Samstag, 25. März 2017

Steve Camp . One on One

Steve Camp . On One One 1986 Sparrow (CD)

1. Foolish Things
2. Other Side of the World
3. Judgement Begins With the House of God
4. One on One
5. He Covers Me
6. Cheap Grace
7. Mr. Brokenhearted
8. Threshing Floor
9. He's All You Need

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Return Ticket - Return Ticket

Return Ticket - Return Ticket 1978 Lord (LP)

1. Return Ticket
2. Heaven Bound
3. A Song for R & B
4. Feelin' Down
5. To My Brother
6. Sorrow Begins With Joy
7. Direct Line
8. J. B.'s Song
9. Hallelujah Jive
10. God Gave So Much

Relive the ‘70s via this six-man German band’s groove-worthy platter of funk, rock, jazz and disco. The bass, synthesizers and electric guitars are all heavily funkified, and when they toss in snappy horns, jazzy saxophone and falsetto vocals, there’s a party goin’ on. The lively opener ‘Return Ticket’ would have fit comfortably on a play-list right between Wild Cherry and Foxy (okay, so half of you just threw up, but for those who don’t mind an occasional retro shake of the ol’ booty, these boys can deliver). Not all the cuts are up to par, especially a couple of the ballads, but when they do manage to get a decent groove going, as on ‘Heaven Bound’, ‘Hallelujah Jive’ or the disco/jazz instrumental ‘To My Brother’, a good time is had by all. All songs sung in English. Same German label as all those Eden lps. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Phil & John - Waiting for Summer

Phil & John - Waiting for Summer 1985 Kingsway (LP)

1. Still I'm Only Learning
2. You Make My Heart Sing Once Again
3. When Last Seen Still Climbing
4. Soul Searching
5. Feels Like the Summer
6. Free
7. Hearts Are Often Broken
8. Talking Like Strangers
9. Sunday Girl
10. Carry Me Home

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Mittwoch, 22. März 2017

Tata Vega - Time's so Right

Tata Vega - Time's so Right 1988 Royal Music (CD)

1. Maybe Tonight
2. Never Let Die
3. Your Love Is Live
4. Ain't No Such Thing As in Between
5. Just Walk on In
6. It's a Jungle Out There
7. Living in Paradise
8. Touch Somebody
9. This Is a Man's Man's World
10. Jesus Is the Rock of My Salvation
11. Don't Turn Away

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Servant - Rockin' Revival

Servant - Rockin' Revival 1981 Tunesmith / 2006 Retroactive (CD)

1. Look Out Babylon
2. Rockin' Revival
3. Isolated
4. Heidelberg Blues
5. Listen
6. Jealousies
7. Suburban Josephine
8. Ad Man
9. I'm Gonna Live

No sophomore slumps here, the band rocking hard through statements like ‘Look Out Babylon’, ‘Jealousies’ (from Eddie Money’s first album) and ‘I’m Gonna Live’ (co-written by future King’s X man Doug Pinnick). Contains some of their loudest moments on record, rivaling the intensity of Resurrection Band on ‘Heidelberg Blues’ (boy that Sandie can really belt it out). Keyboardist Matt Spransy joins the lineup – his Polymoog, Prophet 5, Oberheim synthesizers, piano and Hammond organ bring welcome art-rock touches here and there. Retro Grease-y doo-wop provides inspiration for the routine life of ‘Suburban Josephine’, while ‘Ad Man’ takes a swipe at commercial advertising, making use of that Frampton talking-guitar whatcharnacallit. The original cover has a fish-eye photo of a worship gathering in a farmhouse, later replaced with an on-stage picture of the band in concert. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Barnabas - Hear the Light

Barnabas - Hear the Light 1980 Tunesmith / 2000 Millenium Eight (CD)

1. Saviour
2. There Is a New World Coming
3. Directory Assistance
4. Little Faith
5. He Loves You
6. B.C.
7. Playin' for Him
8. No More Blues
9. Father of Lies
10. It's Up to You
11. Nicodemus (Single)

Ah, the golden days of Tunesmith. I remember back when this baby came out, seeing that daringly insane punk cover photo and immediately being overwhelmed with the realization that i had to own this album. Turned out it wasn't even punk rock at all but driving hard rock. This has always been my fave of the Barnabaic offerings. Who cares if Nancy Jo Mann's vocals sometimes get squashed in the mix? The music cranks and Monte Coley's blues lead jams sizzle (he is sorely missed on the subsequent artsier lps). One folky ballad, one slow blues burner (where Nancy tries her best Janis Joplin impression) - everything else is blurb and poppin' bass lick from Gary Mann. By the way, just what is that ridiculous contraption he's playing with on the back cover? Reissued in tandem with their following-up "Find Your Heart a Home" on a single CD by Millenium 8 in 2000, along with the bonus track "Nicodemus" from a very rare pre-lp 45. (The Archivist, 4th Edition, by Ken Scott.)  

