Except Like A Child (Salty Dog HC 1970) 1977

 

While most musical priests seem to favor the simple folk style, Brother Brian Youngward chose more of a pastoral soft rock direction.  Most of the songs on this North Hollywood, California private press are mellow, some with a 3/4-time country gospel-piano mindset.  Other instruments include guitar, electric piano, synth strings, flute, cello and drums.  Unlike a lot of the robed ones he’s actually got the kind of voice that’s well suited to the style.  A couple tracks of a more progressive nature stand out among the rest.  ‘Touch Me Not’ is a good percussion-embellished 12-string anthem, while ‘There Are Saints’ features some excellent lead electric guitar, briskly running along with the feel of early Caravan both musically and vocally.  Also a nice soft jazz touch to the closing song ‘Evening’.  Brother Brian is a member of The Order of The Holy Cross, a monastic order in the worldwide Anglican community.     (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.

 

Tracks:

01. Hold My Hand

02. Except Like A Child

03. Good Morning Jesus

04. Touch Me Not

05. I Heard The Voice Of Jesus

06. Walk With Your Brother

07. Around The Throne

08. There Are Saints

09. Come My Friend

10. Evening

 

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