Happenings At The Gathering (KFUO 68-4585) 1968



This ultra-obscure 3-record set documents a 1968 Lutheran youth convention held at Purdue University. What makes the project of interest is some excellent solo acoustic material from none other than John Ylvisaker. Included here are live covers of ‘A Gay Cliché’, ‘A Crimson Christmas Rose’, ‘Alone In The City’, ‘Joseph And Mary’, ‘Cool Livin’ and the non-lp ‘Two Little Fishes And Five Loaves Of Bread’. Not only that but you actually get to hear the guy pronounce his name! There are also some songs performed by Robert Edwin, three acoustic ones, a swinging electric basement cover of ‘With Joy’, and an audience sing-along. He stops the audience from clapping on ‘The Times Are A-Changin’, stating “listen to the words, they’re important to ya now”. Unfortunately the rest of the album suffers from putrid production, as if it were recorded with a cheap portable recorder back in the 200th row. On some sets like the male guitar-banjo folk group Mustard Seed you can hear audience talking and laughter that’s actually louder than the music! Others like the soulful rock of The Blue Flame sound like a muddy swirl of overpowering organ, thick drums and garagy electric guitar, with indecipherable vocals in there somewhere. Also includes convention singing, the Ft. Wayne “Swingers”, youth musical selections from ‘For Mature Adults Only’ and ‘For Heaven’s Sake’, none of which are particularly interesting. Roughly three of the six sides consist of snippets of messages from various speakers on topics such as racism, poverty and hunger. So overall you can probably salvage only an EP’s worth of stuff here, but what’s there is essential for the Ylvisaker connoisseur. Produced by radio station KFUO, with warnings “not licensed to broadcast’ on the labels. Packaged in an open-out folder-type cover with cool psychedelic orange and brown lettering and designs on the front. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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01. with joy
02. hunger
03. the times are changing
04. lord make me an instrument of your peace
05. a gay cliche
06. a crimson Christmas rose
07. alone in the city
08. two little fishes and five loaves of bread
09. ft Wayne swingers
10. a beautiful balloon
11. smile on your brother
12. we shall overcome
13. hold on I’m comin
14. clap your hands
15. Joseph and Mary & cool livin
16. for mature adults only
17. a black clergyman tells it like it is song
18. black Lutheran talk
19. a mighty fortress
20. for heavens sake