Rise With The Son (Sound New Productions  SM 23)  1974  UK *

 

 

 Rise With The Son

Endearing delicate UK folk private press that mirrors the charm of other obscure home-grown British male/female outfits like Carpenter’s Apprentice, Sanctus, Presence, Exordium, Bridges and Reality Folk. Most of the album (eleven of the thirteen songs) features the five-person group Marturoumen, which is Greek for “we bear witness”. Other participants include the six-person Spark Of Faith (two songs), a guy named Derek (who joins Marturoumen for one song) and Hanna & Joan (who join Marturoumen for three songs). Typically fragile male vocals in the lead (except for the Hanna & Joan tracks), backed by gentle male/female harmonies. Mostly original songs with precious artful melodies, highlights being ‘A Desire’, ‘Be Grateful’, ‘He Needs You’, ‘Slipping’, ‘One Day At A Time’ and ‘The Seeker’. Also a traditional folk number (‘Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego’) and a sincere cover of ‘Through It All’. Quality acoustic guitar work, with periodic soloing that adds to the music’s edge. The only other instruments I detect besides the acoustic guitars are bass, flute and tambourine. The simple austere low-budget format actually enhances the album’s appeal. Primitive orange cover with b&w photo of trees, above which the album title is spelled out in simple block letters. Would have been a perfect candidate for the Profile label.  (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

This one was on the Heavenly Grooves Site. Sorry I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Laura for finding the track list.

 

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
01MARTUROUMEN - A Desire (Help Me Rise With The Son)4:40
02MARTUROUMEN - I Stand Alone3:07
03SPARK OF FAITH - Through It All3:24
04MARTUROUMEN - Be Grateful3:51
05MARTUROUMEN - He Needs You3:24
06MARTUROUMEN - Sing, Children, Sing3:04
07MARTUROUMEN - Starting Again3:14
08HANNA AND JOAN AND MARTUROUMEN - Faith2:26
09SPARK OF FAITH - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego3:12
10MARTUROUMEN - Slipping3:52
11MARTUROUMEN - One Day At A Time4:12
12HANNA AND JOAN AND MARTUROUMEN - Choice3:00
13HANNA AND JOAN AND MARTUROUMEN - 3:26

 

Kudos to Plasticdreams.co.uk for this songlist.

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