Sphinx (Casablanca NBLP 7077) 1977 UK *
There are plenty of Christian albums out there with one or two token disco songs (and even classifying those as “disco” is iffy). Then there’s that Hallelujah Disco lp – nice r&b/gospel but miles from being the stuff of John Travolta. Then there’s this wonderful obscurity which must be heard to be believed. You wondered if it existed and here it is: the definitive bona fide Christian disco lp!!! And as far as I know it just might be the only one that rings authentic to the era of mirror balls, platform shoes, and leisure suits. Given that disco albums were huge studio productions and the genre’s sensual reputation it’s no wonder there’s slim pickins in the Christian camp. While I can’t guarantee the spirituality of all involved in this project (keep in mind it’s the same label as Kiss, Donna Summer and The Village People), there’s nothing sacrilegious in the presentation. If fact everything about it seems reverently done – even the cover painting (Giotto’s ‘Kiss Of Judas’) and the back photo of the holy land attest to that. There are only two songs, each a side-long dance-a-thon, one topically covering Judas’ betrayal of Christ (19 minutes), the other the life of Simon Peter (17 minutes). Plush orchestration, punchy strings, wah-wah guitar thwacks, power horns, soaring female choruses, persistent thump clocking in at 130 bpm – all the classic ingredients for that dated but endearing nostalgic seventies sound. Even if you hate disco you’ll get a kick out of this. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).
A special thank you to Leif for sharing this music with us. Thanks Steve for the back cover.
01 – Judas Iscariout Suite
02 – Simon Peter Suite