Gary S Paxton Sr - The Astonishing, Outrageous, Incredible, Unbelievable, Different World Of Gary S Paxton

Published Saturday 18th June 2011
Gary S Paxton Sr - The Astonishing, Outrageous, Incredible, Unbelievable, Different World Of Gary S Paxton
Gary S Paxton Sr - The Astonishing, Outrageous, Incredible, Unbelievable, Different World Of Gary S Paxton

STYLE: Pop
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 107772-17845
LABEL: Garpax Branson Music Group SPCN790o606017
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

As any pop/rock historian will tell you, Gary S Paxton is a breathtakingly original songwriter, producer and occasional artist with a large wedge of hits under his belt who, after his Christian conversion in 1971, began to make Christian music hits for people like The Blackwood Brothers and The Imperials before starting the CCM label NewPax. On that imprint he released this 1976 album which was subsequently re-issued by Fortress and is now available from Paxton's Garpax Branson outfit. It's a fascinating item too, and even all these years on you can hear why it won the multi-talented Paxton a Grammy for Best Inspirational Performance. The standout song here is "Sophisticated Savages" which describes the insanity of our modern world with references to impending nuclear destruction. Some may find the sound of a lady screaming "Rape! Rape!" a little hard to bear, but no-one can deny its impact. This set also offers the listener a memorable anti-smoking song "You Ain't Smokin' Them Cigarettes (Baby They're Smokin' You)" and the engaging country rock anthem "Love It Comes In All Colors". If you thought Larry Norman or Steve Taylor were as confrontational as Christian music got, 'Astonishing, Outrageous. . .' takes things to a whole new level.

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