Straight Talker (Sonrise SR001) 1979 UK *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amaziah_original

Sonrise front cover

 

 

Tunsmith front cover

Tunsmith front cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copies of this lp have been spotted recently for upwards of 500 pounds. “Wow!” you say, “I’ve got that one!” Oh no you don’t. That’s because more than likely you’ve got the pressing distributed by the Canadian Tunesmith label (TS 6002). Originally this was released in England as a custom and that’s the one that has sky rocketed in value. Though not hugely appreciated by Christian collectors in general, those with an ear trained to home-made heavy rock monster sounds will find a real treasure here. A few progressive influences such as on ‘Way, Truth, Life’ but mostly just loud cranking hard rock with aggressive, guitar coupled with power synths and organ. Great stomping head-banger riff on the closing ‘He Is Lord’. They can be melodic too when they want and there’s one ballad ‘All Is Peace’. Derek Elliott’s vocals may be an acquired taste for some. Tunesmith picked up the lp  and released it on luscious red vinyl, replacing the original simple logo cover with the now classic band photo that makes them out to be punk rockers (which they’re not) I love that guy’s furry leopard-skin vest. And is that Joey Ramone on the far right? (Addendum, courtesy of a friend of the group: The band members all hailed from Bristol, UK The Canadian press was actually re-mixed for a slightly heavier sound, although I have to admit I can’t tell the difference And the band shown ‘on the Tunesmith label was a later line-up of the band, not the one actually heard on the record. By the time of that photo the band was actually doing some punk stuff, hence the more radical look.) ’ (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonrise label side 1

Sonrise label side 1

 

Sonrise rear cover

Sonrise rear cover

 

 

Tunesmith label side 1

Tunesmith label side 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunesmith rear cover

Tunesmith rear cover

 

 

 

 

 

I have not acquired this album yet.  Thank you George for sharing the Tunesmith covers.  Thank you Donald for the front and rear covers of the Sonrise album.

 

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Way, Truth, Life6:22
1-2Say Goodnight4:01
1-3No. 15:22
1-4All Is Peace4:20
2-1Night Walker4:29
2-2Slowly5:05
2-3Peace5:53
2-4He Is Lord4:15

 

 

 

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