Jesus Christ Superstar (Original London Concept Recording) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
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Includes Heaven on Their Mind; Strange Thing Mystifying; The Temple; Peter's Denial; King Herod's Song (Try It and See); Could We Start Again Please?; Trial Before Pilate; Superstar, and more. 25 tracks total.
It may not have been the first rock opera (the Who's Tommy was released in 1969), but Jesus Christ Superstar was a legendary album long before it hit the stage, thanks to Tim Rice's compelling book and lyrics combined with Andrew Lloyd Webber's irresistible music. Telling the story of the last days of Christ from the point of view of Judas (Murray Head), the still-unmatched original cast also stars Deep Purple's Ian Gillan as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, the role she made into a career (with a cameo on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack). Decades later, such songs as "Superstar," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Heaven on Their Minds," and "Everything's Alright" still retain their extraordinary power. --David Horiuchi
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I immediately started listening to different versions online, looking in stores for a cd(they had sold out at the theatre giftstore) and when I started listening to this version with Murray Head I just couldn't stop. I've also come to love the original movie version but nothing compares to this.
It is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves JCS, rockin' bass or just musicals in general.
I would recommend it to anyone.
It is dramatic in a way Webber never again touched. Of course, working with a story most of the western world knows backwards and forwards, it's easy enough to inject forshadowing, but the ominous feeling hanging over so much of this LP gives every tune an edge that you feel to your bones.
Yvonne Elliman is angelic on "Everything's Alright" and "I Don't Know How To Love Him," Victor Brox and Barry Dennen demonic on "This Jesus Must Die," Mide D'Abo is downright McCartney-esque on "Try It And See," and Ian Gillan rocks in a way Broadway has never seen.
And the tunes are really good. Even the instrumental portions--many of which were swiped by advertisers (the intro to "Simon Zealotes," for instance) for years--are unforgettable.
Will this LP open spiritual doors? I dunno. Buy it for the music. Leave the rest to...well, whoever you leave that sort of thing to.