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September 30, 2007


Dr. Benway

Track one, no mp3 :(


Hopefully I haven't given away the book. Meanwhile, track one isn't in mp3 format or anything that'll let me download it.


Track one is not linked properly and cannot be downloaded.

Station Manager Ken

I fixed up track one. Thanks for alerting us to the problem.

Resident Clinton

"Christ is Changing Everything" is one of my favorite, catchy Christian songs. And, lo, I did not know it was from this musical. Thanks!


You probably already know this, audio nerds but some of the players on this are very famous in the realm
of studio work...

Especially Eric Gale, who passed in 1994...

He's credited with contributions to a slew of famous recordings and artists...

Eric Gale: Aretha Franklin, Maxine Brown, the Drifters, and Jesse Belvin. He soon began to attract the attention of King Curtis and Jimmy Smith, who began recommending him for studio work. He became known first as a session musician in the 1960s, eventually appearing on an estimated 500 albums. Among the many artists he recorded with were Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Grover Washington Jr., Herbie Mann, Esther Phillips, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, and Billy Joel. He also had a spell in Aretha Franklin's stage band.

Chuck Raney: Little Richard, Steely Dan, Jeff Pocaro, Sergio Mendes, Merl Saunders [Grateful Dead Family], Wilton Felder [Crusaders] and a zillion more...

Not sure if Chuck's name is also spelled Rainey as it is linked with Eric Gale's many more times than the Raney spelling???

Would be difficult to believe he knew 2 Chuck's with such similar names...

pea hix

i just picked up a copy of this, but it has a different cover than the one you have pictured. it's just some b&w silouhettes of teenagers.

Chuck Blackwell

I am very surprised to see this here. I spent over 10 years looking for the album. I just had a cassette recording of it from a record my girlfriend's family had. I first heard this album in 1977. My girlfriend's family knew Dr. Habel as her father also attended Concordia Seminary. I found the album from Otis Fodder. He sent it to me only wanting some music from Franciose Hardy. It is just funny how small the world is and that after years of looking for the album which is a very rare thing to find since only a few of them were made, that now you can just listen to it over the internet. After 30 years since I first heard this album it still moves me. I met Dr. Habel back in 1978.

Lawrence (Larry) Mohr

I'm gratified and surprised that FMAO still interests people. The bassist, Chuck Rainey, probably became the most celebrated of the musicians, literally redefining the use of bass in pop music and jazz. For more, see Chuck and Eric were the backbone of Aretha Franklin's early superhits. The songs by Norm and Rich were the basis of the book I wrote for Long Island productions of the multimedia musical. I'm told that several New York producers were quite interested but found it "too religious." Later that year, "Jesus Christ Superstar" hit like an explosion. Who knew? It was way ahead of its time. The session was made in the New York 23rd St. studio where Elvis recorded his first RCA hits. It is now gone, replaced by part of Baruch/CUNY.

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