To The Glory Of God (Peniel LP 1088) 1973
Piano man James Ward’s music would eventually evolve into an entertaining poprock style somewhere between Keith Green and Billy Joel, drawing on such influences as gospel, soul, r&b, boogie, vaudeville, barrel house, you name it. His debut album, however, kicks off on a very strong black gospel note, Ward sharing the vocal spotlight with black singers Joan Nabors and Oliver Trimiew. The music ranges from gentle ballads with a wistful air to hand-clapping pewshakers. Published and distributed by Peniel, a Schenectady, New York ministry “designed to encourage radical Christianity at a basic level of personal experience”. Scarcely recognizable with his long hair and overalls. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).
01. So His Honor
02. Holy Spirit
03. O Father
04. You Got to Be Ready
05. I Have Grieved You
06. The Gate
07. Roll the Wheel
08. So Let the Time
10. Wedding Trilogy-Come With Me
11. Wedding Trilogy-Time Could Tell You
12. Wedding Trilogy-Break it to me Slowly
13. Take Me Down
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