Chenaniah (no label  7071N11)  1977

 

 

Minnesota certainly seems to have had its share of cool Jesus music lps, and Chenaniah is a prime example. The group consists of Bruce Muckala, Stephen West and Kenny Ronning. They have a wonderful homespun rural rock sound featuring gentle vocals overtop 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar backing/leads, bass and drums. They often strike a resemblance to the country-rock side of Harvest Flight and Rainbow Promise, while mixing in some of America’s melodic optimism. Nice upbeat mid-tempo electric tracks like ‘Water Of Life’, ‘Hold Me’, ‘Out Comes The Polish’ and ‘Day After Day’. Beautiful acoustic ballads as well, including the dreamy flute-accompanied ‘Gift Of Love’, ‘September’ with moving cello backing, and the graceful Leo Kottke-ish instrumental ‘Chenaniah’. A touch of the Flying Burritos/Byrds style on ‘A Real Love’. All original songs. The band derived their name from a character in I Chronicles 15:22, described as a minister of song. Glorious purple and green fantasy cover illustration. 500 made.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

One in remembrance of Heavenly Grooves blog.

 

Tracks:

01. Water Of Life

02. Don’t Let Me Wander

03. Tear In Eye & Broken Heart

04. A Real Love

05. Hold Me

06. Gift Of Love

07. Out Comes The Polish

08. September

09. Day After Day

10. Chenaniah

11. Rest And Comforter

12. Parable Of The Kingdom

 

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