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Author Telson, Bob, composer, instrumentalist.

Title The gospel at Colonus : original cast recording / music by Bob Telson ; original lyrics by Lee Breuer.

Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : Elektra Nonesuch, [1988]

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Location Call No. Status OPAC Message Public Note Gift Note
 Moore Audio CD  CD 1282    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
 Talbott Media  CD 25562    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
Description 1 audio disc (53 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Playing Time 005300
Description digital
audio file
CD audio
Note Musical.
Language Sung in English.
Note "Based on an adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus in the version by Robert Fitzgerald and incorporating passages from both Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Antigone in the versions by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald"--Insert.
Performer Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama (Bobby Butler, Sam Butler, J.T. Clinkscales, Rev. Olice Thomas, Joe Watson), J.J. Farley and the Original Soul Stirrers, the J.D. Steele Singers (Fred Steele, J.D. Steele, Jearlyn Steele-Battle, Jevetta Steele), the Institutional Radio Choir (Carl Williams, Jr., director ; J.D. Steele, guest choir director for The Gospel at Colonus; choir personnel listed on insert), vocals ; with Martin Jacox, J.D. Steele, Morgan Freeman, Isabell Monk, Little Village (Chris Royal, trumpet ; Marc Johnson, trombone ; Bob Malach, alto saxophone ; John Hagen, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone ; Sam Butler, guitar, vocals ; Lincoln Schleifer, bass ; Bob Telson, piano, synthesizer ; Butch Heyward, organ ; Leroy Clouden, drums), supporting monologue soloists ; and including Willie Rogers, Sam Butler, Jr., Jevetta Steele, Jackie Banks, Jearlyn Steel-Battle, Carolyn Johnson-White, supporting vocal soloists ; Ben Odom, backup vocals ; Hugh McCracken, harmonica, slide guitar ; Zev Katz, bass.
Event Tracks 1-8 and 11-13 Recorded live as part of the American Music Theater Festival 1985 September 19 Annenberg Center, Philadelphia.
Tracks 9-10 Recorded Summer 1984 Clinton and Soundworks Studios.
Original Version Tracks 9-10 Previously released: Warner Bros. Records 25182[-1].
Note Title from disc label.
Synopsis, complete list of personnel, and lyrics (10 unnumbered pages) inserted in container.
Contents Live where you can (4:40) -- Fair Colonus (1:44) -- Stop do not go on (4:19) -- Who is this man (:40) -- How shall I see you through my tears (4:35) -- A voice foretold (6:26) -- Never drive you away (4:10) -- Numberless are the world's wonders (4:42) -- Lift me up (like a dove) (3:55) -- Sunlight of no light (2:43) -- Eternal sleep (3:32) -- Lift him up (7:34) -- Now let the weeping cease (3:22).
Summary "The Gospel at Colonus reconceives Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus as parable-like sermons on the ways of fate and particularly on a happy death. It is set in a Black Pentecostal church."--Program notes.
Subject Oedipus (Greek mythological figure) -- Drama.
Oedipus (Greek mythological figure)
Gospel music.
Gospel music.
Genre/Form Musicals.
Gospel music.
Live sound recordings.
Original cast recordings.
Gospel music.
Live sound recordings.
Original cast recordings.
Added Author Breuer, Lee, librettest.
Fountain, Clarence, singer.
Farley, J. J., singer.
Freeman, Morgan, performer.
Monk, Isabell, performer.
Jacox, Martin, performer.
Butler, Sam (Vocalist), instrumentalist, singer.
Steele, Jevetta, singer.
Steele, Jearlyn, singer.
McCracken, Hugh, instrumentalist.
Katz, Zev (Bassist), instrumentalist.
Steele, J. D., singer, conductor, performer.
Williams, Carl, Jr., conductor.
Malach, Bob, instrumentalist.
Schleifer, Lincoln, instrumentalist.
Heyward, I. A., instrumentalist.
Clouden, Leroy, instrumentalist.
Musical theatre adaptation of (work): Sophocles. Oedipus at Colonus.
Container of (work): Telson, Bob. Gospel at Colonus.
Blind Boys of Alabama, singer.
Soul Stirrers (Musical group), singer.
J.D. Steele Singers, singer.
Institutional Radio Choir, singer.
Little Village (Musical group), instrumentalist.
Added Title Gospel at Colonus
Standard No. 075597919127
Music No. 9 79191-2 Elektra Nonesuch
25182-1 Warner Bros. Records