Someone To Turn To  (Emblem  JDR 325)  1970  UK*

 

 

In the Greenbelt Live! booklet Malcolm Dony gives a brief history of the British contemporary Christian music scene. The earliest groups utilized the post-Mersey pop style known as “beat music”. They tended to combine up-front gospel lyrics with three-chord bashes, usually one or two years behind the times. “Mostly it was dreadful” he says. Well, that seems to describe this Scotland foursome to a tee, though in my opinion they’re far from dreadful. From a technical standpoint there’s a lot purists can find fault with: the garagy, almost non-existent production, the vocals mixed too high in parts, simplistic lyrics. Actually I find these to work to the album’s advantage, giving it an ultra-basement feel and capturing the era wonderfully. This is one of the earliest sounding things I’ve heard. The label says 1970 which would actually make it one of the final entries in the dated Christian beat scene, but it sure sounds more like 1966. Electric guitar, some distortion, big drum sound, organ, with shades of The Standells, The Troggs, The Kinks, and a host of other British invasion bands. ‘You Must Believe Me’ would fit snugly on a Rhino Nuggets compilation. A classic low-tech vinyl document of Britain’s early Jesus music scene.       (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

 

Tracks:

01. I Never Thought About It Before Home

02. Dream World

03. Is Life A Drag

04. Little Old Lady

05. Someone To Turn To

06. Judy

07. The Greatest Sin

08. Believe

09. He’s Coming Again

10. All You’ve Gotta Do (Is Pray)

11. Judgement Day

12. You Must Believe

 

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