“Follow Me: New Testament Story Songs” by John & Amanda Ylvisaker (on the sleeve - just John Ylvisaker on the label) was released in 1968 by Avant Garde Records (AV 111). The style is primarily Christian folk, though there are also jazz and rock influences, among other styles of music, but the garage and psychedelic sounds from his previous two albums aren’t found here. Dick Hyman of Moog fame plays the piano……..
Follow Me is a quieter album than Cool Livin’ and A Love Song, with no real psychedelic influences to speak of. No less of a treat though as John and Amanda perform twelve New Testament stories in song, updating traditional melodies through such diverse contemporary styles as folk, pop, rock, jazz, Caribbean and ragtime. Professional musicians again, including Dick Hyman on keyboards (piano, organ, celeste) and Jay Berliner on classical and electric guitar. Amanda harmonizes on the choruses and also contributes flute and organ. ‘Down By The Riverside’, ‘Wade In The Water’, ‘Song Of The Stable Boy’, ‘The Rich Young Ruler’, ‘The Water Of Life’, ‘Judas Iscariot’, ‘Peter And The Angel’, among others. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott)…….
Tracklist A1 The Birth 2:38 A2 The Song Of The Stable Boy 2:37 A3 John, The Baptizer 4:43 A4 Nicodemus 3:18 A5 Wade In The Water 2:40 A6 The Rich Young Ruler 3:09 B1 The Water Of Life 3:07 B2 Judas Iscariot 3:27 B3 The Victory Dance 2:00 B4 Thomas 3:09 B5 Peter And The Angel 2:30 B6 Follow Me 3:10