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Misses the targets all around...,
This review is from: Jesus Christ Superstar (Audio CD)
What really annoys about this recording is the failure to match up to the material. The work is great - the performance and production is poor to say the least.
So what went wrong? My biggest single criticism is the cast. In the original recordings it sounded as if the singers wanted to be rock stars - now they sound like they want to be in a musical. Mary is particualry poor in this version - she has lost the tenderness and naievety that made the 70s version so likeable. Alice Cooper at least gets the attitude right in his Herod, but I'm just not sure that Herod's Song suits him.
As for the remastered music - well it sounds clunky, and the mix has either faded down or lost some of the wonderful instrumental parts (what happened to the wandering guitar that thread its way through Jesus Must Die?).
I'm off to look for an earlier version. It may not be as digital, but hopefully it will have the soul of the piece.