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Liberation Suite - Liberation Suite

Liberation Suite - Liberation Suite 1975 Myrrh / 2000 Liberation Suite (CD)

1. Led to Roam
2. Run Run Lucifer
3. My Lord Is a Remedy
4. Oh Lord You Know (That I Feel So Fine)
5. Reachin' for the Sky
6. More Than a Matter
7. Presence of the Lord
8. Hearken
9. I Wanna Be With You
10. Interview
11. I Wanna Be With You (Live)

In the world of rock music, I often abide by the equation "horns = barf". There are exceptions, however, and Liberation Suite is definitely one of them. This band is actually a group of Americans (five longhaired guys from San Marcos, Texas) that ended up with an extended stay in the UK where they hooked up with producer John Pantry to record this Jesus music classic. The brass section definitely adds pep to their FM rock sound, much like the early Chicago lps. Some feisty rock rock grooves and jamming electric guitar within "Led to Roam", "Run Run Lucifer" and the funky "Oh Lord, You Know (That I Feel so Fine)". Also samplings of country rock ("My Lord Is a Remedy"), melodic ballads ("Reachin for the Sky") and a cover of Eric Clapton's "Presence of the Lord". The standout track would have to be "Hearken", a beautiful lengthy shimmering acoustic piece. Nice flute activity in spots, sometimes with a Tull-ish flair. Also released on Myrrh in the US (MSA 6557), but the British pressing gets the superior treatment with its textured gatefold cover. (The Archivist, 4th Edition, by Ken Scott)

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Dienstag, 21. März 2017

Love Song - Love Song

Love Song - Love Song 1972 Good News / 1995 Ocean (CD) [Calvary Classics Collection Series]

1. A Love Song
2. Changes
3. Two Hands
4. Little Country Church
5. Freedom
6. Welcome Back
7. Front Seat, Back Seat
8. Let Us Be One
9. And the Wind Was Low
10. A Brand New Song
11. Feel the Love
12. A Love Song (Reprise)

Landmark Jesus music foursome of Chuck Girard, Tom Coomes, Jay Truax, and Bob Wall whose debut soft-rock offering is a cherished classic of the Jesus generation. Released on one of the premier the burgeoning Christian labels, this album deserves all the praise it gets. Or should I say the God who inspired it, for it captures the worshipfulness, excitement, and simplicity of the artists’ new-found faith in a beautiful way. And the decent production doesn’t hurt either. Love Song perfected the recipe for melodic pop ballads (or “power” ballads like ‘Freedom’) with side orders of folk-rock and country tossed in. ‘Two Hands’, ‘Little Country Church’, ‘Front Seat Back Seat’ – what new creature from the early days hasn’t heard of these tunes? Christian music has since forged on into other areas, from the artistic to the evangelistic to the nauseating. But considering the era in which this album was created, it’s doubtful that expressions like that of Love Song will ever be duplicated. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Don Francisco - The Live Concert

Don Francisco - The Live Concert 1982 Newpax  / 1988 Benson (CD) [Benson Double Disc]

1. Since I Met Him I Can See
2. Got to Tell Somebody
3. Jesus Is the Lord of the Way I Feel
4. Steeple Song
5. I'll Never Let Go of Your Hand
6. Adam
7. I Don't Care Where You've Been Sleeping
8. Give Your Heart a Home
9. Too Small a Price
10. Christmas Song
11. Come and Follow Me
12. I Could Never Promise You
13. Love Is Not a Feeling
14. Beautiful to Me
15. The Package
16. Jehoshaphat
17. Closer to Jesus
18. He's Alive

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Martyn Joseph - Treasure the Questions

Martyn Joseph - Treasure the Questions 1988 Pulse (CD)

1. Real World
2. Not Far From Jerusalem
3. Can't Forget
4. Dolphins Make Me Cry
5. Sunday's Coming
6. 4 the $
7. Don't Talk About Love
8. Treasure the Questions
9. Broken Wings Don't Always Heal to Fly
10. I Will Follow
11. Weight of the World

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Kenny Marks - Another Friday Night

Kenny Marks - Another Friday Night 1989 Dayspring (CD)

1. Running on Love
2. Whisperin' a Prayer
3. Hope for a Broken Heart
4. I'll Be a Friend to You
5. Next Time You See Johnny
6. Nobody Else but Jesus
7. Graduation Day
8. Threshold of Regret
9. Somebody Loves You
10. You Made a Difference for Me

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Steve Grace - Children of the Western World

Steve Grace - Children of the Western World 1988 Triune / 1990 Reunion (CD)

1. Land of the Rock
2. Big Dreams
3. Song for Kerrie
4. Life and Times
5. Edward Kelly
6. Children of the Western World
7. To the Dealer
8. Lessons of the Heart
9. Australian Country Towns
10. Prodigal Son
11. Solid Rock

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Petra - Back to the Street

Petra - Back to the Street 1986 Star Song (CD)

1. Back to the Street
2. You Are I Am
3. Shakin' the House
4. King's Ransom
5. Whole World
6. Another Crossroad
7. Run for Cover
8. Fool's Gold
9. Altar Ego
10. Thankful Heart

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Street Angel - Newland

Street Angel - Newland 1988 Dark Records (CD)

