Larry Norman - Streams Of White Light Into Darkened Corners

Saturday 1st August 1998
Larry Norman - Streams Of White Light Into Darkened Corners
Larry Norman - Streams Of White Light Into Darkened Corners

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9964-
LABEL: AB AB777
FORMAT: CD Album
RRP: £14.69

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

In 1974, frustrated by the music industry's intention to dilute the impact of Jesus rock through the many religious songs that mainstream artists chose to record and the fallacious rumours that celebrities like Clapton had been saved, Larry Norman wrote various hard hitting features that magazines and papers wouldn't print.  As a second line of attack he decamped to his home with a pile of recording equipment and a few friends to record a series of tongue in cheek cover version.  Randy Stonehill introduces the songs in the style of an OTT egotistical West Cost DJ, The Surf Duke, and frankly this has some hysterically funny moments!  Their acoustic version of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" is absolutely hilarious!  Larry's imitation of Mick Jagger on the Stones' "Shine A Light" is outrageous and the segue of "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Let It Be" and "My Sweet Lord" is suitably respectful . until we get to the disco break in the latter song and Larry again adopting Mick Jagger mode starts singing, "I'm So Bored".  Call me iconoclastic but these songs deserve to be ripped apart!  After the Clapton rumours of conversion which surface every five years or so, "Presence Of The Lord" is given a straight rendition although it's worth bearing in mind Larry reports that Clapton wrote it to express escaping from the police who wanted to bust him for drugs!  This CD release closes with two bonus tracks which did not appear on the original vinyl release.  This time they're introduced by Larry's Big Bomber DJ alter-ego on Radio K.R.A.P. and include another great Mick Jagger impersonation on "I Am Waiting".  Mischievous yet making an important contribution cataloguing counterfeit "Christian" culture.  Another album for Larry completeists!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jerry Thompson in Essex, UK. @ 10:17 on Aug 27 2010

In the 1970s mainstream rock music started to encompass some Christian or at least some spiritual content.
Larry and close friend Randy Stonehill decided that some songs were less than fully sincere and put out Streams Of White Light Into Darkened Corners.
This CD, recently rereleased, features some of Larry's underrated piano playing on Bridge Over Troubled Water, uncanny vocals on The Rolling Stones I Am Waiting and an excellent Presence Of The Lord.
Not everyone will want this album, for me it's good music with humourous DJ interjections.



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