Classification: Living Strings & Living Voices
Year of release: 1971
Type: Studio cast
Alternate Album Covers
Credited to The Living Strings & The Living Voices (later releases credit Johnny Douglas & Magic Fantasy Orchestra)
Heaven On Their Minds
I Don’t Know How To Love Him
King Herod’s Song
Orchestrations, Vocal Arrangements, Musical Direction: Johnny Douglas
Historical Notes From a Fan
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. (In the future, albums like these, now labeled “studio cast recordings,” could no longer be accurately described as simple cash-grabs, but at the time, the use of the phrase “knock-off” is totally appropriate.) Though it may be a matter of opinion, this particular fan feels that since the performers on these studio recordings lack the experience of getting on a stage and actually performing the show in front of an audience, the performances are pleasant enough, but not always up to par with a real cast album.
Even budget-level classical ensembles were getting in on the act, as this recording proves. Not really much more to say about this one, but suffice to say that classical covers of Andrew Lloyd Webber are not to everyone’s taste. Although previously (and frequently) confused with 101 Strings owing to the similarity of styles, this is a different recording altogether.
Listen To This Recording!
If you would like to own this album — which appears here in a recent re-packaging of some of its tracks, also including the Johnny Douglas orchestra’s pass at several songs from the musical Hair — after listening (thanks to our friends at Spotify), you can purchase it through Amazon UK, Google Play, or iTunes.