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Jesus Christ Superstar Original recording remastered, Soundtrack


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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • ASIN: B0083S3M9C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Heaven On Their Minds
3. What's The Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying
4. Everything's Alright
5. This Jesus Must Die
6. Hosanna
7. Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem
8. Pilate's Dream
9. The Temple
10. Everything's Alright
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Last Supper
2. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)
3. The Arrest
4. Peter's Denial
5. Pilate And Christ
6. King Herod's Song (Try It And See)
7. Judas's Death
8. Trial Before Pilate
9. Superstar
10. The Crucifixion
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Remastered version of Jesus Christ Superstar, the seminal, genre-defining rock album written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The album was the starting point of the Jesus Christ Superstar phenomenon and spawned the now world famous theatrical stage show and Hollywood film.

Featuring a long list of legendary musicians, the album has renowned rock vocalist and Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan voicing the part of Jesus, platinum selling solo artist Murray Head as Judas Iscariot and the inimitable Yvonne Elliman in the role of Mary Magdalene. Originally released in 1970, the album achieved huge global fame, most notably in the United States where it went to Number 1 on the Billboard Album Chart, keeping other seminal records by George Harrison and Led Zeppelin off the top spot and going on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide.

The release comes in the wake of the recording’s 40th anniversary, and with an ITV and Andrew Lloyd Webber show to search for a performer to play Jesus in a UK arena tour.

Jesus Christ Superstar portrays the story of the last seven days of Christ’s life leading up to his crucifixion, with hit songs such as "Superstar", "I Don’t Know How To Love Him", "Heaven On Their Minds" and "Hosanna". Recorded in 1969, the album has since become recognised by many as one of the first rock concept albums. As well as having some of the era’s most prominent vocalists, the record also features a number of legendary rock music session musicians such as Neil Hubbard (Bryan Ferry, BB King, Elton John), Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, John Cale), Alan Spenner (Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton) and Bruce Rowland (Paul McCartney’s Wings, Fairport Convention).

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
From the outset you realise this is not a sanitised West End version of this amazing rock opera but instead is a true raw collection of songs, missing at least one suggary song that was later added to the show to make it more accesible.
Great melodies, base lines and performances by mike D'Abo and (I think) a cameo by Gary Glitter, before he was famous then infamous, as a priest.
This version is not a musical, its a '60's Rock album.Stamp your feet and get the air guitar out.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Godden on 17 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
A classic version recorded with a cast that never appeared on stage.
On notable inclusion is Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple) as Jesus. He was given this role after Tim Rice heard Child In Time (off In Rock) and decided to approach Gillan as opposed to Robert Plant for the role.
A rare piece of Gillanrebillia
Dave Godden
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Annette Yates on 6 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have owned this recording on vinyl since the 70s and was glad to finally update to CD. I agree with the other reviewers, adding only that while Gillan's Jesus is outstanding (rivalled only by Steve Balsamo in recent years), it's Murray Head's Judas that is the exceptional vocal performance, and never really bettered by any since.

PS: If you're considering the latest cast recording featuring Steve Balsamo, one of the highlights is Alice Cooper's Herod. Priceless!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Ott on 16 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
You may have heard many different versions of Jesus christ superstar (or seen the musicals from 1970 and 2000), but this original Double-Disk album remains the best, in my opinion.
The orchestration and the singers -who were not that brilliant in the musical(s)- are simply perfect.

From the later number of tracks only "Could We Star Again Please?" and "Then We Are Decided" (sadly) are missing.

Still, usting it off some months ago, I started listening to it again. Actually, I have not stopped yet.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sue Scott on 16 July 2012
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Having seen and heard most of the versions of this tremendous musical, this is by a long shot, the very best. I bought this album originally having heard it at a friends and have been mesmerised by it every since. I have the London cast version and have seen the movie, but they are not a patch on the sensitive, heartfelt, emotion packed interpretation of this amazing cast of disparate musicians and singers. It is the music that really matters and because these performers were unhampered by how they looked or danced or acted, they can put their whole heart and soul into their performance. As this musical is so incredible, it will be fantastic whoever performs it, provided they are professionals, but if you want to appreciate the full depth and meaning of the music and words, this has to be the one you keep and treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fi on 25 July 2012
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I had the vinyl of this many years ago and this is the exact CD of it. It is a great soundtrack, brilliant singing and the quality of the recording still holds up today. It arrived very quickly also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mccoll on 3 Nov 2012
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I recently went to see the new arena show of JCS and was reminded of how good the songs are. Whilst the performances in the show left me somewhat undewhelmed (Yes, Mel C I mean you)this album brought back memories of the original production which was superb.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Phillips on 17 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a teenager I was lent the original LP version of this musical and I freely admit I kept it and never returned it. I have listened to many many recordings of JCS by many varied revered artists but in my opinion this is by far the very very best version ever laid down. I am delighted to see that this version is being re released with the Superstar logo on, I had to purchase a cd version from Canada. Does the rerelease in light of the tv show suggest that this is in fact the ultimate version. Maybe so. Ian Gillan is simply superb as Jesus, his rendition of Gethsemane is unparalleled. Murray Head is superb as Judas and Yvonne Elliman as Mary without peer. If you are buying a version of the masterly piece of rock opera then make it this one, you will not be disappointed - just do not lend it out!
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