Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lost Dogs - The Green Room Serenade

Lost Dogs - The Green Room Serenade 1996 Brainstorm (CD)

1. The Green Room Serenade
2. Up in the Morning
3. Cry Baby
4. Love Takes Over the World
5. Close But No Cigar
6. All That Remains
7. Sweet Work of Love
8. If It Be Your Will
9. Mexico
10. The Prodigal Bride (I'll Wait for You)
11. Hey You Little Devil
12. I Don't Love You
13. Reasonable Service
14. Waiting for You to Come Around
15. Breathe Deep the Breath of God (1996)

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Randy Stonehill - Between the Glory and the Flame

Randy Stonehill - Between the Glory and the Flame 1981 Myrrh (LP)

1. The Glory and the Flame
2. Die Young
3. Fifth Avenue Breakdown
4. Grandfather's Song
5. Find Your Way to Me
6. Christine
7. Rainbow
8. Givin' It Up for Love
9. Letter to My Family
10. Farther On

many thanks for this great album Dirk!



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Yavanna - Bilder aus Mittelerde

Yavanna - Bilder aus Mittelerde 1984 Lord/1996 Pila (CD)

1. Valinor
2. Earendils Worte in Valimar
3. Luthiens Frühlingsgesang und Tanz
4. Atalante
5. In den Hallen von Menegroth
6. Gondolin Turgons Stadt

German group Eden renamed themselves Yavanna for yet another fine release: the Tolkien-inspired Bilder Aus Mittelerde (“Picture Of Middle Earth”). Still very much rooted in ‘70s progressive with melodic classical influences and this time a touch of jazz fusion and new age music. See Eden for the full low-down on their sound. (Ken Scott – The Archivist).

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Airstream - Musik in allen Farben

Airstream - Musik in allen Farben 1982 No Label (MC)

1. Only Love
2. Der Zeitraffer
3. Träumer
4. I Don't Believe It
5. Ich will leben
6. Weites Feld
7. Anytime

Thomas Eisenblätter - guitar
Ralf Schumann - keyboards
Horst Nietner - bass
Gunnar Wiegel - drums, Vocals
Michael Brenker - drums, percussion
Thomas Schumann - management

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Arno & Andreas - Die Platte

Arno & Andreas - Die Platte 1980 Blue Rose/1996 Pila (CD)

1. Die Platte
2. Sonniger Montag
3. Tage mit Sturm und Regen
4. Frohes Fest
5. Bin kein Genie
6. Immer im Kreis
7. Thunfisch
8. Das ist wirklich nicht naiv
9. Wenn ich rufe
10. Ganz nah
11. Das war's

additional infos:
2. "Starting a New Day" by Danniebelle Hall
3. "Walked a Mile in Pleasure" by Barry Mann
6. Johann Huß (member of Gospel Plough)
9. "If I Call You" by Judy MacKenzie

musicians including Bryn Haworth and Dave Markee

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This is Arno Backhaus with Larry Norman

Here is Arno Backhaus together with Andreas Malessa

Arno & Andreas - Weder Arno noch Andreas

Arno & Andreas - Weder Arno noch Andreas 1978 Blue Rose/1996 Pila (CD)

1. Ein Gespräch mit Jesus
2. Psalm 139
3. Nehmt einander an
4. Der Gammler
5. Liebe ist (k)ein Problem
6. Und fragte nach des Lebens Sinn
7. Versagerblues
8. Es ist ein guter Weg
9. Schrei nach Hilfe
10. Noah
11. Eine Kneipe früh am Morgen
12. Abendlied

additional infos:
1. "Comin' Home to Jesus" by The Talbot Bros.
2. Judy MacKenzie & Dave Cook
4. "The Outlaw" by Larry Norman
8. "Happy Road" by Barry McGuire
9. "Humpty Dumpty" by Mike Deasy
10. "Noah" by Gentle Faith

A couple of hairy German guys (one semi-hairy, one mega-hairy) doing German versions of Jesus music standards.  Ever wonder what Gentle Faith’s ‘Noah’ would sound like in German? Or how about The Talbot Brothers’  ‘Comin’ Home To Jesus’, Larry Norman’s ‘The Outlaw’,  Barry  McGuire’s ‘Happy Road’ or Mike Deasy’s ‘Humpty Dumpty’?  They’re all here, along with several original or otherwise unfamiliar songs.  Well-produced sound with lots of assisting musicians, skipping around from rock to fiddle-backed county to jazzy disco to brassy pop-rock to acoustic folk. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



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Eden - Heimkehr

Eden - Heimkehr 1980 Eden/1996 Pila (CD)

1. Intro
2. Die Klagelieder des Jeremia
3. Psalm 137
4. Psalm 126
5. Heimkehr
6. Herr ich bin nicht würdig
7. Neues Land im Licht

For their third lp Eden recorded earlier material that they had composed between 1974 and 1976, including two tracks that check in at ten minutes (‘Die Klagelieder Des Jeremia’ and ‘Heimkehr’). The song-writing isn’t nearly as memorable as on Erwartung and Perelandra, but it’s still a strong album. All the group’s trademark elements are in place: the progressive structures, the spacious female harmonies, the electric guitars, the synthesizers, the violin, the dramatic spoken sections. I especially liked the funky clavinet and cascades of rippling synths on ‘Psalm 137’. The album title means “homecoming”. I believe all three of the Eden lps have been re-issued on CD. The group renamed themselves Yavanna for their fourth album (see entry). See also Markus Egger.   (The Archivist, 4th edition  by Ken Scott).

