The Proclaimers - The Proclaimers

Published Thursday 1st January 2009
The Proclaimers - The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers - The Proclaimers

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
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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Reader Comments

Posted by Lindsay T. Morgan in Mount Forest, Ontario, CANADA @ 01:58 on Apr 21 2014

Thanks for the nice review, Mike. I'm the guy second from the right on the cover. My Buddy John Patterson and I recorded for HERALD in 1963. Later we formed the Proclaimers. Recorded a couple of EPs for Welsh Teldisc Label. "MESSAGES WITH A LILT" and "THE GOSPEL TRAIN". John had left the group when we got the offer to record for HERALD. On this EP you are showing, I wrote "WAY TO GOD" and "STREETS OF GOLD". John had this great guitar progression that I loved, so I wrote the song to fit it. I emigrated to CANADA in 1967, and have made my living in music all my life. I still perform. I've started to put some of my tunes on Youtube lately. If you're interested please visit my website. Nice talking to you, Lindsay.

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