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. Spirit

02. 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