Larry Norman, Beam - Shouting In The Storm: Flevo 2

Friday 1st October 1999
Larry Norman, Beam - Shouting In The Storm: Flevo 2
Larry Norman, Beam - Shouting In The Storm: Flevo 2

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Spark SK7098
RELEASE DATE: 1999-02-19
RRP: £14.98

Reviewed by Dougie Adam

'Shouting In The Storm' is Larry's second album recorded live at the Flevo Totaal Festival in Holland. Like its 1989 predecessor this is a scorcher, and all the more impressive for the bolder song selection this time round. A hat is tipped to Larry's esteemed '6O's and 70's work with completely irreverent new versions of  "Sweet Song Of Salvation", "Shot Down', and "The Rock That Doesn't Roll". The new band arrange­ment of "Six Sixty Six" works wonderfully well, as does their treatment of another classic "solo" number "Goodbye, Farewell". The set kicks off with a new song "Heaven Wants To Bless You" and then tears into a grungy "God Part III', Other recent songs featured are "Let The Rain Fall Down" and a re-written "If The Bombs Fall", now simply called "Bombs". The crowd seem to really get into the reggae-ish "Let It (co-written with Larry's brother Charly) and the frenzied cover of Talk's "Jesus Freak". It may take you a few listens to adjust to the arrangements, but once you do, you can't fail to appreciate the quality of Larry and Beam's gutsy perfor­mances. If you are presented with choice between Spark's European pressing or Solid Rock's America version I would recommend the Euro version. Both have the same song the same order but the mixes are slightly different. The atmosphere the concert comes across with me punch on the Spark release as the crowd noise is further up in the mix and the American version suffers the song endings and Larry's short between song monologues getting cut off and followed by one second's silence. This flaw becomes really irksome when one song is segueing another and all of a sudden the sound cuts out for a second and then comes back in again.

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