Where Else Would I Go (Maranatha HS-777-15) 1975
Where Else Would I Go is another triumph despite the fact that their former folk edge is all but gone and the music is moving toward mellow often-orchestrated MOR. And for once I mean MOR in the good sense, recalling the best of The Carpenters (I know The Carpenters aren’t exactly critics’ darlings but these tunes reach out to me). Gentle sighing harmonies, soft piano and electric piano, mellow strings, maybe a touch of brass. Plenty of ballads to go around, including ‘Silver Packages’. ‘Can You Feel Him?’, ‘Goodbye’ and the solemn ‘Tried In The Fire’. ‘Wind Blowing Softly’ gets a saxophone lead for its pop/MOR theme. My personal favorite here is ‘The Holy Spirit Song’, one of their most uplifting performances. The closing title ballad recalls The 2nd Chapter Of Acts. Absolute beaut of a cover featuring a colorized engraving vprint. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Tracks: 01. Face The Crowd 02. Silver Pachages 03. Wings Of Morning 04. Can You Feel Him 05. Goodbye 06. Wind Blowing Softly 07. Holy Spirit Song 08. Tried In The Fire 09. Where Else Would I Go Home