The “HIS” Singers (RPC Z 41771/2) 1972

 

 

HIS Singers

 

 

 

 

Low-fi amateur youth group folk/rock production that still manages to charm and entertain in spite of limited talent and budget. The 24 singers have that predictable cluttered gymnasium sound, but the rock-based drumming and electric guitar presence (including wah-wah) are a major boon. Adding to the appeal in a different way are some painfully off-key female lead vocals. Other factors contributing to the primitive vibe are lead singers fading in and out of the microphone, vocals occasionally wandering out of synch with the rhythm section, a few coughs, and on a couple songs something that sounds like thunder in the background (feedback? a storm outside?). The rock angle gets especially charged up on ‘O Happy Day’, ‘Allelu’ and ‘I Am The Resurrection’. Some of the other selections are ‘All My Trials’, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, ‘Christ Is Changing Everything’, ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ and ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ (herein converted to ‘I Should Know How To Love Him’). Recorded live while the group was on tour in 1972. A production of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Roseville, Michigan, on the famous custom Recorded Publications Company label. HIS stands for Heralding International Singers. This copy came in a plain white cover with xeroxed pink-paper credits and artwork slipped inside the shrink. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet.

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
01Oh Happy Day
02All My Trials
03You've Got A Friend
04Christ Is Changing Everything
05Bridge Over Troubled Water
06Hear O' Lord
07Send Your Servant Down The Road
08Pass It On
09Allelu
10I Should Know How To Love Him
11I'd Like To Teach The World
12The Lord's Prayer
13I Am The Resurrection

 

 

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