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Album: Godspell: The 40th Anniversary Celebration
# Song Title   Time
1)    Godspell, original cast recording: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
2)    Godspell, original cast recording: Save the People
3)    Godspell, original cast recording: Day by Day
4)    Godspell, original cast recording: Learn Your Lessons Well
5)    Godspell, original cast recording: Bless the Lord
6)    Godspell, original cast recording: All for the Best
7)    Godspell, original cast recording: All Good Gifts
8)    Godspell, original cast recording: Light of the World
9)    Godspell, original cast recording: Turn Back, O Man
10)    Godspell, original cast recording: Alas for You
11)    Godspell, original cast recording: By My Side
12)    Godspell, original cast recording: We Beseech Thee
13)    Godspell, original cast recording: On the Willows
14)    Godspell, original cast recording: Finale
15)    Godspell, original cast recording: Day by Day (Reprise)
1)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
2)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Save the People
3)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Day by Day
4)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Turn Back, O Man
5)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Bless the Lord
6)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: All for the Best
7)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: All Good Gifts
8)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Light of the World
9)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Alas for You
10)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: By My Side
11)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Beautiful City
12)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: On the Willows
13)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Finale
 

Album: Godspell: The 40th Anniversary Celebration
# Song Title   Time
1)    Godspell, original cast recording: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
2)    Godspell, original cast recording: Save the People
3)    Godspell, original cast recording: Day by Day
4)    Godspell, original cast recording: Learn Your Lessons Well
5)    Godspell, original cast recording: Bless the Lord
6)    Godspell, original cast recording: All for the Best
7)    Godspell, original cast recording: All Good Gifts
8)    Godspell, original cast recording: Light of the World
9)    Godspell, original cast recording: Turn Back, O Man
10)    Godspell, original cast recording: Alas for You
11)    Godspell, original cast recording: By My Side
12)    Godspell, original cast recording: We Beseech Thee
13)    Godspell, original cast recording: On the Willows
14)    Godspell, original cast recording: Finale
15)    Godspell, original cast recording: Day by Day (Reprise)
1)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
2)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Save the People
3)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Day by Day
4)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Turn Back, O Man
5)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Bless the Lord
6)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: All for the Best
7)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: All Good Gifts
8)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Light of the World
9)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Alas for You
10)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: By My Side
11)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Beautiful City
12)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: On the Willows
13)    Godspell, original motion picture soundtrack: Finale
 
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  • Liner Note Authors: Edgar Lansbury; Stephen Schwartz.
  • The musical Godspell first opened in New York in a tiny off-off-Broadway theater in Greenwich Village in 1971 before moving to a slightly larger off-Broadway house on the Upper West Side and, eventually, onto Broadway itself; a movie version was released in 1973. This two-CD set packages the original cast and original soundtrack albums together to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary and anticipate a Broadway revival. Unlike its contemporary, Jesus Christ Superstar (which preceded it on record, but followed it on stage), Godspell is not a skeptical examination of the story of Christ. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, it is a reverent retelling set to catchy pop/rock tunes written by Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz's main influence may have been Hair, whose "tribe" ensemble is replaced by a group of disciples, with soloists emerging to sing before being joined in choral arrangements. Schwartz gives "All for the Best" a 1920s jazz feel, while "Turn Back, O Man" is a sexy blues and "Light of the World" turns funky, but for the most part he sticks to folk, pop, and rock styles of the late `60s and early `70s. His often simple and brief lyrics (sometimes just a chorus or, in the case of opener "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," just the title repeated over and over) express religious devotion. The pairing of the two versions begs a comparison, and the soundtrack album comes off slightly better, though it loses a couple of songs and gains one minor one ("Beautiful City"). The movie cast is marginally superior, with Victor Garber playing Jesus, and Schwartz, who produced the disc, is able to fill out the sound from his initial small off-off-Broadway arrangements. The show's earnestness and sincerity shine through after 40 years, and the score can be seen in retrospect as a foundation document for contemporary Christian music. ~ William Ruhlmann
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