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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2005
I love this soundtrack,it is superb. I grew up on the songs from this musical and so this has a special place in my heart.
It's true that in a couple of places the sound quality muffles a little but remember it was recorded 30 or so years ago.
The main point i would like to make is that listening to the movie recordings of these songs for most of my life, and seeing three different theatre productions of this musical in my lifetime, the movie interpretations and singers are by far SUPERIOR to any actor/stage/singer that i have yet witnessed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each time watching this live in a theatre, but the quality of singing on this soundtrack is of the highest calibre and delivered with massive emotion.
Watch the 1973 version yourself and witness Carl Anderson as Judas, Ted Neeley as Jesus and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdelene.
Their renditions of these songs still bring a tear to my eye as they are sung with such passion, depth and soul.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This is the definative JC Superstar. The casting is perfect and the talent of the vocalists is unparalelled. Jesus, Judas and Kiafas are particularly good. I recently bought the stage version DVD, although it is excellent, it pales next to this soundtrack. Money well spent!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 June 2007
Over the years there have been many cast recordings of Jesus Christ Superstar but without a doubt this is the best. Apart from the fact that these portrayals of Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene (Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman) are my favourites, and you can't beat the film for passion and emotion, this is the most complete version of Jesus Christ Superstar as it not only includes all the songs from the stage show but the additional songs written for the film itself, including my personal favourite, "Could we start again please". I agree with other reviewers that I'd heard better sound quality from "remastered" CDs but even so, it's well worth the money and I'm delighted with it. A worthy companion to the DVD - brilliant.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2000
Okay- where do I begin? Well, for a start, this claims to be a remastered version of the soundtrack, though you'd hardly guess upon hearing it, as some points throughout the music sound a little murky- hardly what you'd expect from a remastered edition. But nonetheless, the music still stands out. This version of the score is probably one of the best around- with Andre Previn conducting you are assured some treats! The orchestra sound absolutely amazing, and yet the rock rhythm tracks still stand out. The singers, however, are another story. The best out of the whole lot, as i'm sure everyone will agree, is Yvonne Elliman, who is simply THE Magdalene. Her voice is too wonderful to describe. Dennen and Anderson are next in line, as Pilate and Judas respectively- they have fine voices and act the music as much as they sing it. Ted Neeley, however, is simply far too weak a Jesus to be thoroughly convincing, though as a singer, he can pass it off. Mostel as Herod is the WORST thing on this c.d.- his Herod is high- HIGH- camp, which seriously mars this devine show. I always skip his track. Lloyd Webber improved on his orchestrations for this version, which creates some wonderful effects- especially on "Pilate's Dream". He and Rice also wrote a new song for the film- "Then we are decided", which was only ever used in the movie- a shame, because it creates a new dimension for the characters Caiaphas and Annas. The one thing that's missing from the movie is the reprise of "Everything's alright", which in the movie became this exceptionally beautiful orchestral sequence that lead into "I don't know how to love him"- this is missing from the recording. A real shame! Musically, i'd say that this has to be one of the best versions around. Singer- wise, it has it's ups, but it has more downs, as the chorus' are often a little bit much to listen too- screaching in places, out of tune almost in others. If you had to choose which Superstar to buy, then remember this- this is wonderful orchestrally, and his some excellent singers, but the best version, singer-wise, whith a more talented cast (except for Mary- you can't beat Elliman), is the new 1996 version- it's cast are wonderful, though the orchestra sounds weak when compared to the film version. So I recommend you buy the movie and 1996 version (Steve Balsamo is Amazing as Nazareth! ). Happy listening...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2015
The sound quality in this recording is so ridiculously low that it's hard to believe that it was allowed to be released in this condition. The engineers and producers should be ashamed of themselves. This is a so called remaster of the original, but the improvement is non existing. Behind this wooly sound are some really great performances but it's almost impossible to hear them. Are the masters damaged? Or is it just a lazy piece of remastering? Someone needs to do something about this, it's an embarrassment. Recordings from the 1930's sound better than this. Get the old vinyl version instead, it's slightly better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2014
As far as I'm concerned this is the best cast of singers for this piece. I remember seeing the film when I was in my teens and it literally blew me away. If you have never seen it, get onto you tube and treat yourself. And then buy the movie, and then the soundtrack. One of the best musicals ever written, and these are the best people ever to sing the songs. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2014
I have a few different versions of this musical, but this movie soundtrack was the first I ever heard/saw, and has always been my favourite. How Ted Neely reaches those high notes without his head exploding is a wonder in itself! Listen to this album, and then buy the movie. Give your eyes the same joy you will have given your ears.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2004
I was brought up on this film and soundtrack and I was thrilled they have brought out a re-mastered version. All of the actors personify who they are portraying and it shows in the music.
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on 6 February 2014
I remember seeing the film back in the 70s and listening to the soundtrack brought back memories and encouraged singing along in the car! I think as an over all piece the earlier album only version with Ian Gillan as Jesus is probably better but Carl Anderson as Judas and Yvonne Elliman, Mary are brilliant!
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An early high-point from Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice before their rapid and vapid descent into cloying sentimentality and 'Brand' musicals.

The musicality of the tunes and direct nature of the lyrics are striking.

The pair of them never made better than this, and that should be enough.
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