Strangers At The Mill (Jaka M 66815) 1968?
Low-tech Lancaster, Pennsylvania production featuring musical selections from Strangers At The Mill, a drama written by local Mennonites about the Mennonite-Amish—Anabaptist movement. Sparse primitive format alternating simple folk with churchy ensemble styles, often with bleak or minor—key moods. The a cappella and semi-traditional stuff didn’t do a whole lot for me, but solo and small-group folk performances like ‘Someone’s Gotta Die’, ‘Free Me’, ‘It Wonders Me’, “Once I Loved A Little Boy’ and ‘Breath Of Death’ are ﬁne. Usually just acoustic guitar for backing, plus a few appearances of what sounds like an accordion or melodica. Mostly originals, with a few hymns and things like ‘Kum Ba Yah’ tossed in. Reminds me of some of those early Catholic folk records. Produced by I. Merle Good, with music arranged by David A. Seitz. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track listing.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Someone's Gotta Die||2:32|
|1-3||Teach Me Thy Truth||1:57|
|1-4||Alle Mente Confusa||2:22|
|1-5||Kum Ba Yah||2:06|
|2-1||It Wonders Me||3:50|
|2-3||Once I Loved A Little Boy||2:59|
|2-4||Ein Feste Burg||1:41|
|2-5||I'll Do It Anyhow||1:50|
|2-6||Breath Of Death||2:08|