1. Sinsad
2. Love Will Set You Free
3. Sun Don't Shine
4. Better Off Today
5. Heart of Hearts
6. Newland
7. King of Rock and Roll
8. Breathe on Me
9. God Is Not

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Freitag, 17. März 2017

Matthew Ward - Fade to White

Matthew Ward - Fade to White 1988 Live Oak (CD)

1. Then I Realized
2. Racing for the Goal
3. You Alone
4. Show Them
5. Heart
6. So Many Are Lookin'
7. Time Will Tell
8. Far Behind
9. Perfect Union
10. Fade to White

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Donnerstag, 16. März 2017

Margaret Becker - Never for Nothing

Margaret Becker - Never for Nothing 1987 Sparrow (CD)

1. Fight for God
2. Standing on Top of the World
3. Never for Nothing
4. Break the Silence
5. Sacred Fire
6. Love Was Waiting
7. What You Feel
8. Make It Right
9. Giants Will Fall
10. For the Love of You

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Samstag, 11. März 2017

Michael Omartain - White Horse / Adam Again

Michael Omartian - White Horse / Adam Again 1974 Dunhill / 1975 ABC // 1991 Myrrh (CD) [The Contemporary Christian Classics]
 
1. Jeremiah
2. Fat City
3. The Orphan
4. Silver Fish
5. Add Up the Wonders
6. Take Me Down
7. Right From the Start
8. The Rest Is Up to You
9. White Horse
10. Ain't You Glad
11. No Matter What Shape You're In
12. See This House
13. Whachersign
14. Annie the Poet
15. - 18. Telos Suite
15. Prelude
16. Alive and Well
17. Adam Again
18. Here He Comes

The album "Adam Again" is a re-release of "Onward", that was originally released in 1975 on the ABC label.

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Mittwoch, 8. März 2017

Phil Keaggy - Blue

Phil Keaggy - Blue 1994 Word/Epic (CD)

1. Doin' Nothin'
2. Don't Pass Me By
3. Baby Blue
4. All There Is to Know
5. John the Revelator
6. World of Mine
7. Everywhere I Look
8. The Further Adventures Of ...
9. All Our Wishes
10. When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God
11. Shouts of Joy

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Garth Hewitt - Memories

Garth Hewitt - Memories 1992 Myrrh (CD)  [Word 25th Anniversary]

1. Dance on Injustice
2. Nambia
3. Travellin' (Back Home to You)
4. Deep Silence
5. Jesus of the Scars
6. She Sang Beyan Ko
7. That's Why We're Here
8. Chain in Love
9. Get Up and Dance
10. Memories
11. A Child Is the Future
12. Deep Down in Debt
13. Imelda Marcos' Disco Dancing Shoes
14. Our Silent Eyes
15. A Future and a Hope
16. Light a Candle (In the Darkness)

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Karen Lafferty - Country to Country

Karen Lafferty - Country to Country 1983 MRC / 1993 Asaph (CD)

1. Story Medley
2. His Love Is Reaching Out for You
3. New Mexico Song
4. Stagecoach
5. Wind Across Australia
6. Love Can Build a Bridge
7. Battle in the Heavenlies
8. El Salvador
9. Arise and Build
10. Just in Time
11. With You
12. The Kingdom Song

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Dienstag, 7. März 2017

Allies - The River

Allies - The River 1990 Dayspring (CD)

1. Take Me to the River
2. Carried Away
3. Mule-Headed Man
4. Someone to Turn To
5. Rock'n' Roll Angel
6. Burden Down
7. Requiem for the Living
8. Can't Stop the River
9. Island Song
10. Come to the Family

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Various Artists - Maranatha 3: Rejoice in the Lord

Various Artists - Maranatha 3: Rejoice in the Lord 1973 Maranatha / 2012 Calvary Chapel (CD)

1. Mustard Seed Faith - Happy in Jesus
2. Becky Ugartechea - God Don't Care Who You Are
3. Hosanna - Why Art Thou Disquieted
4. Ernie Rettino - I'll Never Leave You
5. Karen Lafferty - Plan of Love
6. Blessed Hope - I'll Never Be Lonely
7. Bob & Steve Woodham - Psalm 42
8. Country Faith - Big City Blues
9. Mustard Seed Faith - Rest
10. Country Faith - Nursery Rhyme

This is the one with the happy cartoon cover – happy mountains, happy trees clapping their branches, and a long-haired bell-bottomed, barefoot grinnin’ Bible-totin’ happy hippie in the middle shouting “Rejoice in the Lord”. All non-lp tracks for this offering, with Mustard Seed Faith debuting at the top of their form with two songs, ‘Happy In Jesus’ and ‘Rest’. Hosanna scores a winner with ‘Why Art Thou Disquieted?’, a brilliant psychy acoustic piece with dreamy flute work and echoing wah-wah guitar. Also appearing for the first time are Karen Lafferty (‘Plan Of Love’) and Becky Ugartechea (‘God Don’t Care Who You Are’), both of whom later did full length works for the label. One track each from Country Faith members Tom Stipe (‘Big City Blues’) and Chuck Butler (‘Nursery Rhyme’). Also a reappearance of Blessed Hope with the honky-tonk-edged rocker ‘I’ll Never Be Lonely’. Ernie Rettino’s piano ballad ‘l’ll Never Leave You’ and Bob & Steve’s acoustic ‘Psalm 42’ round out the set. Artwork superb throughout, including the classic evangelistic comic tract on the liner sleeve.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Semaja - No Burning Out

