The Talbot Brothers – (Reborn)

Posted in Country Rock, Jesus Music, Legends, Music Reviews, Talbot Brothers with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by rezband1

Terry Talbot and Brother John Michael Talbot formed a 60’s band named Mason Proffit who would influence a number of Country Rock bands like the Eagles. Mason Proffit had a number of spiritually based songs but when the band broke up in 1974, The Talbot Brothers continued on Warner Brothers Label with overtly Christian Lyrics.


The Jesus Movement always had an influx of country rock and folk bands but none had the experience or professionalism at that point in Jesus People history then The Talbot Brothers.

The record starts out with a great little tune called Easy To Slip that will get your toes a tapping with some frenzied banjo playing by John Michael, what a fun opening and a continued favorite today! Comin’ Home to Jesus is the next song that is a handclappin’ salvation song that makes you feel like your in a radical church in the ozarks somewhere. The mellower tunes are full of harmony and soul searching. The track Over Jordan sounds like it could have been an Eagles hit back in the day. Moline Truckin’ a fun trucker song that gets a faster temper as it goes, is probably the lyrical oddball in the bunch and was left off the 1976 re-release from Sparrow Records who renamed the album Reborn. Carnival Balloon sounds like it’s straight from some honky tonk and the musicianship is really top-notch. Actually the whole album has popular studio musicians and John and Terry are no slouches playing banjo, harmonica, and guitars. I have listened to this album lately and the crafting of these songs are not only fun and meaningful but rank up there with some of the best country rock groups ever. Good luck finding this rare gem in its original form.   -MP

You can download Reborn Here because I can not find these MP3’s anywhere to buy.

1 Easy To Slip (3:19)
2 Comin’ Home To Jesus (2:42)
3 In My Dreams (3:09)
4 And The Time (2:44)
5 Trail Of Tears (3:47)
6 Over Jordan (4:32)
7 Moline Truckin’ (2:12)
8 Come And Gone (2:54)
9 Over Again (2:56)
10 Carnival Balloon (3:25)
11 Hear You Callin’ (2:06)

John Michael Talbot

Terry Talbot and Mason Proffit

Servant – Shallow Water

Posted in Jesus Music, Legends, Music Reviews, Servant with tags , , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by rezband1


By Andrew Rockwell –
Servant, similar to Chicago’s Resurrection Band, can trace its beginnings back to the Jesus Movement of the late sixties and seventies.  Future Servant members Owen & Sandie Brock and Matt Spransy were brought together for the first time by the European evangelistic rock musical of the early seventies entitled Lonesome Stone.  Once Lonesome Stone came to an end by 1974, however, Owen & Sandie moved to Victoria, British Columbia where the line up to the band – initially using the name Higher Ground – came together over the next several years.  Canadian guitarist Bruce Wright was the first to sign up, while bassist Rob Martens, who had several chance meetings with Wright at a Greyhound bus depot and a guitar shop, joined the band – now officially renamed Servant – in early 1977.  When drummer David Holmes caught a performance of Servant at its coffee shop, the Upper Room drop in center, he immediately offered his services to the group (which was using a conga player at the time).  Lead vocalist Bob Hardy became a Christian after Wright shared his faith with him and subsequently rounded out the bands line up in late 1977.

On a side note, it is worth pointing out that when keyboardist and computer wiz Matt Spransy returned from Europe, he formed a Joliet, Illinois based progressive rock band also called Servant (often referred to as Joliet-Servant) with Doug Pinnick of King’s X fame.  After Joliet-Servant disbanded in 1980, Spransy saw Servant perform live in Chicago and later donated his truck and all his music and sound equipment to the band.  Spransy eventually joined Servant in the summer of 1981 but not in time to record Shallow Water.

