Various - Plankton: b. 6th May 1978: The Second 20 Years

Published Thursday 29th November 2018
Various - Plankton: b. 6th May 1978: The Second 20 Years
Various - Plankton: b. 6th May 1978: The Second 20 Years

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 173941-27773
LABEL: Plankton PCDN174

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

If you've read Cross Rhythms' recent article on Britain's longest running independent Christian record label (that's Plankton), or our review of 'Plankton b. 6th May 1978 Forty Years 1978-2018', you'll know what this compilation is all about. This will be the volume you'll want if you've already got the CD covering the first 20 years. What a fascinatingly eclectic bunch of tracks have been assembled. You've got the powerhouse reggae-into-afro sounds of Ben Okafor on two songs; the vintage soul of Echo as they turn The Emotions' classic "Best Of My Love" into a gospel song; the wistful singer/songwriter Liz Clarke; the short-lived but really rather good Disciplemakers; the Cross Rhythms radio hitmakers Nine Beats Collective (this cut featuring Norway's Mikael R Andreasen); and, of course, three cuts from those rock music survivors Fresh Claim (after all, the band's founder Simon Law is also the founder of Plankton). 19 oldies but goodies, plus a brand-new solo track from Mr Law. As it turns out, Simon's "The Haven" is a pretty good song. If you're at all interested in UK Christian music history, this is an album which will give you a large dose of nostalgia and/or demonstrate that you don't need big recording budgets or expensive studios to make music which passes the test of time.

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