It is generally believed that Father Tom Belt & the ASU Diocesan Youth Choir recorded their God Unlimited! album
around in the late 1960's, possibly 1968/1969. The front cover was titled "Diocesan Youth Choir Presents - God
Unlimited" and subtitled "contemporary music for liturgy and other occasions when people meet to celebrate". An
unusual bright pink and red color scheme with a stylized Cross and Guitar motif adorned the front which was never used
again. All the original music was written by Belt, who was at the time the Episcopal Chaplin at ASU. Betty Font co-wrote
the song "Listen Lord" and God Unlimited covered two songs by different artists.
The Youth Choir was comprised of Arizona State University students and the musicians that played on the record are
unnamed but were probably also ASU students. Tom Belt composed and arranged the music and directed the youth
The 6 tracks on the albums' first side were a presented as a type of musical journey of Christ's life from His Birth to
Pentecost, each song signifying a different day of religious observance for those of the Christian Faith.
The album was pressed on the Century record label, a well-known private press label out of California.
Sonically, this LP is very different from the GU albums to come. Although there is no recording or engineering information
on the cover, even the most novice listener would probably say the songs were recorded "live" in some sort a large hall
rather than within the confines of a recording studio.
The effect of the live recording leaves the listener with mixed feelings about the recording. While the Choir really shines
on this recording, full and expressive like no other GU record...the musicians and their instruments are not properly
placed in the mix, leaving the bulk of instrumentation sounding much like an afterthought. Electric bass is indistinct and
"boomy" and the drums have a distant sound to them. The guitar section (unknown just how many guitar players there
were) probably sounds the clearest, but the entire band's sound is simply too weak in comparison to the choir.
However, do not let this review daunt you from acquiring this record, if you can find a copy. It is still a very rewarding
listening experience and these first versions of the signature GU tunes that Tom Belt will rearrange in the albums to come
will never sound so beautifully full, vibrant and colorful in the youth choir section as this causal recording setting provides.
NEXT: A leap in God Unlimited's musical evolution results in.... Joy, and Other Sublime Aspirations
THE LORD IS COME...Christmas
RIDE ON......................Palm Sunday
LEAVES 'A FALLIN......Good Friday
THE NEW MORN.........Easter
SIDE TWO: The Lord's Supper
GO FORTH, MY BROTHERS
WHERE ARE WE 'AGOIN
THE FREEDOM SONG
|The Diocesan Youth Choir
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