With its line up set, Servant began playing live extensively, polishing its skills by performing at Christian coffee houses and colleges, parks and bars and other secular venues.  At around this time an intentional community, The Highway Missionary Society, started to emerge which also included members of the band.  The community, in the words of Owen Brock, “would become foundational as our lifestyles and music reflected our shared beliefs about the world, the church, God’s kingdom, Christian community and compassion and justice for the poor.”  Servant (and the community) eventually relocated to Grant’s Pass, Oregon in April of 1979 and, after becoming the first band to sign with the fledgling Tunesmith label, released its debut Shallow Water the very same year.

What Servant brings to the table on Shallow Water is slightly dated classic rock with a hard rock edge, creating a sound that, while not as heavy as contemporaries such as Resurrection Band, Barnabas and Daniel Band, delivers more than enough upfront guitar driven momentum.  The album stands out with its versatility, delivering several energetic hard rockers (“Jesus Star” and “Fly Away”), a heavy blues based number (“Holy Roller Blues”), a ballad (“Cup Of Water”) and a hard rock anthem (“Water Grave”).  And that versatility keeps the album not only an interesting one but a consistent one as well in that it smoothly flows from one song to the next while including no filler tracks.

Servant features two lead vocalists of equal ability: Bob Hardy contributes a clean, classic tenor voice, while Sandie Brock brings a soulful but raspy vocal delivery.  Bruce Wright proves a more than above average talent on lead guitar (check out his work on “Holy Roller Blues”) in addition to being a creative force in the songwriting department.  Drummer David Holmes and bassist Rob Martens form a tight sounding rhythm section, while Owen Brock rounds out the mix on rhythm guitar.

As one would expect, the production values here are on the thin side.  That being said, the album was recorded on a small Christian label using late seventies technology- so it only makes sense to cut the band a bit of slack.  It is also worth pointing out that Shallow Water was engineered by Bob Rock- who went on to work with the likes of Metallic, Motley Crue and Ski Row.

I would also like to commend Servant not only on the quality of its lyrics but the content as well, the albums compositions combining the need for salvation with strong and at time biting social commentary.

Originally released in only the vinyl and cassette formats, Shallow Water was digitally re-mastered and re-issued on CD in 2006 by Retroactive Records.  Extensive liner notes – including a detailed band history written by founding member Owen Brock – were included along with several never before seen photos of the band.

The albums title track begins to a minute of dialogue between the members of the band that gives way to the sound of waves washing upon the shore and an open air rhythm guitar.  “Shallow Water” proceeds to take off at a hard rocking upbeat tempo, Sandie putting the bands trademark biting – if not sarcastic – social commentary on display upon reaching its first verse with her raspy vocal delivery:

Well I’m sittin’ by the TV and I think I might hit the sack
Life is pretty easy when you’re just kickin’ back
I’ve heard about the starving millions, I got my TV and radio
I know many are called, and I don’t like to stall, but I’m much too busy to go

The song proceeds to gain further momentum upon reaching a chorus that only serves to reinforce the bands message about waking up to the worlds needs:

I’m walking on shallow water, there’s no depth to what I do
If I try to go deeper I might disappear and I’ve got too much to lose

My overall feeling?  Great song and the point is well taken but, guys, don’t you think you are being a tad bit heavy handed here?  The band effectively sums things up during the songs third and final verse:

Now Jesus called to Peter, He said “come take a walk on the sea
Leave your fears in the boat and you will float, just put your trust in me

“Rich Man”, a track originally penned by Sammy Hagar but first recorded by Montrose on its 1976 album Jump On It, is a very nice though somewhat laid back number in which drummer David Holmes handles lead vocal duties with his smooth sounding voice.  The song slowly moves through it verse portions prior to attaining a fleeting but catchy chorus backed by a touch of acoustic guitar.  “Rich Man” is aptly named:

All the sliver’s been varnished, the linen’s white as snow
I’m hiding in the library no one ever goes
And I’m thinking about the wealth in this big old house around me
You know I feel so ashamed and poor because the Spirit hasn’t found me

