Love Song - Final Touch

Published Thursday 1st February 2007
Love Song - Final Touch
Love Song - Final Touch

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Good News GNR08101
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

By the time this project was released in 1974, Love Song had lost guitarist Bob Wall but gained drummer John Mehlor. Keyboardist Chuck Girard, guitarist Tom Coomes and bassist Jay Truax were augmented by steel and slide guitarist Al Perkins. Also it was clear that the life of the band had come to an end with Girard readying a solo career and other members moving on. More electric than their debut album, the volume is turned up without losing any of the melody. Highlights here include the gorgeous "Jesus Puts The Song In Our Hearts" where the band's intertwining vocals are at their finest. In those days in the mid '70s when Armageddon was about to happen when the Ruskies invaded into Israel, perhaps it's okay in "The Cossack Song" to suggest Russian soldiers desert and pray. Despite its lyrical strangeness in this generation, it's still a fantastic bit of guitar driven rock'n'roll with Perkins excelling himself. "Since I Opened The Door" is great country rock and the closing touching "Little Pilgrim" is a fab piano ballad. However unlike their debut album, this doesn't make the same musical and spiritual impact.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 17:29 on Oct 14 2010

I have this second classic album by this early band of pioneer ccm. The first song has that hillbilly/country sound "Since I Opened up the Book"; not exactly country rock! There is a nice harmony on "JESUS Puts The Song in Our Hearts" & "Think About What JESUS
Said". "Short Alleluiah" is definitely one of those short choruses for church; especially for the Sunday School kids. Again, member Chuck Girard has written,
or co-written most of the songs for the album; he would start a solo career after this recording. "Sunday
Afternoon" & "Little Pilgrim" are commendable songs;
Though this second album doesn't quite make the impact as the debut, it will have it's place in the history halls of gospel/ccm. GOD Bless! -Don

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