The Christian Hippy Musical in its Purest Form


Ralph Carmichael & Kurt Kaiser
“Tell It Like It Is: A Folk Musical About God”
1970, Light (Word) # LS-5512-LP

From the liner notes: 
” I don’t pretend to know where it’s all going or where it will end.  I don’t have to know.  It’s not my responsibility to second guess trends, much less create them and propagate them.  But I do have a feeling that we have to stay relevant.  We’ve been told straight out to do that and Christ Himself set the example.  In TELL IT, we have assembled a conglomerate of sounds (rhythmic, chordal, melodic) that kids are accepting at the moment.  Who cares about “pure folk forms”?  If this album is pointed to in years to come as a pure form of anything we will have goofed pretty badly.”
  — Ralph Carmichael

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Ralph Carmichael is one of the best known composers of contemporary Christian music, as well as an arranger and writer for everyone from Nat King Cole to Elvis.  He now has a “big band gospel” group.

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  • Rick Robertson Says:

    The musical was before my time, but the huge hand-painted poster made for a performance of hit hung in my high-school band room at least as late as the year I graduated – 1978.

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