’70s record by band formed at Oklahoma camp a collector’s item

A 1973 private press vinyl record of a Christian psych rock band formed at an Oklahoma summer camp is in high enough demand by vinyl collector’s to sells for hundreds of dollars.

The self-titled album was recorded by a band calling itself Listen and self released in 1973. The bio of the band on the back of the LP explains that band members Mark Lewis, Martin Kollmeye, Karl White and Virgil White met at Camp Lutherhoma during the summer of 1970 and first played together for a camp talent show.

“Many of our original songs were inspired by the natural environment.” the bio states.”Our name is unusual but appropriate and as we say when we perform: ‘To listen is our request and our policy.'”

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Beyond its rarity, the album is a collector’s item because the music holds up. If you’re curious to hear the album without paying a lot for the record, I found this download link via The Ancient Star Song blog.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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