While not that well known in North America Koinonia was very very popular in Scandinavia. This concert is a testament to their popularity as it was recorded at Scandinavium in Göteborg, Sweden in front of a crowd of about 14,000 people. Now even if you’re not a fan of their Jazz Fusion style you should check out track 6 “Sno-Cone” as it is a blues jam style track, and it is very very good. Other than that the album is Jazz Fusion as I said and Koinonia are the masters of this style.
Tracklist 1 – Pilgrim’s Progression – 6:55 2 – Hidden Beauty – 4:40 3 – Agapao – 1:34 4 – Celebration – 6:25 5 – Countin’ The Cost – 6:38 6 – Sno-Cone – 5:18 7 – From You – 4:54 8 – Goodbye – Means God Be With You – 5:28 9 – All The Time – 4:17 10 – Miracle – 4:20
Credits Bass – Abraham Laboriel Drums, Percussion – Alex Acuña, Bill Maxwell Engineer – Keith Grant, Win Kutz Engineer [Assistant] – Agne Thorstensson, Lennart Nilsson, Ray Leonard, Steve Ford, Todd Van Etten Guitar – Hadley Hockensmith Keyboards – Harlan Rogers Mastered By – Pounda, Steve Hall Producer – Koinonia Vocals – Abraham Laboriel Woodwind – Justo Almario
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Scandinavium Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Sparrow Corporation Copyright (c) – The Sparrow Corporation Mastered At – Future Disc Mastered At – Tape One Mixed At – Mama Jo’s Mixed At – Sound City Studios Distributed By – Word (Uk) Ltd. Printed By – Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd.
This was Koinonia’s 4th release and as with their other albums it wasn’t very successful in North America but was a big hit in Europe. This album is almost entirely instrumental except for “Making Room” and “Señor”. I am guessing this is a result of the jazz style but the vocals are so good it’s too bad they didn’t do more. As with their previous albums this album has a strong Jazz Fusion sound and they were probably the best Christian artists in this style. That said I don’t think their were many CCM bands doing this style. Their next album was far more mainstream so this is the end of an era for their listeners and fans. This is one I missed in the 80’s so I’m glad I got a chance now to enjoy it.
Credits Arranged By – Koinonia Bass – Abraham Laboriel Drums, Percussion – Alex Acuña, Bill Maxwell Engineer – Don Murray Executive-Producer, Producer – Greg Mathieson Guitar – Hadley Hockensmith Keyboards – Harlan Rogers Producer – Koinonia Saxophone, Flute – Justo Almario Synthesizer [Programming] – Greg Mathieson, Smitty Price Vocals – Abraham Laboriel (tracks: B1, B5), Alex Acuña (tracks: B1), Diana Neciosup-Acuña* (tracks: B1), Harlan Rogers (tracks: B1), Howard Smith (tracks: B1), Tata Vega (tracks: B1, B5)
Companies, etc. Distributed By – Sparrow Records Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Sparrow Corporation Copyright (c) – The Sparrow Corporation Recorded At – Sunset Sound Mixed At – Mama Jo’s Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering