Tongue Of Disciples (Charis 812032-2043) 1978
Taking their name from the Greek word for “witness”, this ensemble was a musical ministry of Charis Community at Bowling Green State University where a spiritual revival had taken place in the music department. Although comprised of twenty-four members, they usually don’t sound like a choir as only a handful are on vocals and most are providing woodwinds, strings or brass. Side one has a satisfying homemade quaintly-orchestral artsy light rock feel that includes classical and jazz overtones. ‘Love Song’ is a particularly pretty acoustic track with ﬂute and bassoon accompaniment that borrows some of the more sensual passages out of Song Of Solomon. Side two features an eight-person subset of the larger group called Rhema. With male/female vocals, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, ﬂute and a violin, they have more of a small-band progressive folk-rock feel. Their four selections (all written by Roger Ely) have a very elegant dreamy lyrical artistic beauty. Standout is the eight-minute ‘Psalm One Thirty-Nine’ which has some mood shifts and excellent lead electric guitar. (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 list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Tongue Of Disciples||2:13|
|1-2||In The Garden||2:13|
|1-5||Song From Ruth||2:50|
|2-2||Letter From God||4:29|
|2-3||All I Can Do||3:44|
|2-4||Psalm One Thirty-Nine||7:57|