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Eden - Erwartung

Eden - Erwartung 1978 Lord/1996 Pila (CD)

1. Spätregen
2. Erwartung
3. Eden, Teil 1
4. Eden, Teil 2
5. Ein anderes Land

Symphonic progressive rock bands are few and far between in Christian music, but in 1978 the German group Eden emerged with an art-rock sound that had creativity, musicianship and production values that mirrored many of their secular counterparts. Admittedly the style had peaked a few years earlier, but Eden stayed true to the original vision with lengthy songs, variations in tempo and mood, classical and jazz influences, dreamy melodic textures and extended instrumental passages. Defining the Eden sound are dynamic male/female harmonies, spacey dramatic spoken sections, layers of multifaceted synthesizers, graceful flute work, Kansas-like violin, hard-rock guitars, saxophone and other varied instrumentation. Even a touch of sitar on the moody title track. Fleeting impressions of artists like Nektar, Camel and King Crimson, but they ultimately emerge with a unique style all their own. Only five songs, but they’ll extend pieces like ‘Ein Anderes Land’ out to sixteen minutes (love those distorted sci-fi vocals). Erwartung (German for “expectation”) is not their best album, but it nevertheless stands as a very impressive debut, as well as a fitting introduction to their follow-up masterpiece Perelandra. Spectacular cover art to match. All lyrics in Gennan, which is the case with their other albums as well. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Various Artists - Making God Smile

Various Artists - Making God Smile 2002 Silent Planet (CD)

1. Tom Prasada-Rao & Amilia K Spicer - Your Imagination
2. Phil Keaggy - Good Vibrations
3. Sixpence None the Richer - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
4. Aaron Sprinkle - I Know There's an Answer (Hang on to Your Ego)
5. Randy Stonehill - Love and Mercy
6. Kevin Max & Jimmy A. - Help Me Rhonda
7. Phil Madeira - Heroes and Villains
8. Kate Campbell - Add Some Music to Your Day
9. Doug Powell - 'Til I Die
10. Jason Harrod - In My Room
11. Dolour - This Whole World
12. Terry Scott Taylor - Vegetables
13. Derrick Harris - Don't Worry Baby
14. Jan Krist - Wouldn't It Be Nice
15. Brooks Williams - Pet Sounds
16. Jane Kelly Williams - Lay Down Burden
17. Rick Altizer - Surf's Up

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Dr. Edward Daniel Taylor - The Miracle Faith Telethon

Dr. Edward Daniel Taylor - The Miracle Faith Telethon 1990 Alarma (CD)

1. The Pool (1990 Version)
2. Riders in the Sky
3. I'm on Your Team
4. The Miracle Faith Prickly Heat Telethon of Love
5. Hide the Beer, the Pastor's Here (Party Version)
6. Young Peoples Ethnic Ministry
7. Don't Hate Yourself/Pulpit Masters (Extended Undanceable Mix)
8. Fruit o' Ministry
9. Sprinkler Head
10. That Large Family We Always Wanted
11. Untitled (Lost Eddies Instrumental)
12. All Things to All Men
13. Big Guns 1990
14. Little Dumbo
15. What a World, What a World (Mellow Version)
16. Beyond the Wall of Sleep
17. Changeless
18. A Briefing for the Ascent
19. Only One
20. The Unattainable Earth (Remix)
21. Catch That Angel (Remix)
22. Sudden Heaven (Remix)
23. Soon!
24. Pretentious Poetry Readings

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Larry Norman - A Moment in Time

Larry Norman - A Moment in Time 1994 Street Level (CD)

1. Radio Spot
2. Down the Line
3. Long Hard Road
4. When the Son Comes Back
5. Elvis Has Left the Building
6. Lay My Burden Down
7. Toxic Tea and Toast
8. You Shall Be Saved
9. The Children of Nimrod
10. The Solid Rock
11. Leave It Up to God to Handle
12. Right Here in America

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Larry Norman - Children of Sorrow

Larry Norman - Children of Sorrow 1994 Street Level (CD)

1. Introduction
2. Song for a Small Circle of Friends
3. Turn It Up
4. Why Don't You Look Into Jesus
5. My Feet Are on the Rock
6. A Woman of God
7. I Don't Believe in Miracles
8. U.F.O.
9. Sweet Song of Salvation
10. Walking Backwards
11. Rumors
12. Baby Out of Wedlock
13. A Note From Mr. God

