original interpretation to the role of Judas, such that is unmatched to this day.
The movie soundtrack, which I rank third in JCS recordings, features tremendous voices (a texan drummer with incredible passion and range as Jesus) but sounds as if it was recorded in a tin can (this refers even to the remastered version). Also, Jesus and Judas are played by the Broadway understudies in this version.
In Fourth place, comes this particular recording. A 1996 British studio album with Steve Balsamo, Zubin Varla, and Alice Cooper, it falls short of the aforementioned recordings. Of course, it is still an excellent recording in and of itself.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE recording of JSC October 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've watched/listened to the movie, seen the recent Broadway revival, and I have to keep coming back to this recording as the best, bar none. Steve Balsamo is amazing as Jesus -- his falsetto is incredible (I'm not a vocalist myself, but I have friends who are training in classical music who literally dropped their jaws when they heard Balsamo's "Gethesemane"). His power over the role drives you to tears at moments, as does Zubin Varla's terriffic Judas -- the "cracking" another reviewer mentioned wasn't his voice slipping, it's his characterization -- he's feeling pain, feeling death, and unsure -- and you feel every moment of it. Joanna Ampil is pretty good as Mary (although I think she was better in "The Complete Miss Saigon" as Kim), Alice Cooper brings a brilliantly different twist to King Herod, and the rest of the cast is terriffic.
Glenn Carter, who played Jesus in the recently closed revival (and who took over for Balsamo in London before that) is on here as Simon Zealotes, a role in which he is absolutely superb -- I only wish he could have carried that over into Jesus on Broadway, but unfortunately while his range is perfect for Simon, it fell pretty short as Jesus -- even if you didn't like him as Jesus, I think you'll like him here...and if you did, you'll love him here.
Anyway, this is THE recording to buy of this show -- the orchestrations are incredible, the engineering is terriffic (I'm a musician and a sound engineer, and I can only have the utmost respect for the musicians and engineers on this CD, as much if not more than the cast), and the performances are superb. Wow!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most incredible JC Superstar CD made so far March 24, 2000
By Jeff
Format:Audio CD
I am extensivly into musical theater, and I have heard every version of Jesus Christ Superstar to date. I must say this is the best made so far. The cast and orchestra is incredible and the man who plays Jesus is one of the most incredible voices of his generation. During "Gethsaname" he sings a "G" above high "C" and holds it for 20 seconds. You must hear it to believe it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST VERSION OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S CLASSIC December 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Jesus Christ Superstar was Andrew Lloyd Webber's first big success and the second musical he did with, in my opinion, his best lyricist, Tim Rice. The show evoked much controversy when it first appeared in 1970, since the story of the Christ's final days is mainly told from the Judas' point of view and not always according to the Gospels. Hence Mary Magdalene mentions that she is in love with Jesus and after the last supper the Apostles are a bit drunk.

Jesus Christ Superstar is considered as a turning point in modern musical-theatre. It presented something entirely different from past musicals: the plot was new and distinct, the lyrics did not sound shallow and the characters were precisely defined. Also, the piece was entirely sung-through so that the music and the plot became one. All the new musicals afterwards will use some of the new characteristics Superstar introduced leading to almost complete abandonment of the styles that the 50-is and the 60-is used in musicals.

Over the years there were quite a few recordings, however, this one can be considered definite. Both Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice overlooked its making acting as producers, Lloyd Webber making the orchestrations. The cast was mainly assembled from the revival production that run in London from 1996 until 1998, but this recording is known as the studio cast, since Alice Cooper was called in for the role of King Herod. The score is certainly one of the best Webber has ever written; the pure rock sound of the orchestra is simply amazing. When compared to the older recordings, this one has a more polished score and the sound, i.e., the use of the guitars, drums etc, sounds more modern and appropriate. Tim Rice's lyrics are suitable and witty, fitting perfectly with the score.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointed
I didn't realize when I bought this that it wasn't the original recording. I listened to this a zillion times in the 70's and love it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. A. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars A superstar of a recording!
The cast and recording quality are first rate! You're going to find yourself listening to it over and over! I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by D. A. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful blast from the past
I listened to this daily when I was a teen back in the 70's. I love this rendition and highly recommend it
Published 3 months ago by wb56
4.0 out of 5 stars Husband uploaded it by accident but worked out great
I was looking for Superstars of the 70's and my husband decided to help me but got confused and uploaded Jesus Christ Superstar. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bev Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Superstar
I ordered this product for a friend. They had never heard of the show. (I know crazy right.) They really liked it and now it is part of their "musiacl rotation".
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It exceeded expectations
Even after all these years the music and lyrics still resonate. Forget all the religious crap that has caused so much trouble in the world, this is a story about a man who, for... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mat
1.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack
I had the "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack on LP back when I was younger (in the 1970's). It was amazing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kenton Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning - not the original album
Just a quck warning - while this may be an excellent recording, this is not the original album that was at the top of the charts in 1971. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Charles Bevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic recording of this rock opera!!!
Wow...all I can say is wow.

This recording is truly amazing in its delivery and really makes the Rice & Webber score shine!! Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by rorta97774
5.0 out of 5 stars jesus crist superstar CD
All songs are great in this CD. All singers are great too. I have been listening this CD again and again and enjoyed it everytime.
Published on September 21, 2011 by gilbert
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