Living Sacrifice (LS 770816) 1977
Picking up where The Last Call Of Shiloh left off, at least three of the members (John and Diane Murray, John Rosenberry) carried on the vision into the lesser known Living Sacrifice. Their self-titled debut is one of the scarcest Jesus rock customs around, reportedly only a 200 or so press. The recording quality is a notch above their earlier incarnation, yet still very much the underground homemade feel, balancing gentle acoustic ballads alongside some fine samplings of the west-coast guitar psych and folkrock style of bands like Wilson McKinley, Azitis, Harvest Flight and of course Last Call Of Shiloh. Male vocals and twin female harmonies take turns in the spotlight. John Murray’s fascination with apocalyptic themes is still very much alive on cuts like the lengthy acoustic ‘These Are The Times Before The End’, wherein various prophecies and their fulfillment are enumerated. ‘Lord I Don’t Wanna Die’ is the standout track here, beginning as a hippie rural folk ditty before cranking up the volume with a long heavy fuzz guitar solo. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.
02. Cross And Nails
03. Lord I Don’t Want To Die
04. Born Of A Virgin
05. Come To The Lord
06. Jesus Loves His Little Ones
07. It Shall Come To Pass
08. These Are The Times Before The End