|**THE HIGHER BURNING FIRE|
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|"There are days when the sun is warm and the breeze cool--the type of day that no matter where you rest your body, your soul and mind blend together in pleasant harmony. It's the same when you hear a plain-song: a song that never ceases to amaze you in its luxury and melancholy grace. These are the songs that allow the hair on your arms to stand erect when you simply open your eternal ears, swallowing the intrinsic sound completely. This is never an easy task to perform for all players of plain-songs. When the simplistic beauty is achieved, much like the change in weather, we the audience feel emotion and allow the entire element of the performance to take us over (whenever and however) almost completely.|
The Higher Burning Fire In Plain Song, conducted and arranged by the Lawrence, Kansas sextet, understands the sacrosanct of the plain-song. The group displays their fervor for the simplicity and decorous grace of the plain-song. While their songs remain pure in nature, the group introduces complexity through strings, brass, percussion, and vocal harmonies- yet never shying away from the original realm of the plain-song. Kinsey's vocal harmonies, Morin and Holland's graceful guitar work, Quillen's dutiful bass rhythms, and Anderson's simplistic percussion accompaniment maintain the strength of the group's song structure.
While remaining original in style, the audience could be reminded of the late-1960s Left Banke or the sounds of a mid-1970s American studio original, and even at times of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass or the baroque revival of Richard Davies' Cardinal- and while these comparisons may surface amongst listeners, The Higher Burning Fire stand alone in their proficient craftsmanship and complex arrangement.
The album was executed in ten days in Eudora, Kansas under the direction of Ed Rose. The twelve tracks were recorded on a low budget with limited space on tracks (at one point using 32 tracks on 24 track 2 inch tape). Than Kinsey is responsible for the arrangement of the strings and brass sections. The band gives their eternal gratitude to those involved and the patience of one Edward J. Rose. See also Magic Sister, Whispering Giant, Folk majic, and Canyon for spiritual attainment."
Brooks A. Rice,
Lawrence, Summer 2000
|**THE HIGHER BURNING FIRE SHOWS|
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The Higher Burning Fire
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In Plain Song
The Higher Burning Fire