Luke: A Modern Epistle (ARH 300) 1974
One of those classic low-tech no-overdubs homemade youth rock musicals that you absolutely need, this one a modern take on the Gospel Of Luke as seen through the eyes of “a typical twentieth-century man”. Cool edgy rock-based basement electric guitar on just about every track, switching back and forth from strummed rhythm to lead solos, getting rather intense on the harmonica boogie rocker ‘I Played Hooky’ where a sizable fuzz lead is summoned forth.Plenty of tracks with solo vocalists, but even the selections with all twenty-seven members singing in unison still have an appealing amateur sincerity. A host of colorful characters deliver fun cheesy pseudo=hip dialogue between the songs, not to mention a few corny jokes. Listen for the briefly sung excerpts of The Carpenter’s ‘Close To You’ and the Chicken of the Sea commercial (ask any mermaid you happen to see…”). Most intriguing song title: ‘Jesus Didn’t Wear No Bell-Bottom Pants’. Exudes the same sincerity as those homemade Alabama projects Jonah & The Whale, Daniel & The Lion’s Den, etc. A production of Ascension Lutheran Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, written and directed by Michael Aspinwall. Luke’s lookin’ a tad werewolf-ish on the front cover drawing. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Sorry I have not located this album yet, but thank you Donald for the song list.
2. Who is This Man?
3. I Played Hooky
4. Jesus Didn’t Wear No Bell-Bottom Pants
5. Let Your Light Shine
1. Good News
2. I Know
3. The Greatest Of These Is Love
4. Think It Over
5. Praise The Lord
6. Luke (Reprise)