Candle Wax  (Rockwood  RW 1001)  1976


Randy York


Another backwoods scruffy rocker guy that successfully avoided the sanitized ccm scene.  We’d heard from York previously as half of the duo Rockwood.  Brad Nelson (the other half of Rockwood) is part of York’s band on Candle Wax, contributing some blistering scratchy lead guitar on top of Randy’s 6 and 12-string guitars and bass.  Other participants are Harry Long, Dan Reifsnyder and Randy Weiss.  Side one contains the raw electric stuff, including the primitive hard-rocking ‘So This Is Life’ and ‘Wallace’, the latter a re-worked version from the Rockwood lp (“My Country ’tis of thee, seet land of bigotry”).  ‘Your Faith Will Make You Whole’ has an attractive rural west-coast dreaminess, while ‘Hello Thomas J’ provides handclapping hippie country folkrock.  Side two explores acoustic rock, evoking the unplugged moody quality of Ron Moore’s early albums on ‘J.C.’, ‘Lady’, ‘Window’, ‘A Brother’s Prayer’  and ‘Welcome Home’.  Appealing homemade natural sound throughout.  Comes in a mostly plain white cover, blank on back, and with only the artist’s name in tiny letters on the front.      (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



Sorry this record has eluded my searches to date, thank you Brian for the track list.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Our Lord Come
1-2Hello Thomas J.
1-4So This Is Life
1-5Your Faith Will Make You Whole
2-4A Brother’s Prayer
2-5Welcome Home