Larry Norman - Motorola Corolla 2

Published Saturday 30th August 2008
Larry Norman - Motorola Corolla 2
Larry Norman - Motorola Corolla 2

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 46235-14420
LABEL: Solid Rock SRD67
RRP: £14.69

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

Many of the songs on this collection were contenders for a Birthday For Shakespeare musical and are inspired by scenes or events from Shakespeare's plays - however, there are no "these" and "thous" to be found - you'd be hard pressed to see the inspiration if it wasn't for the extensive liner notes that Larry wrote for this 2007 release. He had the ability to tape demos that saw his sense of humour and skill shine through despite (or even because of) the rough quality of the recording. However, as is often the case with compilations of demos and half songs, the results are mixed and often infuriating - some are fully fledged songs recorded with the band that would have been great to hear well produced, while others are fragments of ideas that fade out just as they're getting interesting. Still others are 15-30 second clips of ideas and practices that sound like they were recorded underwater. As an insight into Larry's writing and recording and idea sessions (there are quite a few that by his own admission Larry doesn't ever remember creating), there's some interesting stuff here - the barnstorming "1-0411-7-7" sees Larry embarrassed about the twee lyrics but it could have been a classic rock-and-roller. So, a release with some gems (a very early demo of "Nothing Really Changes" with some alternative lyrics) amongst the dirt, "Motorola Corolla 2" will likely get collectors and completists salivating, but may leave the casual Larry listener frustrated at the quality, inconsistency and lack of continuity.

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Reader Comments

Posted by darrell jantz in auburn ca @ 04:15 on Jan 25 2010

always enjoyed Agape the bands unique blend of freds vocals with the rythmic blend of hard rock flow. i miss this blend of clarity in vocal and instrumental delivery at the same time clerly presenting the gospel. Perhaps I am old school , love to hear the presentation of the gospel so directly. Need more Agape and Heaven Earth bands today. Darrell jantz 69-72 apreciator

Posted by @ 08:07 on Dec 22 2009

Wow, what a trip to hear this...although I do remember these sessions it was so long ago. I think I played those tracks... they are my "licks"??!!

Mike Jungman, Agape drummer.

Posted by Alan Gibson in Solid Rock UK @ 14:26 on Sep 1 2008

The 5 tracks listed as numbers on Corolla 2 eg 1-0411-7-4 are early 1970 demo recordings which Larry Norman did with Fred Caban's Agape band with no vocals recorded. After the session Larry and Agape go their separate ways. The songs are resurrected on Corolla 2 with Larry's vocals on them! A surprise package even to Agape!

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