Larry Norman And Thesis - The Digital Dutch Masters

Published Saturday 12th November 2011
Larry Norman And Thesis - The Digital Dutch Masters
Larry Norman And Thesis - The Digital Dutch Masters

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Solid Rock SRDX702

Reviewed by Dougie Adam

When Larry was in Europe on a short tour in 1993 he suffered a heart attack after a concert in Drachden. This album is the result of a day in the studio with Thesis after he had recuperated and sees Larry recording some of his live repertoire in a studio setting. Many of the songs have appeared on numerous other releases over the years, so I'll try and describe what's here and let the reader judge for themselves whether there is enough unique tracks here to merit a purchase. There are two tracks which were remixed and edited for inclusion on 1994's 'A Moment In Time' CD - "King Of The Contradanza" is a slightly different mix of "Children Of Nimrod" and still features Larry singing away in Spanish, and "One Foot Towards The Grave" is an unedited version of "You Shall Be Saved" with an additional instrumental break and a longer jammed ending. This CD also finds live favourite "Messiah" appearing on CD as a studio version complete with lead vocals for the first time on CD format and it is a pretty good take. We also get treated to some new verses on "Twelve Good Men" which haven't appeared on any other release and there is a nice take of "My Feet Are On The Rock" which also has a long jammed ending. "Goodbye Farewell" was one of the new songs recorded at the sessions and unlike previous versions from live albums this take features keyboards as the lead instrument in the band recording and this is also the case with a soft pop lounge lizzardy reading of "If The Bombs Fall". We also get two instrumental versions of those songs and an interview Larry gave to a Dutch TV company from his hospital bed. Overall this is a nice collection of songs which were mostly premiered in the '80s or '90s and the recording quality is pretty good as is the backing from Thesis. One or two of the arrangements have been bettered on other releases and on a few occasions it sounds like Larry is forced to improvise as his lyric sheets are not to hand. If you enjoy hearing Larry play live with a decent backing band this one could be for you.

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