March 26th, 2012

From the Soundboard is a show that usually focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artists and/or groups perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, April 4, we’re going change things up. In tribute to WBAI’s Morning Dew producer Dave Nolan and the upcoming Easter holiday, we will focus on the iconic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

"It is fair to say that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ambitions were always to succeed in the stage musical arena. On their way to that success though, they created what is undoubtedly one of the finest rock opera albums of all time. Released in 1970, this studio recording of Jesus Christ Superstar formed the original version of the work, preceding the stage show by at least a couple of years.

Jesus Christ superstar was not the first rock opera. It may however just be the finest rock opera ever recorded. Even today, bands such as Ayreon are clearly influenced and inspired by the creativity and originality which was first seen with the release of this album.

A landmark recording, and a highly enjoyable album too.” Bob McBeath [Prog Archives]