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Godspell [1993 Studio Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When producer/executive producer John Yap, who helmed a series of studio cast recordings of major stage musicals for the British That's Entertainment Records or TER label in the early '90s subsequently reissued by Jay Records, came to Godspell, he had the advantage of being able to work with the show's composer, Stephen Schwartz, who here contributes keyboards and conducts his own original arrangements. The result is that this Godspell is close to the original 1971 off-off-Broadway version, right down to its small backing band. Schwartz and Yap have retained "Beautiful City," added to the 1973 movie version and the songs the film cut from the stage version, so this is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When producer/executive producer John Yap, who helmed a series of studio cast recordings of major stage musicals for the British That's Entertainment Records or TER label in the early '90s subsequently reissued by Jay Records, came to Godspell, he had the advantage of being able to work with the show's composer, Stephen Schwartz, who here contributes keyboards and conducts his own original arrangements. The result is that this Godspell is close to the original 1971 off-off-Broadway version, right down to its small backing band. Schwartz and Yap have retained "Beautiful City," added to the 1973 movie version and the songs the film cut from the stage version, so this is the longest version of the score ever recorded. Schwartz has also added an unnecessary five-minute "Prologue" that is inconsistent with the style of the show and adds nothing substantive. Note that this differs from the "Opening"/"Tower of Babel" sequence Schwartz later added for the 2001 national touring cast album. The British cast is fine, though their performances seem more correct than spirited, and might have benefited from doing the show onstage. Their British accents are apparent, but given that, as Schwartz comments in his liner notes, many of the songs' lyrics are taken from Church of England hymns, that's not inappropriate. The album does not match the quality of the original off-off-Broadway cast album or the original soundtrack album which remains the best recorded performance of the score, but it demonstrates that, after more than 20 years, a show that seemed rooted in its time sounds as good as ever. The Jay Records copyeditor must have been asleep, since "Turn Back, O Man" has been rendered here as "Turn Back Old Man."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Jay Records
  • UPC: 605288124723
  • Catalog Number: 1247
  • Sales rank: 117,590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (5:03)
  2. 2 Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord - Glynn Kerslake (2:11)
  3. 3 Save the People - Darren Day (3:38)
  4. 4 Day by Day - Jacqueline Dankworth (3:12)
  5. 5 Learn Your Lessons Well/Bless the Lord (4:05)
  6. 6 All for the Best - Darren Day (3:00)
  7. 7 All Good Gifts - Paul Manuel (3:29)
  8. 8 Light of the World (2:58)
  9. 9 Turn Back Old Man - Ruthie Henshall (4:21)
  10. 10 Alas for You - Darren Day (2:08)
  11. 11 By My Side - Jacqueline Dankworth (3:28)
  12. 12 We Beseech Thee (3:23)
  13. 13 On the Willows - Clive Rowe (3:35)
  14. 14 Beautiful City - Darren Day (3:07)
  15. 15 Finale - Darren Day (5:23)
  16. 16 Bows (1:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Barrowman Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Tony Bourge Drums
Geoffrey Cox Drums
John Barr Vocals, Track Performer
Alyn Ross Bass
Dave Holmes Banjo
Mike Eaves Guitar
Stephen Schwartz Conductor, Keyboards
Ruthie Henshall Vocals, Track Performer
Jacqueline Dankworth Vocals
Brian Miller Keyboards
Paul Manuel Vocals
Darren Day Vocals
Technical Credits
John-Michael Teblak Director, Concept
John Yap Producer, Executive Producer
Stephen Schwartz Arranger, Liner Notes
Mike Clayton Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This recording shows off the music and the vocal artists in<BR/>superior form, a must have.

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