The Artist/The Riddle (NewPax NP 33011) 1976

 

 

 

 

Johnson, Mike - The Artist The Riddle

 

 

 

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).

Mike Johnson - Artist (Bck)

 

 

 

 

Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1The Artist


3:25
1-2I Met A Man


2:07
1-3The Riddle


4:51
1-4Cool Living Water


3:00
1-5Lord Doctor



3:30
2-1Little Boy

3:00
2-2The Witness


3:08
2-3The Sound Of His Returning


3:23
2-4The Wedding


3:36
2-5We Want You To Return



5:32

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