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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...
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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

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Fans around the world, we need your help!

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!

Direct your submissions to our archivist / co-owner, Gibson DelGiudice, and we will make it a part of the history continuing to emerge.
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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...
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