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 TitleTime
1-1Tongue Of Disciples2:13
1-2In The Garden2:13
1-3Consider Jesus2:45
1-4Ephesians Five3:52
1-5Song From Ruth2:50
1-6Love Song2:50
1-7Psalm Thirty-Two3:50
2-2Letter From God4:29
2-3All I Can Do3:44
2-4Psalm One Thirty-Nine7:57