Daniel Amos - Horrendous Disc: Historical Archive Series

Thursday 1st February 2001
Daniel Amos - Horrendous Disc: Historical Archive Series
Daniel Amos - Horrendous Disc: Historical Archive Series

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Solid Rock SRD211
RRP: £14.69

Reviewed by Dougie Adam

X marks the spot where Terry Scott Taylor and his Daniel Amos cohorts ditched their country music roots and spread their creative wings, set their zany imaginations loose and began making music that mattered. Some 20 years after its often delayed LP release, here it is - 'Horrendous Disc' on compact disc at last contra Mike Rimmer (remember CR50 page 56 anyone?). It still sounds great after all the years, and inventive too. My favourite tracks are those which fall under the classic rock umbrella; the riff-tastic opener "I Love You # 19", while "Hound of Heaven" oozes class and distinction, and the fabulous "Sky King" evokes happy memories of the ELO at their best. And then there is the gorgeous, soulful, dreamlike "I Believe In You". It has to be said that some of the new wave tracks haven't dated too well. To round things off Larry Norman himself has included two takes of "Hound Of Heaven" which he recorded for inclusion for the Terry Taylor/Daniel Amos tribute album 'When Worlds Collide'. DA buffs may rue the exclusion of 'After All These Years' which was featured on the UK pressing but was omitted in America. The final words in the accompanying 20 page booklet may yet offer them some solace: "End of Part One. To be continued. Part two contains bonus tracks, unreleased music, more photos, archival material, and other Horrendous delights."

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Sample Track Listing:
1. I Love You #19 [Listen]
2. Hound Of Heaven [Listen]
3. Tidal Wave [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Matt in Poole @ 14:09 on May 13 2011

Horrendous Disc marked a change in style and maybe tone for DA. They had produced two exceptional albums beforehand, but here they change country vibe for a full on rock and new wave assault! And the result is yet again another gem of a release.

The nine tracks orginally produced for the album are all exceptional in their own way. I love You#19 has to be an anthem song doesnt it? The driving rock guitar and distinctive vocal delivery make this a particular standout. Hound of Heaven really begins those deeply probing and true to life songs that Terry has always had a gift of writing. Its a pure and honest matter of fact song along with brilliant arrangement to make its impact even deeper.

Then to offset the harder tracks on the album we get the beautiful I Believe In You, one of those hauntingly lovely songs that also Terry has had a penchant for encluding on records just to make you cry in the middle of bouncing about!

Horrendous Disc is a classic track, the message is truly raw and piercing like a blade right in the heart. This is another of those maybe a little too offensive tracks for everyday casual listeners. But its got an integrity and poignancy that hasnt deminished to this day.

DA were definitely coming into their own with this classy record. It really is one of the finest rock albums of all time. Wit, honesty, power, thought, Insight are all rife through it as with each and every other DA album along their career.

Oh by the way, Ive heard it mentioned that the Historical Archives Series version of this disc is awful. But its not all that bad at all, the reproduction is not bad at all. Its been brought to CD very well indeed. Well, Im grateful for it being on a CD at last even if it isnt the most sharp clean up job ever: the album is still timeless.

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