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Godspell -Original Cast

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David Haskell(Vocals),  Gilmer McCormick(Guitar),  Gilmer McCormick(Vocals),  Herb Braha(Vocals),  Jeffrey Mylett(Guitar),  Jeffrey Mylett(Vocals),  Jesse Cutler(Bass),  Jesse Cutler(Guitar),  Jesse Cutler(Guitar (Acoustic)),  Jesse Cutler(Vocals),  Joanne Jonas(Vocals),  Lamar Alford(Piano),  Lamar Alford(Vocals),  Peggy Gordon(Guitar),  Peggy Gordon(Vocals),  Richard LaBonte(Bass),  Richard LaBonte(Guitar),  Richard LaBonte(Vocals),  Ricky Shutter(Drums),  Ricky Shutter(Percussion),  Robin Lamont(Vocals),  Sonia Manzano(Vocals),  Steve Nathan(Vocals),  Steve Reinhardt(Keyboards),  Steve Reinhardt(Vocals),  Jeffrey Mylett(Recorder),  Richard LaBonte(Guitar (Rhythm)),  Steve Nathan(Ukulele),  David Haskell(Shofar),  Elvin Campbell(Engineer),  Stephen Michael Schwartz(Arranger),  Stephen Michael Schwartz(Producer),  Stephen Schwartz(Arranger),  Stephen Schwartz(Producer),  Beverly Weinstein(Art Direction),  Bill Inglot(Remastering),  David Byrd(Design),  John-Michael Teblak(Director),  Ken Perry(Remastering),  Stephen Michael Schwartz(Director),  Charles Haid(Associate Producer),  John-Michael Teblak(Concept),  Stephen Schwartz(Musical Director)

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Jesus Christ made a big comeback at the start of 1970s in the guise of a rock star. Perhaps it was the general disillusionment of the late '60s that sent people back to that old-time religion, or maybe it was just that, with his scraggly beard and sandals, Jesus was suddenly identifiable as the prototype of the anti-materialist hippie. In any case, his (or His) return to prominence was heralded by the success of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, which topped the American charts in February 1971. Lloyd Webber and Rice had always intended Superstar to be a stage musical, only recording the album when they failed to find the funds for a production, and they wasted little time in putting it on Broadway, opening the following October. But in between, another stage show about Jesus appeared, Godspell. It was the brainchild of John-Michael Tebelak, who had written the text as a college exercise at Carnegie-Mellon University. Tebelak brought in 23-year-old fellow alumnus Stephen Schwartz to write the music and the new lyrics, which, like the book, were adapted from the gospel according to St. Matthew, along with some borrowings from Mark, Luke, and John. Tebelak repeated Christ's teachings and retraced his last days in contemporary language and style, and Schwartz's songs were catchy pop/rock numbers. Though Godspell could be thought of as copying Jesus Christ Superstar, there was a crucial difference in viewpoint between the two works -- Superstar was a skeptical, secular look at Jesus, while Godspell was devout, merely updating and musicalizing Christ's story. The show opened modestly at the tiny Cherry Lane Theater off-off-Broadway in Greenwich Village on May 17, 1971, and slowly built into a worldwide phenomenon. Bell Records, then an arm of Columbia Pictures, which secured the film rights, recorded this cast album, which was released only a couple of months after the opening. (Bell was later absorbed into Arista, which reissued the album.) It sold well enough to make the upper half of the LP charts, but sales then fell off until the spring of 1972, when Bell released Day By Day as a single. The song hit the Top Ten in July, with the album peaking in the Top 40 in September and going gold in December. Meanwhile, the show had moved into the larger off-Broadway house, the Promenade Theater, on August 10, 1971, and settled into a long run. After five years and 2,124 performances, it finally transferred to Broadway's Broadhurst Theater on June 22, 1976, remaining on Broadway for another 527 performances. In retrospect, the original cast album is a thinly produced, imperfectly performed version of the score, but its rough edges are smoothed by the infectious enthusiasm of the cast. And the score is full of small pop masterpieces, not only the lovely Day By Day, but also the stirring rockers Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord and Save the People, as well as the vaudeville pastiche All for the Best and the Mae West-styled Turn Back, O Man. Schwartz's tunes are simple, but strongly melodic, and they carry the religious and spiritual sentiments in the lyrics well. No wonder the show has been performed continually somewhere in the world since the day it opened. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

収録曲   

  • 01. Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (01:58)
  • 02. Save the People (03:15)
  • 03. Day by Day (03:07)
  • 04. Learn Your Lessons Well (01:19)
  • 05. Bless the Lord (02:54)
  • 06. All for the Best (02:23)
  • 07. All Good Gifts (03:26)
  • 08. Light of the World (02:45)
  • 09. Turn Back, O Man (04:12)
  • 10. Alas for You (01:55)
  • 11. by My Side (02:35)
  • 12. We Beseech Thee (03:30)
  • 13. On the Willows (02:57)
  • 14. Finale (05:32)
  • 15. Day by Day (Reprise) (01:22)

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投稿日:2005/02/12 (土)

オリジナルのアルバム。作品の雰囲気、メッセージは数あるバージョンの中でやはり最も強く素晴らしい。70年代の人々の暖かさがそのまま伝わってくるよう。特にカントリー風の「By My Side」が、その代表であると思う。オリジナルに勝るものなし。

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投稿日:2005/02/12 (土)

ミレニアムの頃のキャストによるもので、曲のアレンジはより現代的に、親しみやすくなっている。ラテン系のシンガーが強く、オープニングからそのソウルに驚かされっぱなし。「Bless The Lord」で超絶巧を聞かせる一方、しっとりのバラードも心に響く。

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70年代のオリジナルとはまた世界がガラっ...

投稿日:2005/02/12 (土)

70年代のオリジナルとはまた世界がガラっと変わったアレンジがしてあるバンド。パソコン起動音の一風変わったオープニングに、不思議な宇宙の旅が始まりそうな「Tower Of Babble」、ディズニーランドに流れていそうな(?)「We Beseech Thee」など、遊び心いっぱい溢れている。

あすか さん | 東京 | 不明

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