Reviewed by Tony May
You want classic, we got classic for you. You want to talk legendary, I'm ready. When it comes down to gospel rock, clear the way for the undisputed Daddy of 'em all, the genius Larry Norman. He's not been without the occasional below par album, but this re-release on CD of his memorable 1975 album displays him at the peak of his staggering originality and creativity. The brilliance of mystical, End Times material such as "UFO" and "Six Sixty Six", the sheer melody of "I Love You", "One Way" and "Song For A Small Circle Of Friends", the good ole rock 'n' roll of "The Rock That Doesn't Roll", the blues/rock of "Righteous Rocker" and "Shot Down", the stunning glory of songs like "I Am A Servant" and "I've Searched All Around" - I ask you, where's the equal? Bonus tracks are "Dreams On A Grey Afternoon", "Strong Love, Strong Peace" (very fine) and "Looking For The Footprints". Plus the memorable live at Greenbelt 79 version of "Let That Tape Keep Rolling". The challenge here's been to classify the man. Alternative rock? Certainly is. Evangelistic? Very much so. But the man fits into no matchbox that you or I could ever design. An original. A great, great artist whose contribution to bringing art into Christian music is inestimable.
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