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Friday, February 15, 2008

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Gethsemane (I Only Wanted To Say) (1973)

So the stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar is touring yet again, but this time it has TWO bonuses! One is the inclusion of LIVING COLOUR frontman Corey Glover as Judas. The second is Ted Neeley, reprising his role of Jesus. Neeley was one of the most popular actors in this role, mainly because he was Jesus in the film-version.

This song from the film is in the second half, where our Jesus "vents his feelings about his imminent death". It's a good display of his vocal range (you can hear him hitting those high notes, like Ian Gillan did a few years before him). And there is a surprisingly funky bass line throughout.

Here is our slightly cock-eyed hero in 1973. Where you lookin', Ted?

Song : "Gethsamane (I Only Wanted To Say)"
From the LP "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (MCA) 1973

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