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5 stars Jesus Christ Superstar, the album, is one of the most intense pieces of work released in the music history!

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) & Tim Rice (lyrics) the first and original release of the Rock opera was in 1970 and had Ian Gillan as Jesus Christ.

The album is divided in two Acts and it was a double LP when themes and history are linked in a perfect and sensational way. All the way through the first album you have the constant 'battle' between Jesus and Judas (played by Murray Head). In fact, this album, as Tim Rice mentioned in interviews, is the vision of Judas on the whole thing.

'Heaven On Their Minds' is the perfect track here. 'This Jesus Must Die' is one of my favorites with the conversation between the high priests and especially the different vocals of Caiaphas (Victor Brox) and Ananias (Brian Keith).

Also have to mention 'Pilates Dream' where Pontius Pilate (Barry Dennen) talks about the dream he had. In 'The Temple' all the hell break loose on Chris attitude. To finish the first album we have 'Damned For All Time/Blood Money' where once again we have the pleasure to listen Judas, what a great voice.

In the secon act we have the final part full of suffer. 'The Last Supper', 'Gethsemane', 'The Arrest', 'Peter's Denial' tell the story of Christ going down betrayed by Judas Kiss.

'King Herods Song' is a bit different from the rest, cabaret, rock and roll, queer.

When 'Judas' Death' comes around we all know what it means. We still have 'Superstar' where Judas question many things and finally 'Crucifiction' and 'John Nineteen Forty-One' closing the whole thing,

From the first time I heard this album I was pretty much obsessed with it and still am. One of the greatest works in modern music.

ProgShine | 5/5 |


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