Sunday, April 19, 2009


The Sound Generation

Circa late 1960s


Several years ago a group of students on the campus of John Brown University created a musical group known as the "Sound Generation". Initially the group lacked virtually all the necessary ingredients for success, but the members of the "Sound Generation" believed that they had a story to tell and a song to sing. In the retrospect of the years, it was certainly of our mission and a blind faith in God, that enabled the group to wade through the often chilly waters of our initial ventures.

From that time until this, virtually everything about the group has changed, everything that is except our reason for existence. The group was born out of a desire to tell of our love for God and country; that desire is still the central pillar of our being.

THE ADAGE STATES THAT: "Music is the expression of the soul." This album is the soul expression of the 24 young people who created it. It is not music for music's sake; but rather an effort to communicate and to share the deep "heart-felt" feelings that burn within the souls of the members of the "Sound Generation."

The album touches all the spheres of musical involvement that have become synonymous with the "Sound Generation" through the past years. The sound ranges from the driving beat pf "California Soul" to the easy melodic line of "Who Can Cheer the Heart Like Jesus."

The album is a kaleidoscope of sound and it is hoped that somewhere on the record there is that certain something that you will like a great deal.

It is our jope and prayer that each and every listener will be drawn closer to God and to the realization that He is vitally interested in the affairs of mankind and that through the person of Jesus Christ, He has provided a way for us to know Him.

In the creation of this album, special credit must go to the following:

JOHN COATES: Who is not only the musical director of the group, he has been, from the beginning, the musical mind that has charted the basic course for the group to follow. Johnny, musically speaking, has written the majority of the group's arrangements and does all the keyboard work on the recording.

PAUL WHEELR: Paul sings baritone/bass, and is also responsible for the selection and training of all vocalists. His ability and the end result is easily heard.

ROGER BYRD: Affectionately referred to as "Byrd" by all his friends, drills and trains the "Sound Generation" band and is the featured "skin man" or drummer in the group. For the album, he also covered much of the trombone work and "California Soul" is a product of his arranging genius.

...And a very special word of thanks to:
MR. STEWART SPRINGFIELD - Vice President of John Brown Univeersity, without whose help and guidance we never would have made it;

MR E. WILLIAM GEORGE, John Brown University West Coast President...our "Big Daddy" in the southern California area who just has to be the grooviest guy in the world;

THE DOCTOR...and all the "out of sight" people at "Gold Star Studios" in Hollywood who helped us so much in the sessions;

LOU LEVIN - from "California Sound Products" in Los Angeles, who is absolutely the greatest sound engineering consultant in the whole world.

One of the most exciting aspects of the "Sound Generation" is the fact that all of the young people in the organization attended the same school. To our way of thinking, John Brown University is the finest school of its kind in the nation today. It is a fully accredited, four-year, liberal arts University, that is in existence today basically to train young people academically and spiritually for a 20th Century world. It is thrilling for us to know that the University has been successful in doing just that for more than half a century.

If you would care to know more about the "Sound Generation" or about John Brown University, feel free to write us in care of John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761.

All of us in the "Sound Generation" hope you enjoy the album as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Sincerely Yours,

Bill Hartman


I'VE GOT RHYTHM (1:40) Arr. Coates
OUT OF MY HEAD (2:35) Arr. Whitby
TRIBUTE TO JIM WEBB (6:15) Arr. Marsh
CALIFORNIA SOUL (5:50) Arr. Byrd



WONDERFUL DAY (2:00) Arr. Coates
WHO CAN CHEER (3:20) Arr. Coates
FREEDOM MEDLEY (4:22) Arr. Marsh


Editor's note: a soul-funkadelic-religious experience! purports to that but falls more in line with an orchestra that sometimes plainly "gets down." Not all the way down but down as far as the knickers covering the women's pudeurs. I could be Nietzsche and say, "Women have pudeurs?" but then I'd sound like a downright bastard. Having a daughter now I'm only allowed to think nice thoughts about females. :)


Hearseman said...

I have photographs of several incarnations of the Sound Generation throughout the 60s and 70s.

Would be interesting to actually hear what they sounded like...

the said...

Scroll down and listen to the mp3 files!

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