Jesus Christ Superstar (Original Australian Cast Recording)

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Jesus Christ Superstar (Original Australian Recording)
Cast recording by Original Australian Cast
Released 1972
Genre Rock
Length 58:36
Label MCA
Producer Patrick Flynn

Jesus Christ Superstar or Jesus Christ Superstar – Original Australian Cast Recording is an album released in late 1972 on MCA Records. Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1970. The earliest Australian version was staged from May 1972 to February 1974. This album features Trevor White (as Jesus), Jon English (as Judas) and Michele Fawdon (as Mary Magdalene). Together with other cast members they performed vocals for a studio recording.[1] It was produced by Patrick Flynn, the show's musical director and a conductor for Opera Australia.[1][2] The album peaked at No. 17 on the Go-Set Albums Chart in June 1973,[3] while it reached No. 13 on the Kent Music Report and remained on its charts for 54 weeks.[4] It appeared in the top 100 on the 1974 End of Year Albums Chart.[5] In May 1973, the album was awarded a gold record for sales worth $50,000.[6]

This stage production and resultant album featured a number of notable Australian musicians. Jon English became a popular entertainer both as an actor and singer.[7] Fellow cast members, Mike Wade on guitar and Greg Henson on drums, were part of English's backing band.[7] Stevie Wright (as Simon Zealotes) was a former member of The Easybeats and he formed a band, Black Tank, with fellow cast members Rory O'Donoghue (as Peter) on guitar and vocals and Ken Firth on bass guitar.[8][9] Wright then pursued a successful solo career.[8][9] O'Donoghe was also a TV personality (Thin Arthur) on Australian TV series, The Aunty Jack Show, and its spin-off, Wollongong the Brave.[10] Firth and other musicians for the stage version, Phil Eizenberg on guitar and William "Billy" Miller on vocals, formed The Ferrets in 1975.[11][12] Also on the soundtrack album were Levi Smith's Clefs' members Michael Carlos and Henson.[13] Carlos, on organ and piano, was also the musical director of the backing band, The Superstars, for the stage show and album, alongside Henson, Wade (ex-Climax), Jamie McKinley on piano and Bruce Worral on bass guitar (ex-Sherbet).[14] John Young (later styled as John Paul Young) who had the role of Annas became a successful solo artist and toured with various fellow cast members as his backing band, The Allstars.[15][16] The 1992 release of this album won the Aria for Highest Selling Album and nominated for Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album.

Stage show[edit]

Venue[edit]

Capitol Theatre, Sydney (1972–1973) followed by a season at the Palais Theatre, Melbourne and a tour of other cities and towns.

Dates[edit]

4 May 1972 – February 1974 – 700+ performances.[1]

Production team[edit]

Production credits:[1]

Principal cast[edit]

Cast credits:[1]

Supporting cast and chorus[edit]

Supporting cast and chorus credits:[1]

Musicians[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim Rice, all music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Jesus Christ Superstar (Original Australian Cast Recording)
No. Title Vocalist(s) Length
1. "Heaven on Their Minds"   Jon English 3:54
2. "Everything's Alright"   Michele Fawdon, English, Trevor White, cast 4:07
3. "Hosanna"   White 2:24
4. "Simon Zealotes"   Stevie Wright, cast 3:31
5. "Poor Jerusalem"   White 1:20
6. "Pilate's Dream"   Robin Ramsay 2:03
7. "The Temple"   White, cast 5:08
8. "I Don’t Know How to Love Him"   Fawdon 4:39
9. "The Last Supper"   White, English, cast 7:52
10. "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)"   White 6:48
11. "Could We Start Again Please"   Fawdon, Rory O'Donoghue 2:28
12. "Trial Before Pilate"   Ramsay, Peter North, White, cast 6:46
13. "Superstar"   English, cast 4:19
14. "John 19:41"   instrumental 3:17
Total length:
58:36

Singers[edit]

Australia Cast (1992 Release)[edit]

