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Sunday, May 10, 2009
PIPE ORGAN WITH BIRD CALLS NO. 2
by Lorin Whitney & Ralph Platt
ZONDERVAN RECORDS ZLP-653 Circa 1950s
The mighty tones of the pipe organ have always been a source of inspiration to people everywhere. Organ enthusiasts enjoy comparing the various instruments and players enjoy the variety of sounds produced by the different stops as well as the quality built into these great instruments—all the way from studio models to the mighty cathedral organs. One of the most pleasing sounds in pipe organ music today is the tone of the Robert Morton Pipe Organ located in the Lorin Whitney Studios, Glendale, California. This splendid instrument has been heard many times over the radio networks. Under the masterful touch of Lorin Whitney, its sound was never more inspirational. Mr. Whitney is known internationally as a result of his years spent with the Billy Graham Team, both in evangelistic campaigns and on the Hour of Decision Broadcast. He is also well-known for his many personal appearances and his own organ programs on radio. Collaborating with Mr. Whitney on this recording is Mr. Ralph Platt, Whistler. This man’s unusual talent blends in beautifully with the strains of the organ, thus presenting an unusual effect which is both interesting and refreshing.
Loren Whitney at the organ may also be heard on Record No. ZLP-629 Loren Whitney and Ralph Platt may also be heard on Record No. ZLP-633
ZONDERVAN RECORDINGS PRODUCED BY SINGCORD Grand Rapids, Michigan
ALL THAT THRILLS MY SOUL (With Bird Calls) SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY I KNOW I'LL SEE JESUS SOMEDAY (With Bird Calls) MY HOME SWEET HOME SOMEBODY WHISPERED THAT JESUS LOVES ME (With Bird Calls) JESUS IS COMING AGAIN
SERENADE by Toseli (With Bird Calls) SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME SWEET AND LOW NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART SERENADE by Drigo (With Bird Calls) TO AN EVENING STAR (With Bird Calls)
Editor's note: one of the finest recordings ever! Moody and resonating organ with the piercing bird shrills made by a guy! What a whistler that dude was. The whole religious aspect of the record seems to be in the brilliant music and without the suggestive titles you'd probably just think it is a pipe organ recital with occasional bird. And it is.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!