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Gary S. Paxton – Ode to The Outlaw

Posted in Gary S Paxton, jesus movement, Jesus Music, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by rezband1

Jesus People had their eccentric relatives just like anyone else and Gary S. Paxton was Jesus Music’s odd but entertaining Uncle.

In the 60’s Gary worked or had his hand in hit singles like Alley Oop or Monster Mash, also producing country or rock bands like Paul Revere and The Raiders. After his struggle with alcohol and the suicide of a friend, Gary S. Paxton gave his life to Christ after walking into a church stoned.

Gary was known in the music business for doing crazy stuff and being very eccentric. He brought some of this with him when entering the Jesus Movement. Working with the country artists and the Jesus People of the time, Gary was becoming a very popular songwriter of the genres.

Gary would write songs for the church like, I’m Anchored in The Rock or He Was There All the Time. The other side of Gary S. Paxton’s lyrical songwriting was like a cross between Steve Taylor and Frank Zappa. The surreal and satirical would be set to humorous poetry, like being a Fat Christian or a Hippie going to heaven. Gary’s music was Country, Funk, Disco or Gospel. You never knew what you were going to get and you were not completely sure what you got when you heard it.

Gary’s first Christian album of 1975 was a Grammy Award winning album with a very long title; The Astonishing, Outrageous, Amazing, Incredible, Unbelievable, Different World of Gary S. Paxton. See what I mean about being eccentric… Gary always kept you entertained that’s for sure. The record had songs that could be in your church hymnal like He Was There All the Time. Then there were the other songs. Tunes like You Ain’t Smoking Them Cigarettes (Baby, Their Smoking You) and Sophisticated Savages that had some poor lady in the background screaming, “Rape! Rape!” over the song.

The next record, MORE from: The Astonishing, Outrageous, Amazing, Incredible, Unbelievable, Different World of Gary S. Paxton was the same format. Songs What a Friend We Have in Jesus had a country flavor to it but Nineveh Noose was a synth driven funky song comparing America to Nineveh of the Bible, “Well if your plantin’ weed you sure ain’t gonna reap wheat..Nineveh Noose sins on the loose, what ya gonna do when God is tired of all your abuse!” He would sing. Dark Comedy was often in Gary’s lyrics, songs like When the Meat Wagon Comes for You either had Jesus People laughing or scratching their heads. His song The World Didn’t Give it To Me And The World Can’t Take it Away was a favorite in the Jesus Movement along with No Shortage and Evidence.

The album Terminally Weird/Godly Right became even crazier and probably controversial, especially the song The Big A, The Big M about abortion.

He would tackle everything from abortion to Fat Christians and in the country song Ode to The Outlaw, Gary writes about “limp wristed men” and “churches with unisex steeples.” There is even a tune of Gary having a nightmare about himself being cloned and the chore of having to live with Gary S Paxton Daily. Popular songs were here like Blessed Assurance and I’m Anchored in The Rock of Ages. I feel Gary opted for the more terminally weird on this record. Mental Pollution, Progress and Will There Be Hippies in Heaven, are songs that would not be written in such a flavor lyrically until Steve Taylor.

Musically Gary seemed like a genius in many aspects. He was singing, writing and producing Country just as well as Funk, Disco or Gospel which made for an odd mix. Gary also owned his own label, Newpax, that brought us many Christian artists..

Later Gary would be shot (but survive) and would be hurled into Tammy Faye Baker rumors along with other crazy things. Gary is still around today in…of all places Branson, Missouri. Today he is just as eccentric and crazy as ever. Gary S. Paxton is The Jesus Movement’s Uncle that comes over for reunions and we all say “Oh, That’s Gary!  He tells funny stories but don’t leave your food unattended.” -MP

Gary S. Paxton Site

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Andrae’ Crouch & The Disciples – Live In London

Posted in Andrae Crouch, Gospel, jesus movement, Jesus Music, Legends, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by rezband1

Where did rock & roll come from?? Well if you ask Elvis, Larry Norman or The Beatles they will probably tell you Black Gospel or Spirituals or Delta Blues. Perhaps Andrae’ Crouch is the Father of Christian Rock? (Norman Fans please don’t throw stuff at the monitor)

COGICS

Andrae’ actually started in 1960 with the group, Church of God in Christ Singers (COGICS). This group also included Billy Preston, “The Fifth Beatle” who also had a few Gospel albums out at the time of the Jesus Movement. Andrae’ Crouch became a key figure in the Jesus Movement from as early as 1969.

Andrae’ Crouch & The Disciples; included Andrae’s twin Sister Sandra, They would put together songs that would cross over from Gospel to Soul, R&B, Funk, Pop & Rock that everyone could relate to. Everyone from Elvis to Church Hymnals had his songs. The flavor and over all feel was a Black Gospel Church service, but the music incorporated so much more. What you got was awe inspiring, exciting and spiritually refreshing.

This stirring of emotions really hit you live. This Double album Live in London (Doesn’t the album cover remind you of Boston album artwork) was Andrae’ Crouch and The Disciples Second Live recording and it smoked. The band was tight and unwavering. You could almost see the sweat on their foreheads as the praised God and shouted, “This isn’t a concert tonight were havin’ CHURCH!” AMEN! You could be dancing one minute and be lifting your hands in Praise and Worship the next. Most of Andraes’ hits are here touching on all different moods and swells. The song list is really big and covers a lot of material being a double album.

The band was at their personal best at this point and London were lucky to have them stop by for such an amazing event. The vocals are moving from Andrae’, Sandra, and the rest. There is preachin’ on here but it is so interwoven in the music you actually feel it’s more of a song and it speaks to you more deeply. The live production is great for 1978. The Drums are crisp and the Keyboards, Vocals, Bass and Guitar are all clear. The audience participation is right where it needs to be for this style of music. I believe this is one of the best Jesus Music live albums anywhere if not the best. When I listen to this double disc I am just not listening to an Album, CD or MP3 I’m havin’ CHURCH! AMEN! -MP

TRACKS:

  1. Introduction
  2. Perfect Peace
  3. I Surrender All
  4. Greetings by Andrae
  5. You Don’t Have to Jump No Pews (I’ve Been Born Again)
  6. Take a Little Time
  7. Tell Them
  8. If I Was a Tree (The Highest Praise)
  9. Hallelujah
  10. Revive Us Again
  11. Power in the Blood
  12. Reprise
  13. I Just Want to Know You
  14. Andrae Talking
  15. Just Like He Said He Would
  16. Andrae Talking
  17. I’ll Keep on Loving You Lord
  18. You Gave to Me
  19. Oh Taste and See
  20. Praise God, Praise God
  21. This Is Another Day
  22. Andrae Talking
  23. Praise God Reprise
  24. Well Done
  25. My Tribute

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Soon and Very Soon (Not on Live In London)