It’s Real (Christian Recording Associates CRAIMS 115) 1970? UK *
Striking moody femme folk custom from England. Mainly four girls on vocals, with acoustic guitar, violin, percussion, recorder and piano, plus a couple guys on double bass and ﬂute. Musically their classical leanings reveal similarities to some of the better American nun-folk artists, though I’d say the British counterpart displayed here is more interesting, more progressive. On the UK scene they most closely resemble equally obscure acts like Maranatha, Water Wind & Fire and Eleri Janet & Diane. Chime bars and auto-harp are used effectively on ‘Stars Were Shining’, while the violin accompaniment provides nice lyrical touches throughout. All words and music by member Brenda Piper. Sharp cover design looks reminiscent of Hopi Indian drawings, though according to the blurb on the back it’s actually based on a Bronze Age sun symbol from a Scandinavian rock carving. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Sorry, I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the track list and for finding a side 1 label photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||A Busy Thoroughfare||2:40|
|1-2||God Is There||3:00|
|1-4||There’s A Place||1:58|
|1-5||Wherever I Look – Reading From The Living Bible II Tim. 3:1b-4, 4:3-5b, 2:19||6:28|
|2-1||Long, Long Ago|
|2-2||Stars Were Shining|
|2-3||Hear My Prayer|
|2-5||Lord You Have Searched Me Psalm 139|