Semaja - No Burning Out 1983 Wind (LP)

1. Hey Friend
2. Grünes Land
3. He's Real
4. Not too Late
5. Flip-Flop
6. No Burning Out
7. Nein
8. Karin
9. Behind the Curtain

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Johnny Jaworski - Mittendrin

Johnny Jaworski - Mittendrin 1981 Abakus (LP)

1. Mittendrin
2. Das Lied vom Asozialen
3. Fragen
4. Ich liebe dich
5. In der Ecke der Kneipe
6. Ans Ziel
7. Es wird Zeit
8. Viele Wünsche - eine Hoffnung
9. Wer wagt gewinnt
10. Abendrot

feat. Fred Field, John Mehler, Bill Batstone, Keith Edwards

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Keith Green - For Him Who Has Ears to Hear


Keith Green - For Him Who Has Ears to Hear 1977 Sparrow / 1990 Sparrow (CD)

1. You Put This Love in My Heart
2. I Can't Believe It
3. Because of You
4. When I Hear the Praises Start
5. He'll Take Care of the Rest
6. Your Love Broke Through
7. No One Believes in Me Anymore (Satan's Boast)
8. Song to My Parents (I Only Want to See You There)
9. Trials Turned to Gold
10. Easter Song

Keith Green will primarily be remembered as the prophetic voice in CCM, with a message that focused on obedienceand commitment to God. He also happened to be a fine pianist and songwriter, no doubt due in part to his background in the secular music industry prior to his conversion. "For Him Who Has Ears to Hear" is one of CCM's finest debuts - a Jesus music classic in an orchestrated keyboard rock, pop and ballad style comparable to artists like Billy Joel or Elton John. Filled with the presence of new-found joy, the album introduced such time-honored songs as "You Put This Love in My Heart", "Because of You", "When I Hear the Praises Start" and of course the stirring ballad "Your Love Broke Through" (co-written with Todd Fishkind and Randy Stonehill). "He'll Take Care of the Rest" showed Keith's humorous side, while "No One Believes in Me Anymore (Satan's Boast)" began the tradition of each album have a "devil song". Closes with a vibrant cover of 2nd Chapter's "Easter Song" with an additional verse written by Keith. Includes assistance from Bill Maxwell, Mike Deasy, Harlan Rogers, Danniebelle and several others. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott)

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Cliff Richard - Help It Along

Cliff Richard - Help It Along 1974 EMI / 2007 EMI (CD)

1. Day by Day
2. Celestial Houses
3. Jesus
4. Silvery Rain
5. Jesus Loves You
6. Fire and Rain
7. Yesterday, Today, Forever
8. Mr. Businessman
9. Help It Along
10. Amazing Grace
11. Higher Ground
12. Sing a Song of Freedom

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Mittwoch, 1. März 2017

The Alpha Band - Spark in the Dark

The Alpha Band - Spark in the Dark 1977 Arista / 2005 Acadia (CD)

1. East of East
2. Born in Captivity
3. Blue Lonely Night
4. Silver Mantis
5. Honey Run
6. Adrenalin
7. You Angel You
8. Not Everything Has a Price
9. Love and Romance
10. Mystified
11. Spark in the Dark (On the Moody Existentialist)
12. Jazz Hymn

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Montag, 13. Februar 2017

Semaja - Live

Semaja - Live 1985 Pila / 1996 Pila (CD)

1. Dawning
2. Pilo
3. Wilderness
4. Baby Huey
5. Jesaja 53
6. Come to Jesus
7. Big Noise

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Stewart & Kyle - Yours Ever

Stewart & Kyle - Yours Ever 1976 Grapevine / 1987 Pila (CD)

1. Moving On
2. If an Opportunity
3. Take a Look Around
4. What a Dream
5. Fisherman
6. Will You Go?
7. Once You Were Here
8. Money
9. Cokes Song
10. Home

I once saw a catalog describe Yours Ever as “either incredibly dull or higher-key ethereal folk”. listeners have often faced quandaries of this nature with folks like Dan Fogelberg, a performer I happen to admire and with whom Stewart & Kyle (their last names) sometimes strike a note of resemblance. My wife just said “that’s kind of pleasant” so I guess that clinches it. Their music is acoustic folk, soft and orchestrated, very melodic, with classy vocals, guitar, and piano. Occasionally drifts into innocuous pop Isn’t It Strange and Temporary Residence have their moments but not quite the charm. (Ken Scott – Archivist).

