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Monday, October 04, 2004

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Originally I was going to post this as a 'Gulty Pleasure' but I feel no guilt here. Now, I'm talking about the Original London Cast recording, not the awful Motion Picture fiasco. I use to listen to this record between sides of Iron maiden and the Scorpions back in the early eighties. I just love it. I wish I knew who played guitar on this record because there's some smokin' playin' goin' down here. What I do know is the Jesus (Ian Gillan of Deep Purple) and Judas (Murray Head of 'One Night In Bankok') deliver astounding vocal performances. Murray Head's vocal on the 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' Reprise is simply the most emotional vocal performance I know of (other than anything by Mavis Satples). Released in 1970, it was a UK number one LP. I have seen many performances of this stage classic, but nothing compares to this recording. It quite possibly could be the only thing to keep Andrew Lloyd Webber from eternal damnation. The Jesus character is written a little whiny, whereas Judas comes off total bad ass. If I were to stage it, I'd make my Jesus a Elvis, give him some balls.

Comments:
Jesus as an Elvis... Interesting, I always thought chris cornell would make a great Jesus vocally. if anyone were to redue it.

that album is awesome, I love the guitar riff that starts "too much heaven on their minds" great song.

Another great song from that album is "I only want to say" (not sure of the title), It's a great rock song that requires a great rock voice.

also, I'd take Murray Head over Ben Vereen anyday.
 
"Show me there's a reason
For your wanting me to die
You're far too keen on where and how
But not so hot on why" -- 'I Only Want To Know' (Gethsemene)
 
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