Keith Green

The Prodigal Son

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Keith Green's widow, Melody, compiled this album a year after her husband's death in an airplane crash in 1982. The highlight of the record is unquestionably the twelve-minute rock symphony, "The Prodigal Son Suite." Green wrote this piece with the hope of completing a full-length rock opera based on Biblical stories. A virtuoso on piano even in his early 20s, Green and his orchestra tell much of the story with cinematically sweeping instrumental movements. When he does sing, Green plays the role of the prodigal son with an actor's passion (it's not surprising that the young Green was hired to write a film score -- or that he quit the project because the movie's content offended him). The rest of the album is a set of relatively uninventive MOR ballads, with the exception of a couple of Elton John-esque key-slamming rock numbers, "Keep All That Junk to Yourself" and "Only By Following Jesus."

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