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  • Audio CD (Jan. 9 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B000055T3P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description


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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By A Customer on July 24 2003
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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Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of "Godspell" for about 10 year now. Not too long after I first saw it, I bought the Original Cast Recording, and I've been enjoying it ever since. So I was very hesitant to buy this version. Boy, am I ever glad I did.
Without changing the songs in any significant way, the producers make the show feel contemporary with new arrangements and orchestration, not like it's stuck in the 1970's. I was able to sing along the first time through, while experiencing the musical in a whole new way. It's actually changed my opinion on several songs, most noticeably "Beautiful City" and "Turn Back, O Man."
I was also glad to get the "Prologue" and "Tower of Babble" songs. As far as I know, this is the only recording of these songs, and it's nice to have all the songs for this musical. I was also glad to see "We Beseech Thee" since it's one of my favorites.
This CD hasn't replaced my Original Cast Recording CD. But it's a great addition, and I'm glad I've added it to my collection. If you're a fan of this musical, buy this CD today and enjoy a classic with a modern feel.
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is, without a doubt, the worst recording of this musical. I will even tolerate the opera guy in the original off-broadway recording than this piece of junk. Here are my reasons for not liking this CD.
1. All of the cast is majorly off beat with the music. It sounds like a train wreck.
2. There is the feeling of excitement, but no feeling of hurt (in the finale) and other places.
3. Half of the people can not stay on key. They always go falt and sharp...which drives me off the ricter scale.
4. The orchestration are atrocious. It doesn't even sound like "Godspell" anymore.
Please do not buy this. IF you want an amazing recording that is close to the heart of the original Godspell, get the 2000 off-broadway cast. The woman who sings "Bless the Lord" is amazing. She sounds like the Christina Aguilera of the musical genre. Get the 2000 recording instead of this junk. Please. Don't torture your ears as I have.
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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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I saw this show during its tour, and I loved it! It was funny, moving, and the music was excellent! When I got the CD, I was ready to go back and relive that experience. I did, and it's been great. I love this CD, always have, unlike the 2000 Off-Broadway Cast album, which I now love, but took some time to get used to. Unlike most peoples opinion of this, I love it, because it is so entertaining, and appeals to the younger generation of "Godspell" fans. My complaints are that sometimes you don't feel like the casts heart-and-soul are in their singing. During the "Finale," Jesus (Joe) doesn't seem like he's in pain when we sings "Oh God, I'm dying." But the major plus sides are to the BEAUTIFUL renditions of "All Good Gifts" and "By My Side," which are both my favorite of all verions I've heard. Also, "Beautiful City," which just makes you want to praise God! This is a GREAT CD, a good companion to the 2000 Off-Broadway Cast. Get both. You won't be disappointed by either!
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