White Harvest (Rite  36528)  1976

 

White Harvest

Almost passed this one up at a flea market when I saw it contained the hymn ‘When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder’. With no band pics on the cover it could just as easily have been some old-time gospel thing. Fortunately I risked my two bucks anyway, unaware of the way cool hard rock gem that lurked within. With female vocals, organ/synth backing and an overall exultant tone, White Harvest is similar in some respects to Servant or The Sheep, yet with a rougher quality. Not quite Earthen Vessel but darn close on slow boogie jammers like ‘I Can’t Understand’ and ‘Let Him In’, both of which display a fair amount of distortion and fuzz soloing. Other songs have more the direction of west-coast rock, sometimes managing a light psych edge. One ballad – other than that the electric angle is present throughout (no folk or acoustic stuff in here). All original material save their heavy rendering of the aforementioned hymn (which I’m sure ruffled a few feathers in their Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio community). Very attractive sleeve art of a 16th century black-on-white woodcut print. A 500 press ultra obscurity.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.

 

Tracks:

01. It’s Gonna Fall Down

02. Help Me Lord

03. He Stays The Same

04. I Can’t Understand

05. Presence Of Jesus

06. Let Him In

07. His Love

08. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

09. Be Strong In The Lord

 

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