Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1971 Concept Production - Scepter Records Vinyl Album

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1971 Concept Production - Scepter Records Vinyl Album
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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1971 Concept Production - Scepter Records Vinyl Album

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. This was the first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly. Joseph was first presented as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London in 1968 and was recorded as a concept album in 1969. After the success of the next Lloyd Webber and Rice piece, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph received stage productions beginning in 1970 and expanded recordings in 1971 and 1972. Lloyd Webber's composer father, William, felt the show had the seeds of greatness. He encouraged and arranged for a second performance — at his church, Westminster Central Hall — with a revised and expanded format. The boys of Colet Court sang at this performance in May 1968, which also included the Mixed Bag. It received positive reviews: London's Sunday Times said it was a new pop oratorio. By its third performance at St Paul's Cathedral in November 1968, it had been expanded to 35 minutes and included songs such as "Potiphar". Novello agreed to publish the work, and Decca Records recorded it in 1969 as a concept album.

In 1969, Lloyd Webber and Rice used the popularity of their second rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, to promote Joseph, which was advertised in America as a "follow-up" to Superstar.Riding on Superstar's coattails proved profitable for Joseph, as the U.S. Decca recording of Superstar had been in the top of America's charts for three months. The first American production of Joseph was in May 1970, at Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, New York. Following this, according to Lloyd Webber's Really Useful site, "there followed huge interest from colleges and schools."

This recording of the musical was issued in the U.S. on Scepter Records in 1971. It featured David Daltrey as Joseph, Tim Rice as Pharaoh, Dr. William S. Lloyd Webber on the Hammond organ, Alan Doggett conducting, various solo vocalists and instrumentalists, and the Colet Court choir as the chorus - all known as "The Joseph Consortium"

Both the album cover and the vinyl album are in great condition. The cover opens up to show more artwork. Also included is a complete libretto. The inner sleeve is the generic sleeve that came with the album.

Songs on Album:

Side One
A - Way Way Back Many Centuries Ago
B - Joseph's Coat Annoyed His Brothers
C - Next Day, Far From Home
D - Joseph Was Taken To Egypt
E - Potiphar Had Very Few Cares
F - Close Every Door To Me
Side Two
G - Joseph's Luck Was Really Out
H - Meanwhile In His Bed, Pharaoh Had An Uneasy Night
I - Seven Years Of Bumper Crops
J - Pharaoh Thought "Well, Stone The Crows"
K - "Stop!" Cried Joseph
L - Benjamin, You Nasty Youth
M - Each Of The Brothers Fell To His Knees
N - And Joseph Knew By This
O - So Jacob Came To Egypt
P - I Closed My Eyes

 

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