Just in case you have 2 hours to kill . . . the original London cast rocks.
This is the one where Murray Head sings the part of Judas. Nothing like it. Electric!
In my opinion, there are some great visuals in the film, but the music and voices can’t compare to the original cast recording. Ian Gillan as JC—way more powerful than the film guy. The temple priests and Herod as well—MUCH better in the original cast. And let’s not even mention that fascistic/pseudo-Goth trash version that they did in the 90’s.
Sorry guys—it sucked; original cast recording all the way.
I encountered this disc when I was about 9, growing up in an atheistic family.
It made a powerful impression on me. Every lyric is still embedded in my mind.
It should be listened to every single Easter in its entirety.
I especially like Judas’ Death – as sung by Murray Head in this original cast recording.
The part where it fades out into “poor old Judas / So long Judas” is incredible . . .
(check @1:02 – 1:06 on the video).
To me it’s more compelling than the Carl Anderson version.
Ian Gillan – Jesus Christ
Murray Head – Judas Iscariot
Yvonne Elliman – Mary Magdalene
Victor Brox – Caiaphas, High Priest
Brian Keith – Annas
John Gustafson – Simon Zealotes
Barry Dennen – Pontius Pilate
Paul Davis – Peter
Mike d’Abo – King Herod
Neil Hubbard: electric guitar
Henry McCulloch: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Chris Mercer: tenor sax
Peter Robinson: piano, electric piano, Organ, positive organ
Bruce Rowland: drums, percussion
Allan Spenner: bass guitar
Strings of the City of London Ensemble
Beyond the Twilight of the Idols HERE