Hosea (NJ, no #) 1978
I have to admit that a rock musical about the prophet Hosea and his unfaithful wife Gomer would not have been very high on my idea list. But here it is, as conceived, written and composed by Father Jeff Patnaude, pastor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, California. About ten or so folks are in here helping to bring his vision to life on this enjoyable low-tech production. To make things interesting the story is given a modem-day twist, with the self-proclaimed sex god Baal leading a street gang called the Wurld Rockers (Israel gets sucked into the gang and is renamed Izzie). Many of the songs have a retro ‘50s rock-and-roll vibe, with crude electric guitar leads, bass, drums, piano and a honking saxophone all coming together like a high school production of Grease. One glance at a title like ‘Keep Your Moon In Your Fruit Of The Loom’ and you know this Father is waaaaay out there. Ditto for ‘Ready To Rip’, ‘I’ve Got The Tingles’, ‘The Buck Is King’, ‘Beers Broads And A Hummm’ and ‘Can You Dig It’. Also some nice acoustic and folk-rock cuts, including ‘Truth’, ‘It’s God That Gives Us Life’ and the superb eight-minute ‘Love Song’. Great b&w cover photo of an early ‘50s car.
(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 Title||Time|
|1-1||Ready To Rip|
|1-2||There’s Got To Be More|
|1-5||We’re So Hip|
|1-7||I’ve Got The Tingles|
|1-8||Where Would I Be|
|2-1||The Buck Is King|
|2-2||Keep Your Moon In Your Fruit Of The Loom|
|2-3||Beer, Broads And A Hummm|
|2-4||He’s My Day|
|2-5||Can You Dig It|
|2-7||It’s God That Gives Us Life|