First Gear (Myrrh MST-6505-LP) 1972

 

 

 

 

First Gear

 

 

 

Soulful jazzy brass-based rock outfit that believe it or not featured Lamelle Harris on lead vocals. And if that conjures up images of quiet contemporary ballads or Sandi Patti duets, check out his groovin’ rendition of Carole King’s ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ or those screaming yeah—yeah—yeahs that keep croppin’ up. Can’t imagine what he thinks of this stuff now given the inspirational route his later music took. Sax, trumpet, trombone, and organ all get periodic solo workouts, and there’s a smokin’ rendition of ‘Better Times’ from label-mates Crimson Bridge’s 1p. Although released on a Christian label, the lyrics are not so much Jesus music, but more positive pop, including covers of ‘He Ain’t Heavy’ and ‘Mr. Bojangles’. Not bad for early Myrrh. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Get Happy2:58
1-2He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother3:31
1-3I Feel The Earth Move3:50
1-4Mr. Bojangles3:16
1-5Ain't No Stoppin'4:12
2-1Peace, Peace4:28
2-2Show It2:10
2-3Better Times2:59
2-4Baked Bean Jam3:27
2-5Thank You Very Much2:09

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