Today I acquired a couple of CD’s that I have wanted for quite a while. These have been my own personal Holy Grail of recordings and they have been difficult to track down because they are no longer in production. I’m talking about the first two CD’s by Libera, which they recorded as the Saint Philip’s Boys Choir, New Day and Sing Forever.
I have never even seen a description of this pair, nor heard of anyone who owned them so I will describe them here.
The first CD, New Day, has 12 tracks and almost all of them are familiar. They are:
You Are the New Day
Song of Joy
Only the last song does not appear on one or more other albums.
The second is Sing Forever, recorded in 1988, and the tracks are:
Morning Has Broken
Sing the Story
The Lord’s My Shepherd
All Through the Night
I have a Dream
For the Beauty of the Earth
Light the Candles
Be Still My Soul
I wonder sometimes why Robert Prizeman has a rather limited repertoire (it probably has something to do with paying royalties) but I’m not complaining. Even though most of these songs are repeated on the first two Angel Voices CD’s and elsewhere the arrangements are different and so are the voices.
The New Day cover shows 17 boys sitting on a rocky incline and looking skyward. They are wearing blue sweat pants, light blue hoodies and no shoes.
The soloists on this CD are Robert Chee-a-tow, Gareth Lowman and Jaymi Bandtock.
Sing Forever has 18 boys on the cover, the front row kneeling and the others standing behind them. They are wearing the fore-runners of Libera’s monk’s robes. These are of a thinner fabric with larger cowls and shorter hems. Again they are all barefoot so I’ll bet the robes were later elongated to cover the jazz shoes they wear now.
Soloists are Jaymi Bandtock, Jonathan Arthey, Ian Grimley, Sam Harper, Gareth Lowman and Matthew Arthey.
I'm very glad to have these. Now if I can only find an affordable copy of Requiem by the Boys Air Choir.