Joshua (Impact R 3228) 1973
This Southwestern group’s sole lp sounds similar to the rural hard rock of Petra’s first lp, only loads better (no ‘Lucas McGraw’s, no annoying vocals). Joshua is Tony Sena, Quincy Rogers and Shelby Rogers. No pics of the guys on the cover but I’d betcha anything they got long hair. Their tunes cook along with fast-strumming rhythm guitars; then suddenly they’ll blast in with an abrasive electric lead. Side one hits us with ‘The Word’, ‘Revelation’, ‘New Life’ and ‘Keep Your Light Shining’, all top-notch rockers empowered with sizzling riffs. Side two continues the assault with ‘I Was Lonely’ and the blistering ‘Free Me’. ‘Caterpillar’ begins with a quiet acoustic mood before shifting into a fairly rocking mid-section. Interspersed with some fine acoustic ballads like ‘The Secret’, ‘If He Came To Your House’ and a cover of Larry Norman’s ‘I Wish We’d All Been Ready’. Good natural vocal harmonies of the rural hippie variety, often with a rough Crosby, Stills & Nash quality. Deserves the same attention that Agape and The Exkursions gets. If ya like it raw and shaggy and loud, you’ll want Joshua. Co-released on the Key label in the UK where it sells for ungodly amounts. The UK version also has a much more attractive color sleeve featuring a person with their arms outstretched. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site. Tracks: 01. The Word 02. Revelation 03. The Secret 04. Keep Your Light Shining 05. New Life 06. If He Came To Your House 07. I Was Lonely 08. Catterpillar 09. Free Me 10. I Wish We'd All Been Ready Home