Joy By Surprise (Pure Joy PJ102) 1976

Wood Between The Worlds (Myrrh MSB-6608) 1978
Journey (Myrrh MSB-6635) 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pure Joy Front Cover

Bob Ayala - Joy by Surprise - Pure Joy Left inside Gate-fold

Bob Ayala – Joy by Surprise – Pure Joy Left inside Gate-fold

 

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Bob-Ayala-Joy-by Surprise-Pure-Joy-Inside-Right-Gate-folk

 

Bob Ayala - Joy by Surprise - Rure Joy - Rear cover photo.

Bob Ayala – Joy by Surprise – Rure Joy – Rear cover photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind singer/guitarist Bob Ayala’s albums stand as significantly better- than-average ccm recordings of string orchestrated pastoral light rock and acoustic ballads, with glimmers of John Denver,  Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg and the Talbot brothers.  Joy By Surprise is his best album, containing stately numbers rich with 12-string guitar (‘Do You Know Him?’, ‘To The Ancient Of Days’) as well as moving ballads like “Peace’, the string-carressed ‘Silent Witness’ and the climatic ‘Lord’.  Credits include Billy Batstone, Peter Jacobs, Dan Gerber, Al MacDougall and Al Perkins.  Originally released on a private label called Pure Joy in a colorful gate-fold cover, with paintings front and back of Bob walking through heaven’s door where Aslan (I assume) the lion awaits.   Later picked up by the Myrrh label (MSB-6577, also a gate-fold) with different art work on the same theme.      (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myrrh Front Cover

 

Myrrh Label Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Donald for the gate-fold and rear cover photos. Donald also pointed out the the inside gate-folds were the same in both releases.

 

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Stephanie, With Love2:30
1-2Do You Know Him?2:54
1-3Try And Keep The Pace4:12
1-4To The Ancient Of Days3:52
1-5Peace1:51
2-1Silent Witness3:13
2-2Joy By Surprise2:32
2-3The Song of Joseph4:33
2-4Lord4:35
2-5New Beginnings3:57

 

 

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