Larry Norman - Barking At The Ants

Published Thursday 27th May 2010
Larry Norman - Barking At The Ants
Larry Norman - Barking At The Ants

STYLE: Rock
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11906-16636
LABEL: Phydeaux BONEX0X0
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl EP

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

An intriguing 1981 vinyl release for which Larry fanatics will no doubt pay an arm and a leg, the primary aim of this compilation was to introduce to the American public some British acts that Larry was working with. You will remember that at the time Larry was associated with Chapel Lane Records in Hereford and so the second side of this album is taken up with a medley of their music presenting tracks from the Mark Williamson Band (renamed Lyrix in the USA), Sheila Walsh and Alwyn Wall. On the first side, there are some Larry songs that, before Solid Rock's avalanche of CD compilations, were rarities. These included a studio version of "Why Can't You Be Good" and a cover version of Bob Dylan's "Just Like A Woman" where Larry displayed his Dylan impersonation. "Deep Blue" was a story song from an album which had not yet been released while the opening cut was a piece called "The Tune (Almost)" which was a fun version of his longer conceptual piece "The Tune" only on this rendition, Larry keeps getting interrupted by his dog! Overall, the album is most famous for its inner sleeve photograph which appeared to include put downs of artists he'd formerly worked with.

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