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Parable - More Than Words

Parable - More Than Words 1975 Maranatha / 1999 Maranatha (CD)

1. More Than Words
2. All Alone
3. Sweet Sweet Song
4. Maybe
5. Someone's Callin'
6. I Know What It's Like
7. Peter James & John
8. On Your Own
9. Let the Old Man Die
10. Friends
11. Song for the Church
12. Goodbye
13. 16 Petersham Place

Chuck Butler had previously recorded on the early Maranatha sampler lps under the name Country Faith. Here on Parable he shares lead vocals with Joy Strange, joined by Don Kobayashi on drums and Pat Patton on bass. Musically they fall somewhere between folk-rock and soft rock: a mellow sound with nice acoustic guitars, a few ’70s string orchestration on the ballads ‘Sweet, Sweet Song’, ‘ I Know What It’s Like’ and ‘Song For The Church’, joined by brass on ‘Peter, James & John’ and the brisk moving ‘All Alone”. Decent electric guitar on ‘Let The Old Man Die’, (coutesy of John Wickham). Bill Sprouse contributes some fitting Fender Rhodes and organ moments. Other Maranatha folks involved, including Fred Field, Al Perkins, Darrell Mansfield, Bruce Herring, Jonathan David Brown and Erick Nelson. Very melodic stuff and an above-par early Maranatha release enhanced by decent songwriting. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Oden Fong - Come for the Children

Oden Fong - Come for the Children 1979 A & S (LP)


1. The Mask
2. Natural Man
3. Crazy Voices
4. White Eagle
5. Selfish Man
6. Again and Again
7. Ready to Fly
8. Come for the Children
9. She Begins to Sing

Mustard Seed Faith alumnus Oden Fong’s first solo lp has much of the same lyrical depth that gave Sail On Sailor many admirers, the atmosphere reverie of ‘The Mask’ being a prime example.  The powerful seven-minute title track is pretty serious rock n roll, way heavier than anything on MSF.   ‘Crazy Voices’ and the rural rocking ‘White Eagle’ have some fairly crunchy guitar as well.  A few mild progressive touches here and there.  Also a hint of Fogelberg on the stately ‘Ready To Fly’.  Melodic pop-rock and moving ballads fill out the rest of this brilliant work, the gentle ‘She Begins To Sing’ being particularly lovely.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that Oden has one of the most stirring voices in the whole Jesus music scene.  Soft string orchestration in parts. Oden on acoustic and electric guitars, assisted by the usual gang of Maranatha musicians, plus appearances by Michele Pillar and Bob Bennett on backing vocals.  Fetching Rick Griffin cover art.   (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Sonntag, 12. Februar 2017

Larry Norman - The Best of Larry Norman

Larry Norman - The Best of Larry Norman 1990 Royal Music (CD)

1. Soul on Fire
2. Righteous Rocker
3. Stop This Flight (Live)
4. Gonna Write a Song About You for the Radio
5. Don't You Wanna Talk About It? (Live)
6. If the Bombs Fall
7. Q-Stone - Sweet Dreams
8. Woman of God (Live)
9. Shot Down
10. Out of My System (Live)
11. Messiah (Live)
12. I Hope I'll See You in Heaven (Live)
13. Charles Norman - It Could Have Been You
14. Charles Norman - Why Do You Do the Things You Do?

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Cliff Richard - Good News

Cliff Richard - Good News 1967 Columbia / 1992 EMI (CD)

1. Good News
2. It Is No Secret
3. We Shall Be Changed
4. 23rd Psalm (Crimond)
5. Go Where I Send Thee
6. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
7. All Glory Laud and Honour|0:00
8. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
9. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
10. Mary What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby
11. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
12. Take My Hand Precious Lord
13. Get on Board Little Children
14. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Obviously this ‘60s British pop star needs little introduction. But maybe like me you’ve tended to shy away from albums like this, figuring Cliff would be toning down his style for the Christian market. While it’s true that Good News contains mostly traditional hymns and string orchestrated pop ballads, there also happen to be several revved-up hip-swiveling white soul movers and shakers. The title track, ‘We Shall Be Changed’, ‘Go Where I Send Thee’, ‘Mary What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby’ and ‘Get On Board Little Children’ all fall into this category, accelerating forth with brisk electric guitar, hot horns and soulful female bgvs. The back cover tells how he announced his Christianity at a 1966 Billy Graham Crusade in London. Later he starred in a couple Graham movies: Two A Penny and His Land. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Johnny Cash - The Holy Land

Johnny Cash - The Holy Land 1969 Columbia / 1999 Harmony (CD)

1. Prologue
2. Land of Israel
3. Mother's Love
4. This Is Nazareth
5. Nazarene
6. Town of Cana
7. He Turned the Water Into Wine
8. My Wife June at the Sea of Galilee
9. Beautiful Words
10. Our Guide Jacob at Mount Tabor
11. The Ten Commandments
12. Daddy Sang Bass
13. At the Wailing Wall
14. Come to the Wailing Wall
15. In Bethlehem
16. In Garden of Gethsemane
17. The Fourth Man
18. On the Via Dolorosa
19. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
20. At Calvary
21. God Is Not Dead

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Eden - Perelandra

Eden - Perelandra 1980 Lord / 1994 Pila (CD)

