In The Beginning (Leaven 9158) 1979



The independently released In The Beginning does a successful stylistic switch over to pastoral folk, country, and string/woodwind-backed meditative acoustic ballads, making for some of Griffen’s most beautiful moments. Steel guitar and harmonica set the rural mood on the opening ‘Don’t Give Up’, while ‘Amazing Carpenter’ skips along with a playful honky-tonk air. ‘Let Your Light Shine’ introduces some electric guitar for its lightly rocking style. Orchestration, when used, is tasteful and elegant, particularly on the ballads ‘Blessed Are You, Lord’ and ‘The Fisherman’. The gentle styles of Bob Ayala, Harry Chapin and John Denver are good reference points. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Don't Give Up 4:16
1-2Never Be The Same 3:49
1-3Blessed Are You, Lord 2:47
1-4The Fisherman 6:18
2-1In The Beginning 4:25
2-2We Thank You For Our Friends2:37
2-3Let Your Light Shine 3:27
2-4Amazing Carpenter 2:12
2-5He Calls Us Each By Name 3:55