Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  is a musical or operetta 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.  Decca Records recorded Joseph in 1969 as a concept album, credited to the Joseph Consortium.  David Daltrey, front man of British EMI psychedelic band Tales of Justine, played the role of Joseph and lead guitar; and Tim Rice was Pharaoh.  A recording of the musical with 19 tracks was issued in the US on Scepter Records in 1971.  It was a reissue of the 1969 Decca UK album, capitalising on the success of 1970’s Jesus Christ Superstar in the US.  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.  (More from Wikipedia)

Based on the story in the Book of Genesis about Joseph and his “coat of many colors”, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was first presented as a 15-minute “pop cantata” at the Colet Court prep school in 1968.  A more refined concept album, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was released in England in 1969 and was then reissued in the US in 1971 on Scepter Records after the success of Jesus Christ Superstar


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