Please Forgive Us Lord (Ark 61926) 1978


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Amongst the glut of folk, pop, rock and everything else that the church cranked out in the ’70s, Jeff Johnson was one of the few loners that ventured off into unexplored territory.  Please Forgive Us Lord often crosses over into what one might call “contemplative art rock”, or moody expressions that foreshadow “new age” music.  At last, a true artist not conforming to the Christian wave, as evidenced not only in the lyrics and musical approach, but also in the deluxe packaging which includes Escher-esque pen and ink drawings on the gate-fold cover, a 16-page lyric/photo booklet, and a bonus 7″ single entitled ‘Songs For Loved Ones’.  This set reveals a fuller sound than Anvil, with synthesizers and spacey sounds beginning to play a bigger role, as on the instrumental ‘Fugata’ and the mysterious haunting title track.  Often laced with classical influences, not only from the strong piano presence, but also from periodic string orchestration.  Some nice folky Eastern vibes surrounding ‘Come, Let Us Walk’.  “Secret Agent Christian Spy’ is an interesting piece that includes a suave Perry Mason horn section, the topic being stealth-minded Christians who leave their “witness’ (i.e., tracts) on car windshields.  Better things were yet to come, yet this remains Johnson’s rarest and most sought after lp – understandably so.   (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).


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Song #Song TitleTime
1-1We Wish You A Merry Christmas 0:37
1-2Coventry Carol 1:27
1-3Away From The Manger 5:55
1-4Everyday 3:09
1-5Everyday Tag 0:38
1-6Jerusalem, City Of Gold 4:58
1-7We're Gonna Live Forever 2:18
1-8Intermission Song 1:12
2-1Secret Agent Christian Spy 5:56
2-2Come, Let Us Walk 3:02
2-3Fugata 1:28
2-4Please Forgive Us Lord 4:41
2-5Teach Me Thy Way O Lord (Ps. 86: 11-13) 2:10
2-6Afterthought 1:04