Let The Cosmos Ring! (Avant Garde AVS 131) 1970? Canada *
Interesting experiment here as Presbyterian ministry from Toronto seeks to discuss spiritual questions with people from a variety of backgrounds (including non-Christians) through the medium of music. The end result is sort of a musical equivalent of a rap session, with lyrics that reveal a search for meaning yet also express the Christian response. Don’t let the word “community” scare you off – this isn’t a big massive choral production or anything. There are eleven people listed in the instrumental credits, plus another five providing the vocals. The Avant Garde label certainly lives up to its name on this release with not only rock and folk styles, but also jazz, psychedelia, and bizarre poetry readings (check out the hip ‘The Wart Where It Was’). Horns are used effectively in parts, though thankfully they’re usually playing second billing to the organ and electric guitar. Psychedelic guitar noodling intermingles with spacey washes of organ on the album’s centerpiece: the thirteen-minute ‘Genesis’, an avant-garde ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’-influenced composition structured around three cosmic spoken passages identified as Fluctuations 1, 2 and 3 (note how they work in the melodies from ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’). (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-3||The Wart Was Where It Was||3:10|
|1-4||In All Of These Things||1:21|
|1-5||It Is Ii You Pass By||1:57|
|1-8||Valley Of Recall||2:43|
|1-9||Sing Brothers Sing||1:22|
|2-2||Let The Cosmos Ring!||1:57|