Yesterday Today Forever (Carman LH-11163/4) 1974?

 

Soothing mellow sunshine pop gem from 4-girl 2-guy outfit.  Acoustic and electric guitars, piano, electric piano, pop horns and string orchestration meet up with melodies, airy male/female harmonies  and even a few subtle psych flourishes (check out the wah-wah electric guitar work decorating ‘So Deep’).  Several songs are imbrued with a fragile melancholy presence , especially ‘It Was All We Had’, ‘I, A House’ and ‘Life Is A Vapor’.  Other songs take the groovy up=up-and-away route (‘Can You See Clearly Now’) or bounce along to a happy carefree stroll (‘You Lord’).  ‘Tribute To Helen’ is a stirring song about Helen Keller that opens with a spoken poem.  Love the trippy harpsichord  on the closing ‘In Her Heart’  .  These folks possess a depth and warmth that’s seldom heard in Christian pop records.  Excellent  production for a private press.  Should appeal to fans of groups like Newbury Park and the Free Design.  Nine original songs (all written by member Ron Overman), plus a cover of Karren Lafferty’s ‘Seek Ye First’.      (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

Tracks:

01. We have come to sing
02. All He had to offer
03. So deep
04. I, A house
05. Can you see clearly now
06. You Lord
07. Tribute to Helen
08. Life is a vapor & seek ye first
09. In her heart

 

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