The Sound of Celebration (Focus  F33/26)  1975  UK *

 

 

Yet another 5-star UK custom folkrock obscurity that belongs in the top ranks next to Aslan, Carpenter’s Apprentice, Presence and Caedmon. Like those groups, this Scottish co-ed quintet has a gentle melodic style that focuses on delicate vocal harmony, crisp acoustic backing and sharp electric leads, all surrounded with that distinctively British charm. Stretches out musically, immediately draws you in and connects on an emotional level with songs like ‘The Big Red Bus’, ‘Believers Growing’, ‘Big Wind’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Son-Stars Going Home’. The back cover states “The Sound Of Celebration calls us to shake off the dull religion of the past and to express our Christian faith with imagination, exuberance and vigor”. I’d say they’ve done just that.   (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

Tracks:

01. The Big Red Bus

02. Disciple’s Song

03. Gethsemane

04. Easter Day Song

05. Believers Growing

06. Big Wind

07. The Question

08. Son-Stars Going Home

09. Greater Things

10. Promises

 

 

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