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Theo Ubique manages to make 'Superstar' sound new

Theo Ubique manages to make 'Superstar' sound new

I first heard the score of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in about 1975, when my childish self (for I was but a babe) gave the original concept album a whirl on the old turntable. Ian Gillan, the incomparable lead singer of Deep Purple and one of rock's great voices, turned the anthemic "Gethsemane" into quite the breathy tour de force. Over the ensuing 40 years, with and without Ted Neeley and Dennis DeYoung, I've had more than ample opportunity to ponder such lyrics as "Hosanna, Heysanna, Sanna Sanna Ho" and "Then when we retire, we can write the Gospels" and, my personal favorite, "Just don't say I'm" (bam bam bam bam bam bam...

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