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Instead, he is presented as all too human, feeling disappointed that Jesus is not doing what he expected him to do when he started following Jesus. He feels that he and Jesus have the same desires but that Jesus is botching it up. After Jesus is captured Judas is filled with such guilt that he kills himself.
Even though he did wrong, you can't help but sympathise with him to some extent of course. He is almost a tragic villain. Of course the real villain are the priests who turned against Jesus, especially Caiaphas who has a great, deep voice perfect for his characterand their characters are actually represented with enough sleaze that you truly dislike them.
King Herod also makes an appearance, in one of the most lighthearted tracks on the album called of course Herod's Songwhich has a bit of a rag-time feel to it.
Prove to me that your divine- change my water into wine! Album) how is the music? Well, actually, really good! The rock instruments are used to great effect, and some of the guitar lines are really great - maybe a bit of David Gilmour to them, in the sense that there are a lot of long notes that hold a lot of meaning.
There Jesus On The Metro - Scott Bricklin - Scott Bricklin (CD also some great instrumental moments, such as "Overture", which of course hints at a lot of the themes that are present on the album as an overture is supposed to in a really great way.
Overall this is an excellent musical and rock opera, and for the more dramatically inclined prog listeners it really shouldn't be missed. It is imperfect but there are a lot of moments on it that are likely to send shivers down your spine. A good thing, if you ask me. Musically it is one of the most accomplished attempts at mixing orchestral music with rock, with plenty of memorable melodies, recurring themes all over the place, elaborated arrangements and dramatic dynamics, by far the rockiest work I have have heard Album) Andrew Lloyd Webber and much better than other rock operas of the time like Hair or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This is a real rock opera musical so the vocal melodies and singing performances of the different characters are very important, and they are excellent in my opinion. Whether one prefers the original version with Ian Gillan and Murray Head or the movie soundtrack will probably depend on which one you heard first and the most, and for me this means that I prefer the soundtrack.
Gillan may have been a great screamer but there is no doubt that Ted Neeley could scream too! The lyrics by Tim Rice go through the last week of Jesus life with a modern twist and put quite some focus Album) reminding that the actual responsibles for Jesus execution were not Judas Iscariot or Pilate who are depicted rather as victims for history but the Jewish High Priests, Caiaphas in particular, an aspect which I believe is faithful to the biblical accounts but which seems overlooked in many traditional passion plays.
This was emphasized in the movie by adding a new song which was not in the original album Then We Are Decided which represents the moment when Caiaphas and Annas decide to conspire against Jesus. The other main character is Mary Magdalene providing the contrast of a female voice and some of the most lyrical moments.
Jesus is mainly Album) as just a man, without making reference to any divine qualities, no miracles, no resurrection, the only concession to any supernatural powers being his prediction during the last supper that Peter will deny him three times and Judas will betray him.
So as in many good concepts the interpretation of his story is up to the listener and it doesn't matter whether you are a believer or not to appreciate the lyrics storyline. The movie on top offered an original scenography combining the idea of filming on location at Middle East ruins mixed with modern atrezzo and it is drenched with a lovely hippie feel, watch it if you can.
This needs to be listened to from beginning to end, the first disc is very good but the most climactic moments are in the second disc with Gethsemane, Pilate and Christ, Trial Before Pilate or the moving closing adagio John Keeping in mind that this is not a traditional prog-rock album but rather a Broadway musical, this is a great musical work and should appeal to many open minded proggers, for myself it was also an important album in my childhood and will always remain a masterpiece.
This is the movie soundtrack. The original piece doesn't have "Then We Are Decided? Let's first introduce the singers: Ted Neeley Jesus has a powerful and quite high-pitched voice. Suitable for metal clean singing. Consider that Ian Gillan has interpreted this part in the first version.
They are not much dissimilar. I have lost his tracks. Carl Anderson Judasrecently Album) away had one of the most beautiful voices that I've ever heard and a big part of the movie success is due to him and of course to his character.
Unfortunately, out of this movie he has done just some barely listenable soul music with a short excursion in newage. It's a pity seen a so big talent wasted in tis way. Yvonne Elliman Magdalene is a great interpreter. She's probably the only one capable of playing as actress other than singing. She's very expressive and it's a pity that the video- music of the 80s has ignored her. There's one song sung from her in the Saturday Night's Fever soundtrack. Also the other main interpreters would deserve to be mentioned but this wants to be a review, not a book.
Now the songs: As in classic opera the overture is a short suite which anticipates the main musical themes of the opera. After you have listened to the whole album I suggest coming back to this track to better appreciate it.
The story starts immediately with what I consider the best song of the whole opera. This version can't be compared to the original one in terms of vocals. The guitar sound is acid, vaguely inspired to the Californian psychedelia of these times. The Apostles Peter's voice is another excellent one ask Jesus about his plans. Unlike Jesus they live on Earth, but instead of calming them he starts speaking of his bad omen. Then Yvonne Elliman tries to restore the situation but Judas accuses Jesus for his "lazyness".
Magdalene is a pretest to express all his hast for the inaction. Now it's the turn of Jesus to get angry setting all the apostles to an operatic choir. A sudden transition introduces the priests who are the bad guys. The contrast between the falsetto of Kurt Yaghjian and the very bass voice of Bob Bingham appears for the first time and wiil be one of the remarkable characteristics of the opera. This song has been added to the movie and is not present in the theatrical version.
Back to the apostles, now it's Mary Magdalene who sings one of the big commercial successes taken from this soundtrack. She shos all her love to Jesus and Judas takes again the pretest to attck him.
This is the first real clash between the two and it's underlined by a very rocking final. This is also one of the most moving moments of the movie when after the harsh discussion Jesus takes the hand of Judas.
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