Jesus Christ Super Star - 45th Anniversary Release • AN AUSTRALIAN CAST RECORDING • Live at the Capitol Theatre Sydney, 1973 • AVSCD083
On 4 May 1972, when the Australian production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR opened at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, it was the most anticipated and lavish theatre event in Australian musical theatre history.
And it is remarkable to consider that in the 46 years since the debut of the original Australian stage production, there has never been a recording released of the actual live show from that time. There exists in its memory only a vinyl studio cast album, some photographs, and a few snippets of visual footage on the internet. That is, until now.
Aztec Records now delivers, on double CD, a stirring performance from December 1973 that captures the entire show in all of its glory. It features the incomparable charisma and sterling voices of Jon English (Judas), Marcia Hines (Mary Magdalene), Trevor White (Jesus), John Paul Young (Annas), Reg Livermore (King Herod) and Stevie Wright (Simon Zealotes).
Getting the live recording released to the public has been a labour of love for Jon English's long-term partner and manager, Coralea Cameron, who is dedicated to keeping his memory alive. Jesus Christ Superstar, the original rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), told the story of the final week in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. Landing the role of Judas at the age of 22 was English's big break into what was to become a long and incredibly successful and diverse career in the Australian entertainment industry.
"Jon and I had been working on this project for many years," says Coralea. "We tried to get the recording out for the 40th anniversary in 2012, but for various reasons, not the least being that the Really Useful Group were bringing their own updated version of the stage show to Australia [starring Tim Minchin], we shelved the idea. We were working on it for the 45th anniversary when Jon sadly and so unexpectedly left us."
Coralea says that working on things in Jon's memory is what has kept her going. "I was determined that I was going to make this happen for Jon, and indeed for the Australian public who I really felt deserved to hear it." She again contacted the Harry M Miller Group, and the show's authors, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice and was thrilled when they each gave their blessing. "It all just fell into place from there really."
The double CD, complete with a 20 page booklet of liner notes and photographs will be available through Aztec Records from 4 May, with part of the proceeds being donated to the music industry charity, Support Act. "I have no clue as to how well it will be received," says Coralea. "It's 45 years old after all, and it was something that was originally just recorded for the cast and crew. It's not perfect, but when you hear it, I can almost guarantee that you'll find yourself transported back to your seat as if you were reliving the incredible experience of being there all over again."
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Carson - Blown - AVSCD077
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Packaged in a Limited Deluxe Digi-pak, featuring a 20 page booklet with with rare photos and liner notes by noted Australian Rock author Ian McFarlane.
Tamam Shud - Evolution - AVSCD076
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Packaged in a Limited Deluxe Digi-pak, featuring a 24 page booklet with with rare photos and liner notes by noted Australian Rock author Ian McFarlane.
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This edition on Desperate is fully licensed and Authorised from LOBBY LLOYDE’s estate, expertly remastered by Aztec Records' GIL MATTHEWS from the original tapes (it sounds amazing) and comes housed in an exact replica of the original gatefold sleeve with a heavy-duty tip-on cover, as well as an insert with lyrics and decorative obi strip.
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This is the first time it's been in print on vinyl in Australia since the 1970s, and it's the BEST edition ever. Mastered by Gil Matthews, the sound quality is simply amazing.
Will be limited to 1,000 copies, half of which are being shipped overseas to export customers.
This baby ROARS!!
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Now with digitally remastered audio by Gil Matthews. With 24-page booklet featuring detailed liner notes (including fresh interviews with Wilson, McCusker, Christie and Matthews) this double CD set is a must for the Aussie music aficionado.
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band - Wangaratta Wahine • AVSCD068
Beautifully re-mastered sound by the ever-reliable Gil Matthews, the audio quality is indeed impressive with sonic dynamics that reveal the full spectrum of sound on offer.
Packaged in a Limited Deluxe 6 panel digi-pak, featuring a 24 page booklet with with rare photos and liner notes by noted Australian Rock author Ian McFarlane.
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Welcome to Monster Planet, Steve Maxwell Von Braund's 1975 classic of Australian proto-electronica, a big blast of Kosmische dust, Korgs working overtime… Arguably the first fully electronic Australian album, Monster Planet is a solo recording from one half of the infamous Australian electronic duo, Cybotron.