The Artist/The Riddle (NewPax NP 33011) 1976
The Artist/The Riddle ﬁnds Mike in a light rock mood while inheriting the smoother production and broader arrangements that typically come with a big ccm label. Being more drawn to the hands-off natural quality of Mike’s early albums, I had difficulty dealing with the voluminous strings and horns heard throughout the record. Personally I think Mike’s quieter side is better represented on Gentle Spirit, but given that Harmony magazine acknowledged him as 1976’s Artist of the Year, there’s got to be something happening here. I will give him some style points for odd diversions into novelty ragtime (‘I Met A Man’) and brass band (‘The Sound Of His Returning’). Also includes a nice acoustic remake of ‘Lord Doctor’. Co-produced by Randy Matthews. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||I Met A Man||2:07|
|1-4||Cool Living Water||3:00|
|2-3||The Sound Of His Returning||3:23|
|2-5||We Want You To Return||5:32|