Released Fifty Years Ago Today: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

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  1. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    The original concept album, featuring oodles of great guitar work, has been a part of my life since it was released in the US almost fifty years ago, but today is the actual 50th anniversary of the UK release. Having seen a touring production as a kid in the early 70s and three filmed iterations, I remain convinced it should have stayed a concept album, but there you go.

    Someone recently uploaded this performance of the title track from 1969, preceding the actual album by almost a year and featuring Murray Head and eight awesome backing vocalists... have no idea who is playing the modified SG Junior.

     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    So good!!! I have a bid for the film version, as that’s what I grew up on. But the music and the talent involved in both the studio recording and the film are absolutely outstanding!! Great great album.
     
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    Oh that P? bass is gorgeous!
     
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    And deep purple Ian Gillian was in

     
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    Saw the movie when it came out back then and bought the vinyl.
     
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    Wow!
    I’m old.
     
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    Loved the movie and the original cast album. Learned to play “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” early on (as a student in Catholic school, where I played it at school masses!). Great song.

    Adherence to the source material is a little iffy, but it is a great, great show!i
     
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    The music, the lyrics, etc are classic. I listen to the entire opera sometimes.
     
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    Have always loved the original album, with Ian G ... I still play the whole thing every Easter. Saw some excellent regional productions over the years, and then a national touring production with Ted Neely himself which was incredible. Kinda spooky tho, after the show he held a receiving line in the hall, still in his show robes, and in meeting him he seemed to still be in show-mode ... :eek:
     
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    love it!
     
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    While many of the individual songs are great its best listened to from start to finish.
     
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    Had a bit part in a version put on at the Federated Church in Franklin, MA. I ad libbed some joke (at the age of 12) and they made me use it in the performance. Good times.
     
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    I don’t think I’ve been to church 5 times in 45 years, but I’ve loved the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack album as far back as I can remember.
     
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    Once, ONCE when I was in 6th grade I heard a medley of Jesus Christ Superstar and Melanie's Lay Down.
    Stopped me in my little tracks in the driveway.
    I've never heard it again and cannot find it anywhere on the internet anywhere.
    Anyone heard of it?

    Sorry to highjack.
     
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    i really loved the song "too much heaven on their minds" but wasn't too crazy about the rest of it.
     
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    Part of the soundtrack of my youth. We used to sing it during 7th grade art class.
     
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    Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson remain two of my all time favorite vocalist. I grew up listening to the film and Broadway versions.
     
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    Well, I'm no Broadway baby, but, oh, man, Barry Dennen as Pilate on the original cast recording screaming over the last few bars at the end of "Trial Before Pilate" and then the score smashing right into "Superstar" -- chills.
     
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    Saw the theatre show about 15 years ago, loved it
     
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    Reason I got the job wasn't because I was the best musician, plenty of pros applied, nor equipment, I played a Teisco, the others had real Fender Stratocasters. I got the job because I could sight read really well ( then) and they couldn't get off to first base. I even had my own page turner!! It was a great job.
     
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