STYLE: Jesus Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49860-18781 LABEL: Herald ELR1075 FORMAT: 7 inch vinyl EP
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
This seven-piece band from Cardiff should not be confused with the Scottish twins or indeed the Southern gospel group of the same name. Instead, these Proclaimers recorded a couple of singles for the Herald label (before they changed their name to Word) in the mid '60s. This debut EP featured four short and snappy songs that in total clock in under 10 minutes! But that was the fashion of the time. Side one features the slower sounds of "How Long Has It Been" with the vocals swapping between male and female singers and that is followed by the jaunty "Jesus Remembered Me" which has more of a Southern gospel feel to it. Things get a little groovier on the second side with "The Way To God" which features a powerful female lead vocal and a nice little guitar solo. The closing track "Streets Of Gold" is my favourite and has a vibe similar to the Monkees' "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" which had been released the same year. With a catchy hook and call and response vocal and harmonies, it's 120 seconds of '60s pop which propels along nicely.
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