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Moving Gospel

January 13, 1985|KRISTINE McKENNA

"THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS." Original cast. Warner Bros. This LP of beautiful gospel music is the original cast recording of the stage production of "The Gospel at Colonus." This adaptation of Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus" is built around a collection of superb original songs that showcase the talents of some of gospel music's leading lights. The most notable is Clarence Fountain, whose duet with Sam Butler on the stirring "Stop Do Not Go On" could surely drive down the orneriest devil. Also featured are stunning performances by the Soul Stirrers, the Five Blind Boys and the J.D. Steele Singers, among others. Strangely enough, this moving testament to faith was produced by that cynical old hipster Donald Fagen and his longtime sidekick and producer Gary Katz. The spirit does move in surprising ways.

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