STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1892-2342 LABEL: Word INCLD010 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £2.50
Reviewed by Tim Walker
Barry McGuire's first career phase, as a leading light of the '60's Californian folk-rock scene, is often better known than the second; after his conversion in 1971, McGuire became one of American CCM's early "stars", and this CD collects together 20 tracks from his lengthy Christian recording career. Few Christian singers have a more recognizable voice than McGuire, and his growling delivery suits songs as diverse as the gentle "Love Is", the infectious "Happy Road" and the surprisingly incisive "Don't Blame God". No recording dates are given on the inlay, although some tracks have distinctively 70's production values, and The 2nd Chapter Of Acts (who got their first big break via Barry) can clearly be heard on backing vocals in places. The material betrays its roots in the 70's Jesus Music movement, and the CD may appeal most to listeners with a background in that field; however this makes a fine introduction to an artist still going strong in the States, albeit now involved as much in the secular music scene as the CCM arena.
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