Judy MacKenzie - Peace And Love And Freedom

Published Thursday 1st January 2009
Judy MacKenzie - Peace And Love And Freedom
Judy MacKenzie - Peace And Love And Freedom

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20720-16945
LABEL: Key KL009
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Back in 1971, Judy MacKenzie was one of the most popular artists in the emergent Christian music scene in the UK. 'Peace And Love And Freedom' was her second release and saw her combine a folky vocal style reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell and poetic insightful lyrics. Musically this swings between acoustic pop and folk with some gorgeous moments. I love the trippy strings and flutes in the opening song when the tempo slows on the title track. The theme is disillusionment with the empty promises of the hippie movement and in part two the reality that true peace and freedom can only be found in Christ. The album contains an early co-write with a very young Graham Kendrick, "Spread Wide Your Wings" which shows off Judy's stunning voice and the adventurous song arrangements. Another highlight is "Love Is Fine" which has a carefree '60s feel about it and sounds like it could have been recorded by someone like Petula Clark. The more upbeat "Never A Man Like This Man" is a groovy portrait of Jesus while "Isn't It Hard" is a quiet song of repentance with a haunting vocal. In today's latest expression of folk revivalism, perhaps now is the perfect moment to rediscover this Christian folk pioneer.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Keith Aldred in Harpenden @ 12:53 on Dec 29 2018

I have just been listening to Peace and Love and Freedom that I got in the 70s.

I thank God for it and the way he speaks to us through it.
May God bless all his children.

Posted by Bob Williams in Romford, Essex @ 14:34 on Jun 16 2011

A lovely lady with a superb voice. I heard her sing most of the songs on the album live at St. Helen's Bishopsgate in the early 70's; and have sung several over the years; particularly "Through my days" whose music I have just scored for my singing group, and Peace love and freedom (followed by a number) which I used to sing and play with a 4 piece group in the late 70s/early 80s.
Good tunes; meaningful words, and great memories.
She also had an excellent collaberation with Dave Cook (Tina Heath's husband) but I always felt that for some reason, the fledgling christian music press of the time gave them a raw deal, sadly concentrating on lesser talents. Sadly, "The song "Nobody wants to know" seemed to have a self pointing prophetic edge.
Thanks for your music Judy, and I will look into your more recent work,
Bob Williams

Posted by Jon Burnett in Brstol @ 20:24 on Jun 12 2011

This is a brilliant album - any chance of releasing a cd/mp3 version?

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