Jesus Christ Superstar (disc 1)

Label
Decca
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
46:00

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Overture 1:28 65,964
2 Heaven on Their Minds 4:22 36,799
3 What's the Buzz 2:36 11,415
4 Strange Thing Mystifying 1:50 7,232
5 Then We Are Decided 2:32 6,747
6 Everything's Alright 5:13 33,959
7 This Jesus Must Die 3:40 27,035
8 Hosanna 2:50 29,890
9 Simon Zealotes 4:51 8,502
10 Poor Jerusalem 1:37 8,029
11 Pilate's Dream 1:45 26,242
12 The Temple 4:41 24,566
13 I Don't Know How To Love Him 3:00 32,306
14 Damned For All Time/Blood Money 5:35 13,066

About this album

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The album musical is a musical dramatisation of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with his entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion.

The album’s story is based in large part on the Synoptic Gospels and Fulton J. Sheen’s Life of Christ, which compares and calibrates all four Gospels. However, greater emphasis is placed on the interpersonal relationships of the major characters, in particular, Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene.

The album reached #1 on the Billboard chart in 1971 and served as a launching pad for numerous stage productions on Broadway and in the West End. The original 1970 boxed-set issue of this 2-record set was packaged in the U.S. with a special thin brown cardboard outer box which contained the 2 vinyl records and a 28-page libretto.

Marilyn Manson’s Antichrist Superstar is in effect a derisive parody of this album. Manson’s logo for this era along with the Shock symbol was a direct reference to the cover art, with the Manson lightning bolt juxtaposed within the center for further inversion and personalization.

Ian Gillan makes his appearance as vocals for Jesus Christ.

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