Whispers (Aslan ASL-102) 1979













The second album on this custom New York label, the first having been Chris Aridas’ Out Of The Darkness. Whispers is subtitled “the many sounds of Joyful Praise” and features twelve songs written by Pat Sexton. Roughly eight or so musicians involved, including Sexton on acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and piano. Pat sings lead on half the songs, the rest have William Boecker, Sara Lewis, Joseph Juhasz, Bunny Murphy and Rick Ruckdaschel taking turns in the vocal spotlight. Quality melodic male/female folk-rock sound throughout, including both up-tempo songs (‘Joyful Noise’, ‘Look, I Make All Things New’) and stirring ballads (‘Where There Is Love’, ‘Love’). Cool synthesizer and electric piano enlivening ‘Emmanuel’. Electric guitar is regularly present, but overall there’s really more of an acoustic emphasis. Slide guitar and phased electric on the gentle ‘One More Day’. Occasional tolerable trumpet popping up on a few songs. Produced by Chris Aridas. Many of the participants would return for the label’s next offering Like The Dawn (see entry). (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet.