CRY 3 - An Odyssey Of The Spirit (1975)
Clear Light Productions CL 102 released in 1975 Recorded in 1971
This recording represents the full music sound-track to Clear Light
Productions' multi-media experience, CRY 3 - An Odyssey Of The Spirit
This is a strange one that actually shows up in one of the Hans Pokora books. While it isn't what I would call a 'must own' album, I'd like to know a little more about. Released by the Massachusetts-based Clear Light label, 1975's "Cry 3 An Odyssey of the Spirit" was apparently recorded as a soundtrack for a multi-media presentation. Judging by the pseudo-religious themes that prevail, I'm guessing that it was some sort of church sponsored program. From a personnel standpoint the set was kind of interesting in that it showcased a sort of nascent Christian super group with Mike Johnson having been a member of The Excursions, while Greg Volz played with the band Petra. Musically this wasn't half bad. Propelled by doom and gloom synthesizers and large church choirs the two Al Perez composed instrumental suites didn't do all that much for me ('First Trilogy' and 'Second Trilogy'). Some reviewers have labeled them as psychedelic, but in spite of the 'end of earth' synthesizers and over orchestration they really aren't. On the other hand, tracks like 'Meanings Will Change', a cover of Stephen Stills' 'Know You Got To Run' and '' were all tuneful in a Poco-ish country-rock fashion. The fact they soft peddled the religious sentiments certainly didn't hurt the album. Mind you not all of it was subtle - 'Reflections' and 'I Heard the Voice of Jesus' were both pretty cringe inducing. So … call it pleasant and move on.
01 First Trilogy Music: Al Perez 5:25
a. Creation 2:50
b. The Serpent 1:00
c. The Fall 1:15
02 Lost In A Dream Words & music: Gary Wright 5:53
03 Know You Got To Run Words & music Stephen Stills & John Hopkins 4:00
04 Meanings Will Change Words and music: Bill Hughes 5:20
05 Reflections Words and music: Keith Cradock and Cliff Richard 3:00
06 Second Trilogy: Incarnation / Crucifixion Music: Al Perez 8:26
Words and music: Bill Lumkins
a. Incarnation 2:33
b. Crucifixion 3:17
c. Resurrection music: Charles Lloyd Chittendon III 2:22
07 I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Words: Trad. Arranged: Edwin Hawkins 7:00
08 Glory, Glory Words and music: Art Reynolds 3:25
09 Open Our Eyes Words and music: Bill Lumkins 3:35
Greg Volz - Vocals
Terry Andersen - Vocals, percussion
Taylor Armerding - Vocals, guitar
Mike Johnson - Vocals, guitar (member of the Exkursions)
Turley Richards - Vocals on "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus"
Al Perez - Synthesizer
Charles Lloyd Chittendon III - Guitar
Lester Kahn - Guitar
Rex Waters - Bass
Bard Richmond - Bass
Jeff Lass - Keyboards
Gene Elders - Violin
Vern Gibson - Flute
Back up vocals: Carol Cope, Louise Costignan, Lenore Curtis, Barb Jennings & Marlene Nelson
Greg Volz is not credited for the vocals of any particular song. But is probably lead vocals on "Lost In A Dream" and harmony vocals on "Glory, Glory". Perhaps he can also be credited for lead and harmony vocals on "Open Our Eyes",
This is actually the first ever studio-recording featuring Greg X. Volz later to become the lead singer of Christian rock band Petra.
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