Jesus Christ Superstar (The New Stage Production Soundtrack)

Jesus Christ Superstar (The New Stage Production Soundtrack)

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by Glenn Carter
     
 
No, it's not the original cast with Ian Gillian, but this London revival cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's musical Jesus Christ Superstar is still quite effective and sometimes brilliant. There are good arguments to be made for

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No, it's not the original cast with Ian Gillian, but this London revival cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's musical Jesus Christ Superstar is still quite effective and sometimes brilliant. There are good arguments to be made for Glenn Carter's masterful and very modern performance as Christ, and Jerome Pradon's Judas Iscariot. This is less of a rock & roll performance to be sure, and far more theatrical along the lines of today's musicals, but that said, these performances are as emotional as they are showy. Say what you will about Webber and his later works and how stirring they are, but never was the music he composed any more emotional and deeply moving as it is here. Whether it's in the performance of "Gethsemane," or of Renee Castle's reading of "I Don't Know How to Love Him," (a song so closely associated with Yvonne Elliman it would almost seem sacrilegious to cover it outside a musical, though many did in the '70s), they come off as honest and convincing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998964525
catalogNumber:
89645

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenn Carter   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Holmes   cast
Ian Thomas   Drums
Peter Adams   Piano,Keyboards
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Paul Keogh   Guitar
Andy Pask   Bass Guitar
Steve Pearce   Bass Guitar
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Michael Small   cast
Tony Vincent   Vocals,cast
Renee Castle   cast
Peter Gallagher   cast
Billy Carter   cast
Frederick Owens   Track Performer
Kevin Wainwright   Vocals,cast
Brian Webster   cast
Matthew Cross   Track Performer
Michael McCarthy   cast
Colin Lainchbury Brown   cast
Simon Lee   Conductor
Philip Cox   Vocals,cast
Shaun Henson   Vocals,cast
Fergus Logan   Vocals,cast
David Wilder   cast
Julian Poole   Percussion
Cavin Cornwall   cast
Kennedy Aitchison   Keyboards
Irene Alano   cast
Rik Mayall   Track Performer,cast
Mark Heenehan   cast
Gerard Bentall   Vocals,cast
Richard Roe   cast
Golda Rosheuvel   Vocals
Nikki Belsher   cast
Mark Adams   Vocals,cast
Darren Charles   cast
Rebecca Parker   cast
Ben Clare   Vocals,cast
Pete Adams   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Cross   cast
Paul Vickers   cast
Michael Shaeffer   Vocals,cast
Jerôme Pradon   Vocals
Garry Cribb   Bass Guitar
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson   Guitar
Grace Anthony   Vocals
Mark Carroll   Vocals,cast
Michael McCarthy   Vocals
Frederick B. Owens   Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Producer,Orchestration
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer
Tim Rice   Lyricist
Paul Willey   Orchestra Leader
Rolf Wilson   Orchestra Leader

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Jesus Christ Superstar (The New Stage Production Soundtrack) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the video of this on PBS and was VERY EXCITED. I immediately bought both the video plus this cd. But I am so disappointed the CD does not have 2 of my favorite cuts - Damned for All Time and This Jesus Must Die, which is the real reason for only a *** rating
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful example of American rock opera's at their best. The biblical interpretation of the life of Jesus Christ is a bit lacking, which constitutes the four out of five stars. So if you want the truely acurate story, read the Bible, Book of Matthew through the Book of Acts. Other than that, I recommend this musical to anyone who appreciates the works and life of Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This production of Jesus Christ Superstar is THE best rock musical with THE best vocal cast. When listening to the songs, you can really tell what the "charactors" might have been feeling at the time of the crusifixtion. I would DEFINETLY recommend this CD and movie to a friend! It's superb!!! The only thing I would add is the song " This Jesus Must Die."
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I read some of the reviews here and I have to make clear that JCS was never meant to be an accurate portray of Jesus' last days according to the Gospels. Think of JCS as loosely based on the Gospels. The creators of the magnificent work meant to show Jesus the man, not Jesus the Son of God. Also, I don't know of any highlights CD's of JCS that contain This Jesus Must Die. Some, I believe, contain Damned for all Time. That said, this is just an amazing rendition of JCS. I remember seeing this on PBS back in 2001 and being just blown away by it. I was all set to be hate it, be super critical of it as I felt nothing could top the 1973 movie or the Original Cast Recording of 1970. Was I wrong! The orchestrations are magnificent. Your heart literally pounds along with the drums in some of the songs, as it was meant to. The vocals are also incredible. Carter and Pardon bring so much emotion to their parts. Just listen to Carter's gut-wrenching Gethsemane! You can feel and see the emotion on the 2001 movie, but to be able to feel it so intensely on a CD is quite an achievement. Also wonderful is Renee Castle as Mary. She shows an array of emotions through her vocals, especially in I Don't Know How to Love Him. In fact, the whole cast is incredible with one exception, I don't care for Rik Mayall's King Herod at all. I only have a few critical things to say about this CD: The whole intro. to Simon Zealots is cut out. Also, a large part of Judas's Death is cut out. I don't understand why they chose to chop these off. Though many fans are critical of Gale Edward's interpretation of the rock opera musically and as the stage production, note that Andrew Lloyd Weber himself stated that her vision of JCS is what he had always envisioned also. This is one of the must-haves in all the various JCS renditions and productions. Also, get the movie these highlights are taken from.
Simnia More than 1 year ago
Wow. I was in the mood for hearing some of these songs again, preferably in new versions, and I obviously chose well: this CD blew me away, gave me goosebumps, had me in tears at points, had me feeling like dancing at other points, and altogether was an all-around high. The songs and orchestration are all suitably close to the original 1971 version, so it carries the same impact as the original, especially in its lush symphonic sound. Some of the vocals aren't as daring, especially on "What's the Buzz?", where the female soloist refrains from the emotional screams of the original. At some points the volume of the background orchestration is suddenly diminished as if a volume knob were turned down, which causes one unfortunately anticlimactic moment at the symphonic end of "Everything's Alright." "Everything's Alright" is otherwise terrific, though. It's slower than the original and throws in some interesting 9th chords to good effect. "Superstar" is also terrific, though the volume on the chorus drops a tiny bit too low, for my taste. "Simon Zealotes" is also terrific. The male vocals of "Pilate's Dream" are way too affected, for my taste. "I Don't Know How to Love Him" ends with the female vocalist virtually crying: very emotional. There are some cool new guitar parts here and there that aren't in the original. If you liked the original album you'll like this album, and vice versa. Disregarding the version, two of these songs are among my top 10-20 songs of all time. Outstanding album in every way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago