Lighten Up (Myrrh  MSA-6531)  1975

 

 

Lighten Up is both quieter and heavier than its predecessor.  Much of the same band from Seeds is re-enlisted (including 2nd Chapter on backing vocals),  but the production is less cluttered and without strings, allowing a better environment for Barry’s folk and rock leanings.  Intense rockers like ‘Don’t Blame God’ and ‘Hey World’ give full vent to Barry’s raspy voice others like the acoustic re-make of ‘Eve Of Destruction’ or ‘Callin’ Me Home’ are3 accompanied solely by guitar and piano respectively.  Also rocking with substance are ‘Pay The Piper’ (good organ solo), Buck and Annie Herring’s ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ and the closing ‘Anyone But Jesus’.  Moodier textured tracks like ‘You’ve Heard His Voice’ and ‘How Many Times’ are intensified through Barry’s Convicting vocal performance.  By far his best studio lp I’d say.  Gate-fold cover.   (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

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Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Eve Of Destruction/Don't Blame God/II Cronicales 7:143:49
1-2Callin' Me Home3:23
1-3Pay The Piper3:16
1-4When The Mist Is Rolled Away2:56
1-5Walk In The Sunshine3:25
2-1Hey World!4:08
2-2You’ve Heard His Voice3:32
2-3 Happy Road4:40
2-4How Many Times4:18
2-5Anyone But Jesus6:08

 

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