Recorded at the San Francisco Theological Seminary’s own Montgomery Chapel, acid-folk-rock psychedelic gem Search Party“Montgomery Chapel” was the brainchild of (then Reverend) Nicholas Freund. Having left Wisconsin in the late 1960s to joina burgeoning West Coast religious scene, Freund spent considerable time in Sacramento before making their way to SanFrancisco in 1968 to lay down this one-off with some students of his. The result is a spooky, metaphysical trip that’s equalparts God and acid-dripped mind expansion. Laced with haunting vocals and dreamlike passages, Montgomery Chapel ispsychedelic music at its most evocative, and most spiritual. Original copies (only 600 were pressed on the custom Centurylabel) carry substantial price tags.
The recordings released by the St. Pius X Seminary Choir were made in the year or twowhich led up to the recording of the Search Party album. Not only did the three St. Pius X Seminary Choir records showcase thefirst work by Nick Freund, but they also were the first recordings of Search Party guitarist and vocalist Peter Apps. As one ofthe press clips regarding the Choir stated, “The choral treatment was electrified by a few phrases sung solo by Peter Apps, whois also the lead guitar. If Apps has not already formed a folk-rock group around that voice, he should. It is rich, deep, andringing.” Luckily, Freund and Apps heeded their advice, and the Search Party was the result. But nothing could have preparedlisteners for the bizarre avant-garde (in the truest sense) electronic soundscapes backed by rock instruments which open“Each One Heard In His Own Language About the Marvels of God” (1968).
The album settles down into a less out-theregroove after the opening, but this is still adventurous stuff. During my conversations with Nick Freund, he told me that theelectric sounds on the album were the work of composer Dary John Mizelle. Mizelle studied composition and participated in theNew Music Ensemble at the University of California, Davis (the first free group improvisation ensemble); there he participatedin a course led by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Mizelle is also a founding member of SOURCE Music of the Avant Garde magazine.Our two-disc set includes both albums, plus bonus tracks taken from ultra-rare early albums by the St. Pius X Seminary Choir.The 28-page booklet is packed with information, thanks to Freund, who was gracious enough to delve into his memory,scrapbook, and photo albums to help us flesh out the portrait of one of the most potent—and perhaps one of the mostunlikely—psychedelic groups to ever record an album.
deluxe 2xCD edition of this Acid Archives favorite includes extra disc of previously unreleased material + bonus tracks
Disc One: Search Party “Montgomery Chapel”1. Speak to Me (2:50); 2. Renee Child (2:45); 3. Melanya (1:30); 4. When He Calls (4:22); 5. So Many Things Have Got MeDown (9:00); 6. You and I (3:08); 7. All But This (4:00); 8. Poem by George Hall (3:40); 9. The Decidedly Short Epic of Mr.Alvira (3:15); 10. The News Is You (4:40) Bonus tracks: 11. Prayer For Mercy (1:07); 12. Kyrie and Gloria (4:03); 13. Lord,Have Mercy (1:27); 14. Bossa Nova Mass (3:53); 15. Kyrie from "Jazz Mass" (2:42); 16. Love One Another (4:36); 17. They'llKnow We Are Christians By Our Love (2:31); 18. Walking Out Song (2:55)
Disc Two: St. Pius X Seminary Choir “Each One Heard in His Own Way”ACTS: 2, 1–12: 1. Pentecost Sunday, Double Alleluia (Richard Felciano) (6:07); 2. I am the Resurrection (Ray Repp) (3:29); 3.Come, Children, Hear Me (Ray Repp) (2:15); 4. Who Is This Man (Sister Germain) (5:03); 5. Get Together (4:53). Mass Forthe Secular City (John Ylvisaker): 6. Introit: Sing to the Lord (3:33); 7. Kyrie: Lament of the City (4:03); 8. Gloria: Joy in theCity (4:45); 9. Credo: Death in the City (5:40); 10. Sanctus: Lord of the City (2:00); 11. Agnus Dei: Lord of the City (2:06).Bonus tracks: 12. Prelude and Fugue in G Minor (5:12); 13. Hail Mary (1:15); 14. Sing of Mary (2:26); 15. Steal Away (2:25)