Jesus Christ Superstar (Original Studio Recording)
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
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Not the movie sound track---
Jesus Christ Superstar had an interesting history. First released as an album in 1970 w/ Ian Gillian singing the part of Jesus and Murray Head as Judas Iscariot. This appears to be that album. There is also a movie soundtrack (1973) w/ Ted Neely as Jesus and Carl Anderson as Judas Iscariot. I believe there are additional songs/interludes in the movie not included here. There *may* be a Broadway cast album with Jeff Feinholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas. I have never seen or heard that album. Of the albums I know to exist, the best is the movie soundtrack.
This is the original recording
This is the original recording, the BenVereen thing is a typo. This was released before Weber started writing plays. This is where he started. Ben Vereen was the original Judas on Broadway but Murray Head was the one who first recorded it. Many of this cast did play the roles on Broadway and in the movie, Barry Dennen played Pilate, Yvonne Elliman was Mary. Ted Neeley was Jesus in the movie and Carl Anderson was Judas. While both recordings were extrordinary I am a bigger fan of the Movie sound track as there seemed to be more feeling in the performances and I liked the arrangments better. I hope Itunes makes that sound track available very soon.
Jesus Christ Superstar ~ The Rock Opera vs. The Movie
I thank Webber & Rice for 2 things: My initial curiosity about God In The Blessed Trinity & (aside from The Beatles & early Grand Funk Railroad) my decision to become a professional musician, 25 years & counting. I also try to walk with God daily, along with my family, & I thank JCS for kick-starting my conversion. I think Ian Gillan was one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. Who could scream with such authority ( you'd be hard pressed to detect a phony falsetto sound, even though that's how he did them) & emit such a beautiful, even paced vibrato while doing so? NOBODY!! He gives me goose bumps to this day to hear his every scream on JCS. This is one of the reasons Webber & Rice pleaded with him to continue the broadway role, however, he was making too much $ at the time with Deep Purple. The movie came out well after the opera, & though Ted Neeley did an excellent job (along with the rest of the cast) his thin, falsetto sounding screams paled to the rock solid bellowing of Ian Gillan. In my opinion, Webber & Rice outdid themselves with this masterpiece of a production, & I did not find it offensive to our Lord, who, even in the movie, maintained His Innocence in keeping with the requirements of The Ultimately Pure Sacrifice that needed be, in order to save our miserable, selfish cans!
Born: March 22, 1948 in London, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s