Living In The Joy (Gospel Te GT-206) 1977?
The dated ‘70s ﬂowered shirts of this Lake Jackson, Texas outﬁt don’t look too promising, but there just so happens to be a ﬁne acoustic folk-rock lp hidden inside. With a fresh melodic style comparable to a home-grown Suncast or Dove, these three guys and two girls present brisk jangle-along original tunes like ‘Can’t You See’, ‘Dead Wood’ and ‘Faker’s Farewell’. Gentle dreamy ballads such as ‘Train Of Sorrows’ and ‘Hey You’ bring out the sincerity of the group’s delicate harmonies (I particularly like the one guy with the fragile somewhat shaky voice). Backed by a vibrant pastoral mix of acoustic guitars, ﬂute, piano, drums and electric bass, the latter receiving periodic emphasis. Synthesizer and fuzz bass add a bit more rock kick to ‘In The Beginning’. Tasteful low-key string arrangements step in for a couple songs, including a cover of Larry Norman’s ‘Right Here In America’. Don’t judge this one by the cover! (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Can’t You See||2:48|
|1-5||Right Here In America||5:40|
|2-1||Living In The Joy||2:39|
|2-3||Train Of Sorrows||3:34|
|2-4||In The Beginning||2:15|