Jeesus Rock! (Finnlevy SFLP 8520) 1972 Finland *
Group of Americans (six male, one female) that transplanted to England and somehow ended up wandering into Finland to record and release this ultra-obscurity. Yep, it’s the same Sheep that went on to record Lonesome Stone and the self-titled lp on the Myrrh UK label. And no, the album title is not misspelled – that’s because it’s in Finnish, as are all the liner notes and four of the ten songs. Actually the cover lists the band name as “Karitsat”, Finnish for sheep. The organ/electric-guitar sound here is similar to that on the Myrrh lp, but since this is a much more low-budget effort there’s more of a primitive underground feel (which in turn means greater appeal for the private-press psych collector). Good west-coast hippie vibes, not just on plugged-in tracks like ‘Multitudes’ (which is also covered on their Myrrh lp), ‘Gathered’ and the slow-churning ‘Jesus Christ Is Lord’, but also on folkier acoustic selections like ‘Turn Us Again’. Songs in Finnish include ‘Oh Happy Day’, ‘Jeesus Rakastaa’, ‘Tramp On The Street’ and a hard-rock version of ‘A Mighty Fortress’ (here called ‘Jumala Ompi Linnamme’). Enjoy the music and expand your culture at the same time. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on Heavenly Grooves.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Turn Us Again||4:00|
|1-4||Jesus Christ Is Lord||6:24|
|2-1||Oh, Happy Day||3:38|
|2-2||Jeesus Rakastaa (Jesus Loves)||2:51|
|2-3||Tamp On The Street||3:36|
|2-6||Jumala Ompi Linnamme (A Mighty Fortress)||3:14|