STYLE: Jesus Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10259-16738 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Perceived wisdom has it that Larry Norman invented Christian rock music with his 1969 album 'Upon This Rock' but the problem with a Nashvillecentric view of the universe is that they forget there is a world outside of America. In 1962 when a 15 year old Norman was playing guitar in his room, The Pilgrims were playing their British beat music following in the footsteps of the emerging Mersey sound pioneered by The Beatles. Alongside bands like The Crossbeats and The Glorylanders, they were 'Telling Youth The Truth' even though many church ministers were convinced that their rock'n'roll was sinful. This is a fascinating collection where recording quality varies from track to track but you can trace the move from early '60s beat music to late '60s R&B. The strong influences of The Beatles and Shadows can be heard in their early stuff. Lyrically it might seem a little simplistic in the 21st century and yet in their day, the work of The Pilgrims to preach the Gospel using rock music was a revolutionary act. This is amazing stuff and if you're a fan of '60s music, definitely worth checking out.
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