Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill - Ten Times Two: Tour Of the Americas

Published Tuesday 9th May 2006
Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill - Ten Times Two: Tour Of the Americas
Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill - Ten Times Two: Tour Of the Americas

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17040-9833
LABEL: Solid Rock SDD795
RRP: £15.99

Reviewed by Simon Eden

How many artists can you name that are still producing material after 36 years? The Rolling Stones may not be an obvious choice but Larry does a very amusing Mick Jagger impression on this CD, along with an impromptu rendition of the Beatles oldie "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" accompanied by Randy Stonehill. There are also the comical treats of "Spirit In The Sky" when Larry has a theological objection to the lyrics, and the Beach Boys track "Surfer Girl" with the distinctive vocal harmonies. Larry combines stand up comedy with the folk music that is reminiscent of Dylan the Rabbit from Magic Roundabout. Although most of the tracks are acoustic live performances like duelling banjos, several are studio recordings, and some are by Randy alone. There is only one track that is distinctive because of the electric rock guitar. As a prolific artist with something like 90 albums including bootlegs and compilations, this may seem like just another, but it will suit fans and the uninitiated alike who have yet to discover the origins of Christian rock.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Dougie @ 14:03 on Jun 13 2008

With reviews like this 9 out of 10 review CR is becoming culpable for cheapening Larry's back catalogue almost as much as Larry himself is. Most of the live duets with Larry and Randy are short jokey send ups of other people's songs. The studio selections are rough mixes of unfinished demos. How can this be an excellent release almost as good as Only Visiting This Planet, In Another land or Welcome to Paradise... its an at times distorted AUDIENCE RECORDING... yup that's right not even a soundboard recording far less a multitrack recording which has been professionally mixed down! So enjoy the gig folks... as recorded by an audiece member on a cheapo tape walkman with a dodgy microphone as this is how this 9 out of 10 release was recorded.

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