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Bob Telson transposes Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus into the Black Pentecostal church for this Tony-nominated show, featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama collectively playing the role of Oedipus. The Washington Post called the show “dramatically audacious” and praised the album’s “powerhouse performances” and “sheer massed strength of the various gospel choirs.”


Clarence Fountain & The Five Blind Boys of Alabama: Bobby Butler, Sam Butler, J.T. Clinkscales, Clarence Fountain, Rev. Olice Thomas, Joe Watson

J.J. Farley & The Original Soul Stirrers: Jackie Banks, J.J. Farley, Martin Jacox, Ben Odom, Willie Rogers

The J.D. Steele Singers: Fred Steele, J.D. Steele, Jearlyn Steele-Battle, Jevetta Steele

The Institutional C.O.G.I.C. Radio Choir:
Director: Carl Williams, Jr.
Soloist: Carolyn Johnson-White
Guest Choir Director for The Gospel at Colonus: J.D. Steele
Donald Ballard, Charles Bellamy, Deborah C. Britt, Katie Bronn, Betty Cooper, Carl Cooper, George Cooper, Peggy Cooper, Walter Dixon, Keith Doars, Shari Driskill, Mary Fisher, Beverly Graham, Angie Haddock, Vincent J. Haddock, Jr., William Hines, Mary Hunt, Selene Jones, Shellie Jordan, Zack Kelly, Edgar Ladson, Evelyn Langston, Tyrone D. McCall, Denise Martin, Terrence Moore, Janet C. Napper, Ruth Payne, Lillie Richards, Josie Rogers, Joyce Taylor, Arnita Tillman, Ezekiel Tobby, Brenda Hyman Turner, Cynthia Wainwright, Linda Wilkerson, Monique Williams, Joan Faye Wright

Little Village:
Sam Butler, guitar, vocals
Leroy Clouden, drums
Lincoln Schleifer, bass
Butch Heyward, organ
Bob Telson, piano, synthesizer
Chris Royal, trumpet
Marc Johnson, trombone
John Hagen, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone
Bob Malach, alto saxophone

Hugh McCracken, slide guitar and harmonica
Zev Katz, bass

Recordings produced for Great Performances, by WNET/New York
Album produced by Bob Telson
Engineer: David Hewitt
Recorded in performance September 19, 1985, at the Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, as part of the American Music Theater Festival
Mixed at Sync Sound and Remote Recording

“Lift Me Up (Like a Dove)” and “Sunlight of No Light”
Produced by Donald Fagen, Gary Katz, Daniel Lazerus, and Bob Telson
Engineer: Daniel Lazerus
Recorded summer 1984 at Clinton and Soundworks Studios

Front cover art by Doug Johnson
Back cover photograph © 1983 Tom Caravaglia

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