Long Live God (Harmony QCS 980) 1972 Canada *






Visionaires, The - Long Live God










Side one of this Canadian youth outfit’s custom lp presents your standard coed high school renderings of mostly Godspell selections in a low-tech piano/guitars/percussion format. However, things get a whole lot more interesting on side two’s ‘The Crucifixion’ where the gang creatively strings together several songs into a 17-minute collage. Here we find a haunting a cappella murmuring of ‘Eleanor Rigby’, a cover of Hair’s ‘Where Do I Go’ (with garage electric guitar) and a trippy mysterious version of the hymn ‘There Is A Green Hill Far Away’ (to the tune of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). In between are a couple sections of bizarre commotion (representing the crowds before Jesus), with coughing, laughing, shouts of “Communist! Fascist! Idiot!”, and snippets of conversation like ‘hey man where’s you’re monkey at anyhow?” and “I thought the meat grinder took Eleven members on the vocals (with various alternating lead singers), plus eight on the instruments. A production of Berean Christian Schools in Brookville, Ontario.   (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Visionaires - Long (Bck)

I have not acquired this album yet.  Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track list.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Day By Day
1-2All Good Gifts
1-3Bless The Lord
1-4‘Til The Whole World Knows
1-5I Wish We’d All Been Ready
2-1The Crucifixion:
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord
Poor Jerusalem
Eleanor Rigby
Where Do I Go
There is A Green Hill Far Away
The Crucifixion
Long Live God
There Is A Green Hill Closer Now