496. Setting Yesterday Free – Infinity Plus Three
SETTING YESTERDAY FREE (1970)
Infinity Plus Three
This amazing little gem may be the most difficult album of the entire list to track down. Released in 1970, this album predates classic Larry Norman and Love Song albums by a year or more. The album is most notable for the inclusion of Mark Heard on guitar, bass and vocals. Heard also lent his songwriting skills to the quartet and it is the very first recording of famed singer-songwriter.
The album contain a cover of Eric Clapton’s “In the Presence of the Lord” as well as original material. This is pure late 60’s acoustic folk and fits right in with early Fleetwood Mac, The mamas and the Papas, James Taylor and Bob Dylan. The production is a bit rough, but nothing out of the ordinary for the time for independent releases forced to record on less than shoestring budgets.
This is the first a several albums with an attachment to Mark Heard. Between artists, production and songwriting I would guess only Terry Scott Taylor makes more appearances in this list. Mark Heard was/is that important to Christian Music.