STYLE: Jesus Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13325-3021 LABEL: Solid Rock SRD970 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £14.69
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
In the interim between his recordings for Capitol and being signed to MGM, Larry Norman had two independent releases and this was the first. This and Randy Stonehill's parallel recording 'Born Twice' were funded by a loan from Pat Boone and followed a simple pattern. Side one was live recordings and side two was studio songs. Like many of Norman's albums, there have already been two versions of this album and if you're buying for nostalgia, you'd better make sure it's the same album you want! Both have the same line up of live songs "Peacepolutionrevolution", a lengthy "Right Here In America" and "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" all recorded when Larry was at the height of his powers. The album kicks off with a witty poem "First Day In Church" which Larry reads in a strange, strangled mockney accent. The studio half of the album features a brilliant raw underground version of "I Am The Six O'Clock News" which in 1970 was probably the most far out music being released by a Christian anywhere. There are also early versions of "She's A Dancer" and "I Don't Wanna Lose You". There's a short piano song "The Price Of Living" and the better known groovy "Sigrid Jane". At only 35 minutes in length, there would have been plenty of room for Larry to include the alternative studio songs from the original release of this album including "No More LSD For Me" and "Baby Out Of Wedlock" but sadly they're not here. Still, it's a classic Jesus music album.
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