Friends (Vintage SCV 143) 1975 Canada *

 

Canadian folksinger with cordial acoustic style, touched with a few hey-it’s-good-to-be-back-home-again pastoral edges ala John Denver. Good natural acoustic vibes on playful jangly tracks like ‘Small Town Canadiana’, ‘Callander Bay’ and ‘Plastic Jesus’, that latter discussing shallow Christianity with lines like “I can do what I pleases, ‘cause I got my plastic Jesus, on the dashboard of my car”. John on 6 and 12-string guitars, assisted by Hugh Greenwood (lead acoustic guitar) and D’Arcy Grant (bass). A Presbyterian youth group and choral group provide simple background vocals to a handful of songs, including ‘The Greatest Gift (I Cor 13)’, ‘What Shall It Profit?’ and ‘Spiritual’. All original songs written by John. Produced by Vintage Records for the United Church Observer in Toronto. Gatefold cover. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

 

Tracks:

01. plastic Jesus
02. small town canadiana
03. the greatest gift
04. callander bay
05. spiritual
06. friends
07. grand old lady
08. what shall it profit
09. what love is for
10. prayer for the givers

 

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