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Larry Norman - Totally Unplugged

Larry Norman - Totally Unplugged 1994 Street Level (CD)

1. Introduction
2. Watch What You're Doing
3. Texas and Me
4. Step Into the Madness
5. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music
6. Weight of the World
7. Baby's Got the Blues
8. I Hope I'll See You in Heaven
9. A Woman of God
10. Let the Rain Fall Down on Me
11. All the Way Home
12. I Will Survive

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Larry Norman - Omega Europa

Larry Norman - Omega Europa 1994 Solid Rock (CD)

1. New Doctor
2. Song for a Small Circle
3. Reader's Digest
4. One Foot Toward the Grave
5. Death Comes to Us All
6. Goodbye Farewell
7. Why Don't You Look Into Jesus
8. Twelve Good Men
9. The Outlaw
10. U.F.O.
11. God Part III
12. It's Only Today That Counts
13. Put Your Life Into His Hands
14. Hallelujah
15. Faith and Love
16. The Rock That Doesn't Roll

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Shiloh - Where Is the Peace?

Shiloh - Where Is the Peace? 1976 Sonburst (LP)

1. My Lord
2. Testimony
3. Country Song
4. Sing It to Ya
5. The Captain Song
6. Where Is the Peace?
7. I'll Give Him My Life
8. The Saints Who've Gone Before
9. Elaine's Song
10. Power From on High

"Where Is The Peace?" provides another quality round of rural acoustic rock, country folk and melancholy ballads, with natural hands-off pastoral arrangements that are refreshing to the ear. ‘Country Song’ recalls Arlo Guthrie’s version of ‘City Of New Orleans’ which oughta give the uninitiated an inkling of the group’s sound. Nice electric guitar lead on ‘The Captain Song’. Simple string arrangements gently embrace the title track, ‘Elaine’s Song’ and the piano ballad ‘The Saints Who’ve Gone Before’, while fiddle helps to fire up ‘I’ll Give Him My Life’. If the country bands on Maranatha are too overproduced for your tastes you’d do well to give Shiloh a try. From Redwood City, California. (Ken Scott – The Archivist, 4th Edition)

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.

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Shiloh - Before the Lord

Shiloh - Before the Lord 1974 Adriel/1976 Sonburst (LP)

1. This Man Jesus
2. New Life
3. I Know You Lord
4. Jesus Never Fails
5. Touch Me
6. Hallelujah
7. All New Day
8. He Treats Me Good
9. Song to God
10. Jesus Is Coming Again

Shiloh is the duo of  Mike Kelley and Dennis MacIntosh. "Before The Lord" has a refreshingly simple unencumbered format that avoids the clutter of numerous musicians. Most of the time the only folks backing the duo’s acoustic guitars are Rich Martin (bass and additional guitar) and Rosemary Kelley (vocal harmony), allowing the harmonies and acoustic guitar work to take prominence. Sneaking in occasionally are piano, percussion, harmonica, and violin. The typical Shiloh song is a country-flavored acoustic finger-picked tune with a somewhat sad quality and quiet yet urgent pleading vocals. ‘Touch Me’ and ‘Song To God’ reflect their somber trademark ballads style, but the guys sound just as much at home on laidback rural strollers (‘Hallelujah’, ‘Jesus Is Coming Again’), as well as the more upbeat ‘Jesus Never Fails’ and ‘He Treats Me Good’. Mostly an acoustic emphasis, although some electric guitar turns up in spots. The original Adriel press has a tan border around the cover photo, while the 1976 Sonburst issue (SBR 101) has a black border and different graphics. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.

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Lost Dogs - Little Red Riding Hood

Lost Dogs - Little Red Riding Hood 1993 WAL (CD)

1. No Ship Coming In
2. Imagine That
3. You Satisfy
4. Bad Indigestion
5. Dunce Cap
6. Jesus Loves You, Brian Wilson
7. Precious Memories
8. Rocky Mountain Mines
9. Jimmy
10. Eleanor, It's Raining Now
11. Free at Last
12. Red, White and Blue
13. I'm a Loser
14. No Room for Us
15. Pray Where You Are

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Randy Stonehill - Love Beyond Reason

Randy Stonehill - Love Beyond Reason 1985 Myrrh/2001 Word (CD)

1. I Could Never Say Goodbye
2. Love Beyond Reason
3. The Gods of Men
4. Bells
5. You're Loved Tonight
6. Until Your Love Broke Through
7. Hymn
8. Angry Young Man
9. Judgement Day
10. Cross That Line
11. The Gods of Men (Extended Version)

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Klank - Still Suffering

Klank - Still Suffering 1995 Tooth & Nail (CD)

1. Time
2. Downside
3. Burning
4. Sacrified
5. Deceived
6. Animosity
7. Fall
8. Disease
9. Leave
10. Woodensoul

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Lost Dogs - Scenic Routes

Lost Dogs - Scenic Routes 1992 Brainstorm (CD)

