The Messengers of the Cross (Emblem  JDR 321)  1969  UK *


 Messengers Of The Cross, The

From England’s subterranean gospel label (home of The Gospelfolk and The Sharons) comes yet another great garage band entry. The Messengers Of The Cross toy with a number of styles here and still retain their own distinct unified sound as they explore folk, folk-rock, crude basement rockers, electric blues, garagy pop, and lounge jazz. ‘What Jesus Means To Me’ and ‘Not Pie In The Sky’ are my favorites here using ultra-cheesy organ to glorious ‘60s punk effect. Low-tech as usual for this label but not annoyingly so. Some good primitive guitar jamming. Fifteen songs, mostly with female lead vocals. Closes with Elizabeth reciting the gospel in her lovely British accent while organ plays the theme from Exodus in the background. A very satisfying lp that frequently checks in on the strange end.    (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site.  Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track list.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1It Was You
1-2Watch Out
1-3When Will I Learn
1-4What Jesus Means To Me
1-5This Concerns You
1-6Give Me Jesus
1-7Jesus Standing
2-1I Was Worried
2-2Reflections Of A Different Person
2-3What Would You Say
2-4Not Pie In The Sky
2-5Don't Bother Me
2-6If Your Knew
2-7There Is A Way