Reflections (WF0701) 1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siloam - Reflections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular Siloam is from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy, California. It appears to be mostly the work of songwriter, singer and guitarist David Duerr, but there are numerous folks assisting him. Reflections is a delightful two-disc amateur production that often recalls two of my favorite folk/folk-rock groups: God Unlimited and Ellis & Lynch. Musically there’s a broad range of styles, yet the album has a sincere cohesive quality from start to finish. Gentle male/female harmonies are the norm, acoustic guitars, piano, bass, drums, electric guitar, sometimes embellished with flute, oboe or recorder. Home-made brass and strings also show up periodically, but they didn’t bother me one bit. ‘Feelin’ Free’, ‘You Are You’, ‘Thanks To Our Maker’, ‘Your Birthday’, ‘I Am Your Instrument Lord’ and ‘Thank You So Much Jesus’ all have softly—flowing worshipful melodies similar to later God Unlimited, while ‘More Abundantly’ brings to mind the folk/pop of Gamble Folk. The ballads “Life Is Like A Flower In The Desert’ and ‘Make Me Like Your Mountains Lord’ stand out with their mesmerizing ethereal beauty. Some rock moments with psychy organ and electric guitar, most notably ‘Psalm 100’. Also side trips into country, solemn choral/classical, a touch of marimba on ‘Proverbs 3:5-6’, even a bit of experimental rock opera on the ten-minute ‘Woe Be To The Nation’ which includes wah-wah guitar, trippy organ, a screaming baby, gloomy Gregorian harmonies and dynamic spoken portions. Gate-fold cover with lyrics inside. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Siloam - Reflections (In Lt)

Siloam - Reflections (In Rt)

Siloam - Reflections (Bck)

I have not acquired this album yet.  Thank you Donald for the inside gate-fold and rear cover photos.

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Reflections
1-2Feelin’ Free
1-3Life Is Like A Flower On The Desert
1-4You Are You
1-5This Do In Remembrance Of Me
2-1More Abundantly
2-2My Light
2-3Thanks To Our Maker
2-4Proverbs 3:5, 6
2-5As Eagles
3-1Unto Thee
3-2Your Birthday
3-3I Am Your Instrument Lord
3-4Woe Be To The Nation
4-1Psalm 100
4-2Sittin’ In His Sunshine
4-3From This Day Forth
4-4Thank You So Much Jesus
4-5Make Me Like Your Mountains Lord

 

 

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