Sunday, June 16, 2024

Whoops! Someone Goofed: The Original “Jesus Christ Superstar” Box Set is Out of Stock at Amazon


“Jesus Christ Superstar” is live right now on NBC, and the result is that the original box set– digitized– has shot up to number 12 on iTunes. So you can download it.

But if you want it physically–the CD set– you’ll have to wait. Someone at Universal Music goofed. According to amazon, the original version of the box set on CD and the 2012 remixed version are on back order. What? Didn’t anyone think to get ready for tonight’s show? Apparently not.

The good news is that the NBC recording is available on amazon, with John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, et al. The production is quite terrific, from the actors and singers to the whole look of the show. What a pleasure to hear live music.

I don’t we ever appreciated John Legend’s voice so much. (His own songs are not this uptempo.) I neve realized he has a texture not unlike Ella Fitzgerald but he can sing rock too! Dixon, of course, and the great Norm Lewis, are Broadway stars. Barielles could get a hit single out of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.” Back in 1970, Yvonne Elliman sang it on the album (She went onto stardom with the Bee Gees and “Saturday Night Fever”.) Helen Reddy had the hit single. (And PS I have the original box of vinyl, in pristine shape.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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