The Judgment (VOV SP-1) 1975
Feeling a little lax in your spiritual life lately? Why not let Texas hellﬁre televangelist B. H. Clendennen electroshock you into repentance with this courtroom style dramatic enactment of the Great White Throne Judgment? Simerman-like music opens and closes a short sermon from the Rev on Biblical prophecies. Then it’s on to the Judgment. First up to bat is the exubeth Joanne, marching gloriously into heaven with her mega-bubbly Southern accent. But from then on it’s all casualties. “Call the next defendant!” One by one the souls approach the bench (insert creepy Gothic organ accompaniment) where segments of their life are replayed (apparently they prefer analog over digital up there since you can hear the tapes rewinding). All the defendants are colorful characters (not to mention bad actors), sobbing profusely while offering up pitiful excuses for their shortcomings. Four of them are hauled off screaming to hell: 14-year old Betty who thought she had plenty of time, Scott who didn’t tithe, the self-righteous Donald, and Kay the gossip who screams when she notices blood on her hands – blood from destroying the character of others. Two others squeak into heaven, but barely: the Reverend Stevens who failed to confront members of his congregation on their sins, and Dana who loses all his rewards because of a previous backsliding episode. For some, listening to this record will be a sobering experience. Others will no doubt think the Rev is a total loon. Regardless of the extent to which you agree or disagree with Clendennen’s theology, I’m gonna have to think that most listeners will at least ﬁnd the dramatic aspects to be pretty hardcore weird. There will certainly be no confusing the guy for Norman Vincent Peale. This is a soundtrack to a television production. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet.
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