July 20, 2015

Crosscurrent Community - Let The Cosmos Ring! (1970)

Genre: Jesus Music Era
Password: 2015

Interesting experiment here as Presbyterian ministry from Toronto seeks to discuss spiritual questions with people from a variety of backgrounds (including non-Christians) through the medium of music. The end result is sort of a musical equivalent of a rap session, with lyrics that reveal a search for meaning yet also express the Christian response. Don’t let the word “community” scare you off – this isn’t a big massive choral production or anything. There are eleven people listed in the instrumental credits, plus another five providing the vocals. The Avant Garde label certainly lives up to its name on this release with not only rock and folk styles, but also jazz, psychedelia, and bizarre poetry readings (check out the hip ‘The Wart Where It Was’). Horns are used effectively in parts, though thankfully they’re usually playing second billing to the organ and electric guitar. Psychedelic guitar noodling intermingles with spacey washes of organ on the album’s centerpiece: the thirteen-minute ‘Genesis’, an avant-garde ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’-influenced composition structured around three cosmic spoken passages identified as Fluctuations 1, 2 and 3 (note how they work in the melodies from ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’). (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).




  1. Thanks for this very interesting concept type LP

    It was actually originally released in Canada in 1969 before getting released here in the US in 1971

    TBC Recording Limited TBC 11969S Canada 1969

    Reissued on Avant Garde Records AVS 131 US 1971


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