1. Scenic Routes
2. You Gotta Move
3. Built for Glory, Made to Last
4. Bullet Train
5. The Fortunate Sons
6. The New Physics
7. I Am a Pilgrim
8. Lord, Protect My Child
9. Amber Waves Goodbye
10. Bush League
11. Old and Lonesome
12. I Can't Say Goodbye
13. Why Is the Devil Red?
14. Smokescreen
15. The Last Testament of Angus Shane
16. Hard Times Come Again No More
17. Breathe Deep

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T-Bone Burnett - T-Bone Burnett

T-Bone Burnett - T-Bone Burnett 1986 MCA (CD)

1. River of Love
2. Poison Love
3. Shake Yourself Loose
4. No Love at All
5. Annabelle Lee
6. I Remember (Instrumental)
7. I Remember
8. Little Daughter
9. Oh No Darling
10. Time
11. Little Daughter (Instrumental)
12. Song to a Dead Man
13. The Bird That I Held in My Hand

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Leslie Phillips - Recollection

Leslie Phillips - Recollection 1987 Myrrh (CD)

1. Your Kindness
2. No One but You
3. Heart of Hearts
4. Walls of Silence (Home Demo)
5. Libera Me
6. Love Is Not Lost
7. Answers Don't Come Easy
8. You're the Same
9. I'm Finding
10. When the World Is New
11. By My Spirit
12. Strength of My Life
13. Your Kindness (Reprise)

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Leslie Phillips - The Turning

Leslie Phillips - The Turning 1987 Myrrh (CD)

1. River of Love
2. Love Is Not Lost
3. The Turning
4. Libera Me
5. Carry You
6. Beating Heart
7. Expectations
8. Down
9. Answers Don't Come Easy
10. God Is Watching You

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

After the Fire - Der Kommissar: The CBS Recordings

After the Fire - Der Kommissar: The CBS Recordings 1979-1982/2005 Edsel (CD)

1. Laser Love
2. Joy
3. Take Me Higher
4. Life in the City
5. Suspended Animation
6. Like the Power of a Jet
7. One Rule for You
8. Time to Think
9. Timestar
10. Check it Out
11. Your Love Is Alive
12. Listen to Me
13. 1980-F
14. Love Will Always Make You Cry
15. Can You Face It?
16. Who’s Gonna Love You (When You’re Old and Fat and Ugly)
17. Starflight
18. Wild West Show
19. Billy Billy
20. It’s High Fashion
21. Why Can’t We Be Friends?
22. Joanne
23. Every Mother's Son
24. Short Change
25. Frozen Rivers
26. Sometimes
27. Sailing Ship
28. I Don't Understand Your Love
29. The Stranger
30. Rich Boys
31. Carry Me Home
32. Dancing in the Shadows
33. Space Walking
34. Gina
35. Stuck in Paris (Nowhere to Go)
36. Bright Lights
37. Nobody Else But You
38. Starflight (Live)
39. Take Me Higher (Live)
40. One Rule for You (Live)
41. Billy Billy (Live)
42. Der Kommissar
43. Starflight (Re-Worked)

After the Fire - Laser Love:
ATF gets the coveted mainstream deal, does a stylistic about face, and proceeds to record one of the best hi-energy techno-pop lps ever.  This is the first of three such UK releases and the only two of the ten tracks here ended up on the group’s 1982 US self-titled compilation.  Pete”Memory” Banks leads the way with bristling synthesizer creativity extraordinaire, which combined with the lead vocals of Andy Piercy, John Russell on guitar, and drummer I A J Twidell (aka Iva Twydell) translates into pure techno magic.  The title track, ‘Like The Power Of A Jet’ and the instrumental ‘Joy’ are fast energetic songs that sizzle with excitement while ‘Take Me Higher’, ‘Life In The City’ and ‘One Rule For You’ achieve pop-rock perfection with their bright catchy melodies.  All in fun refreshing style that’s all their own, with crisp professional production to match.  This cries out for a CD re-issue!    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

After the Fire - 80-F:
Another top-drawer professional platter of infectious new—wave power pop technoid emissions full of creative pop synthesizer action. ‘Love Will Always Make You Cry’ (which should have been a hit) and the spacey fast-driving ‘Starflight’ stand among their finest songs. Also includes the high-powered instrumental ‘1980-F’. The remaining seven tracks do not appear on the US compilation. Not much Christian content, although you can find a few hints in ‘Can You Face It?’. Most intriguing song title: ‘Who’s Gonna Love You (When You’re Old And Fat And Ugly)‘?’. Pete King replaces Iva Twydell on the drums. Released only in the UK. Followed by 1982’s Batteries Not Included, also a UK-only release.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Ishmael & Andy - Ready Salted

Ishmael & Andy - Ready Salted 1973 Myrrh/1995 Kingsway (CD)