If I could lend someone a hand I’d be a rich man…

The upbeat hard rocker “Here Comes David” is carried through its first and second verse to an effective blend of rhythm guitar and organ.  Following an instrumental section in which Bruce Wright showcases his abilities on lead guitar, the song briefly stops dead in its tracks for its third verse before closing out its final several seconds in good bluesy fashion.  The subject matter here is self-explanatory:

Well, way back long about 1400 and BC
Just after Moses had parted the Red Sea
The children of Israel were travelin’ light
They were carrying the ark way on into the night
The Lord had places for them to go
And He didn’t have time to stop the show

“Rejoice” was written by Joe Grier and David Eden of “E” band (that featured future Petra vocalist Greg X. Volz) who originally recorded the song for the early seventies compilation Because I Am.  An acoustic guitar stands in support of Bob Hardy’s classic tenor voice during the first and second verse to “Rejoice’.  Abruptly picking up in pace as the rhythm guitar enters the mix, Sandie takes over on lead vocals and helps take the song in acoustic laced fashion to a chorus with a simple but straightforward salvation message:

For you He has paid the price
For you He was sacrificed
Rejoice, rejoice

The song goes on to take on an almost worshipful tone as Sandie sings acapella with only the drums standing in support:

Rejoice…lift your hands and praise the Lord
Rejoice…Clap your hands and praise the Lord
Rejoice…He loves you so He died for you

The album returns to its hard rocking ways with “Jesus Star”.  Things get going to the voice of a DJ as “Jesus Star” gradually builds momentum, a near perfect blend of keyboards and bass guitar pushing the song forward until the rhythm guitar takes over at the start of its first verse.  Tapering off, “Jesus Star” attains a sweeping chorus that starts in laid back fashion only to gain impetus at its end.  “Jesus Star” finds Servant delivering more biting social commentary by, in the bands own words from the liner notes in the recently re-issued CD, “taking a concerned swipe at the luxury of the Christian star making machinery being utilized to promote the simple teachings of Jesus”:

I’m a superstar for Jesus and my day begins at dawn
My time is in demand and my book is going strong
Well, I used to be a nasty, t’was a bad dude in my day
Y’know the press, they love my story
Who says crime don’t pay, no way

I think it is worth taking a closer look at several more lines in the song (please keep in mind that the band is using a great deal of irony to drive its point home):

Oh they need influential people to get the gospel sold
Now there’s fame in my name, and they can use that, use that, on the show

I’m a universal Jesus star and I’m really doing well
Ya know the gospel’s just too hard to take and without me it won’t sell

What else can you say except that Servant was definitely way ahead of its time here…

The album hits its stride upon reaching its excellent second half.

“Water Grave”, a hard rock anthem composted by Steve Chapman (not to be confused with CCM artist Steven Curtis Chapman) and originally recorded by Dogwood and eventually The Imperials, is by far the albums strongest track.  The song opens strongly to an authoritative riff underscored by pounding drums before slowing to a quietly played guitar line for its first verse.  Building momentum throughout its second verse, “Water Grave” culminates for an emotionally charged chorus with huge catchy hook.  “Water Grave” talks about exactly that:

Now in my house there’s been a mercy killing
The man I used to be’s been crucified
And the death of this man is the final way of revealing
In a spiritual way to live I had to die

This song is so good that to this day it still sends shivers down my spine whenever I hear it.  It would be great to hear a current metal/hard rock artist such as Narnia, Theocracy or Rob Rock do a cover of “Water Grave”.

Sandie handles lead vocal duties on “Cup Of Water”, a five minute ballad that slowly moves through its verse portions before the rhythm guitar steps forward in time to fortify an extensive chorus with a no-nonsense message:

Give a cup of water in the name of the Lord
We need to give away all the things that we have stored
Too much time spent thinking of ourselves
When all around us people crying out for help

In the end, “Cup Of Water’, like many of the albums tracks, presents a challenge to wake up to the worlds needs:

Poverty surrounds us and we know it’s here to stay
After all what can we do they live so far away
Hungry little children they’ve got their hands outstretched
Begging for a piece of bread when will their needs be met

