Lay It Down (Discovery 501) 1971



Choral youth groups generally don’t get me too worked up, usually because of the nondescript unison singing. But J C Lord And Company are indeed an exception. Lay It Down has a certain homemade beauty, sincerity and charm about it. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the vibrant instrumental backing, but there’s also a rich moving quality to the vocal arrangements. Similar in that respect to Bruce Giffen’s Give Yahweh Praise and God Unlimited’s debut. There’s actually some select electric guitar work in here, joined by piano, acoustic guitar, bass, conga and drums. Several original songs along with the dramatic narrative ‘God Leads A Sheltered Life’. Achieves superlative dreamy mood-psych splendour on the seven-minute dynamic closing track ‘Closer To Home’ which borrows a portion of the Grand Funk tune of the same name while warbling off into heavily-phased spaced-out otherworldly nirvana. Ace b&w pen-and-ink artwork on front, back and label. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).




01. Let My Light
02. All I Want
03. We Are God’s Forever Family
04. Did You Ever Know
05. Song Of Love
06. Are You Ready
07. Lay It Down
08. God Leads A Sheltered Life
09. When We Walk With The Lord
10. Closer To Home