Randy Stonehill – Welcome To Paradise
The production was good for 1976 and the lyrics showed Randy was soulful and humorous. His music had that Larry Norman feel to it. Some Influences of James Taylor and others abound but it was uniquely Stonehill.
The Album starts with King of Hearts with an almost lullaby quality to it, gently showing you the purpose to this life. Keep Me Runnin’ is the best song on the Disc and is still a favorite live. This song is driven by a rough edged acoustic guitar and a haunting vocal that recalls our struggle with sin and being human. The Tunes Winner (High Card) and Lung Cancer are sarcastic looks at the ego’s of the powerful, Pride and Cigarettes. I used to love requesting the song Lung Cancer at Randy’s shows so I could here him say, “Oh, I am so sorry to hear that!” and I can almost see Randy’s tears welling up in the song Puppet Strings. Other songs deal with everything from Christmas to Christ’s Return, like the Jammin’ rock song, Good News where Larry Norman is cranked up in the background.
Randy Stonehill created a work of art that lasted the archives of Christian Music. This will always be a well deserved classic of extremely talented songwriting and production.
Randy was just as powerful at his live shows. He would have a combination of zany comic attack that left you in stitches, then sing and have you in emotional tears. Randy is still doing shows so if you ever get a chance to see him it’s a real treat!
I do not know how much I impressed upon you that Randy Stonehill is probably the living Father of “Christian Music”, now that Larry is gone. I do not know how comfortable Randy is with that? But he deserves a round of cheers and applause for this record!…
at the very least! -MP
· Randy Stonehill: acoustic guitars, vocals.
· Larry Norman: electric guitar, piano, harmonies.
· Jon Linn: lead guitar.
· Mark Walker: drums.
· The Mighty T-Bone: bass.
Side One: Paradise Lost (sorrow and sadness….)
- “King Of Hearts” – 4:53
- “Keep Me Runnin’” – 5:57
- “The Winner (High Card)” – 3:43
- “Lung Cancer” – 3:31
- “Puppet Strings” – 4:25
Side Two: Paradise Regained (….turn into gladness)
- “First Prayer” – 3:08
- “I’ve Got News For You” – 3:49
- “Song For Sarah” – 3:28
- “Christmas Song For All Year ‘Round” – 3:56
- “Good News” – 3:18
If anyone knows where to buy the CD Re-Release in stock, please tell me. Until then it is HERE. (rar File)