LP0168. THE SURVIVAL OF ST. JOAN, Original 1971 Off-Broadway cast, w.Smoke Rise, Gretchen Corbett, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Bright & Janet Sarno. 2-Paramount stereo PAS 9000, in gatefold jacket, w.original 10pp.booklet with lyrics.
“Smoke Rise were an American progressive rock band in 1969-1972. It's members were brothers Hank Ruffin (keyboards), Gary Ruffin (guitar), and Stan Ruffin (drums), and Randy Bugg (bass guitar). In 1970, they created the first American Rock Opera, THE SURVIVAL OF ST. JOAN, based on a play and a libretto by James Lineberger, and produced by Oscar-winner Stephen Schwartz and Dave Blume.
THE SURVIVAL OF ST. JOAN was first produced as a concept album on Paramount Records PAS-9000 by Stephen Schwartz in 1971. Facing a taxi strike and the dubious support of the local Hell's Angels, which adopted Joan as their warrior princess, the production had 16 performances Off-off-Broadway at the Anderson Theatre, directed by Gnys and produced by Haila Stoddard and Neal Du Brock, with a cast that included Gretchen Corbett, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Bright, and Janet Sarno. Smoke Rise performed all the singing, while the actors handled the dialogue.
The artwork by Doug Jamieson for the cover of the double album (Paramount PAS 9000) was displayed in the New York Museum of Modern Art. To date, their works have not been issued on compact disc.”