I remember when I was a kid and a buddy of mine had the soundtrack..heard it long before i saw the film. it blew me away then, and still does. I had the rare pleasure of seeing it live with ted Nealy and the fella who played judas from the film...about a dozen years back..ted sang so well he blew my socks off..literally lol. i watch video clips from the film on u-tube frequently...so grateful they are there. probaby my favorite musical of all time. i'll say this too, i like the spiritual aspect of it..i am a liberal christian so it' s comfortable for me, but that isn't what draws me to it. it's the music.