Great Albums: Jesus Christ Superstar


An iconic cover and a menacing overture filled my young mind with fear.

If I were to choose a favorite decade of recorded music, I would pick the incredibly fertile ten years from 1965 through 1974.  It was the golden era of unrestrained, long-form, innovative rock music, when an unprecedented tolerance for experimentation allowed talented artists to create some remarkable records that took full advantage of the latest advances in electronic instruments and multitrack recording.  The new technology enabled a production style that reproduced each instrument clearly and distinctly, offering discriminating listeners the opportunity to focus their attention on any one of many different elements every time a platter was spun.  I love the sound of the albums that were made during those years.

One of the best of the bunch was Jesus Christ Superstar, which was released by Decca Records in October of 1970.  For me, it represents the closest thing to perfection in each of the three areas that contribute to a great album:  writing, production, and performance.  Unsurpassed by its subsequent incarnations as well as the later work of its creators, it has transcended the label of “rock opera” to become one of the defining recordings of its time. Read More

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