One For The Road (Rockwood RW 1002) 1978
Another backwoods scruffy rocker guy that successfully avoided the sanitized ccm scene The denim jacket; the ripped jeans; the long hair; the bizarre humor – it’s easy to picture this guy right alongside Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Randy Matthews and all those other out-in-left-field radicals. We’d heard from York previously as half of the duo Rockwood Brad Nelson (the other half of Rockwood) is part of York’s band on Candle Wax, contributing some blistering scratchy lead guitar to tracks like the re-worked Wallace’. Most of side one is raw electric stuff while side two explores acoustic rock evoking Ron Moore’s early albums. One For The Road is a collection of solo performances – a mix of before- an-audience and live-in-studio tracks recorded at various high schools, coffee-houses, studios and living rooms. In addition to great music there’s some humorous audience talk about such topics as the song ‘Convoy’ and Christian disco (aka “Crisco”). Other oddities include studio chitchat, ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game’ (sung off by one syllable) and the strange heavily-reverbed poetry reading ‘The Winter Chill’. Pretty much a classic in my book with the home-made carefree attitude of Norman’s Streams Of White Light Weird cover of can of Wheaton Beer: “a pure brew from God’s country”.
You can find additional information and most of Randy’s more recent works at his Web site: Randy York. There is also a bio of Randy’s life and a store as well as discography. diakoneo
Special thanks to Randy York for providing the album for the music.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Stop Him / Resurrection Song||6:10|
|1-3||Diana / Your Faith Will Make You Whole||6:37|
|1-4||Foreign Car Song||5:30|
|1-5||Maybe Monday Morning||2:29|
|2-1||A Soft Song For Mary Long||1:00|
|2-2||Take Me Out To The Ball Game||3:35|
|2-3||Hello Thomas J.||5:42|
|2-5||Man In The Moon||4:19|
|2-6||The Winter Chill||1:03|
|2-7||Every Task Every Song||1:23|