1. Abgesang
2. Er wird sein
3. Lichtlied
4. Zwischenspiel
5. Dem Verborgenen zuwider
6. Perelandra
7. Im Bragdon-Wald
8. Bilder einer Welt
9. Ausklang

If you get just one Eden album, make it this one. Perelandra is the group’s shining moment, a brilliant 5-star professional work that’s sure to satisfy the hunger of those who grew up on ‘70s progressive rock. Synthesizer lovers will have a field day here; this thing is absolutely drenched with multifaceted spacey soaring keyboards, all of them made even more bright and vivid by the flawless production. Eden has proudly achieved their own unique sound by balancing hard rock electric guitars and power synths with lyrical melodies and skillful classical instrumentation. Loud and aggressive one moment (‘Abgesang’, ‘Lichtlied’), drifty moody surreal passages the next (‘Er Wird Sein’). Some beautiful ethereal female harmonies with a choral-like quality, sounding particularly effective on the powerful seven-minute title track. A couple instrumental tracks: ‘Zwischenspiel’ and the intensely stirring ‘Im Bragdon-Weld’. Skillful violin and flute work, plus acoustic guitar, piano, even a sitar on ‘Bilder Einer Welt’. Don’t let the German lyrics dissuade you – you never understood what all those Yes songs meant either, did you? Some imported copies have an English translation enclosed – yes, it’s overtly Christian if that’s important to you. The album title is based on one of the novels in C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy. Once again the cover art is amazing. Deserves equal standing on the art rock pedestal with Jimmy Hotz and Arkangel. Also released on the German Eden label (EM20001) in 1981. (Ken Scott – Archivist).

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Samstag, 11. Februar 2017

All Saved Freak Band - Brainwashed

All Saved Freak Band - Brainwashed 1976 Rock the World / 2000 Hidden Vision (CD)

1. Peace Love and Rock'n' Roll
2. Ode to Glenn Schwartz
3. Seek Him
4. Don't Look Back
5. Lonely
6. Frog Alley
7. Messed Up
8. See the Flesh Fly
9. Smilin' Dog
10. Our Answer

Toughest to find of the four lps and understandably so.  If For Christians, Elves & Lovers is the mellower side of ASFB, Brainwashed is the flip sider of the coin.  All those blues rockers they’d been saving up get released here full force.  Plenty of heavy organ, harmonica, and of course Glenn Schwartz’s searing guitar fireworks.  This album is non-stop sizzling stuff, beginning with the danceable hand-clappin’ opener ‘Ode To Glenn Schwartz’ with its lean-‘n’-mean funky swamp groove.  ‘Seek Him’ kicks it up again for another fast-paced blues rocker, one that still finds room for the Massmann’s strings.  ‘Don’t Look Back’ rocks efficiently for seven minutes with some tempo changes, while ‘Lonely’ slows the pace down with an organ/violin melody to close side one (sounds like skating rink music).  Side two opens with ‘Frog Alley’, a weird creepy piece of boogie-woogie with Larry Hill’s husky vocals singing about voodoo and whatnot, followed by the hilarious ‘Messed Up’ in which Glenn rattles off his testimony at about 180 mph (while pickin’ out some sweet acoustic blues licks).  Kim Massmann takes over lead vocals for the final three songs: ‘See The Flesh Fly’ (a ghostly minor-key ballad), ‘Having A Ball At The Smiling Dog’ (another high-powered slab of electric blues) and the baroque folk ballad ‘Our Answer (The 54th Psalm In Old English)’.  This in an incredible album folks.  Several different vocalists and lots of new participants  — it’s hard to tell from the credits who was in the band and who was just hanging around for the session.  So much variety here, too — it never gets boring.  Get your brain washed now!     (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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Fraction - Moon Blood

Fraction - Moon Blood 1971 Angelus / 1999 Rockaway (CD)

1. Sanc Divided
2. Come Out of Her
3. Eye of the Hurricane
4. Sons Come to Birth
5. This Bird (Sky High)
6. Prisms
7. Dawning Light
8. Intercessor's Blues

Psychedelic fire and brimstone doom monster with heavy Doors-ish influence and ferociously guttural screamed lead vocals that rival Jim Morrison. Slow intense lengthy climactic songs (only six of them) that burn with loud grungy guitars, letting up occasionally for psych-drenched hazy dream-scapes, with wah-wah, fuzz, reverb, tremolo all strongly represented. Strange apocalyptic lyrics (Virtually indecipherable without the lyric sheet) that are not your typical Christian fare by any means. Considered by many to be the Holy Grail of psych privates, hence the accompanying $2500 Whopper price tag. Cheaper alternatives exist: A11 ‘805 re—issue with a low-tech Xerox-looking band photo (enlarged from the back cover of the original) went in and out of print fairly quickly. A Euro CD with the same cover also exists. The original pressing comes in one of the most killer covers ever conceived: a die-cut jacket with a red filter revealing a moon inner sleeve. In late 1995 a deluxe vinyl limited edition was pressed nearly identical to the original, allowing budget-minded collectors to own a piece of this history in all its full glory. Re—issued on CD again in 1999 with bonus tracks. It don’t get any heavier than this! (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Azitis - Help

