Make A Joyful Noise With Drums And Guitars (Tower T5048) 1966






Not only were these Southern Californians one of the first on the scene with a “contemporary musical expression: The Beat”, they had one big advantage over other Christian beat outfits of the time (mostly UK bands), and that’s the support of a mainstream label. And boy does it ever show. This one’s got the heaviest garage sound for the era, ‘Praise We The Lord’ probably being the closest Christian music ever got to the raw punk energy of early Who (it’s actually a rip-off of The Yardbird’s tune ‘You’re A Better Man Than I’). The irresistibly catchy twangy pop of ‘With The Lord At Our Side’ coupled with the Association-like title cut prove the band’s own compositions to be the best. Solidly electric sound throughout, plenty of riffs, solid drumming, some Duane Eddy-derived leads on beat interpretations of ‘Battle Hymn’ and ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ that probably caused a few stirs among the ecclesia. For beat sounds this side of the Big Pond, this one’s the top banana. Too bad they never achieved the status of labelmates The Standells and Chocolate Watch Band, but such is life. Both stereo and mono versions exist with subtle differences (note the two entirely different guitar solos on ‘With The Lord At Our Side’). (Ken Scott – The Archivist).




Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Little Drummer Boy2:40
1-2Battle Hymn Of The Republic2:11
1-3God Lives2:09
1-4You'll Never Walk Alone1:55
1-5With The Lord At Our Side2:38
2-1Praise We The Lord2:53
2-2What Is Man2:00
2-3He's Got The Whole World In His Hands2:24
2-4Onward Christian Soldiers (Instrumental)1:45
2-5Make A Joyful Noise2:09


Members: Danny Altcholer, Walt Flannery, Mike Joyce, Jeff Barnett, Fred Barnett