Jesus Christ Superstar [1996 Studio Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This recording of Jesus Christ Superstar is based on the 1996 London stage revival, but it is not billed as a revival cast album because it does not feature all the members of the stage cast; the primary difference is that Alice Cooper has been brought in to sing "King Herod's Song." This is, therefore, technically a "studio cast" recording. It benefits, however, from the stage experience of principals Steve Balsamo Jesus Christ, Zubin Varla Judas Iscariot, and Joanna Ampil Mary Magdalene. Also, it was made under the personal supervision of the authors: composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice are listed as co-producers along with Nigel Wright, and it was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This recording of Jesus Christ Superstar is based on the 1996 London stage revival, but it is not billed as a revival cast album because it does not feature all the members of the stage cast; the primary difference is that Alice Cooper has been brought in to sing "King Herod's Song." This is, therefore, technically a "studio cast" recording. It benefits, however, from the stage experience of principals Steve Balsamo Jesus Christ, Zubin Varla Judas Iscariot, and Joanna Ampil Mary Magdalene. Also, it was made under the personal supervision of the authors: composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice are listed as co-producers along with Nigel Wright, and it was released by Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Records. As such, it is basically a re-creation of the original version with a new cast. Balsamo and Varla bring the appropriate heavy metal-style vocal bravado to their roles, and the music holds up well. Like the 1992 studio cast album released on RCA Victor, this version contains the added song "Could We Start Again Please?" But there have been so many versions of Jesus Christ Superstar since its original 1970 recording that there's not much a new one can offer, especially one as faithful as this. Of course, it may hold a special interest to people who saw the 1996 London production, which is probably why it was recorded in the first place, and why it was not released at the time in the U.S. In the spring of 2000, with a Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar on the boards, it was suddenly put out stateside with no indication of what it was, which might have fooled potential buyers into thinking it was taken from the new Broadway production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 731453373525
  • Catalog Number: 533735
  • Sales rank: 42,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:14)
  2. 2 Heaven on Their Minds (4:13)
  3. 3 Medley (4:07)
  4. 4 Everything's Alright (4:35)
  5. 5 This Jesus Must Die (3:35)
  6. 6 Hosanna (2:53)
  7. 7 Medley (5:11)
  8. 8 Pilate's Dream (1:31)
  9. 9 The Temple (4:41)
  10. 10 Everything's Alright (0:28)
  11. 11 I Don't Know How to Love Him (3:32)
  12. 12 Medley (5:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Last Supper (7:38)
  2. 2 Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) (5:23)
  3. 3 The Arrest (3:19)
  4. 4 Peter's Denial (1:28)
  5. 5 Pilate and Christ (2:41)
  6. 6 King Herod's Song (3:02)
  7. 7 Could We Start Again, Please? (2:46)
  8. 8 Judas' Death (4:30)
  9. 9 Trial Before Pilate (Including the 39 Lashes) (6:02)
  10. 10 Superstar (3:58)
  11. 11 Crucifixion (3:25)
  12. 12 John Nineteen: Forty-One (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice Cooper Vocals
Peter Adams Piano
Dave Burt Vocals
Fridrik Karlsson Guitar
Paul Keogh Guitar
Andrew Lynwood Keyboards
Steve Pearce Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Ralph Salmins Drums, Snare Drums
Peter Gallagher Vocals
Keith Fairbairn Percussion
Simon Lee Choir Master
Joanna Ampil Vocals
Steve Balsamo Vocals
Zubin Varla Vocals
Jonathan Hart Vocals
Mike Dixon Conductor
Glenn Carter Vocals
David Burt Vocals
Michael Dixon Conductor
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Robin Sellars Engineer
John Waller Co-Coordinator
Nigel Wright Producer
Tim Rice Lyricist, Producer
Anne Skates Choir Contractor
Barry Woodward Mastering
Steve Rooke Remastering
Mike Dixon Musical Supervision
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