From Both Sides  (Custom Fidelity  CFS 2088)  1970



Groups like Dust & Ashes typified the second generation of Christian folk groups, picking up the baton from the primitive sing and strum of pioneers like Ray Repp and Joe Wise.  Strong sense of urgency in the  immaculately harmonized vocals of Tom Page and Jim Moore.  Effective mood-setters balancing melancholy depictions of Gethsemane and urban desperation with cheerful calls for courage and brotherhood, along with impassioned pleas for justice.  Overall the production has a light echoed feel, the two guitars rounded out by John Duvall on bass.  A few covers (‘Get Together’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Jesus Met The Woman At The Well’, Ian & Sylvia’s ‘Lovin’ Sound’), but mostly originals that tie socially conscious themes to strains of melodic ’60s folk/pop, sample titles being ‘Courage To Be’, ‘I’ve Tried To Love, Lord’, ‘Where Once Proud Mansions Lay’ and ‘Doin’ Nothin’ For Hours’, the latter a convicting piece written to “introduce the sheltered to the shattered”.  Cover has bright pink graphics overtop a black-and-white photo of the duo.  A high point for the genre and very different from their two Avant Garde lps.     (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).




01. Courage To Be

02. I’ve Tried To Love, Lord

03. The Road Of Life

04. Doin’ Nothin’ For Hours

05. I Want Justice

06. Get Together

07. Jesus Met The Woman At The Well

08. Both Sides, Now

09. Where Once Proud Mansions Lay

10. Gethsemane

11. Lovin’ Sound

12. Is It Love, Lady