Women Of The Old Testament (FEL S-242) 1968


I’ve always appreciated Sarah Hershberg’s contributions to her collaborative albums with Sebastian Temple. Here she gets a deserved lp to herself, and it just so happens to be one of the finest in the whole FEL catalog. Etched in these grooves is a rare seasoned professionalism more often found in mainstream recordings. Women Of The Old Testament contains thirteen of Hershberg’s songs presented in a ‘60s folksinger style, often with a mournful minor-key mood that’s musically rooted in her Jewish heritage. Ray Tate’s arrangements are right on target, making use of jazzy aggressive flute on ‘Woman Of Valor’, exotic harp and percussion on ‘Deborah’, psychedelic organ on ‘Judith’. ‘Sarah’ is backed solely by what sounds like a triangle and plucked double bass. Decorative lead acoustic guitar work throughout. Apparently a companion piece to George Montague’s Men Of The Old Testament from the same label and year. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).





Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Woman of valor3:08
1-2Eve’s lament3:01
2-1Behold thou art fair2:53
2-4When thou goest3:06
2-5Laban’s lament2:31
2-6The lion and the lamb2:09
2-7We’ll sing a new song1:13