Hear My Cry (Wind  A-5603)  1980  Germany *


If you followed Christian rock in the mid-‘80s you might have noticed an album by the German group Semaja called No Burning Out, released to the American market by the Refuge label. That was a great little record, but this earlier Germany-only release is even better. Hear My Cry features seven lengthy cuts (five in English, two in German) in a sharply produced ‘70s progressive classic rock setting. They’ve earned a few comparisons to Santana for their Latin percussion coupled with long stretches of organ and electric guitar, faithfully expressed here on cuts like the high-energy ‘Big Noise’. Side two has a couple songs clocking in at seven-and-a-half minutes: ‘The Wind’ and the slow-churning Pink Floyd-ish ‘Jesaja 53’ (i.e., ‘Isaiah 53’). Other titles: ‘Sometimes’ (with funky bass and synthesizer), ‘Hear My Cry’, ‘Jeden Tag (Jesaja 55)’, and ‘This Life’. Unusual cover art shows a figure in a loincloth looking at a setting of bread, wine and fruit in a jungle. Back side shows a junked car and a broken doll in a burned-out apocalyptic landscape. Lead singer Markus Egger was also a member of the group Eden and has an earlier solo lp.     (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).





This one was on Heavenly Grooves.

01. Sometimes

02. Hear My Cry

03. Jeden Tag (Jesaja 55)

04. This Life

05. Jesaja 53

06. The Wind

07. Big Noise