Liberty (Myrrh MST 6524-LP) 1974

 


Liberty has a fuller commercial folk-and-rock sound that includes the addition of string orchestration, female bgvs, organ, some country steel and harmonica. Rural-edged at times, in a Nashville way. Several of Gene’s own songs are featured, including ‘Sunshine Roses’, ‘Man Buyin’ Names’, ‘Mrs. Oliver’ and ‘About You Girl’. As far as Jesus rock goes, there’s a gritty cover of Randy Matthews’ ‘Pharaoh’s Hand’, as well as a faithful treatment of Larry Norman’s ‘The Great American Novel’. The silver cover design of Gene’s ponytailed profile set in a quarter is pretty much the coolest thing ever. Followed by a number of secular releases on mainstream labels. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

Tracks:

01 – Sunshine Roses
02 – Man Buyin’ Names
03 – Country Spirit
04 – Mrs. Oliver
05 – I’d Hate To Be A Black Man
06 – There Is A Breeze
07 – Pharoh’s Hand
08 – About You Girl
09 – All That Keeps You Going
10 – The Great American Novel
11 – Liberty

 

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