Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Volume two of my favorite thrift store finds of the christian persuasion, the culmination of many rainy Sunday afternoons spent in the musty aisles of Goodwill in search of oddball recordings by christian hillbillies (click here if you missed Volume 1). Once again it's a mixed bag with a little something for everyone: zealotrock, god-fearing disco, conventcore, righteous country, evangelopop, goodie-folk, knee-bender funk, and jesus cheese. Click to stream.

The Good Twins - "Going Home"   (Going Home, 1971)  Dwight and Dwayne started singing at age 3 and they haven’t stopped since. In 1961 they made musical history as the first to use pre-recorded background tapes at concerts -- a novel method that has since become very common.

The Tempo-Aires - "Operator, Get Me Jesus On The Line"
(If It Keeps Getting Better and Better, 1973)   Famously covered by the Manhattan Transfer on their debut album in 1975.

The Brewers - "Lord Don't Move The Mountain"   (The Brewers Sing Just For You)

Nun Plus - "Listen To Your People" (Ljumbo, 1970) One Sunday afternoon in 1970, Sister Marianne Misetech invited two accomplished musicians -- Cookie Routtu and Jeannie Rey Routtu -- to listen to Marianne and her fellow sisters perform her quirky compositions. Cookie and Jeannie Rey had been performing professionally as The Rey Sisters throughout the Pacific Northwest and Europe. They were masters of the piano, marimba, guitar, mandolin, string bass, and drums. When they heard the nuns perform that afternoon they found "a very modern approach to the celebration of life" and they wanted to help them get their songs recorded. At that moment the five nuns and the Rey Sisters became The Nun-Plus.

The Carriers - "Vogel Park" (Memories)   The Carriers would like to thank Marvin "Gardens" Holler, their bus driver, and to the Shenandoah Inn Truckstop & Restaurant at I-70 and 285 in Old Washington, Ohio for the use of their garage for maintenance on their bus.

Honeytree - "Evergreen" (Evergreen, 1975)   "Many people tell me they were fans of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, but had to give up listening to the music they liked when they became born again Christians. What a blessing it was to discover that somebody was singing their favorite style of music for Jesus!"

Klesis - "Don't Play The Game"    from the album Come Let Us Reason 1976) Klesis, meaning "called", consisted of brothers Dewey & Louis McGuire and Carroll Ruth

Peterson Sisters - "Climbing Up The Mountains"

Karen Lafferty -- "No Time For Jesus" (Bird In A Golden Sky, 1975)   The Billie Jean King of the Christian folk scene prays that you too know what it is to be free as a Bird in a Golden Sky."

Selah -- "Another Day" (Selah, 1972)  Quartet from Anderson, Indiana.

The Sterk Family -- "Inside Those Pearly Gates"   (The Gospel Sounds of The Sterk Family)  

The Baker Trio -- "Thanks For Sunshine"
(Featuring The Stone Rolled Away). Threesome from Fairmont, Indiana thanking the Lord for sunshine, children, laughter, labor, shovels, flowers, and rain from up above.

Roland & Theresa -- "I've Got Confidence"   (Roland & Theresa Sings "Behold Mine Eyes"). Sibling duo from Pontiac, Michigan.

Rick Bonfim -- "I Can Feel The Way"   (My Life Has Taken A New Way, 1978)

At the tender age of 15, Rick Bonfim was ordained and appointed to his first church in Brazil. Just when he was about to give his inaugural sermon, his parents packed up and moved the family to the U.S.A. Rick wasn't about to give up on religion, however, nor did he forget to bring his guitar. After earning degrees in Psychology, Divinity, and Guitaritry from just about every university within the state of Georgia, Rick was ready to officially begin his careers in music and ministry. At press time, Rick has recorded and produced 13 albums, including four in Portuguese, and the Rick Bonfim Ministries is thriving in both the USA and Brazil.

Sisters of the Incarnate Word -- "Everybody Knows This Man"
(Composed For You, 1973)  

The Young And Free -- "Love"   (Goin' Somewhere, 1975)   These seven students were part of a generation searching and reaching and grabbing for greedom. I mean freedom. All kinds of freedom. At the same time, the freedoms that generation won was often disappointing, leaving only the taste of dry ashes. "We've found the right kind of freedom in God's Sin," said Kurt Kaiser. "We've found the right kind of individuality. Sure, we're human. We have frustrations and we feel very deeply the issues of our times. But we also know what it means to be young and free. Free to feed our hunger for meaning to life."
The Ron Patty Family -- "Things Have Changed"   (Faith, Home & Country, 1979) Part of the Christians Against Modernity RV tour of 1979.

Janine -- "Does The Sun Still Shine"   (1975)   When the pain from glaucoma forced her to have both eyes removed, Janine wrote this lovely album to thank her leader dog, Gretchen, and her God, Nehktergi, for giving her peace. The record was released on Lark Records out of Richmond, Virginia.

Paul Lisicky -- "You Are The Potter"   (Like The Morning Sun, 1980)   Released on Pretzel Records. Lisicky is now an author and a professor in the graduate writing program at NYU.

Brother Juniper -- "There Was A Man"   from the album Do You Know My Name



Alex said...

Good Heavens. That Sterk Family! Also loved the banjo/finger-snap combo of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word (the record seems warped, and I mean that in 4 different ways), The Brewers, and best of all is that highly melodramatic tune by Nun Plus. My only complaint is that the Roland & Theresa cut seems to be missing from both the streaming and the download options.

ps. I just converted, thanks for the link. it was easier than I'd imagined.

pps. oops.

MarĂ­a Eva said...

Dios los bendiga por este compilado

Anonymous said...

Alright guys, time for new posts - you've outlived your vacation period.