Not-So-Good Friday

Pilate’s Dream

I dreamed I met a Galilean
A most amazing man
He had that look you very rarely find
The haunting hunted kind.

I asked him
To say what had happened
How it all began
I asked again
He never said a word
As if he hadn’t heard . . .

And next the room was full
Of wild and angry men
They seemed to hate this man
They fell on him and then . . . disappeared again

Then I saw thousands of millions
Crying for this man
And then I heard them mentioning my name—
and leaving me the blame.

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Lyrics: Tim Rice
Voice: Barry Dennen, original cast 1970

Original Cast: Idols & Molten Images

Just in case you have 2 hours to kill . . . the original London cast rocks.
This is the one where Murray Head sings the part of Judas.  Electric!
In my opinion, there are some great visuals in the film, but the music and voices can’t compare to the original cast recording. Ian Gillan as JC—way more powerful than the film guy. The temple priests and Herod as well—MUCH better in the original cast. And let’s not even mention that fascistic/pseudo-Goth trash version that they did in the 90’s.
Sorry guys—it sucked; original cast recording all the way.

I encountered this disc when I was about 9, growing up in an atheistic family.
It made a powerful impression on me. Every lyric is still embedded in my mind.
It should be listened to every single Easter in its entirety.

I especially like Judas’ Death as sung by Murray Head in this recording.
The fade-out into poor old Judas / So long Judas is incredible . . .
(@ 1:09:26 on the video).
To me it’s more compelling than the Carl Anderson version.

Ian Gillan – Jesus Christ
Murray HeadJudas Iscariot
Yvonne EllimanMary Magdalene
Victor BroxCaiaphas, High Priest
Brian KeithAnnas
John GustafsonSimon Zealotes
Barry DennenPontius Pilate
Paul DavisPeter
Mike d’AboKing Herod

Neil Hubbard: electric guitar
Henry McCulloch: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Chris Mercer: tenor sax
Peter Robinson: piano, electric piano, Organ, positive organ
Bruce Rowland: drums, percussion
Allan Spenner: bass guitar
Strings of the City of London Ensemble

Beyond the Twilight of the Idols HERE

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