Hi Hope Play & Sing
Play & Sing
1. Freedom is the Song of My Country
3. Jam in G
4. Sharing Our Song With You
5. Celebrate Today
1. Sunrise Rock
2. It's A Beautiful World
4. You Can Do
5. You Were There
Hold on to your pile of oddball records! I have the Holy Grail Of Strange Records to share today.
This record is the gem of my collection and I deem it the Holy Grail.
The Hi Hopes were a group of students (15 to 21 years of age) attending The Hope School, Anaheim, CA. The students assembled together as a band and played during the 70s (maybe longer). The idea was to help increase self-confidence and therefore "increase efforts in other areas".
At some point, and somehow, The Hi Hopes caught on and did a lot of gigs, including The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. You can click on the third image above and read all about the many venues the Hi Hopes played.
According to one online source The High Hope made three commercial albums: Ability, Hi Hopes and Journey. I thought that this LP may be a pre-release copy of one of the existing commercial albums. But this LP is not one of those albums.
There is mention of this LP online, but only briefly and with no real information. I've seen a Hi Hopes DVD and a 45 for sale. It is hard to say what's out there.
In addition, as you've noted in the images above, the record came with lot of information including some instructional material (how to play the songs) and song sheets.
To top it off the hand-made album cover is autographed! Apparently, from a notation found in the upper right corner, this album was a gift to someone. "Thanks For A Lovely Evening – The Hi Hopes (signed by the music teacher Doris E. Walker). And from what I can tell, five members of the group.
All the songs are wonderful and I decided to share the whole LP.
Anyone who like to make fun (when I say oddball or strange music I mean this in a good way)... consider that these kids have done more, seen more and meant more to the world than most of us ever will no matter how hard we try to make a dent!