Zacchaeus (Olive Tree 0T 1) 1978 UK *
Had UK groups like Cloud, Valley Of Achor or Wine Of Lebanon included more electric guitar in their sound, they might have captured the essence of this excellent independent British folk/rock musical. The topic for these eleven songs is the encounter between Jesus and the tax collector Zacchaeus. Originally written for a school by Richard and Jean Britten, then later re—arranged for Sarum Hill Fellowship in Basingstoke. Jean is one of the ﬁve vocalists on this recording, while Richard joins ﬁve other musicians in providing acoustic/electric guitars, piano, ﬂute, cello, bass, synthesizer, percussion and drums. Classical inﬂuences are noticeable on the stirring piano/cello ballad ‘Can It Be’ and the Cloud—like ‘Hosanna’ (which builds to a dynamic fuzz-endowed crescendo). More fuzz guitar can be found on “Come And Render Unto Caesar’. Some Meet Jesus Music impressions as well, particularly ‘He Cared For Me’ which sounds dead-on like MJM. Clever cover design of two eyes peering out from a tree. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo. Thank you Laura for the song list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Come and Render Unto Caesar||1:42|
|1-3||He's Coming Soon||1:12|
|1-4||He Cared For Me||3:11|
|1-5||He's Coming Soon Reprise||1:13|
|1-6||Can It Be?||3:08|
|2-2||Zacchaeus, Come Down From the Tree||2:38|
|2-3||Well, Would You Credit Such A Thing?||1:52|
|2-4||A Stranger Came||2:54|
|2-5||Today/The Salvation Game||3:07|