- CD de audio (13 de febrero de 2012)
- Número de discos: 1
- Formato: Audiolibro, CD
- Sello: Ghostlight Records
- ASIN: B006GVNHYI
- Ediciones a la venta: Música MP3
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº71.909 en Música (Ver el Top 100 en Música)
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Godspell Audiolibro, CD
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Lista de canciones:
1. Tower of Babble
2. Prepare Ye
3. Save the People
4. Day By Day
5. Learn Your Lessons Well
6. Bless the Lord
7. All for the Best
8. All Good Gifts
9. Light of the World
10. Turn Back, O Man
11. Alas for You
12. By My Side
13. We Beseech Thee
14. Beautiful City
15. On the Willows
17. Beautiful City - John Ondrasik
18. Learn Your Lessons Well (After Hours)
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Case in point: "By My Side". Any admirer of "Godspell" knows how haunting this can be. In this recording, unfortunately, the singers have decided that the music and lyrics are too under-stated: they overwhelm the song with that awful fake emotion that is rife on shows like the international "Idol" talent contests and "Glee". You know, never be content with one note when a syllable can be drawn out to allow three, make sure the audience knows they are supposed to be moved by adopting a caricature of sadness in your voice.
I could go on, but no recording of "Godspell" leaves me in an overly nasty mood, and there are certainly good things here. The new arrangement of "All Good Things" is the best I've heard, "Learn Your Lessons" and "All for the Best" are as exuberant and cheeky as they should be, and the new lyrics of "Beautiful City" make moving and tasteful reference to the terrorist attacks on New York without interrupting the flow.
If, like me, you have a few recordings of this show, then this one is certainly a worthy addition to your collection. For what it's worth, I think that on CD the film soundtrack Godspell: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (now available here: Godspell: 40th Anniversary Celebration is the best of the lot.
The performers are top notch, ranging from the experienced to the Broadway newbies. Hunter Parrish (Showtime's "Weeds," "Spring Awakening") gives an enjoyable performance as Jesus, but it's his supporting cast that deserves the listening. Celisse Henderson makes her Great White Way debut with this production, and her performance of "Learn Your Lessons Well" doesn't require the approval of Randy Jackson or Simon Cowell to get our vote. Veteran Morgan James ("The Addams Family," "Wonderland") earns her badge in the now James Bond-flavored "Turn Back O'Man," and Telly Leung ("Glee") has them melting in the aisles with the earnestness he brings to "All Good Gifts." Parrish spends most of his stage interaction with Wallace Smith ("Lion King," "American Idiot") who has the most opportunity to impress with "Prepare Ye" and "All For The Best."
Besides the aural updating, you can now follow every performer on all the requisite sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), and for the first time, the Liner Notes include all the original lyric sources that Schwartz did not provide, from the Bible to St. Richard of Chichester, (1197-1253, "Day by Day") and Jane M. Campbell (1817-1878, "All Good Gifts"). There's even a testimonial for the fans of the original production by Paul Shaffer (David Letterman's musical director), who was one of the first Musical Directors for the show.
If you are not familiar with this piece of Schwartz's canon, this recording provides a timely opportunity to share a listening experience across generations. And much more affordable than going to a theme park.
You cannot fault the cast. They sing the stuffing out of the score. I am particularly fond of Telly's "All Good Gifts" and his Entre Acte version of "Learn Your Lessons Well" Although, I wish the recording would have kept Telly's live performance introduction where he starts out with the opening vamp of" Magic to Do" from Pippin and a quick seque to Wicked before finally arriving at "Learn Your Lessons Well".
Hunter Parrish acquits himself well on this recording. Onstage I found him to be a little bland and a bit of a "pretty boy front man" (to borrow a phrase from another Broadway Rock Musical). Live, he gets a little lost amidst the entire cast, but on the new cast recording he makes a very sweet and earnest Jesus. His "Beautiful City" is one of the standout songs on the disc.
Overall, this version should be a part of your collection.