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Superstar Soundtrack [Cast Recording, Soundtrack]

Movie Soundtrack , Webber Andrew Lloyd Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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1. Overture - Shaun Henson/Mark Carroll/Nick Holmes/Perry Douglin/Stuart De La Mere/Billy Carter...
2. Heaven On Their Minds - Jerome Pradon
3. What's The Buzz?/Strange Thing, Mystifying - Matthew Cross/Kevin Curtin/Paul Vickers/Mykal Rand/Paul Keating/Gerard Bentall/Grant Anthony...
4. Everything's Alright - Renee Castle/Jerome Pradon/Glenn Carter
5. Hosanna - Frederick B. Owens/Glenn Carter
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
10. The Last Supper - Matthew Cross/Kevin Curtin/Paul Vickers/Mykal Rand/Paul Keating/Gerard Bentall/Grant Anthony...
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
14. Judas' Death - Jerome Pradon/Michael Shaeffer/Frederick B. Owens
15. Trial Before Pilate (Including The 39 Lashes) - Fred Johanson/Frederick B. Owens/Glenn Carter
16. Superstar - Jerome Pradon
17. Crucifixion - Glenn Carter
18. John Nineteen: Forty-One - Glenn Carter/Jerome Pradon/Renee Castle/Fred Johanson/Rik Mayall/Frederick B. Owens...

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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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Format:Audio CD
I have to admit, I love this cd now. There are two critical problems with it, one of which is resolvable. The first problem is that Jerome's Judas is confusing at first. You don't know whether to love the voice or hate it. When you hear the album on your second or third time, however, you realize that his voice is actually a good counterpoint to the voices of Tony's Simon and Renee's Mary. A strong reason to buy this cd is that you finally get a Jesus (Glenn) who has the strength to actually convince.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly incomplete May 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I own this on DVD and love it. It's one of my favorite versions of JCS.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good play can be good forever. May 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Timeless... That's what I thought of Jesus Christ Superstar when I first saw it in the seventies with Ted Neely. I had not had the chance to see anyone bring it back to life convincingly, though. Until I saw this version. Rik Mayall's almost stoic hilariousness conveys exactly the thoughts in King Herod's mind, a cynic to the core, jealous of popularity and hoping to be convinced. The role of Pilate is superbly convincing, from the harshness during Jesus's first trial to the heart-broken man looking for a way to save a life that is obviously filled with some power he himself knows, after a dream he had, will place him in history books as the villain.Caiaphas is solid and dark, Annas is just plain scary (which is the idea, I believe), Judas could NOT have had a better actor (Jerome Pradon is simply brilliant in his role)... and well, what can ANYBODY really say about Glenn Carter? Some people say he was a bit lacking in character, but to me he conveyed the necessary mellowness or strength whenever needed, not to mention his awsome voice. The only objection I have in regards to this revival is the bland role of Mary Magdalene. There's so much more one can do with her lead songs, and Renee Castle seemed to lack both voice AND expression. But otherwise, this deserves a thumbs up in all the other directions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The very epidemy of OVERACTING Jan. 1 2004
By jack
Format:Audio CD
I bought this recording as well as the video of the same production for ths simple reason of showing people how NOT to present this show. the vocals are horrid Glen Carter makes me laugh all throughout his performence but mostly in Gethsemane, he turned what could be one of the greatest ballads ever written into a joke. jerome pradon was vocally amazing however he made up for it with his acting in the movie, he even said that the part was out of his range in a interview. the real person to blame for this sickening piece of crap is Gale Edwards...he did not understand the idea of JCE on bit...he has no understanding of symbolisim or character...he encouraged the characters to simply wear their emotions on their sleves, which i can blame for some of the horrible performences, but not all. also in the temple scene the most annoying thing i have ever scene on film was present...an oversized Papermache missle was being used as a prop in a PROFESSIONAL production. it made me laugh. rene castle was putrid as mary...her overdramatic "inturpertation" of i don't know how to love him was basically her crying while TRYING to sing. if you ever want to know what someone means when they say overacting...then buy this...otherwise dont waste your money. bye any other recording...and i mean any other. anything is better than this even the idigo girls version
THAT IS ALL
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'M NOT SURE...
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 more
Published on July 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST since the original, if not better!!!!
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 more
Published on June 23 2004 by lunasera
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, and Barry Dennen?
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 more
Published on June 20 2004 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Right Jesus, Wrong Cast
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 more
Published on April 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best JC Superstar
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 more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Ash
3.0 out of 5 stars WORST MARY AND JUDAS!
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
Published on Sept. 28 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst Judas... ever.
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 more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Eric B. Ebert
4.0 out of 5 stars Another addition to a library of a masterpiece...
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 more
Published on Aug. 14 2003 by "bald_lex_luthor"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little too polished
I was very excited when this new version became available. I bought the CD first and upon first listen was very disappointed. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Kevin Patrick Hill
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