1. Salt & Light Company
2. Psalm 139 Vs 6-12
3. Paddy
4. Son of God
5. Who Is He?
6. Hallelujah Chorus
7. We Got Jesus, We Got Joy
8. Schitzo
9. Charisma
10. All God's Children
11. I'm so Happy
12. The Lord's Army

It’s amazing what can be accomplished with just two voices and two guitars. Ishmael is Ian Smale of Ishmael United and Rev Counta fame, as well as numerous new wave children’s oddities. Andy is none other than After The Fire’s Andy Piercy. Ready Salted is best described as high-energy acoustic rock sung with exuberance, zaniness and thick British accents. Side one appears to be a simple studio session, while side two adds a small audience that claps and cheers between the songs and sings along gruffly on a few of the choruses. Check out ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ with its lyrics of “got a feelin’ you got a Hallelujah sittin’ way down inside of you… Just give it a bit of air space – c’mon and praise the Lord!”. Titles like ‘Salt & Light Company’, ‘Son Of God’, ‘We Got Jesus We Got Joy’, ‘Charisma’ and ‘I’m So Happy’ all burst forth with vigorous strums and enthusiastic vocals. Also note the pre-Ishmael United version of ‘Christian Schizophrenic’, herein simply titled ‘Schizo’. For the more solemn side of the twosome, listen to the aching conviction within the minor-key ‘Paddy’. I know at least one collector that claims this album as his favorite folk recording. Released only in the UK. Nothing else like this! (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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Ishmael United - If You Can't Shout Saved

Ishmael United - If You Can't Shout Saved 1979 Dovetail/1995 Kingsway (CD)

1. Song of the Last Generation
2. Star on Sunday
3. Bartimaeus
4. If You Can't Shout Saved....
5. Jesus Trip
6. Don't Rock de Boat
7. Crowd Trouble
8. Schizo
9. Now It's All Gone Wrong
10. Caroline Robbins
11. Jesus Is Making a Come Back
12. The Glories

Wacho new wave lp and a natural progression for the ever loveable and loony Ishmael and his band of like-minded visionaries. Probably the first album of it’s kind to hit US shores (thanks to distribution from Star Song) and give a much needed jolt to the stagnating conservative mellow pop trend. Punk rock purist beware – this is a very goofy album with a very British sound, but approach it with a sense of humour and you’re certain to become enlightened. Not really a heavy record by any means and there’s surprisingly little electric guitar on here. (though it can be found driving the neurotic beat of ‘Song Of The Last Generation’ and ‘Jesus Trip’). Instead the songs are frequently just drums, bass, and quirky pogo-punk organ (‘Crowd Trouble’ and the title track which compares one’s spiritual life to a soccer gamer), with some periodic sax, sound effects, and whatnot tossed in. ‘Don’t Rock De Boat’ employs a Caribbean rhythm as it tells of Jesus calming the storm, assuring his disciples that “I’m in de boat and it won’t go down”. ‘The Glories’ closes out the weirdness with the “kid wave” sound Ishmael carried on into his subsequent children’s releases.  I know many people that count this as one of their all-time favorites. Hilarious cover. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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Glorylanders - Time Flies

Glorylanders - Time Flies 1973-1994/1994 No Pressure (CD) (sorry, no picture)

1. Soundings
2. I'll Never Shall Go Back
3. No One on My Side
4. When I Survey the Woundrous Cross
5. All You Need
6. Everyone Who Wants to Come
7. Is There a Hidden Teardrop?
8. Going Nowhere
9. It's a Cold, Cold Night
10. Three Wise Men
11. Better Things
12. They're Not Going to Take My Crown Away
13. Come and Go With Me
14. Wedding Song
15. Man Come Into Israel
16. Three Ravens
17. Pack Up Your Sorrows

1-4 BBC radio broadcast of a Glorylanders concert in Leeds Town Hall in 1973
4-5 from the LP "About Time" made 1973
6-7 from "There You Are" produced 1982
8-9 Children's Christmas songs recorded 1991
10-17 recorded 1994 at Café 26 in Herne and in the studio

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Paul Stookey - Paul and...

Paul Stookey - Paul and.... 1971 Warner/2001 Neworld (CD)

1. Gabriel's Mother's Hiway Ballad #16 Blues
2. Been on the Road Too Long
3. Hey Sad Sack
4. Wedding Song (There Is Love)
5. Meanings Will Change
6. Give a Damn
7. Sebastian
8. Lucy
9. Ju Les Ver Negre en Cheese (Ed's Tune)
10. Tiger
11. Tender Hands
12. John Henry Bosworth

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Parchment - Hollywood Sunset

Parchment - Hollywood Sunset 1973 Pye/2004 Kingsway (CD)

1. You Are My Morning
2. Hard Road
3. Lovely Touching
4. Dobbie's Song
5. I'm a Man
6. Butterfly Song
7. Getting Out of This Town
8. Death in Jerusalem
9. Gift
10. Get on the Road
11. True Words
12. Hollywood Sunset

