Never ones to wait very long for the smoke to clear from the cash-in starting pistol, Hallmark (which worked pretty much hand-in-hand with Pickwick) delivered an effort that proves really quite interesting and listenable. A small combo and brass (most noteworthy for its well-timed stabs on “Heaven On Their Minds,” but it adds a soulful touch to all of the tracks) ably lay down the backing, as Martin Jay (veteran of the Kingsway Youth Opera Company recording) gives it a full Gillan when it comes to Jesus’ screams. Quality tracks include an excellently choppy “Damned For All Time,” a great pass at “Superstar,” and a surprising slightly psych-ey and percussion-driven take on “The Temple” that keeps the drama built up by the fuzz guitar riff going throughout the track.
youtu.be/D8E1ZyDyAJMRecording Information Classification: Pickwick Alternate Classification: Hallmark, Concert Hall, Beny Daam Orchestra & Singers Year of release: 1971, 1972 La... ... See MoreSee Less
There are lots of different ways to appreciate a classic. Rediscovering an old favorite through memes is one of them! Check out this page to see JCS as filtered through the meme age, and feel free to go over there and contribute some of your own!! ... See MoreSee Less
It is easier than ever to participate in the growing world of JCS Zone. Don't limit yourself to our Facebook! Visit our website, join our forum, listen to recordings of JCS from throughout its history, and learn something about the classic rock opera we all know and love! ... See MoreSee Less
JCS Zone is working on an informal history of Jesus Christ Superstar fandom on the Internet for a new section of our website's Fan Zone.
We are digging up the farthest corners of cyberspace with the help of the Internet Archive, but what little we're able to glean from the Wayback Machine is only part of the story. If you were discussing JCS online in the days before Facebook existed and before the World Wide Web was truly worldwide, we want to hear from you!
What's the buzz? We'll tell you what's a-happenin'!
As you may know from our website, and from various stories shared on the forum, JCS Zone didn't start out as the largest online fan community for Jesus Christ Superstar all on its own. Founded in 2007, our community was built on the legacy of our predecessor JesusChristSuperstar.net, or "WTB" (short for their "What's the Buzz" forums), one of the most widely populated fan sites dedicated to all things JCS (as opposed to just certain versions of the show) on the web.
By the time JCS Zone had turned one year old, however, WTB, which had sadly been on the decline for some time, was already gone. We have done our best to honor its legacy, both by continuing to unite the fan community in love of the show and by building on resources originally available through WTB to allow fans to learn about all aspects of the show.
Ten years since WTB met its untimely death, we come full circle. As of July 19, 2018, JCS Zone is now the proud owner of the original domain name. Users who navigate to that link will now be directed to JCS Zone's main page. We are not moving, and none of the links within our site itself have changed (although if you substitute the dot-net where the jesuschristsuperstarzone address would go, the page will still work); this is just a new and more convenient way to access the same information for people who loved WTB, wondered where it had gone, and were somehow unable to find their way here on their own. ... See MoreSee Less
When any show is a hit, a lot of people will be quick to capitalize on the show’s success. In this case, Jesus Christ Superstar was one of the first albums of its kind, and everyone wanted their own slice of the pie where the Passion According to Tim and Andrew was concerned. At this time, many “budget” labels famous for releasing low cost sound alike albums (“knock-off” recordings capitalizing on shows, songs, or albums that became hits) jumped into the fray. The performers were usually never an actual ensemble that had performed JCS (indeed, in its early days, the number of actual casts performing the show were very few), but instead merely a group of vocalists who recorded songs from the show. Usually, these recordings were very cheaply put together and produced, and priced to own.
This example took a swing at getting the lion’s share of the score in the can. Made in Australia by a combo assembled by producer and organist Mike Perjanik, and deemed good enough by EMI to give it a British release on their cheapie Starline label, it is often dubbed the “First Australian Cast” by fans because it pre-dates the official Australian production. The singers include such well-known quantities -- in Australian circles, at least -- as Terry Kaff, Erl Dalby (a/k/a Erle Montaigue), and Shauna Jensen. Enjoy!
youtu.be/meJ4tg7ygCkRecording Information Classification: First Australian Cast Year of release: 1972 Language: English Type: Studio cast Cast List Jesus of Nazareth…………Terry Ka... ... See MoreSee Less