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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 14. 1966.

Record notes

Record notes

A Rather Interesting Disc is West-minster Abbey's Famous Composers (HMV MCLP 1867 mono) which is a recital by the choir of works by former organists Robert Whyte, Orlando Gibbons, John Blow, Henry Purcell and William Croft. The works by Blow—Latin hymn. "Salvator mundi, salva nos," Anthem "God is our hope and strength" and Organ solo, "Voluntary" in D minor—are very attractive. The choir's singing is excellent, the performance of the boys is outstanding and the recording is quite satisfactory.

At Present the pop scene is glutted with groups and singers attempting to rock folk music. Most of the attempts are singularly unsuccessful, such as Jan and Dean's Folk 'n Roll (reviewed previously). Two new releases that fall into this category are The Dawn of Correction by the Spokesmen (Festival DL—31809 mono) and Johnny Rivers Rocks the Folk (Liberty LBY 3064 mono). The Spokesmen consider themselves in alignment with the "protest" generation and their tunes are geared towards this. The words of such tunes as "Better Days Are Yet To Come." "The Dawn of Correction" and "Down in the Boomdocks" are enough to make one vomit and the actual musical performances they receive are lack-lustre and imitative. The Johnny Rivers' disc is very much like any of the countless records of Trini Lopez. If you like the Lopez style no doubt you will enjoy these versions of "If I Had a Hammer," "500 Miles." "Mr. Tambourine Man." "Blowin' in the Wind," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." etc.— I am sure I don't!