East Of The Altar (Altar EA-1500) 1977

 

 

 

This male Louisiana foursome’s custom reminds me a lot of the breezy sunshine approach of early Sweet Comfort. Spirited songs with a light jazzrock angle and a bit of jamming (some good electric guitar, organ, electric piano), along with a few loungy soft jazz ballads ala Sonlight. Opens with a version of Ken Medema’s ‘On A Day Like Today’ with brisk electric bass and Vibraphone soloing. Tell me they don’t sound dead-on like Sweet Comfort Band on ‘I May Never Pass This Way Again’. Cool echoed electric guitar solo on ‘Can I Trust Him With My Life?’. Shifts into moody realms for the dreamy ballad ‘Two Worlds’. Also some good rural folkrocking, including covers of songs by Dove (‘Preacher Man’), The Way (‘There’s A Love’) and The Talbots (‘Coming Home To Jesus’). ‘Show Them The Way’ closes the album with smooth-rippling bongo percussion, warm harmonies, summery organ and jazzy acoustic guitar soloing. Nice wholesome sound through and through. Colorful psychedelic cover.   (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1On A Day Like Today3:16
1-2Two Worlds5:36
1-3Preacher Man3:35
1-4Can I Trust Him With My Life4:25
2-1I May Never Pass This Way Again3:18
2-2There's A Love2:54
2-3Coming Home To Jesus3:16
2-4Suffer The Children3:42
2-5Show Them The Way3:20

 

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