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Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9 - The Torchbearers (1968)

Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9 - The Torchbearers (1968)



Dennis Blair Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Rich Esposito Guitar, Vocals
Elmer Gordon Producer
Bob Kearney Guitar, Vocals
Mark Puleo Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals


Christian psychedelic quintet the Holy Ghost Receptive Committee #9 was the brainchild of Anthony Myers, a teacher at New York City's Regis High School -- assigned circa 1967 to work with students to write and perform contemporary minded songs that could be played at Mass. He assembled guitarists Dennis Blair, Rich Esposito, Bob Kearney and Mark Puleo, along with bassist Larry Johnson. The project proved so successful that Myers landed the group a recording contract with ecumenical publisher Paulist Press, and in 1968 the Holy Ghost Receptive Committee #9 (so named by a fellow student) issued its first LP, Songs for Liturgical Worship. After a 1969 follow-up, The Torchbearers, the group dissolved; Blair later enjoyed a career as a stand-up comic, opening for the legendary George Carlin for over a decade.

Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9 - The Torchbearers (1968)

"Dennis Blair" (guitar), "Larry Johnson" (bass guitar, organ and rhythm guitar), "Bob Kearney" (guitar),"Rich Esposito" (guitar) and "Mark Puleo" (lead guitar and harmonica) met while attending New York's "Regis Jesuit High School".
Their intentions was to find a way to alleviate the monotony of weekly mass by writing and singing their own songs.
They started writing and playing their own music at daily Catholic masses. 
Somehow convincing Jesuit Anthony Myers and school administrators to support their Rock star visions, they ended up with a recording contract with the Catholic "Paulist Press". 




On The Torchbearers, the band continues in not glossing over life’s difficulties with a “smile, God loves you” kind of approach. In fact the cover photo shows them seated in a vacant trash-filled lot with faceless expressions. The Torchbearers is even heavier than their debut in joining raw garage band enthusiasm with that jangled ‘60s electric Byrds sound. There’s some straightforward Jesus folkrock here such as ‘Walk Across The Waters’ and ‘Rise Up’ (both in a lively classic Byrds style), but they also tackle issues like compassion and poverty (‘Know They’re You’, where clashing garage and fuzz guitars meet up against heavily echoed vocals) and segregation (the garage-rocking ‘Them’s A-Comin’). Nice bass action and fast electric strums on ‘Hey Lord’. Other cuts: ‘You Think Differently’, ‘Magnificat 70’, ‘Jesus H. Clown’ and ‘What Do You Ask Of Me?’. Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King – the title ballad alludes to them with the words “we’ll take up your fallen cross and fool the world; because the killers really think that they have killed you.” Not afraid to ask some probing questions along the way and include a touch of Ecclesiastes in the lyrics (the back describes their statement as “one crying out for a concerned Christianity”).




Heimatliche Klaenge vol.136

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.136



Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.136     The Jay Five

vol.5    Strictly Instrumental   Cornet 15014
01. Mame
02. Lara's Theme
03. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
04. There's A Kind Of Hush
05. Days Of Wine And Roses
06. Simon Smith
07. Wizzball
08. I Got Rhythm
09. Detroit City
10. With A Little Help From My Friends
11. What Now My Love
12. Goin' Out Of My Head
13. Good Day Sunshine
14. No Milk Today


Heimatliche Klaenge vol.135

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.135



Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.135     The Jay Five

vol.4    A' One  A' Two  A' Three  Cornet 15007

01. Music To Watch Girls By
02. The More I See You
03. Daydream
04. You've Got Your Troubles
05. Don't Go Breaking My Heart 
06. Our Day Will Ccome
07. Black Is Black
08. 98.6
09. Winchester Cathedral
10. Un Homme Et Une Femme
11. Sunny
12. Bluesette
13. 31st Of June
14. Call Me


Heimatliche Klaenge vol.133

Heimatliche Klaenge vol.133



Heimatliche Klaenge - Deutsche Schallplatten-Labels 
Native Sounds - German Record-Labels

vol.133    The Jay Five  

vol.2  Big Beat Bombs   Cornet 15001

01 - Hold Tight
02 - With A Girl Like You
03 - Bus Stop
04 - Early Bird
05 - Keep On Running
06 - Keep An Eye On Summer
07 - Hideway
08 - Super Girl
09 - Wild Thing
10 - Paperback Writer
11 - Sunny Afternoon
12 - Taxman
13 - The Girls On The Beach
14 - God Only Knows



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