'Hollywood Sunset' continues in the format of 'Light Up The Fire', albeit with greater use of string instrumentation and a slightly more commercial feel. Best cuts are the more stripped down numbers like the minor-key ‘Dobbie’s Song’(with mandolin and recorder) or the delicate ballad ‘Gift’. The dobro returns for the romping folkrocker ‘Get On The Road’. Equally aggressive is the powerful classic ‘Death In Jerusalem’. The ballad 'Lovely Touching’ has a dreamy mysterious quality that’s enhanced by dramatic electric guitar soloing. Pac’s mandolin adds flair to the title track, ‘Hard Road’ and the lively ‘Getting Out Of This Town’. Fortunately the periodic strings tend to enhance the songs rather than weigh them down. Features twelve original songs, with songwriting shared by John, Sue and Keith. Also released on the pye label, the album comes in a nice colorful glossy gatefold cover. Produced by John Pantry who also contributes keyboards. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Gospel Plough - Gospel Plough

Gospel Plough - Gospel Plough 1979 Blue Rose (LP)

1. Keep Me Runnin'
2. Gott ist nicht tot
3. Mein Freund
4. Go Down Moses
5. Ich bin recht enttäuscht
6. Nicht immer nur davon reden
7. Weil du denkst
8. Herr ich freu mich über jeden Tag
9. So du hast dein Leben satt
10. Alles Fassade
11. Ich sing dein Lied
12. Oh Freedom

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Arno & Andreas - Arno & Andreas

Arno & Andreas - Arno & Andreas 1973 HSW (LP)

1. Gebet an der Ampel
2. Ihr Leute stoppt das Jagen
3. Abstammungslehre
4. Freedom
5. Leb dein Leben mit Gott
6. Herr dir sei Ehre
7. Zachäus
8. Es muss jemand kommen
9. Jesus Christus
10. Parabel
11. Geh den Weg mit Jesus
12. Herr Jesus wenn du mir nicht vergeben würdest

An earlier set that ranges from pop-ish songs to acoustic folk to more rock-oriented tracks, accompanied by acoustic and electric guitars, organ, piano, banjo,bass, drums, fiddle, brass and female backing vocals.  The opening ‘Gebet an der Ampel’ is an interesting song that appears to have borrowed its melody from ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’.  Lots of “Jesus” references in the lyrics to perk the ears of us non-German speakers,  plus they’ve  recorded one song in English (‘Freedom’).  Their full names are Andeas Malessa and Arno Backhaus.  Fold-out laminated cover.      (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Salvation Air Force - We Shall Rock!

Salvation Air Force - We Shall Rock! 1977-1980/2004 No Label (CD) (sorry, no cover this time)

1. Passing Glances
2. Avenida Alabanza
3. Whatever Comes First
4. Carlotta
5. Donzilla's Theme
6. At the Border
7. Somehow
8. Strangers
9. Have You Lost the Fire?
10. The Loser
11. Polarized
12. We Shall Rock!
13. Chaygo Brosaf
14. Slave
15. Parasite
16. When I Drive
17. Encounter Session
18. I'm Working on It
19. Zero Avenue
20. Bigger Than Life
21. Seems so Hard
22. Reach Out and Try

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Glass Harp - It Makes Me Glad

Glass Harp - It Makes Me Glad 1972 Decca/1993 Line (CD)

1. See Saw
2. Sailing on a River
3. La De Da
4. Colt
5. Sea and You
6. David & Goliath
7. I'm Going Home
8. Do Lord
9. Song in the Air
10. Let's Live Together

"It Makes Me Glad" once again effectively balances the graceful acoustic and heavier rocking sides of Glass Harp. A touch of late-period Beatles can be detected on the opening "See Saw" as well as "La De Da". "Colt" is melodic, upbeat and bright-eyed, while "sea and You" provides another one of  Sferra's moody shimmering dreamscapes. Keaggy wrote or co-wrote all the songs on side two, including the instrumental "David & Goliath", "I'm Going Home", a hard-rocking arrangement of "Do Lord" (set to new music), the sprightly acoustic "Song in the Air" and the climatic rocker "Let's Live Together". All instruments, arrangements and vocals by Glass Harp. The back cover is one big photo montage with tons of cut-out pics of the guys. All three of the group's Decca albums were re-issued on invidual CDs by the German Line label in 1993. (The Archivist, 4th Edition, by Ken Scott)

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Theophiles - Theophonie

Theophiles - Theophonie 1980 Blue Rose/1986 Pila (CD)

1. Denk-Mal
2. Was im Leben wirklich zählt
3. Überlegen
4. Ohne dich
5. Erinnerungen
6. Get Home to You
7. Lasst uns nicht länger schweigen
8. Zweifel
9. He's My Friend
10. Gestern
11. Nur eines ist ganz sicher
12. Jesus deine Grösse

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Mason Proffit - Bareback Rider

