Andrew Lloyd Webber And Tim Rice ‎– Jesus Christ Superstar (Original London Cast)

MCA Records ‎– 250 431-2
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Originally performed in 1972 with the Palace Theatre London cast.
Recorded at CTS Studios, London, UK.

Manufactured in Germany by Records Service GmbH, Alsdorf
ⓟ © 1972 MCA Records Inc.
Released in between 1986 and 1988 due to the manufaturer credit.

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  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 1056
  • Matrix / Runout: 250 431-2 SRC-01

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December 1, 2018
I agree with damslattery. This was the first version I owned, on the Decca pressed LP. I prefer its sane musicality including a lovely gentle ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ sung by Dana Gillespie and John Parker’s Pilate to the more hysterical versions although the film soundtrack still does it for me despite odd sound balances.


July 9, 2010
Long out-of-print, but is available on CD from specialist outlets. This is the original early British 70s production and for my money it is one of the best of all the recordings. Conducted by Anthony Bowles, this is a rich symphonic version, far more lyrical than the screaming-Jesus versions around. The singers all sport clipped-English accents and some of the vocals are rough as hell. But that does not detract from the sane theatrical interpretations that Bowles insisted upon - (dampening down the orgasms and hysteria that the rock fraternity wallow in.) Unusually, he up-tempo's 'Herod's Song' which works wonderfully and Pilate at the Trial (played by John Parker) is nothing short of remarkable.