John Michael Talbot (Sparrow SPR-1003) 1976
Some of Jesus music’s best acoustic rock around can be found in the first two albums from the post-Mason Proffit pre-Catholic John Michael Talbot. His debut album is an acoustic guitar feast — a rare treat for a Christian label, as Talbot’s professionalism from years in the secular music industry is obvious. Bass, drums and occasional electric guitar fill out the sound, although a few songs like the convicting ‘Would You Crucify Him?’ achiever their mood with acoustic guitar backing. Some of that progressive country-rock attitude from the Mason Proffit years carries over onto tracks like ‘He Is Risen’ and ‘How Long?’. Side two’s center-piece is ‘Greenwood Suite’, consisting of three parts and clocking in at just under thirteen minutes. Talbot’s personal testimony is included on the back cover. Nothing at all like the moody somber folk of his later recordings as a Franciscan monk. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|01||He Is Risen||5:12|
|04||Would You Crucify Him||4:49|
|06||Greenwood Suite – Appeal – Interlude – Proclamation Of Victory||12:39|