Azitis - Help 1970 Elco / 2000 Modo (CD)

1. Creation, Lord I Saw You Cry
2. There Is an Answer
3. Who's to Blame
4. The Prophet
5. Time Has Passed
6. From This Place
7. Hope to Save
8. Judgement Day
9. Life Worth Living
10. Questions Why

Azitis (Pronounced “As it is”) is one very few Christian-themed albums that is solidly psychedelic in sound from beginning to end. Every song from this four-man Sacramento band’s custom lp is a winner, saturated through and through with psychy swirling organ sounds. Add to that strong melodies, gentle vocals, fuzz, phasing, reverb, wah-wah, flute and you’ve got a virtual time machine to the flower power era. The responsible parties are Dennis Sullivan (organ, piano), Michael Welch (guitar, flute), Steve Nelson (percussion) and Donald Lower (bass guitar). ‘(Creation) Lord I Saw You Cry’ starts things off with dissonant organ crescendo, chanting and wah-wah guitar, followed by the melodic ’60s pop/psych of ‘There Is An Answer’ and ‘Who Will Be’, the later propelled by heavily fuzzed bass guitar. ‘The Prophet’ is one of the album’s most powerful tracks, reaching intense fuzz/organ peaks as it deals with Revelation themes. ‘Time Has Passed’, trips out with moody surreal passages that sound like they were lifted from the middle of ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’, followed by ‘From This Place’, another killer track that builds to climaxes of thunderous drums, discordant guitar strums and surging frenzied organ. ‘Hope To Save’ brings in piano and acoustic guitar for a lyrical ballad. That leaves the apocalyptic ‘Judgement Day’ with its varied guitar effects and eerie echoed proclamations to close the album. Exceptional cover art of a gold cross emerging from planet earth. Mega rare, too. I can’t emphasize enough how cool this album is. It’s a true five-star monster if ever there was one. Re-issued on both vinyl and CD. The band also had a couple 45’s with non-lp tracks. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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Resurrection Band - Music to Raise the Dead

Resurrection Band - Music to Raise the Dead 1974 No Label (MC)

1. Down Baby
2. I Can't Help Myself
3. Crimson River
4. There Will Be Fire
5. We Can See
6. Better Way
7. Growin' Stronger
8. The Man I Used to Be
9. Quite Enough

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Agape - Gospel Hard Rock

Agape - Gospel Hard Rock 1971 Mark / 1994 Agape (CD)

1. Blind
2. Happy
3. Believe
4. Man
5. Trust
6. Freedom
7. Choose
8. Blood
9. Rejoice
10. Street Walker
11. Alchemy


“Jesus rock at it’s crustiest” wrote Paul Baker in his book Contemporary Christian Music describing California’s hard-rocking trio Agape.  Hendrix fans  should take note here as the style is very similar, from the music right down ton Fred Caban’s bluesy vocals.  Caban is also the guitarist, John Peckhart plays bass and Mike Jungkman supplies drums and organ.  Mostly heavy blues rock – the high-quality turn-of-the-decade FM radio kind.  Not just a three-chord bash – these songs have mood and texture to them.  You’ll find quiet understated passages here as well as hard-driving guitar solos.  Atmosphere, too, as on the eerie ‘Rejoice’ which narrates tribulation prophesies against a hypnotic Doors-ish rhythm, enhanced by psycvhedelic guitar-induced missiles, rockets and earthquakes.  Includes slow blues rockers ala Clapton (‘Blind’, ‘Blood’), as well as fast ones (‘Happy’ and ‘Choose’).  ‘Man’ and ‘Trust’ are both heavily influenced by the Are You Experienced? era,  as is ‘Freedom’, a first-rate psych number with layers of fuzz and wah-wah guitars darting in and out like hornets over a constant throbbing two-note bass beat, marching snare drums, and Fred singing a hymn in a different key.  Weird!  Front cover is an absract b&w image of the face of Christ  –  reportedly a photograh of a natural image of melting snow against a black background.  The original and scarcest press has a photo of the band in concert on the back, while the later version has individual circular photos of the band members and manager Ron Turner.  The commonly used title Gospel Hard Rock appears only on the spine of the later press.  Re-issued on CD in 1996 with the bonus tracks ‘Street Walker’ and ‘Alchemy’. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Dion - Inside Job

Dion - Inside Job 1980 Dayspring / 2003 Ace (CD)

1. I Believe (Sweet Lord Jesus)
2. He's the One
3. Center of My Life
4. The Truth Will Set You Free
5. Gonna Be Ready
6. Old Souvenirs
7. New Jersey Wife
8. Man in the Glass
9. Sweet Surrender

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Servant - Shallow Water

Servant - Shallow Water 1979 Tunesmith / 2006 Retroactive (CD)

1. Shallow Water
2. Rich Man
3. Here Comes David
4. Rejoice
5. Jesus Star
6. Watergrave
7. Cup of Water
8. Holy Roller Blues
9. Fly Away