Bruce Wright lends his talents on both lead guitar and vocals on the blues based hard rocker “Holy Roller Blues”.  After a blend of edgy rhythm guitar and bluesy lead guitar helps convey the song through its first and second verse, Wright steps forward and graces the scene with more of his razor sharp lead guitar work.  During its third and final verse, “Holy Roller Blues” delivers a message that can be interpreted as being humorous but serious at the same time:

Ya know they call me a “Jesus freak”, yes and I do believe, do believe, its true
Yea, they call me a “Jesus freak” and I do believe, believe it’s true, yes I do

At this point the song closes as Wright asks over an open air rhythm guitar:

I want to ask you one last question before I go…

I said I really want to know
I said I really want to know
Whose freak are you?

“Fly Away” closes the album in a good upbeat and hard rocking manner.  Introduced to a bit of screaming guitar feedback, the song takes off to a brief keyboard solo before a touch of backing vocals stands in support of Sandie during its first and second verse.  The chorus that follows is carried in a catchy and non-stop hook filled fashion.

My final thoughts?  I feel it is important to put things in proper perspective and give credit where credit it due.  Yes, the music sounds somewhat dated and the production is a bit rough around the edges.  That being said, Shallow Water proves quite the consistent listen in that all nine of its tracks hold up under repeated play.  While “Water Grave” is by far the albums strongest compositions, other hard rockers such as “Shallow Water”, “Jesus Star”, “Fly Away” and “Holy Roller Blues” hold up equally well.  “Cup Of Water” stands out not only for the strength of its music by lyrics as well.

Review by: Andrew Rockwell

Track Listing: “Shallow Water” (5:02), “Rich Man” (3:39), “Here Comes David” (3:36), “Rejoice” (4:24), “Jesus Star” (3:36), “Water Grave” (4:51), “Cup Of Water” (4:53), “Holy Roller Blues” (3:33), “Fly Away” (3:52)

Musicians
Sandie Brock – Lead Vocals
Bob Hardy – Lead Vocals
Bruce Wright – Guitars & Vocals
Owen Brock – Guitars
Rob Martens – Bass
David Holmes – Drums & Vocals

Guest Musicians
Robbie King – Organ

Used by permission by AgelicaWarlord.com

Servant official Site

Download Shallow Water at Amazon

Larry Norman – Upon This Rock

Posted in Jesus Music, Larry Norman, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by rezband1

What do you say that already has not been said about this man, that is almost as much of fiction and legend than fact or history. I struggle to put into words the years of curious fascination with Larry Norman, be it his music or life. So I will try to keep this as much a record review as possible although that is hard when reviewing anything by the “Father” of CCM and Christian Rock, a title of which I am not sure Larry was comfortable with.

Before Larry there was not much in the horizon of contemporary based Christian themed music.  If you look real hard, sure you can find some. Nothing as well written, produced or as edgy as Larry for the time, especially his first album Upon This Rock in 1969 and many of the songs from Larry’s Band PEOPLE! in 1968.

In the Beginnings Larry stated what he was trying to do in those early songs, “I wanted to push aside the traditional gospel quartet music, break down the church doors and let the hippies and the prostitutes and other unwashed rabble into the sanctuary…I wanted to talk about feeding the poor, going into the world….[I felt that] most of the modern music was anemic and needed a transfusion.” Soon Upon This Rock became a declaration of forgiveness and stability to a hippie culture trying to find answers in a place where drugs, rock ‘n roll and free love no longer seemed to promote peace but violence, insanity and sexual diseases.

Larry became that figure for a new and radical yet odd generation that were finding a different yet somehow familiar Jesus. That generation began bringing a new language and music to The Church, to the dismay of some. Larry Norman songs were being played in evangelistic movies and sung from church hymnals although some had no idea. The One Way sign was synonymous with Larry’s long blond hair and pointed finger going straight to the sky.

