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Sunday, November 27, 2016

ABI Orchestra & Choir​-​Jesus I Love You

Continuing with choir music, this may be one of the strongest offerings I have to bring to you. This album was released in 1977 (at least the date under the picture of the orchestra indicates this) under the direction of W.C. Gleason. His daughter, Pam, takes vocal duties on two ethereal tracks ("Shepherd of Love Medley" and "Life in Jesus Name".) Stan Gleason, son of Rev. Gleason and brother of Pam, also takes vocal duties on a track as well.  Rev. Robert Sabin is the orchestra director and his son, Nate Sabin, plays guitar on this album. And, of course, we have S.G. Norris and his granddaughter, Ann Grant, joining in on the record as well. This is quite the family affair!

It is said that Rev. Norris, the president of ABI at the time, wanted every saint to either play an instrument or sing unto the Lord. Add this vision with the amazing talents of Rev. Gleason and Rev. Sabin and you have a powerhouse album of choir music.

You can download the blessed music HERE!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

South Denver Pentecostal Choir-Jesus the Light

Of all the covers I've seen in United Pentecostal music, this may be the most visually stunning. It is a fantastic work of art. It's vibrant, exciting, and invokes the more hippie style records of the Jesus music era.

Only this wasn't a Jesus music era record. As far as I can figure, this was released in the late 1950's to early 1960's. And the music on this record is fairly dull and bland. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a fantastic little record, even if the production on the recording leaves a lot to be desired. It is a great artifact from the past worthy to be saved and shared. But considering the much more lively spirit-filled music that permeated from the United Pentecostal Church over the coming years, this is a fairly standard effort.

But that was the 1960's for you. It was before Lanny Wolfe came along and introduced music styles into choir music that he gleaned from soulful secular music.

Rev. Donald Haymon currently serves as bishop over the Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver.  He started services in a vacant stand free store front in 1956 and this became the seed of this vibrant church.

He would go on to pastor this church for 50 years until his son took over pastor duties. He and his wife can still be found ministering at the church to this day, however.

According to the album notes, they make the claim that until this record no church attempted to produce a choir record for entertainment purposes. Their purpose was to capture the music they produce in service as the Spirit moves. The result is this album. Is this truly the first church choir record produced in United Pentecostal music, as they seem to claim? I guess the world may never know for sure since so much of the history of this music is hard to chronicle. However, I take it at their word. This not only makes this record a great artifact from the past, but an essential record to preserve and to share.

You can enjoy their music HERE!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Christian Life Center Mass Choir-Caught in the Acts

I promised you more choir music, and I got your choir music right here!

This comes from the indelible Christian Life Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Pastored by Rev. Ron Libby, the music department was under the direction of Laird Sillimon for thirteen years. During this duration, he helmed a number of releases. I have a handful in my collection, and this is the earliest one I have. It was released in 1987.

Laird has gone on to considerable success in gospel music, and also produced albums for the CLC Choir in Stockton, CA. His music has been recorded by world famous choirs: The Pentecostals of Alexandria, Edwin and Walter Hawkins Music Art Love Conference, The Passion in Praise Conference, and more.

This is an archive of his humble beginnings. (Though he did not start in Rev. Libby's church. His home church is the Apostolic Outreach Center in New Orleans. I do not know if he produced any records or tapes for them.)

You can download and enjoy the music HERE!