Straight-forward hard-edged rock is what the Tunesmith label’s debut is all about. Not as radical as say Resurrection Band or Barnabas which is one reason I initially let this one go, but after reacquiring it later I’ve come to realize it’s good stuff. No real hints of their later new wave direction as Shallow Water seems more in line with ‘70s classic rock. Sandie Brock and Bob Hardy share the lead vocal spotlight while Bruce Wright lays down the guitar riffs. The title track, ‘Here Comes David’, ‘Jesus Star’ and ‘Fly Away’ all deliver solid driving up-tempo rock-n-roll action, while ‘Holy Roller Blues’ churns along slow, hard and bluesy. Also a heavy cover of Dogwood’s ‘Watergrave’. Softens a tad for ‘Rejoice’ (a track also found on Because I Am and Lonesome Stone), ‘Cup Of Water’ and a cover Sammy Hagar’s ‘Rich Man’. Some fitting organ and synthesizer complementing the sound here and there. Pointed lyrics endorsing commitment and simple lifestyles. The group was part of the Highway Missionary Society and was managed by Jim Palosaari. Gate-fold cover. Some copies on red vinyl. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Koinonia - Koinonia

Koinonia - Koinonia 1989 Royal Music (CD)

1. Talk About It
2. We Know the Way by Heart
3. Alegría
4. Is It Too Late
5. Mistral
6. We're All in This Together
7. Come Share My World
8. You Are My Love
9. Straight to Paradise
10. Lyn

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Andraé Crouch & The Disciples - Live at Carnegie Hall

Andraé Crouch & The Disciples - Live at Carnegie Hall 1973 Light / 1990(?) Light (CD)

1. Opening
2. I Don't Know Why
3. You Don't Know What You're Missing
4. He Looked Beyond My Fault
5. I Didn't Think It Could Be
6. Hallelujah
7. Jesus Is the Answer
8. Andrae Preachin'
9. Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
10. Invitation
11. It Won't Be Long

This album marked a tuming point in Crouch’s career as previous efforts had not sold well. Recorded in October 1972 the album captured the passion and the fervor of their live “Holy Spirit powered” performances which catapulted them into one of the top drawing Jesus Music acts of the era. Back cover states “this album is not a slick or watered-down album. It is rough and honest”. One of the first live Jesus Music concerts ever to be recorded, he was backed up by the group Sonlight. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Andraé Crouch & The Discples - Soulfully

Andraé Crouch &The Disciples - Soulfully 1972 Light / 2005 Light (CD)

1. Everything Changed
2. He Proved His Love to Me
3. Oh I Need Him
4. Satisfied (With Jesus)
5. Through It All
6. I Come That You Might Have Life
7. You Don't Know What You're Missing
8. Try Me One More Time
9. Leave the Devil Alone
10. It Won't Be Long

Soulful collection including the popular song ‘Through It All’. The back cover shows a shot of Andrae and crew performing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Best cuts include ‘You Don’t Know What You’re Missing’ and the eschatological ‘It Won’t Be Long’. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

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Seawind - Window of a Child

Seawind - Window of a Child 1977 CTI / 2003 Seawindjazz (CD)

1. One Sweet Night
2. Wings of Love
3. Do Listen To
4. Campanas De Invierno (Bells of Winter)
5. Window of a Child
6. Angel of Mercy
7. Lovin' You
8. Hallelujah
9. Countin' the Days

The jazz fusion track "Wings of Love" is my favorite here, the song structure, electric bass soloing and synthesizer lines all leaving mild impressions of Return to Forever. More '70s funk grooves can be found on "Do Listen To", "Angel of Mercy" and the disco-edged "Hallelujah". One instrumental track "Campanas De Invierno". Foldout cover with a strange picture of a fish. Drummer, percussionist and songwriter Bob Wilson went on to be in the groups The Front and What If. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

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Phil Keaggy - Phil Keaggy and Sunday's Child

Phil Keaggy - Phil Keaggy and Sunday's Child 1988 Myrrh (CD)

1. Tell Me How You Feel
2. Sunday's Child
3. I Always Do
4. I'm Gonna Get You Now
5. Blessed Be the Ties
6. This Could Be the Moment
7. Ain't Got No
8. Somebody Loves You
9. Big Eraser
10. Everything Is Alright
11. I've Just Begun (Again)
12. Walk in Two Worlds
13. Talk About Suffering

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Donnerstag, 9. Februar 2017

Sacred Sounds of Grass - Eternal Highway

Sacred Sounds of Grass - Eternal Highway 1986-1989 / 1990 Lord (CD)

1. Hemraw
2. Are You Washed in the Blood
3. Back to the Bible
4. Get in Line Brother
5. There's Room at the Cross
6. Are You Lost in Sin
7. Mainstreet 47
8. I'll Fly Away
9. Swing Low
10. Daily Rendevouz With Jesus
11. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
12. Stoney Path
13. King of Bluegrass
14. Wicked Path of Sin
15. Down by the Riverside
16. Traditions Can't Fill in for Jesus
17. Pass Me Not
18. Man in the Middle

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