Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
As a writer and singer of simple yet deeply thoughtful music, Len Magee was for a good few years one of the most popular gospel singers in Britain. Born in The UK, Len emigrated to Australia as a lad of seven, but came back during the 1970s, and after he became a Christian, he plied his musicianary's craft in the Elim Church and via several albums. He returned Down Under in 1981, and these days he ministers on Queensland's Gold Coast. When, in response to popular demand, his record company decided to make a CD of his original 1970s recordings, no original master tapes were available, so the CD had to be produced from mint condition vinyl records, apart from the title track, which was a recently written song, never before recorded. In fact, so carefully has the remastering been done, there aren't too many snaps, crackles and pops, and the style is typical of its time, easygoing folk/country with Len's light vocals over acoustic instruments and simple arrangements. As for the new song, "Don't Doubt His Love", stylistically it's no different from the others, although naturally the recording quality is miles better. For those of us who remember him first time around, this is a welcome reminder of his talent. Younger listeners may marvel at how simple things were, way back when.
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