Mike Johnson And Friends - Velvet Prince: Legends Remastered Vol 4

Published Friday 21st February 2014
Mike Johnson And Friends - Velvet Prince: Legends Remastered Vol 4
Mike Johnson And Friends - Velvet Prince: Legends Remastered Vol 4

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 148669-21620
LABEL: Born Twice Records BTR7788T
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Mike Johnson was once an original member of the Mike Bloomfield Blues Band and then after his conversion became a pioneer of Jesus music. Having never visited the UK though, he wasn't well known here. This 1973 effort is probably Mike's greatest album and highlights the versatility of his songwriting from the groovy rock of the Dylanesque "On To L.A." with its passionate rapid fire lyrics and fiery guitar work, to the satirical "Your Health Food Won't Get You Into Heaven" which sounds like the sort of song Randy Stonehill might have written. Then there's the country rag of the hilarious "Something's Goin' On" complete with kazoo and a closing instrumental cover of jazz organ giant Jimmy Smith's "Mellow Mood". In these days of highly formatted and over polished Christian music, 'Velvet Prince' sounds positively adventurous. A strong message and music which is difficult to pigeonhole, this is a delight and although Johnson passed away last year, his refusal to be squeezed into a rigid formula makes this a highly enjoyable album 41 years on.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Robert in The Netherlands @ 16:33 on Aug 10 2014

It should be noted that this CD was dubbed from a vinyl source, which is very audible. The 'Legends remastered', as this series from Born Twice Records is called, is quite misleading.



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