Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Excelsior Spring Highschool Boys & Girls Concert Choir 1972-1973 Audio House

Excelsior Spring Highschool Boys & Girls Concert Choir 1972-1973 Audio House CAT# AHSPLS 17172

Another record that really never needed to exist.  This is a live recording of the 1972-73 Excelsior Springs Boys & Girls Highschool chorus.

The recording is pretty faint, when the kids solo, it's almost impossible to hear over the top of the sole piano providing backdrop.  The girls do not one, but two Carol King Melodies for some reason.  There's also the absolutely necessary rendition of "Aquarius".  There's a boy's version of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again," which if you've ever heard is pretty depressing and an odd choice.  There's also a cover of the Beatles, "Blackbird," and the Carpenters "Superstar" is pretty enjoyable, but overall, pretty lame.  To it's benefit, it doesn't have any overtly Christian songs.

However despite all the middle of road-ness, the first song on the flip side is an original tune by a girl named, Cheryl Gruey.  Her song is called "Let's Rebuild that Bridge" and the subject matter is about a break up and trying to get back together (typical immature nonsense), but her plaintive vocals and sparse electric guitar (that's it, just her voice and guitar) make up for the rambling that's going on in the lyrics.  It's a bit of a loner folk gem and proves my theory that all these strange chorus and band albums have something to offer.

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