Wish We’d All Been Ready (Word WST-8547—LP) 1971
Probably the most adventurous album that Word released back then. Still, if you’re more acquainted with the gritty-voiced rocker from Son Of Dust, then Randy’s debut will surprise you in its tameness. Randy’s voice is certainly restrained here – not his fault I’m sure. Probably Word execs thinking “hmmmm, we don’t warma go too far”. That opportunity would come later. The Billy Ray Heam production and Rick Powell arrangements seem to have opted for an overall gospel pop/rock feel, with lots of piano, female backing singers, a bit of electric here and there. Features eight of Randy’s own songs, including ‘Plastic Clown’, ‘Empty My Soul’, ‘Easy Movin’ and ‘Hallelujah Brother’. Also covers of Ralph Carmichael, Sonny Salsbury and Larry Norman (the title track). Sometimes a tad smooth, other times kinda churchy, but still managing a mild rock edge in spots. An important album, but better things were ahead. Cover notes state that Randy had previously been the lead singer of an acid rock band, followed by a two-year stint in a gospel quartet called The Revelations. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I found the rear cover notes very informative. diakoneo
Thank you Donald for the improved rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Empty My Soul||3:48|
|1-5||When I Think Of The Cross||2:03|
|1-6||Here Comes Jesus||3:10|
|2-1||Children Come Together||4:28|
|2-4||I Guess That I’ve Changed||2:57|
|2-5||Wish We’d All Been Ready||2:08|