Monday, December 03, 2007
If you've been earching the musty, dusty vinyl bins of your local thrift stores, Salvation Armies, and Goodwills, you've probably come across dozens, maybe hundreds of what I call "local choir" albums.
"Local choir" albums are plentiful and usually the same. A local choir from a high school, community college, or small university dress in their formal robes, assemble on stage surrounded by microphones from a local or national recording service, they sing the same 12 or 13 songs, and it's captured on tape.
Then it's pressed onto vinyl and four to six weeks later, you have albums that were either sold for school fundraisers or given to the choir as gifts. Add a group shot of the choir director and the choir themselves to the back and it's official.
I found this album at a garage sale last year. What caught my attention about this album was the massive call letters on the front of the album: KFUO. It turns out KFUO is a Christian St. Louis radio station that's been spreading the gospel since 1924. Its sister station, KFUO-FM, has been doing the same since 1948.
Two choirs are featured on this album; the Senior choir of the First Lutheran Church of Omaha, Nebraska (Side 1) and the Children's Choir of Concord Lutheran School of St. Louis County, Missouri:
There was no date anywhere on the album so if you happen to recognize anyone in the picture above and can give us an exact release date (along with anything else you'd like to share about the choir, the directors, KFUO, or this recording), please let us know.
KFUO Presents Christmas Hymns And Carols