King Jesus (Bridge 82231) 1972
More often than not this tiny California label that’s persevered over the years has pleasantly surprised me in its ability to deliver wonderfully charming folk lps. The Renaissance with their moody acoustic brand of melodic folk stands among the finest. As with other Bridge artists such as Take Three and The Wedgwood there’s a strong emphasis on harmony. ‘Isaiah 55:1’ opens the lp in dreamy baroque fashion with acoustic guitar, harpsichord and recorder to which these young men apply their calm soothing harmonies – it’s got to be one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Many such moments can be found on this gentle masterpiece that consistently mesmerizes with its beauty. One of the more unusual tracks is ‘Four Days’ with a chilling psych feel, haunting dissonant vocals and eerie organ accompaniment. Not to be confused with the Singcord and Milk & Honey MOR band. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo. Tracks: 01. Isaiah 55;1 (Come Ye To The Waters) 02.Comes The Sun 03. Jesus The Very Thought Of Thee 04. Who Is The Babe 05. In The Morning Of Our Lives 06. Four Days 07. The Search 08. Great Day 09. Nearer My God To Thee 10. Down By The Riverside 11. Mary Don't You Cry 12. Side By Side Home