Patmos: A Message To Mankind (Creative Sound CSS 584) 1974

 

 

Two-lp private-press conceptual musical drama that provides a contemporary tour-in-song through the book of Revelation. Sort of a blend of modern-day classical and avant garde, with slight rock, pop and Superstar/Godspell influences – not unlike some of the early productions on the Avant Garde, Fortress and Concordia labels. This is apparently a studio recording, although it has more the feel of a live local performance. Lots of spoken portions with musical backing, especially deep booming proclamations over-top rumbling tympani. Vocals trade off between a male/female ensemble (somewhat squashed in the mix) and solo singers. No guitars for the most part, but lots of keyboards (organ, harpsichord, synthesizer) that sometimes provide a trippy or spacey edge (at one point I thought my pager was going off). Also percussion, woodwinds and brass (but no strings). There’s a slow raucous party-down piece of nightclub jazz with fuzz guitar over on side three, later followed by some intense screams from the lake of fire. Written and performed by a group of El Paso folks, recorded in quadraphonic sound. An interesting work that rests comfortably beside albums like Meet God, Man!, Crosscurrent Community, For Mature Adults Only, 20th Century’s A Folk Mass, etc. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition)

 

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1I Saw Jesus
1-2Admonishing The Churches
1-3Holy, Holy, Holy
1-4Worthy Art Thou
1-5Worthy Art Thou To Take The Scroll
2-1O Sovereign Lord
2-2Run Sinner Man
2-3Shelter Of His Arms
2-4Song Of The Witnesses
3-1There’s Nothing I Won’t Do For You
3-2Song Of Moses
3-3It’s So Easy
3-4The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb
4-11000-Year Reign
4-2Satan’s Judgment
4-3Song Of Judgment
4-4New Jerusalem
4-5Benediction

 

Written and preformed by an El Paso, TX group.

This is a two record set, the recording to digital was done by side of the record as the songs ran together, there would be 4 sides, thus 4 tracks. Songs as listed in the track list thank you Discogs for that.

 

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