The record Upon This Rock was the catalyst that started much of it. Songs like Sweet, Sweet Song of Salvation and I Wish We’d All Been Ready were the theme songs of The Jesus Movement and everything it seemed to stand for.  The song Moses could easily had been sung in Sunday School and shared Larry’s fascination with humorous tendencies along with Nothing Really Changes. Lyrics on future recordings would become more sarcastic and satirical with age. The Last Supper and Ha Ha World proved what a great lyricist, poet, writer and creative musician Larry could and would be.

If you hear the original capital mixes there is a tad more orchestration and really getting hard to find. The production is very 60’s sounding but not bad. It is all we had and we were fairly proud of it, so I heard from friends and family because I was a whopping three when Upon This Rock was released.

Larry died on February 24th, 2008 after many years of health problems, leaving a large catalogue of music and memories. I realized early that Larry was multidimensional and full of mystery. After Norman’s death his lifes pages have become just as puzzling as when he was among us.

One things for sure, I know the Jesus Movement or Christ-centered music would not have been as creative or impacting without God using Larry Norman or that first album; Upon This Rock.

-Marty Phillips

Larry Norman Pages

Upon This Rock at Amazon

DeGarmo & Key – Straight On

Posted in DeGarmo & Key, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by rezband1

The DeGarmo & Key’s sophomore effort contains some of the best tunes in all of Christian Music. The production by Joe Hardy and D&K put a new standard on Christian Rock. The separation and the play of stereo combined with crisp and clear tones and defined bass sounds made Straight On a masterpiece. The industry was really starting to change at this point and DeGarmo & Key were helping make that happen. A band that finally had the progressive rock overtones of great musicianship with pop-rock sensibilities and respected production. If you are familiar with The DeGarmo & Key of the CCM future, this is a different animal …It Rocked!

Dana Key’s voice is a combination of Michael McDonald and Mylon Lefevre and his guitar work is bluesy and tasteful, While Eddie Degarmo keeps us entertained with sweeping keyboard, synth and organ sounds, and actually sings on a song.

The songs usually dealt with scripture and evangelism in the same way Petra or Sweet Comfort Band may have written them. Jericho, Long Distance Runner and Mary all have biblical principles that make you feel like you just had a small bible study on some random biblical passages.

This album still sounds fresh today which is difficult to say about a lot of Christian Music of the seventies. Great production, tasty songs and respected musicianship always put this album in a league of its own, far above any other Degarmo & Key effort of the future… The only complaint I have is it’s to short at just over 34 minutes. Now if it were only re-released on CD (again) or MP3!!

-MP

  • 1. Jericho
  • 2. Livin’ On The Edge Of Dyin’
  • 3. Go Tell Them
  • 4. Bad Livin’
  • 5. Enchiridion
  • 6. Long Distance Runner
  • 7. Let Him Help You Today
  • 8. I Never Knew You
  • 9. Mary
  • Straight On at Amazon

    Love of Christ Church- Dana Key Pastor

    D&K at Myspace

    Keith Green -The Live Experience Special Edition

    Posted in Jesus Music, Keith Green, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by rezband1
    Keith Green Live Experience - Special Edition
    Review by Ian Michael Hayden-
    1977, a Christian singer named Keith Green released his debut album with Sparrow Records, titled For Him Who Has Ears To Hear. He released three more studio albums and a compilation before he died in 1982, in a plane crash. He also performed many concerts in those five years. For many years, his fans have wanted a live album, and on April 29, 2008, because of the requests for a live album, The Live Experience was released.

    The first order of business is the audio portion of The Live Experience Special Edition. The entire album sounds surprisingly good for old recordings. The tracks are put together to make it sound like one concert, although they are taken from several concerts. Many of the recordings have never been released before. A few of them have been previously released, but in other forms — including “Asleep in the Light” from Jesus West Coast 1982, released by Last Days Ministries on the Memorial Concert video/DVD, and “Keith’s Piano Prelude/Create in Me A Clean Heart,” was released on the Jesus Commands Us To Go! album (1984) — but this version is stripped down to the original live version. It is the only noticeably edited track (just the “Piano Prelude” is edited).Fans will notice some of these songs feature different lyrics. Some of the highlights of the CD are “You Put This Love In My Heart” (1978, The Daisy Club) and an early version of “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” (1979, Oral Roberts University), with different lyrics. The CD also unlocks online bonus features. This is the first time I’ve heard live versions of many of these songs.

