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5.0 out of 5 stars The one I grew up on!, May 14, 2003
This review is from: Jesus Christ Superstar (Highlights from the 1971 Original Broadway Cast) (Audio CD)
I'm glad Amazon has seen fit to move this to the top of the JCS list so that others are now finding it. This is NOT just now available - I first ordered it from Amazon at least two years ago for over $30 based solely on the cover picture because it looked like my old album that I got for Christmas in 1972. I wore that thing out over the years and had never been able to find it again until I happened on it at the very bottom of a list of about 30 different JCS items on Amazon. It had absolutely no reviews, so for all I knew it was in Japanese! Took a chance on it despite the price and, sure enough, it was the one I grew up on, just cleaner sounding digitally recorded on CD - and, of course, only the exterior CD text was in Japanese. I was at first disappointed in it when I received it that Christmas thinking my mother had screwed up because it wasn't the familir brown cover with the two angels that everyone else had. But I came to love it and, years later when I couldn't find it, replaced it with the one all my friends had, but lo and behold, I didn't like that one nearly as well as my original Broadway cast album. This one IS Superstar to me, though I'm sure a lot of JCS purists wouldn't agree. I just like the whole feel of the album better. I love Vereen and Elliman (including her version of "I Don't Know How to Love Him", despite what someone else's earlier review said about it) and this version of "Herod's Song" is far and away better than the many other versions I've heard.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2009 6:53:35 AM PST
Having had the wonderful opportunity to actually see the touring Broadway production in 1972, while living in Maryland, I was floored by the show. I was 2d row center and amazed by what could be done with so few props. It was the first such theater production I had ever been to at the ripe old age of 17. I quickly treated my two younger sisters to the show but unfortunately could not get great seats so the props were a bit stilted, such as Christ on the cross (one could see the rigging and he was actually in front of the cross by a foot or so.) That was only a minor distraction as the music and lyrics won all of our hearts and when the cast came through the audience, they received a standing ovation.

Since then, I collected the old VHS movie...movie stunk by comparison to theater, but the music is what matters. Then onto CD and DVD. Guess it will be tattoo next, lol.

Tried to get my beloved North Carolina Mom the Baptist into it but it was not her style of music. I had a hard time convincing her it was not the Devil's workshop, only a rock interpretation of the time and events. I'm not sure she bought that...she is verrry Southern Baptist.

Thanks for letting me spout :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2010 6:34:17 AM PDT
Aunt Nett says:
The only objection my Southern Baptist deacon father and my mom had to it, like most Christians, was that it didn't include the resurrection - the most important part of the story. The music wasn't really their own cup of tea, but they didn't object to me listening to it.
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