Rise With The Son (Sound New Productions SM 23) 1974 UK *
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.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|01||MARTUROUMEN - A Desire (Help Me Rise With The Son)||4:40|
|02||MARTUROUMEN - I Stand Alone||3:07|
|03||SPARK OF FAITH - Through It All||3:24|
|04||MARTUROUMEN - Be Grateful||3:51|
|05||MARTUROUMEN - He Needs You||3:24|
|06||MARTUROUMEN - Sing, Children, Sing||3:04|
|07||MARTUROUMEN - Starting Again||3:14|
|08||HANNA AND JOAN AND MARTUROUMEN - Faith||2:26|
|09||SPARK OF FAITH - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego||3:12|
|10||MARTUROUMEN - Slipping||3:52|
|11||MARTUROUMEN - One Day At A Time||4:12|
|12||HANNA AND JOAN AND MARTUROUMEN - Choice||3:00|
|13||HANNA AND JOAN AND MARTUROUMEN -||3:26|
Kudos to Plasticdreams.co.uk for this songlist.