Larry Norman - In Another Land: The Missing Pieces

Published Monday 15th May 2006
Larry Norman - In Another Land: The Missing Pieces
Larry Norman - In Another Land: The Missing Pieces

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17039-9831
LABEL: Solid Rock SRD-007-2006
RRP: £15.99

Reviewed by Tim Holden

'In Another Land' became a classic album almost as soon as it was released 30 years ago and listening to it again for the first time in over 20 years it still is a classic. This re-issue is the album is supposedly as it was originally intended to be released. Larry wrote some incredible songs with hard hitting lyrics that still stand up today with their heads held high. Gems like "The Rock That Didn't Roll", "UFO", "Song For A Small Circle Of Friends", "Six Sixty Six", "Righteous Rocker #3", "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus" and "I Am A Servant" have all stood the test of time and still sound fresh and vital today. As it turns out, the "missing pieces" are, in the main, not here! The song "Looking For The Footprints" was cut by Word from the 1976 release because it sounded Middle Eastern (and therefore Satanic!) but it turned up on the 1991 Spark CD issue and subsequent CD issues as a bonus track. The only track making its first appearance on CD is "Top 40 Survey" (though even that appeared on a 1998 Phydeaux special edition cassette version of 'In Another Land') and as that track is a mix of tape loops with music from Elvis, Dylan, Hendrix, the Beatles and new footage featuring Martin Luther Kind, the Kennedy assassination, etc, it's far from essential. As it turns out, we still don't have a definitive version of this classic album available.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jerry Thompson in Essex, UK. @ 09:31 on Aug 27 2010

Larry Norman's so called trilogy started with the unsurpassable Only Visiting This Planet, the disappointing (for me) So Long Ago The Garden and finally this album, In Another Land.
It flows easily from bouncy The Rock That Doesn't Roll all the way to the, from the heart, I Love You, which should not be confused with an earlier song from Larry of the same name!
In between is the well worked Top 40 Survey/Radio Airplay and some of his best ever songs, U.F.O, Shot Down, Six Sixty Six, One Way and I Am A Servant.
Along with Liberation Suite's self titled debut, I think this is the best Christian release from 1975.

Posted by Dougie in Scotland @ 17:52 on May 2 2008

"Strong Love Strange Peace" and "I Love You" are NOT the new tracks on this release as the review claims! "Top 40 Survey" has never been on CD before and was supposed to be on the album as was "Looking For The Footprints" both of them were removed from the album (along with I Wish We'd All Been Ready in the Deja Vu medley)

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