Love Song - Reunion

Published Thursday 9th November 2006
Love Song - Reunion
Love Song - Reunion

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20009-11028
LABEL: Whole World Media Group WWMD1171
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

Jesus music buffs will be familiar with the story of Love Song. Five young men - all previously involved in the drug scene - individually finding their way to Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, California around the year 1970. Here, under the teaching of Chuck Smith, they all give their lives to the Lord. All being musicians, the five come together and form one of America's first CCM groups; their debut album in 1972 becoming America's best-selling gospel disc of the year. The group continued for three and a half years, though Chuck Girard, who was the main songwriter, and Tommy Coomes have continued on the Christian music scene ever since. With a nostalgic longing, the group reunited in 1995 to record a legacy album (with help from Phil Keaggy, who once toured with the group). This has now been reissued under a new title. Without question the boys can still sing and play and the sound is amazingly good, if at times, of course, rather dated. But it's a great listen, with a variety of styles, including blues, funk, inspirational and good ole rock'n'roll. Melodies are strong and the backing vocals occasionally give a bit of a Beach Boys feel. Every song carries an overt gospel message, and the band were apparently used by God to lead thousands to the Lord. An unusual but fascinating bit of Christian music history.

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