Superstar Soundtrack Cast Recording, Soundtrack
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|4. Everything's Alright - Renee Castle/Jerome Pradon/Glenn Carter|
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|6. Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem - Tony Vincent/Glenn Carter|
|7. Pilate's Dream - Fred Johanson|
|8. The Temple - Glenn Carter|
|9. I Don't Know How To Love Him - Renee Castle|
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|11. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) - Glenn Carter|
|12. King Herod's Song - Rik Mayall|
|13. Could We Start Again, Please? - Renee Castle/Cavin Cornwall|
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Jesus Christ Superstar has been the definitive rock musical ever since its 1972 stage premiere in London. Revived to great acclaim in the late 1990s, it has everything you'd expect from a blockbuster: great songs, strong characterization, and, crucially, a cracking good story. This release is based on the 1998 London production (also available on video and DVD). For the revival, director Gale Edwards pulls few punches in her efforts to draw a modern interpretation from a gifted cast. Pilate's cronies are sinister Darth Vader look-alikes. The whole thing has a hard, brutal edge, which both startles and thrills. And anyone who dismisses musicals as lightweight confections could do worse than look at the way Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice treat Judas: this is a complex, well-written role. The performances are largely excellent: Jerome Pradon's Judas shines, and Renee Castle's Mary reinvents "I Don't Know How to Love Him" as a delicate exploration of her dilemma, far removed from its usual overblown treatment. Rik Mayall's relentlessly mugging Herod is less of a bonus than he would like us to believe, but he will doubtless appeal to his fans. And the quality of Glenn Carter's singing in the title role makes up for a slight deficiency in the charisma department. --Piers Ford
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There is, of course, the matter of the deleted songs, which is the second critical flaw.
Blood money is important to the treachery, and it draws deeply on the psychology of Judas to get its point across. Losing it was a big mistake. The same can be said of the extremely short Peter's denial. There is another song which is used only once, but it's vital to understanding the position of the priests. That song would be, not "Jesus must die," which should have been used, but "Then we are decided." A duet/debate between Ciaphas and his assistant. This song, more clearly than anything, states the precise position of the priests and why Jesus must die. I imagine that it's not used because it's shoehorned between "Strange thing, mystifying" and "Everything's all right." But still, it humanizes the priests to a degree noticably absent from the show.
To clarify: Could we start again, (my personal favorite of the songs in the show) was NOT in the original production, but it was quickly added. This was a good thing, because Mary is noticably absent from the second act of the show, her only inclusion being telling Peter off for his denial. This song resolves that issue.Read more ›
Imagine my disappointment when I learned of several omissions from the soundtrack, including:
* Jesus Must Die
* Damned for All Time/Blood Money
* Arrest/Peter's Denial
* Pilate and Christ
Jesus Must Die, in particular, is so inegral to the plot that I cannot believe it was cut. I would much preferred that 'Could We Start Again, Please' or even the Overture had been cut.
Glenn Carter is a moderately strong Jesus, but his voice lacks strength in his upper range.
Jerone Pradon is a brilliant Judas, and Renee Castle is a perfectly acceptable Mary Magdalene. (She has excellent stage presence, to fully appreciate her, you need to view this production). Likeiwise, Tony Vincent is a stellar Simon.
One of my favorite things about this production is Frederick B. Owen's Caiaphas, but unfortunately, due to the missing 'Jesus Must Die', his role is cut sadly brief.
If you want a full recording, I recommend the 1996 London Cast recording instead.
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I BOUGHT THIS CD WHEN I SAW IT ON BROADWAY. I SAW THE VIDEO WAY BEFORE I HEARD THIS. I MISSED THIS JESUS MUST DIE, ARREST, PILATE AND CHRIST, AND ALL THE REST. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
If you haven't seen this version on DVD - quick go find it! It's so good that you end up loving this recording just as much. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by lunasera
Is this the best recording of JCS? I think not. Glenn Carter had an extremely tough task taking on the role of Jesus yet his arrogance got in the way. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Mark
I was lucky enough to see Glenn Carter play Jesus in London in 1997 along with Ramon Tikaram as Judas. It was the most amazing version of this show that I've ever seen. Read morePublished on April 4 2004
I read reviews from people who have given this CD one or two stars. Call it nostalgia, if you will, you can safely ignore their opinions because they are similar to those who... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Ash
Ok, Mary Magdalene .. and Judas in this "new" stage production
ARE HORRIBLE! .....no offesne but Judas is Whiney and Mary cant sing her way out of a paper bag if she... Read more
I won't waste time picking out all of the faults with this CD, DVD and production in general. I've discovered that peoples' opinions of Jesus Christ Superstar are like their... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2003 by Eric B. Ebert
Arguably the one of the greatest (certainly, the most controversial) works of either Andrew Lloyd Webber OR Tim Rice is the conception and the creation of Jesus Christ Superstar. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003