- CD de audio (6 de septiembre de 2011)
- Número de discos: 2
- Formato: Audiolibro, CD
- Sello: Import
- ASIN: B005D0RDVQ
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº37.104 en Música (Ver el Top 100 en Música)
Godspell: The 40th Anniversary Celebration Audiolibro, CD
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The original cast recording plus the original motion picture soundtrack-both beloved since their original releases in '71 and '73, both remastered for the first time. Composer Steven Schwartz contributed the new liner notes, recalling the ascension of this musical tale of Jesus from its off-Broadway beginnings to its triumph on the Great White Way. The cast's #13 pop hit Day by Day and the song Beautiful City which was penned just for the film join Save the People; All Good Gifts; By My Side , and more!
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You get the original cast recording and the original motion picture soundtrack all together for one low price. The cd also has new liner notes by Stephen Schwartz and the original notes that were printed on an insert in the original Bell lp written by producer Edgar Lansbury (brother of Angela)as well as lyrics to all the songs. Even the cover art comes closer to the original cover art. The Arista cd has black bars around the logo that made no sense.
This is a great cd set for Godspell fans.
Most troubling, the remastering of the cast album reveals some problems that I suspect are inherent to the old tape itself - lots of hiss and clearly audible distortion on many tracks. Perhaps vinyl noise or dull mastering masked these problems until now. But, other recordings from the era don't suffer from these problems, and I suspect that poor storage or shoddy preservation of the masters is to blame for the bumpy ride. That said, the music (warts and all) sounds clear, present, and dynamic - better than the old CD version, but noisier.
More annoying than problematic, both the previous CD reissue and this one claim quite erroneously that the cast album was released in 1974. To the contrary, it debuted on the Billboard charts in 1971.
I never owned the soundtrack album, so I can't speak to it's relative quality, but the tape sure sounds better. Musically, it resembles the cast album pretty closely. However, I very much prefer Merrell Jackson's version of "All Good Gifts" to the original cast version sung by Lamont Alford. Alford's operatic baritone just didn't blend with the decidedly hippie aesthetic of the rest of the cast.
On a personal note, this reissue led to me to rent the movie - which I had not seen for many years. Viewed today, there's a shocking moment during the finale of "All For The Best" - which is pictured (in close up) on the cover of the LP, by the way. Anyway, as the song roils towards it's big finish, the helicopter-mounted camera starts to pan back. Very quickly it becomes obvious that the entire cast is dancing on top of the World Trade Center (which was still under construction at the time). In this light, consider the lyrics. "When you go to heaven you'll be blest. You guessed, it's all for the best." Spooky.
But 40 years later and the instrumental tracks from the movie STILL haven't made it to CD? Shameful. The use of the musical's songs (including the cut "We Beseech Thee" and "Learn Your Lessons Well") as background material add so much humor and heart to the movie. They are absolutely essential parts of the film and I wish someone would finally put out a real, complete soundtrack.
Maybe for the 50th anniversary.