Evergreen (Myrrh MSA-6553) 1975
Back in college I volunteered for a short time at a small Christian book-store. They had a stack of a dozen or so demo records for in-store play, one of them being this album by Honeytree. Since Evergreen has the honor of being one of the very first ccm albums I was exposed to, it naturally has a special place in my heart. But my own biases aside, I’m sure many would have to agree that Evergreen is one of Jesus music’s most classic albums. Honeytree’s song-writing, diversity, and knack for writing a catchy tune are all at their peak here. Having explored folk and acoustic MOR on her first two albums, Miss Tree now successfully captures that middle-ground rock sound that along with the works of 2nd Chapter Of Acts, Love Song, Phil Keaggy, et all came to be a style of its own simply known as “Jesus music”. Phil Keaggy’s electric guitar presence is a boon, giving warmth and atmosphere to gentle cuts like ‘Ruth’, while growling away on the rocky ones (‘Mary And Martha’ in particular). Many classics here: ‘It’s Only Right’, the jazz-rocking ‘Searchlight’, ‘Say You Told Me So’, the novelty ‘Rattle Me Shake Me’, as well as the Keaggy-penned ‘(Lovely Jesus) Here I Am’ and Larry Norman’s ‘I Am A Servant’. Light stirring string orchestration in parts, plus some attractive flute work. Love that denim hat! (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Tracks: A1 Evergreen A2 It's Only Right A3 (Lovely Jesus) Here I Am A4 Mary And Martha A5 Ruth A6 I Am Your Servant B1 Rattle Me, Shake Me B2 Searchlight B3 Say You Told Me So B4 Sometimes I Need You B5 Lullaby In Jesus' Name Home