Jesus Christ Superstar [A Decca Broadway Original Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice set several precedents with this album. First, it is a pre-stage studio version, and it topped the US charts upon release. Second, it is the first show to successfully put rock music in a theatrical context (Hair is really a pop/show-music pastiche, not rock). Third, it is a "sung-through" musical without spoken dialog, technically an operetta. Fourth, though musicals had turned more serious at this point, writing a show about Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas was about as daring as you could get. It succeeds in all ways. In addition to the title song (a #14 hit sung by Murray Head), it includes "I Don't Know How to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice set several precedents with this album. First, it is a pre-stage studio version, and it topped the US charts upon release. Second, it is the first show to successfully put rock music in a theatrical context (Hair is really a pop/show-music pastiche, not rock). Third, it is a "sung-through" musical without spoken dialog, technically an operetta. Fourth, though musicals had turned more serious at this point, writing a show about Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas was about as daring as you could get. It succeeds in all ways. In addition to the title song (a #14 hit sung by Murray Head), it includes "I Don't Know How to Love Him" by Yvonne Elliman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 044006773421
  • Catalog Number: 067734
  • Sales rank: 45,274

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Yvonne Elliman Vocals, cast
Ted Neeley Choir, Chorus
Jane Powell Choir, Chorus
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes Choir, Chorus
Steve Bell Vocals
Bob Bingham Vocals, cast
Kay Cole Choir, Chorus
Dennis Cooley Choir, Chorus
Charlotte Crossley Choir, Chorus
Jeff Fenholt Vocals, cast
Nathan Morris Choir, Chorus
Cecilia Norfleet Choir, Chorus
Ben Vereen Vocals, cast
Billy Windsor Choir, Chorus
Samuel E. Wright Choir, Chorus, cast
Marc Pressel Conductor
Barry Dennen Vocals, cast
Bonnie Schon Choir, Chorus
Kurt Yaghjian Choir, Chorus
Angelita Rios Choir, Chorus
Paul Ainsley Vocals, cast
Laura Michaels Choir, Chorus
Dennis Buckley Choir, Chorus
Anita Morris Choir, Chorus
Pi Douglass Choir, Chorus
Tonya Gardner Choir, Chorus
Paul Sylvan Choir, Chorus
Michael Meadows Vocals
Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Ensemble cast
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Orchestration
Elvin Campbell Remixing
Frank Laico Engineer
Tim Rice Lyricist
Marc Pressel Music Direction
Mark Omann Mastering
Peter Filichia Liner Notes
Brian Drutman Producer, Reissue Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like it...

    This was my first exposure to JCS back in the early 70s, when this album appeared. I wish the entire show was included, but it isn't. The performances were all strong, especially Barry Dennen as Pilate. His performance is exceptional, better than on the original release and the mmovie soundtrack. Yvonne Elliman is lovely as always, with a great performance as Mary M...Jeff Fenholt's Jesus Christ is great; probably not as strong a performance as Ian Gillan in the original record, but much much better than the movie's Jesus, Ted Neely. Funny, because Ted is in the chorus on this Broadway release. Fenholt does an amazing job on 'Gethsemane'. All in all, a good recording from an able cast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jesus Christ Superstar [Decca 2003 Reissue]

    Wow. This is not very good. I know they can do better. I love Jesus Christ Superstar, but this one just wasn't very good at all. A few of these people did a nice job, but I wouldn't reccomend this CD to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jesus Christ Superstar [Decca 2003 Reissue]

    OK. They're missing some of the best songs from JCSS! Also, the music isn't good at all. I've heard much, much better versions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jesus Christ Superstar [Decca 2003 Reissue]

    It was ok, but I don't enjoy listening to it. Some of the songs like King Herod's Song where extremely wierd. Also, when the music was supposed to be intense, it was more dainty and happy with flutes and stuff. I was dissapointed with this CD. The play was so good, and they made it look awful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't wait

    I loved it the first time around> I can't wait to replace my worn out record album with this CD!

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