Mason Proffit - Bareback Rider 1973 Warner/2006 Wounded Bird (CD)

1. Lilly
2. Cottonwood
3. Setting the Woods on Fire
4. Dance Hall Girl
5. To a Friend
6. Stoney River
7. Black September/Belfast
8. I Saw the Light
9. Five Generations
10. Sail Away

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Mason Proffit - Rockfish Crossing

Mason Proffit - Rockfish Crossing 1972 Warner/2006 Wounded Bird (CD)

1. Jesse
2. You Win Again
3. Better Find Jesus
4. Summer Side of Love
5. Breakin' Down
6. Were You There
7. Hobo
8. A Thousand and Two
9. Medley: Cripple Creek/Quit Kickin' My Dog Around
10. Wetback
11. Medley: George's Jam/Call Me the Breeze

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The Richie Furay Band - I've Got a Reason

The Richie Furay Band - I've Got a Reason 1976 Asylum/2003 Wounded Bird (CD)

1. Look at the Sun
2. We'll See
3. Starlight
4. Gettin' Through
5. I've Got a Reason
6. Mighty Maker
7. You're the One I Love
8. Still Rolling Stones
9. Over and Over Again

Buffalo Springfield and Poco graduate teamed up with Love Song members Jay Truax, John Mehler and Tom Stipe, as well as producer Michael Omartian for this mainstream label offering. Doesn’t really sound like either of his former bands, though the country rock angle of the whole ‘70s Jesus music thing shines through loud and clear. Happy kind of sound throughout with some slide guitar and Eagles-ish rockers, as well as orchestrated ballads and pop moves. Furay’s subsequent solo albums leaned more and more toward the latter. Comes all together on the epic 7-minute ‘Over And Over Again’. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Phil Keaggy - Underground

Phil Keaggy - Underground 1983 Nissi / 2000 Canis Major (CD)

1. Paid in Full
2. I Know Someone
3. Deadline
4. What a Love
5. The Two of You
6. One in a Million
7. The Ransom
8. What You Are Inside
9. A Glorious Sunset
10. Follow Me On
11. Think About It
12. When I Say I Love You
13. The Survivor

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Paul Clark - Songs From the Savior Volume One

Paul Clark - Songs From the Savior Volume One 1972 Creative Sound / 1990 Seed (CD)

1. Looking Glass Incident
2. For Me and For You
3. Sacred Cowboy
4. Make Me a Soldier of Your Army
5. Beware
6. Song for Salvation
7. In the Wilderness
8. It Is Free
9. Thank You Lord
10. We'll Be Going Home
11. It Was True

Respected Jesus music pioneer Paul Clark began things on a very mellow note with the classic Songs From The Savior Vol. I. It’s a lovely simple expression well worth your time, mostly gentle melodic acoustic ballads (‘Thank You Lord’, ‘We’ll Soon Be Going Home’), some piano-accompanied (‘For Me And You’, ‘Song For Salvation’), most with light string orchestration (‘Looking Glass Incident’, ‘Make Me A Soldier Of Your Army’, the mysterious ‘Beware’). Use of electric is rare, save for the country-edged ‘It Is Free’ and the steel-guitar twanger ‘Sacred Cowboy’. The closing ‘It Was True’ is an immensely stirring ballad sung from the perspective of one left behind at Christ’s return. Clark’s vocals have an appealing fragile quality that’s well suited not only to his delicate songs, but also to the more dynamic selections wherein comparisons to Van Morrison are not out of line. Features Clark on acoustic guitar, with six others contributing piano, drums, bass, banjo, steel, electric guitar and additional acoustic guitar. Originally a 1000 press release on the custom Redeemer label out of Colorado, later picked up by Creative Sound (CSS 1568), and then again by Clark’s own Seed label (PSR-001). Both the Creative Sound and Seed releases feature different song order, as well as a modified version of the original cover (same photo but with a different color, lettering and border design). (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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Barry McGuire - Cosmic Cowboy

Barry McGuire - Cosmic Cowboy 1978 Sparrow / 1995 (?) Sparrow (CD)

1. Cosmic Cowboy
2. What Good Would It Do
3. The Presence
4. Walkin'
5. Flying Merry-Go-Round
6. Mystery of Life
7. Good News Shoes
8. My King
9. You an' Me
10. White Swan
11. Face to Face

Certainly one of Barry’s more interesting albums, including some rather spacey lyrics, mostly written in conjunction with Mike Deasy.  One can’t help but wonder what the duo might have had for supper the night before writing that kitsschy title track where swirling strings, whispering female bgvs and little synth meteors bask in wispy conservative elevator powder-puff psych splendor.  ‘Flying Merry-Go-Round’ has a catchy funk/jazz groove nurtured by some cool instrumental jamming that includes fuzz and wah-wah guitar.  Elsewhere the ballads continue with the hyper-mellow-strings trend, but stuff like ‘The Presence’ and ‘Face To Face’ rock pretty solid, as does ‘Good News Shoes’ (“kick the devil in his bad news blues”).  Includes assistance  from David Diggs (strings), Harlan Rogers (piano), Michael Omartian (snythesizer), Al Perkins (peddle steel) and a bunch of others.  Cosmic cover art as well – a painting of Barry in space with rays of light emanating from his chest (you can get a T-shirt of it for $5.00 via the order form on the inner sleeve.      (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Steve Scott - More Than a Dream

