Can It Be? (Maranatha HS-777/16) 1975
Can It Be? is certainly up there in the tops as far as US country rock is concerned. These guys have manned incredibly since their excellent debut, sizably upping the electric angle while adding distinctive rural FM/classic-rock edges. Not super heavy or anything but it sure ain’t light and wimpy either. ‘I’ve Been Sealed’, ‘Do You Feel The Change’ and ‘Sittin’ In The Pew’ are all vibrant tracks with summery kickin’ Allrnan Brothers/Doobies vibes and lots of good jarnmin’ electric leads from guitarist John Wickham. Simple country-rock melodies like ‘A Cowboy’s Dream’ and ‘Days Of Noah’ ﬂow along effortlessly, while ‘Living On The Bottle’ ups the voltage for its Southern rocking antiboozin’/dopin’ message. ‘Bearded Young Man’ is a beautiful acoustic ballad. Closes with the moody title piece featuring soft sustained electric piano (ala ‘Riders On The Storm’). Produced by Al Perkins. Dandy gate-fold cover showing the earth suspended in space. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and gatefold photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||A Cowboy's Dream||3:15|
|1-2||Days Of Noah||4:01|
|1-3||I've Been Sealed||3:15|
|1-4||Do You Feel The Change||5:15|
|2-1||Livin' On The Bottle||3:57|
|2-2||Sittin' In The Pew||4:11|
|2-3||Bearded Young Man||3:51|
|2-4||Can It Be||4:51|