Far More Precious Than The Greatest Treasure (KM CM 1495) 1978
This ten-person Baltimore group’s independent release is a ﬁne example of the later melodic folk/praise sound that Catholic music had evolved into. It’s one of those records where the ﬁrst impression is “yeah, alright, whatever”, but further listens bring out the strength and beauty of the songwriting. Similar to the late-’70s NALR sound of the St, Louis Jesuits and others, but with simpler arrangements. Original titles like ‘an Corinthians’, ‘Yahweh, Come To Me’, ‘Hymn Of A Grateful Heart’ and ‘A Minstrel’s Song’ lyrically combine male/female ensemble vocals with acoustic guitars, piano and ﬂute, plus moderate orchestration from brass and synth strings. Booming male vocal a few times, but overall can be quite pretty. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the front cover photo and track list.