Steve Scott - More Than a Dream 1997 Glow (CD)

1. More Than a Dream
2. Ghost Train
3. Different Kind of Light
4. The Sound of Waves
5. A Section From "Margins"
6. Chapel of Stone
7. Walking on Water Wasn't Built in a Day
8. Delta Remix
9. The Descending of the Dove
10. Put Your Hand to the Plow
11. Jubilee
12. Come Back Soon

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Seventy Sevens - A Golden Field of Radioactive Crows

Seventy Sevens  A Golden Field of Radioactive Crows 2001 Galaxy 21 (CD)

1. Genuine
2. Down From You
3. U R Trippin'
4. One More Time
5. Rise
6. Leaving
7. Mr. Magoo
8. Releated
9. I've Got
10. There Forever
11. Mean Green Season
12. Begin

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Atomic Opera - For Madmen Only

Atomic Opera - For Madmen Only 1994 Collision (CD)

1. Joyride
2. Justice
3. Achille's Heel
4. I Know Better
5. All Fall Down
6. War Drum
7. Blackness
8. December
9. This Side of the Rainbow
10. New Dreams

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Richie Furay - Seasons of Change

Richie Furay - Seasons of Change 1982 Myrrh / 2004 No Label (CD)

1. Hallelujah
2. Endless Flight
3. Yellow Moon Rising
4. Seasons of Change
5. My Lord and My God
6. Rise Up
7. Promise of Love
8. Home to My Lord
9. For the Prize
10. Through It All

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Michael Knott - Things I've Done, Things to Come

Michael Knott - Things I've Done, Things to Come 2000 Marathon (CD) (with additional bonus tracks taken from "Things to Come, Things I've Done"*)

1. Cush - Heaven Sent
2. Strung Gurus - Sun Eyed Girl
3. Strung Gurus - Chelsea's Chasin' Dragons
4. Strung Gurus - My Ex-Fiance in D.C. (aka = "Rental Skin")
5. Strung Gurus - Miss Liberty*
6. Aunt Bettys - Two Timin' Jack
7. Aunt Bettys - Guitars, Guns and Girls
8. Aunt Bettys - Crash and Burn
9. Aunt Bettys - Kill Me
10. Michael Knott - Female Halo
11- Michael Knott - Halo
12. Michael Knott With Steve Hindalong - Never Forsaken
13. Bomb Bay Babies - We've Got What We Need
14. Bomb Bay Babies - Stuck in a Whirlwind
15. Michael Knott With Gene Eugene - Donut Store Policeman
16. Michael Knott With Gene Eugene - Make Me Feel Good
17. L.S.U. - Wino of the Red Is Stained
18. Michael Knott - No One Like You
19. Aunt Bettys - Rocket and a Bomb (Demo)*
20. Aunt Bettys - Kitty (Demo)*
21. Aunt Bettys - Kill Me (Demo)*

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Phil Keaggy - Revelator

Phil Keaggy - Revelator 1993 Myrrh (CD)

1. Everywhere I Look (Radio Mix)
2. John the Revelator (Radio Mix)
3. Doin' Nothin' (Alternate Take - Swamp Version)
4. John the Revelator (Extended Strat Mix)
5. The Further Adventures Of ...
6. Celebrate

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Phil Keaggy - Crimson and Blue

Phil Keaggy - Crimson and Blue 1993 Myrrh (CD)

1. Shouts of Joy
2. World of Mine
3. Everywhere I Look
4. Love Divine
5. Reunion of Friends
6. All There Is to Know
7. When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God
8. Stone Eyes
9. I Will Be There
10. Don't Pass Me By
11. John the Revelator
12. Doin' Nothin'
13. Nothing But the Blood

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Mad at the World - Flowers in the Rain

Mad at the World - Flowers in the Rain 1988 (CD)

1. Fearfully and Wonderfully
2. Flowers in the Rain
3. Why
4. Puppet Strings
5. No Mistakes
6. Wait
7. I Don't Wanna Go There
8. Faith Is a Perfect Road
9. In My Dream
10. Lovelight in the Midnight
11. This Lie
12. Dancing on Your Grave

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Mad at the World - The Dreamland Café

Mad at the World - The Dreamland Café 1995 Alarma (CD)

1. On the Stage
2. The Dreamland Café
3. Floating Down a River
4. I Need You
5. Still a Way to Heal
6. Another One Is Fooled Again
7. Living in the Shadows
8. This Is How We Get to Heaven
9. Don't End Your Dreams
10. If It Were the Last Day

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