    The DVD is a great addition to the release. The main part of it is a collection of concert footage. The first section is from “Jesus 1977” and it includes “You Put This Love In My Heart” and “Your Love Broke Through,” with some talking. The audio is mostly good, and the performance is high-energy. In the “Jesus 1977” performance, Keith has a mustache, but he doesn’t have his signature beard. There is some editing in the concert footage, but it is hard to know where. The second section is from “Estes Park 1978,” and it includes a lot of talking/preaching, with “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest,” “To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice,” an early version of “The Sheep And The Goats,” “Asleep in the Light,” “The Victor,” and “Make My Life A Prayer To You.” The sound is very good on this one. The performance is the most energetic of all of them.

    “Jesus Northwest 1979” may have the poorest video quality of all the videos. There is only one song in this section, “BecauseOf You,” which is the song that introduced me to Keith Green. The audio quality is good, however the lighting isn’t. It is still a great, high-energy performance, however. “Jesus West Coast 1980” includes “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt” and “My Eyes Are Dry.” In this concert, he has no mustache, and no beard. He looks completely different. Keith does a lot of talking before “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt.” In this, there is a minor audio problem. It’s barely noticeable, but after “So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt,” the video goes right into “My Eyes Are Dry.” The performance is still energetic, but it is also a little more mellow. “Jesus West Coast 1982” includes four songs: “Soften Your Heart,” “Jesus Commands Us To Go!” (the last song he wrote), “Asleep in the Light,” and “Open Your Eyes.” (There are two songs from this concert- “How Can They Live Without Jesus” and “I Want To Be More Like Jesus” – that are not on the DVD, but they are on the CD). In this one, the video quality and audio quality are both good. The only problem for me with this section being included is that I have this video on the Memorial Concert DVD, but its inclusion here makes it available to more people.

    The last section of concert footage is from “Live at the Daisy Club-LA 1978.” It includes “When I Hear The Praises Start,” “I Can’t Wait To Get To Heaven,” “I Can’t Believe It,” “Dear John Letter (To The Devil),” and “Easter Song.” The sound and performance are good. Keith is mellow and relaxed. Toward the end of the last song, the video fades to black and the credits come on. In addition to the concert footage, an hour-long documentary, “Your Love Broke Through: The Keith Green Story,” is included. It features rare home movies, concert footage, pictures, and interviews with Keith’s friends and family, and it is narrated by Christian singer TobyMac. This documentary was previously released on the 2002 The Ultimate Collection, so it seems unnecessary to include it here. Also, Keith’s 1982 appearance on the Canadian Christian program 100 Huntley Street is included.

    This is the best Keith Green release in many years. It is the definitive live album. The concerts don’t feel old, thanks to digital re-mastering. Like many others, I have been wanting a live album of Keith to be released for some time. And after hearing and seeing this, it’s clear that Green’s concert recordings are more dynamic than the studio recordings.

    This is a must for any Keith Green fan.
    JfH Reader REVIEW:
    Review date: 6/15/08, written by Ian Michael Hayden for Jesusfreakhideout.com

    16 tracks: 73 Minutes, 43 Seconds + DVD

    1. You Put This Love In My Heart
    2. Because Of You
    3. Soften Your Heart
    4. Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful
    5. Your Love Broke Through
    6. Asleep In The Night
    7. How Can They Live Without Jesus
    8. Piano Prelude/Create In Me A Clean Heart
    9. Easter Song
    10. I Can’t Believe It
    11. If You Love The Lord
    12. When I Hear The Praises Start
    13. There Is A Redeemer
    14. I Want To Be More Like Jesus
    15. Make My Life A Prayer To You
    16. My Eyes Are Dry

