New Life (BBC RESR 29S) 1972 UK *
Apparently Joystrings wasn’t the only Salvation Army outreach rock band in England as the quintet Good News can attest. Can’t tell for sure but I think at least one member (Bill Davidson) was in both groups. A girl on tambourine, one guy on drums, and the other three with electric guitars (the one with the sunglasses looks straight outta something like The Lemon Pipers). As for the music — man, this baby cooks! With fuzz guitar firmly plugged in they confidently burst forth with garage band fervor on the monster opening track ‘Spirit’. Ditto for their punchy rewrite of Joystrings’ ‘Long Lost Cause’ which swipes the riff off of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’! Some fun All Saved Freak Band-styled blues-boogie jamming on ‘Shape Of Things To Come’, while ‘Everybody Sing’ skips along to a Grateful Dead-ish country rock stroll. Cool flashy wah-wah guitar on ‘Looking Good’. Nice solid electric sound throughout, even on the softer folkier tracks which are often decorated with psychy phased effects. Same UK label as Dana Scott & the Crown Folk and Youth Folk In Worship, but this is miles above either of those. Now about those uniforms… (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank You Brian for the song list. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
01. Spirit02. Go Peacefully 03. New Life 04. Shapes Of Things To Come 05. Best Way Of All 06. You Need My Lord 07. Everybody Sing 08. Maureen and Bill 09. Looking Good 10. I Am Much More 11. Long Lost Cause 12. KumBayYa