Final Touch (Good News GNR-08101) 1974

 

 

 

 

 

Round two for these pioneers picks up John Mehler on drums, with Al Perkins donating slide talent on the side. Faced with the difficult task of living up to their impressive début, the shaggy musical crusaders follow the same formula adequately but with slightly less memorable results. ‘Since I Opened Up The Door’ and ‘Book Of Life’ (“I keep my thumb between the pages and my heart in the Book”) are chock full of country twang, while ‘The Cossack Song’ even attempts hard rock. Love Song had its rock moments but Final Touch seems to step out a bit more. At the same time a couple of the ballads get string arrangements – better results were accomplished on the début with just the band’s instruments and atmospheric vocals. ‘Living Water’ on the other hand is a beautiful acoustic piece with flute/oboe accompaniment that is perhaps the best thing they ever recorded. Starting to sound a bit like Girard’s solo lps (all of which are worth acquiring). (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Since I Opened Up The Door3:35
1-2Joyous Lament4:15
1-3Jesus Puts The Song In Our Hearts3:33
1-4The Cossack Song3:26
1-5Think About What Jesus Said4:54
1-6Short Alleluiah0:30
2-1Living Water5:20
2-2Sunday Afternoon2:19
2-3Book Of Life3:55
2-4Don't You Know3:55
2-5Little Pilgrim5:20

 

 

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