Charlton Heston, Charlton Heston Reads From The Old Testament

Jay Ruttenberg

By Jay Ruttenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The Bible, from the mouth of Moses himself.

If this album is not considered a camp classic, it damn well should be. Recorded in a long-ago, benighted age before the invention of irony or even The Simpsons, this glorified book-on-tape finds Hollywood Moses applying his thunderous voice to the Old Testament. (He tackles the New Testament in a separate record; that album cover has a red background versus the blue milieu found here, thus foreshadowing our nation's political divide by decades.) Some might suggest it's sacrilegious to check out the Old Testament in order to laugh at the messenger — but in an age of irony, is there a more appropriate way to digest stories of Abraham, Jacob and friends?