The Trial (Grapevine 104) 1976 UK *
From Grapevine’s heyday comes this respectable small-band rock musical that draws its theme from Pontius Pilate’s encounter with Jesus Christ. PACE is comprised of Bob Frazier (piano), David Gladwin (bass, electric and acoustic guitars), Heidi Kaluzny (vocals), Max Sinclair (bass) and Phil Taylor (drums), with assistance from John Pac (mandolin) and Peter Yates-Round (drums). The five also fulfill the roles of Pilate, the Roman Guard, Pilate’s Conscience, the High Priest and Jesus Christ. Musically skips around from rock to blues to folk to novelty to ballads. All the song titles are topical (‘The Rumours’, ‘The Indifference’, ‘The Truth’, ‘The Joke’, ‘The Man’, ‘The Plea’, ‘The Judgement’, ‘The Crucifixion’, etc.), quickly segueing into each other via brief snippets of conversation and/or dialogue that are thick on the British accents. But it’s mostly music here, including some good electric guitar moments. Originally written by Justyn Rees of The Peacemakers, with additional music and lyrics added by PACE. Cover features a photo of a judge’s wig. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on Heavenly Grooves. Tracks:
01. The Rumours 02. The Indifference 03. The King 04. The Truth 05. The Solution 06. The Contest 07. The Joke 08. The Man 09. The Plea 10. The Judgement 11. The Cost 12. The Blame 13. The Crucifixion 14. The Remorse 15. The Resurrection