The Carpenter’s Union (Today T503) 1972? Canada *
Another one of them male/female Youth For Christ groups that sprung up like weeds in the early ‘70s. I’ll put these ﬁve Canadians in the upper percentile of the lot in spite of their watered-down Fifth Dimension white-bread pop-rock sound. The opener ‘One In The Spirit’ holds promise — a single disembodied female voice murmurs the familiar tune over a background of church bells, air raid sirens, artillery ﬁre, and news broadcasts. Likewise ‘The Carpenter’ satisﬁes with its blend of organ and brass rock sounds. Much of the album, however, descends into Lawrence Welk elevator crooning with horns, MOR vocals, etc. On the plus side there’s some nice soulful organ accompaniment ala Blood, Sweat & Tears throughout, along with classy harpsichord (the latter makes for a catchy ﬁrst—rate pop rendition of Free Design’s ‘Proper Ornaments’). And you can’t help but dig those giddy girl harmonies on ‘He Died On The Cross’. Two cover variations exists. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and track list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||One In The Spirit||2:05|
|1-3||I Would Love Him||2:22|
|1-5||He Died On The Cross||2:24|
|1-6||Tell It All||4:09|
|2-1||Turn On To Jesus||0:57|
|2-4||Look Beyond Yourself||2:23|
|2-5||One In The Spirit||4:00|