Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) - Ian Gillan (1970)
Judas has the best role in this, my favorite musical of all time. However, Jesus gets the best song, with this garden lament of fear, anger, and finally, acceptance. This has as much to do with the sweeping Webber orchestration, Tim Rice's finest lyrics, and that unstoppable voice of Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. Nobody has sung this song with as much power and restraint as Mr. Gillian and I sincerely doubt they ever will. Concept albums of musicals are the rough outlines of what the show could be. This 1970 version trumps all future recordings of the work, making it the gold standard for all concept recordings to come. This is a headphone masterpiece children, so hook up your ear-buds to your laptop or iphone or whatevers, and push that youtube button! You're about to get religion!
However, Jean Valjean's version ain't half bad!
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