    Buy It Here at JfH Music Store

    Information on Keith Green

    Last Day’s Ministries

    Jesus Freak Hideout

    Last Day’s Ministries Store

    Keith Green performing “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest” live from Estes Park ’78

    Petra – Come and Join Us

    Posted in Legends, Music Reviews, Petra with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2008 by rezband1

    A year before Resurrection Band’s land mark hard rock album was Petra’s Come and Join Us (1977). This album was also an important album for head bangers everywhere. It is one of the first to really hit a little harder than the slew of Christian Folk and Country Rock bands. I am not saying the harder bands were not out there. Many had not really been recorded yet (Rez Band), and some just were not up to par in the production or music departments (JC Power Outlet).

    Petra’s second album was a bit edgier than the first. Partly because of the help of Greg X Volz on vocals brought over from the “e” Band. Greg was not a permanite member yet and did not sing on all the songs. I really wish he had but Bob Hartman’s vocals were improving and Greg Hough’s were pretty good. The Song “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” from the band Argent was the opening track and my favorite version by any group. I heard this was suppose to be the title of the album but deemed to controversial by the record company. Both this song and “Women Don’t You Know” are made for Greg’s Vocals and are my favorite songs on the album. The song “Come and Join Us” had a multi vocal chorus with the help of people like Steve Camp that made you want to sing along and invite others. The Song “Sally” seemed a little odd to me lyrically at the time and I wondered how it got past the record company then, now it just makes me chuckle. There is also a funky tune on here and a mellow evangelistic number called “Ask Him In” that closed the album (if you don’t count the Reprise) but when re-released on CD was the second song which ruined the album flow for me. The song “Killing My Old Man” was made for this album but ended up on The “Never Say Die” Record years later, another record company controversy.


    (Petra circa 1977)
    Greg would be a full time vocalist on the next record but Petra mellowed out for that LP, not that it was a bad record. Come And Join Us will always be in Jesus Rock History as one of the first to push the envelope for the edgier, harder hitting music. Petra was Paving the way with bands like Agape, JC Power Outlet and All Saved Freak Band. The next year Resurrection Band would blow the doors down with “Awaiting Your Reply”.

    I wonder if “Come and Join Us” could have been that album with Greg as a full time singer and a different record company… but we will never know. I also would like to know why there are no songs from this pivotal record on Petra’s “The Definitive Collection CD”??           -MP

    Petra Information

    The Petra Files

    Greg X Volz

    On Amazon

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    The Exkursions

    Posted in Exkursions, Legends, Mike Johnson, Music Reviews with tags , , , on August 13, 2008 by rezband1
    The Exkursions and Mike Johnson

    The Exkursions and Mike Johnson

    Another trio with a blues rock influence in the vein of Cream or Hendrix. The lead singer and guitar player Mike Johnson has a stellar performance on this album and he continued to perform solo after The Exkursions broke up. Mike had a more jazz influenced sound.

    This album is surprisingly crisp for 1970 and has a great drum sound and groovy stereo effects. It still sounds raw, like someone jamming out in your living room but the production quality is not muddy or muffled like so many other recordings of that period. I have read Mike did some recording and touring with The Mike Bloomfield Band in the 60’s and I am sure that experience was helpful to him on the production end of things.

    This is the bands only album and it’s a treasure of fuzz guitar and blues licks with those “growly hippy” vocals that are just to cool! Sometimes it feels more like story telling than singing but it is done in a way that is never annoying. The drums and bass are very interesting and always keep the listener shufflin’ their feet or cruising down the highway.

    Songs range from the emptiness and addiction of the drug culture to the psycho babble song Third Eye, which is an amazing blues jam tune. The Last song is a very evangelistic salvation tune with more jazzy influences. This whole album is a real gem that can not be overlooked in the historical canvas of Jesus Music. I think this is on CD and still available in some places. -MP

    Mike Johnson: www.mikejohnsonmusic.com

    CD available Here: http://www.hiddenvision.com/