Rock Gospel (Bronte BRS 1003) 1974
Their fourth and most obscure recording is another live concert of soulful rock, this time at Gallaudet College for the Deaf in Washington DC. The album is sub-titled Sing & Sign and the performance looks like it was done in conjunction with a group of four people doing sign language. Not nearly as heavy as the Virginia Beach thing, but has its moments on cuts like ‘Heaven Help Us All’ and a repeat of ‘Get Up And Walk’. The electric guitar, organ, bass and drums are all solidly in place. The mood switches to pure acoustic on ‘Joy Is Like The Rain’ (the Medical Mission Singer’s song) and the self-written ‘Peter’. Black gospelly edge here and there. Other cover songs include ‘I Believe In Music’, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, ‘Spread A Little Love Around’, ‘Day By Day’, and ‘I’m Gonna Keep On Singin’. Fold-out cover. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
The Sons Of Thunder have a website which includes much band history and sons with links to YouTube. They were not the first to preform music for the deaf with signing, however they were probably the first to preform before large groups of deaf individuals on numerous occasions. They also produced a TV documentary. An early music video? This album was a product of one of their live performances at Gallaudet
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
Song # Song Title Time
1-1 I Believe In Music 1-2 Heaven Help Us All 1-3 Joy Is Like The Rain 1-4 I Can See Clearly Now 1-5 Spread A Little Love Around 2-1 I Didn’t Think It Could Be 2-2 Get Up And Walk 2-3 Peter 2-4 I’m Gonna Keep On Singin’ 2-5 Day By Day