Tree Of Life - Firstfruits

Thursday 1st August 1996
Tree Of Life - Firstfruits
Tree Of Life - Firstfruits

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Stephen Luff

Now this is an interesting one! If you are as old as I am you will probably remember the late 70s' hit "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. Well, the drummer and producer of this recording, Mike Scavone, was a member of this band and subsequent to their chart success was saved and joined Long Branch Covenant Church in New Jersey. This was produced two years ago and I understand it to be their first recording. The material is generally excellent but the track order is somewhat erratic starting with a Vineyard type worship song "King Of All The Earth" with a mixture of rock 'n' roll/blues/pop/rock and praise and worship tracks following. However, this is only a minor complaint as there are excellent songs here - the stand out track for me is "Jesus Don't Always Pay On Friday (But He Always Pays On Time)", a wonderful blues track with Bob Dylan-style harmonica played by Mr Scavone himself and blissful vocals by a lady called Ayn Little (who sings on two other tracks as well). So well worth checking out if you are willing to give that f/fwd button some exercise to assist musical consistency!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. King Of All The Earth [Listen]
2. Don't Be Discouraged [Listen]
3. The Word Became Flesh [Listen]
4. Jesus Don't Always Pray On Friday [Listen]
5. Power [Listen]
6. I Found Your Love [Listen]
7. It's Gonna Be Alright [Listen]
8. I Worship You [Listen]
9. Song For Dad [Listen]
10. Sing To The Lord [Listen]

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