The Friends of J C (Golden Eagle R 1022) 1980
From the booming metropolis of Pinckneyville, Illinois comes The Friends Of J C, a nine-member male/female Catholic group with some good electric custom edges. Side one is especially strong. ‘Do You Love The Lord’ opens the album with a primitive strutting semi-hardrock riff, followed by more delicate moods on the lovely mellotron-backed acoustic track ‘There’s Only One’. ‘I’ll Sing About Jesus’ is an excellent creative prog-edged track that relies heavily on synthesizer for a more modern sound ‘Can You Really Make Love’ ensues with some choice lead guitar. No solid comparisons come to mind though there are glimmers of some of the more progressive female-vocal keyboard bands of the same era like Love Chapter Band, Patmos and The Last Adam. Up to this point you wouldn’t even know they were Catholic – that is until side two opens with three of Dan Schutte’s songs (of the St. Louis Jesuits): ‘You Are My Sons’, ‘You Are Near’ and ‘With Merry Dancing’, followed by ‘Love’ from the musical In My Father’s Name. Their light rock interpretations here seem competent enough, but you’ll mainly want this one for the more original and impressive ﬁrst side. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Do You Love The Lord|
|1-2||There's Only One|
|1-3||I'll Sing About Jesus|
|1-4||Can You Really Make Love|
|2-1||You Are My Sons|
|2-2||You Are Near|
|2-3||With Merry Dancing|