White Horse (ABC Dunhill DSD-50185) 1974

 

 

 

 

 

Christian rock went high-tech with this producer/keyboardist/singer’s mainstream release, later picked up for the Christian market by Myrrh records. Artsy, progressive rock compositions with some pop hooks and classical influences, all with a unique style and sparkling clean production that ought to give synthesizer lovers plenty of opportunity to drool while they crank up their expensive stereos. Michael is composer of all the music and sings lead vocals, while wife Stormie provides the lyrics and assists on backing vocals. Michael utilizes numerous keyboards including synthesizers, clavinet, classical piano, organ and honky-tonk piano. Some tough electric guitar as well on the heavy brass-rock opener ‘Jeremiah’, the climactic ballad ‘Add Up The Wonders’ and the superb seven-minute apocalyptic progressive title track. ‘Silver Fish’ and ‘Take Me Down’ also reveal art-rock influences, while ‘Fat City’ takes a fun clavinet-loaded sidestep into funky pop-rock. Just listen to that boy bang the ivories on ‘The Rest Is Up To You’. On the quieter more contemplative end are moody ballads like ‘The Orphan’ and ‘Right From The Start’. This album has rightly remained a classic over the years. The Myrrh release (MSA 6564) comes in a single-slip cover, while the original Dunhill issue has a much nicer gate-fold cover. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition)

In my opinion these two albums are must have albums.   diakoneo

 

 

 

 

Inside Left gate-fold

Inside Left gate-fold

 

 

Inside Right gate-fold

Inside Right gate-fold

 

 

White Horse rear cover

White Horse rear cover

 

 

 

 

Thank you Donald for the inside gate-fold and rear cover photos.

 

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
01 Jeremiah4:37
02Fat City3:09
03The Orphan2:01
04Silver Fish2:35
05Add Up The Wonders5:16
06Take Me Down3:36
07Right From The Start2:31
08The Rest Is Up To You2:48
09White Horse7:15

 

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