Spiritual Revolution Day (Custom Fidelity CFS-2741) 1971
March 27, 1971 was Spiritual Revolution Day, at least in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bearing the caption “Live Jesus Trip And Pop Concert”, this virtually unknown custom press documents some of the dialogue and musical performances of the event. An unidentified “special guest” gives the opening comments – I’m pretty sure it’s Randy Matthews. The group God’s Children provides two songs: ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Coming Home’, both in a piano-accompanied light rock style. They’re followed by a like-wow-man zoned-out Jesus freak who provides a few remarks on Christ’s imminent return and baptizing some converts from the concert in the river. He then introduces the band Maranatha. These guys are the highlight of the lp, delivering two tracks of good basement electric-guitar-and-organ rock that includes some rough fuzz outbursts. One of the songs is Randy Matthews’ ‘Children Come Together’. It’s a low-fi sound like Wilson McKinley’s On Stage, but nevertheless quite cool. These guys were obviously quite excited, givin’ shouts of “if you love Jesus say amen!” and “one way!” between the songs. Side two continues with two more fine songs by Maranatha: ‘Country Boy’ and ‘God’s Creation’, both lengthy ballads with a rural feel. Lillie Knauls is next with a pair of contemporary black gospel numbers including Edwin Hawkins’ ‘Come & Go With Me’. Lastly, someone identified only as “a brother” (I’m quite certain it’s Randy Stonehill) does a brief a cappella song (a portion of ‘Baby Out Of Wedlock’) followed by closing in prayer. Back cover has a small pic of a flyer advertising the concert. Arthur Blessit, Glenn Schwartz and Larry Norman are listed but they’re not on the actual recording. Like Jesus Sound Explosion and Jesus People, this album definitely captures the spirit and enthusiasm of the times. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||GOD'S CHILDREN - Amazing Grace||2:44|
|1-3||GOD'S CHILDREN - Coming Home||2:02|
|1-5||MARANATHA - Listen To Me||6:06|
|1-6||MARANATHA - Children Come Together||5:52|
|2-1||MARANATHA - Country Boy||5:53|
|2-2||MARANATHA - God’s Creation||7:14|
|2-3||LILLIE KNAULS - Just To Behold His Face||3:01|
|2-4||LILLIE KNAULS - Come Go With Me||3:44|