Various, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice – Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) [2021, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Various, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice - Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) [2021, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]

Various, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice – Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) [2021, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res]
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Label: UMC | Genre: Rock Opera, Classical

Jesus Christ Superstar started life as a most improbable concept album from an equally unlikely label, Decca Records, which had not, until then, been widely known for groundbreaking musical efforts. It was all devised by then 21-year-old composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and 25-year-old lyricist Tim Rice. Jesus Christ Superstar had been conceived as a stage work, but lacking the funds to get it produced, the two collaborators instead decided to use an album as the vehicle for introducing the piece, a fairly radical rock/theater hybrid about the final days in the life of Jesus as seen from the point of view of Judas. If its content seemed daring (and perhaps downright sacrilegious), the work, a “sung-through” musical echoing operatic and oratorio traditions, was structurally perfect for an album; just as remarkable as its subject matter was the fact that its musical language was full-blown rock music. There was at the time an American-spawned hit theater piece called Hair that utilized elements of rock music, but it wasn’t as unified a work as Webber and Rice’s creation, and it was less built on rock music than on pop music that referred to rock; Webber and Rice’s work presented a far sharper, bolder musical edge and pushed it much further and harder than Hair ever did. Serving as their own producers, the two creators got together more than 60 top-flight singers and musicians (including Chris Spedding, John Gustafson, Mike Vickers, P.P. Arnold, and members of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, not to mention Murray Head, Ian Gillan, and Yvonne Elliman in key singing roles), and managed to pull the whole production together into a more than coherent whole that contained a pair of hit singles (the title track and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”) to help drive AM radio exposure. What’s more, the whole album sounded like the real article as far as its rock music credibility was concerned — it was played good and hard for a studio creation. Released in America by Decca as a handsomely decorated double-LP set complete with illustrated libretto, Jesus Christ Superstar seemed to pick up where the Who’s Tommy (also a Decca release) and Hair had left off, and audiences from across the age and cultural spectrum responded. Teenagers who didn’t know from Jesus, opera, or oratorios liked the beat, the hard rock sounds, and the singing and bought the album, as did parents who felt that the record offered a chance to understand some aspects of this youth culture around them, and especially its music — and so did some more forward-thinking clergy and theologians, who saw any opportunity to spread the word about Jesus where it wasn’t previously going as intrinsically good. ― by Allmusic

Disc 1
01. “Jesus Christ Superstar” Orchestra – Overture – 03:59
02. Murray Head – Heaven On Their Minds – 04:22
03. Yvonne Elliman – What’s The Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying – 04:14
04. Yvonne Elliman – Everything’s Alright – 05:15
05. Brian Keith – This Jesus Must Die – 03:34
06. Victor Brox – Hosanna – 02:09
07. Ian Gillan – Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem – 04:48
08. Alan Doggett – Pilate’s Dream – 01:29
09. Ian Gillan – The Temple – 04:44
10. Ian Gillan – Everything’s Alright (Reprise) – 00:29
11. Yvonne Elliman – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – 03:41
12. Brian Keith – Damned For All Time / Blood Money – 05:09

Disc 2
01. “Jesus Christ Superstar” Apostles – Original Studio Cast – The Last Supper – 07:08
02. Ian Gillan – Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) – 05:36
03. Victor Brox – The Arrest – 03:19
04. Yvonne Elliman – Peter’s Denial – 01:29
05. Ian Gillan – Pilate And Christ – 02:44
06. Mike D’abo – King Herod’s Song (Try It And See) – 03:02
07. Victor Brox – Judas’s Death – 04:15
08. Victor Brox – Trial Before Pilate – 05:13
09. Murray Head – Superstar – 04:16
10. Ian Gillan – The Crucifixion – 04:06
11. “Jesus Christ Superstar” Orchestra – John Nineteen Forty-One – 02:07

Disc 3
01. Andrew Lloyd Webber – Ascending Chords – 00:23
02. Brian Keith – Damned For All Time / Blood Money (Guide Vocal) – 01:11
03. Mike D’abo – King Herod’s Song (Try It And See) (Guide Vocal) – 03:12
04. Murray Head – I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Tim Rice And Murray Head Vocals) – 03:44
05. Murray Head – I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Murray Head Vocals) – 03:44
06. Brian Keith – This Jesus Must Die (Scat Vocals 1) – 01:08
07. Andrew Lloyd Webber – What A Party – 01:52
08. Brian Keith – This Jesus Must Die (Scat Vocals 2) – 01:07
09. Andrew Lloyd Webber – Heaven On Their Minds (Instrumental) – 02:50
10. Yvonne Elliman – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – 03:44
11. Murray Head – (Too Much) Heaven On Their Minds (German Single) – 04:37
12. Murray Head – Strange Thing (Mystifying) – 01:53
13. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Orchestra – John Nineteen Forty-One – 02:33

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