Jesus Christ Superstar ('92 Australian Cast)
Studio album by John Farnham and Kate Ceberano
Released 6 July 1992
Genre Passion music, Progressive Rock
Length 62:56
Label Polygram Records Australia
Producer Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber
John Farnham chronology
Full House
(1987)
Jesus Christ Superstar ('92 Australian Cast)
(1992)
Then Again
(1993)
Kate Ceberano chronology
Think About It!
1991)
Jesus Christ Superstar ('92 Australian Cast)
(1992)
Open the Door
(1992)

The album was also awarded 'Highest Selling Album' at the 1993 ARIA Awards.[18]

Australian Cast[edit]

Cast[19]
John Farnham - Jesus
Kate Ceberano - Mary Magdalene
Jon Stevens - Judas
Angry Anderson - Herod
John Waters - Pontius Pilate
Russell Morris - Simon Zealotes
David Gould - Caiaphas

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim Rice, all music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Jesus Christ Superstar (1992 Australian Cast Recording Highlights)
No. Title Vocalist(s) Length
1. "Overture"     3:53
2. "Heaven on the Miinds"   Jon Stevens 4:28
3. "What's the Buzz/Strange Thing Mystifying"   John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens and Ensemble 4:14
4. "Everything's Alright"   Kate Cebrano, Jon Stevens, John Farnham and Ensemble 4:46
5. "Hosanna"   David Gould, John Farnham and Ensemble 2:10
6. "Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem"   Russell Morris, John Farnham and Ensemble 5:13
7. "Pilate's Dream"   John Waters 1:38
8. "The Temple"   John Farnham and Ensemble 4:37
9. "Everythings Alright (Reprise)/I Don’t Know How to Love Him"   Kate Ceberano and John Farnham/Kate Cebrano 4:23
10. "The Last Supper"   John Farnham, Jon Stevens and Ensemble 7:03
11. "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)"   John Farnham 5:43
12. "Trial Before Pilate (Including the 39 Lashes)"   John Waters, David Gould, John Farnham and Ensemble 5:12
13. "King Herod's Song"   Angry Anderson 3:16
14. "Superstar"   Jon Stevens and Ensemble 4:41
15. "John 19:41"   instrumental 2:24

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[20] 4× Platinum 280,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

"Jesus Christ Superstar ('92 Australian Cast)" debuted at #1 in Australia and remained at #1 for 10 weeks.

Chart (1992) Peak
position
ARIA Albums Chart 1[21]
Chart (1992) Position
ARIA End of Year Albums Chart[22] 1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Stephens, Tony (3 November 2008). "Music Made His World Go Around". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (16 June 1973). "Go Set Top 20 Albums". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Ryan (Bulion), Gavin (20 November 2011). "Albums pre-1989, Part 2 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts) – Jesus Christ Superstar". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ "International News Report". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 53. 5 May 1973. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Jon English'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 17 May 2003. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Stevie Wright'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Creswell, Toby; Samantha Trenoweth (2006). 1001 Australians You Should Know. North Melbourne, Vic: Pluto Press. p. 84–85. ISBN 978-1-86403-361-8. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  10. ^ Rob Johnson & David Smiedt, Boom-boom! A Century of Australian Comedy (Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, 1999), p.184–237
  11. ^ McFarlane 'The Ferrets' entry. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  12. ^ "The Ferrets". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  13. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Levi Smith Clefs'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 14 April 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  14. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Tully'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 7 August 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  15. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'John Paul Young'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 7 August 2004. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "John Paul Young". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f Original Program
  18. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1993: 7th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  19. ^ http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/soundtracks/jesus-christ-superstar-1992-australian-cast-recording-highlights/182952
  20. ^ "Kate Ceberano". Australian Recording Industry Association (ninemsn). 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  21. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Kate+Ceberano+%26+Wendy+Matthews&titel=You%27ve+Always+Got+The+Blues&cat=a
  22. ^ http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-end-of-year-charts-top-50albums-1992.htm