Harvest Song (Gospel Train  BCR-128)  1980

Smyrna-Harvest Song

Dreamy electric guitar work interacts with moody textured synthesizers on this excellent custom rock production from the Black Mountain, North Carolina duo Smyrna.  Ron Thompson is the guitarist, his soaring passages often infused with guitar synthesizer and flange-like effects, while Tim Bode’s keyboards enhance the atmospheric mood with their mellotron-like presence.  Additional musicians provide drums, percussion and slide guitar.  Never fast, rather mostly a slow to medium tempo rock format as heard on titles like ‘Song Of Gladness’, ‘I Hear A Sound’, ‘Last Train’ and ‘I See Jesus’.  Not really a loud rocking psych production, although that guitar does get rather heavy and fuzzed on ‘Help Me Stand’ and ‘Vision’.  The album definitely has an edge, with soft-natured and middle-ground moods that are comparable to respected albums by Horizon, Shekinah (Eden label) and The Sixth Station.  Features eight songs, several in the five and six-minute range, all written by Thompson.  Interesting black and white photo montage on the front adding to the local look – I do believe those are Simon & Garfunkel’s heads in there.     (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).


This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.




Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Song Of Gladness5:13
1-2I Hear A Sound5:00
1-3Help Me Stand3:40
1-4Harvest Song5:22
2-1Last Train5:20
2-4I See Jesus4:33