The Messengers of the Cross (Emblem JDR 321) 1969 UK *
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, folkrock, 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. Tracks: 01. It Was You 02. Watch Out 03. When Will I Learn 04. What Jesus Means To Me 05. This Concerns You 06. Give Me Jesus 07. Jesus Standing 08. I Was Worried 09. Reflections Of A Different Person 10. What Would You Say 11. Not Pie In The Sky 12. Don't Bother Me 13. If Your Knew 14. There Is A Way Home