He’s Alive! (NR12104) 1979?



Milwaukee, Wisconsin contemporary gospel youth outfit with Lutheran connections. Bubbly co-ed vocals, horns, guitars, piano and synths serve up ccm standards like ‘The Victor’, ‘Easter Song’, ‘Home Where I Belong’, the Don Francisco title track, etc. Not the kind of thing I get too excited about, but I’ve listed it here for a couple horn-less exceptions. First is a cover of Phil Keaggy’s ‘That Is What The Lord Will Do For You’ where the electric guitar backing is duplicated note for note, including that rippling guitar arpeggio (the guy’s fingers trip up in the strings, but it’s an admirable attempt). Also a gorgeous dreamy acoustic rendition of Becky Ugartechea’s ‘Nightingale’ with stirring female vocals. Only about four vocalists, and on several tracks there’s just one singer – that helps some. I like how they changed the “Methodist” reference in ‘Oh Buddha’ to “Lutheran”. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).



I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the front cover photo. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and track list.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1The Victor
1-2Easter Song
1-3Home Where I Belong
1-4Hard Times
1-5Give Him Praise
1-7We hasten With Eager, Yet Faltering Footsteps
2-2Fresh Surrender
2-3That Is What The lord Will Do For You
2-4Oh, Budah
2-5I Love You Lord
2-6He's Alive