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Godspell - 2001 Revival Cast a [Cast Recording]

Soundtrack/Cast Album Audio CD
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1. Opening
2. Tower Of Babble
3. Prepare Ye
4. Save The People
5. Day By Day
6. Learn Your Lessons Well
7. Bless The Lord
8. All For The Best
9. All Good Gifts
10. Light Of The World
11. Beautiful City
12. Turn Back, O Man
13. Alas For You
14. By My Side
15. We Beseech Thee
16. Day By Day (Reprise)
17. On The Willows
18. Finale

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Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair are often named as the two best "rock musicals," but Stephen Schwartz's Godspell--which opened off-Broadway in 1971 and on Broadway five years later--is, for many people, a sentimental favorite. The musical style involves consistently catchy pop and is inspirational without being preachy. Instead of presenting a linear narrative, the book is made up of a succession of vignettes illustrating biblical parables through a hippy prism--making it particularly easy to adapt and update. Directed by Schwartz's son Scott, this touring production (including new lyrics by Schwartz senior) is set in a hi-tech environment and incorporates references to video monitors and computers (which form an electronic crucifix). This revival is sometimes marred by weird arrangements (new orchestrations have been made by Alex Lacamoire)--as with the quasi drum & bass beat on "Tower of Babble" or the metallish guitar licks on "Save the People." Still, the performance presents an exuberantly youthful cast and is highly energetic. To hear an equally upbeat but less aggressive update of the show, you might want to check out the 2000 Off-Broadway cast recording. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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3.0 out of 5 stars Its PRETTY good Feb. 15 2009
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Well, this version of Godspell will never be as good as the movie version not the original off b. way cast recording. I was dissapointed in some of the songs on here. Some of it is too techno and out there for my taste. After reding some of the other reviews, I felt a bit miss led. However, if you like Godspell, I guess its worth having in your collection!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only useful as a curiosity Feb. 7 2007
Format:Audio CD
This may be worth a listen if you're a big fan of Godspell and want to hear an attempt to update the music to modern times. They've really changed the mood of a lot of the songs on this one. In my opinion, less than half of them actually work - and some are really awful. The worst being what they did to 'Turn Back O Man'. On the bright side, there's some cool techno beats behind the Prologue, nice guitar riff in 'Save the People', heavy-metal approach to 'Alas for You' works well vocally but I don't like the droning guitar chords, and a nice take on 'We Beseech Thee'. All good voices in the cast.

But nothing here actually improves on the original. So it's a nice curiosity piece if you're a big Godspell fan, but if you're looking for just one recording of the show - go for the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new and inviting music June 29 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful start for new people coming into the musical theatre scene. I am a friend of one of the persons on this cd and having him tell me stories of them on tour is a pure treat. along with listening to it is truly a great experience and a wonderufl way to get hooked on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific soundtrack! Dec 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing Godspell for the first time last month when it was performed by my daughter's high school theater troupe ( Shades Valley High School troupe #398.) It was wonderful and for the most part their performance was modeled after this particular version of the musical. The songs on this CD are full of life and energy. Especially enjoyable are "Tower of Babble" and "All for the Best." We did purchase one other version from the seventies but it had more of a folksy air to it and was basically very bland. This version will have you singing along and tapping your feet long after the music has stopped!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good look July 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
being very familiar with this show - i've seen it a few times and just finished performing it (as "jeffrey") - i was pleased to see another revival of godspell out on the market. i have to admit, at first it didn't strongly catch my attention. the opening is cool - it blends instrumentals from "day by day" with "finale" and a couple of other things. "tower of babble" falters - the techno/dance beat just didn't do it for me. from there on, though, the reworking is nearly perfect. an interesting approach on "bless the lord", where they chose to tone it down a bit and make it groove a little more (compare that to the original), and it came out sounding great. "light of the world" has a sort of funk-bass groove to it, and the harmonies on the chorus ("so let your light...") are excellent. they chose to put "beautiful city" at the beginning of the second act (great place for it), as well as make it rock out a lot more and add in the entire cast (when i did it, it was slow, almost remorseful, with just jesus, and was put right before the last supper). that changed my view of that song altogether. "we beseech thee" is done to a gospel-type style, and it works perfectly (compare that to the hoedown-ish original and 2000's reggae mix). and as always, "finale" is energetic and emotional.
seriously, my only complaint is "tower of babble". besides that, the cast and musicians managed to update "godspell" to rock out, while still preserving all the meaning of the text. i'd recommend buying the 2000 version alongside this one, especially if you're as obsessed with this show as i am! good work, guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An update with freshness and power June 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
This version of Godspell really shows that it is more than a classic musical in the sense of Oklahoma, but a timeless work of art that can be stylistically reworked and still carry astonishing power. For the most part, this version stays true to the original where needed ("All for the Best") while bringing some of the songs fully into the 21st century with the wonderful work of an outstanding band ("Bless the Lord", "All Good Gifts", "Light of the World"). Even in the songs that exhibited little change benefit from the outstanding backing musicians. The arrangement of "We Beseech Thee" as a revival style number is stunning as well. The only dissapointment is with the updated version of "Turn Back O Man" which really should be done in the style of the original.
I highly recommend this CD to anyone who loves Godspell and wants to hear it brought up to date.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Messing with a classic March 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
The promise of a complete score plus new orchestrations made me get this - and what a let down. New orchestrations are one thing, but they have been made to the total detrement of the score. Instead of the moving, gentle and good-natured original, which still managed to turn up the rock power when needed, everything here is smoothed out and funked up, having neither the power nor the feeling to convey much of anything. The voices are on the whole annoying and squashed-sounding and the Tower of Babble sequence is just noise. Avoid this one and buy the movie soundtrack instead!
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