Sonlight (Light LS-5612-LP) 1973
How many countless Christian lps have the Sonlight boys appeared on over the years? Although keyboardist Harlan Rogers, drummer Bill Maxwell and guitarist Hadley Hockensmith would record several jazz albums in the ‘80s as Koinonia, this is their only ‘70s collective effort under this particular moniker. At the time Fletch Wiley was also in the group, contributing trumpet, ﬂugelhorn, trombone and ﬂute. Wherever these guys appear as session musicians there’s usually a jazzy pop-rock atmosphere, and that’s the case here as well. Songs like ‘Day Of Salvation’ and ‘I Saw His Face’ have that soft-breeze jazz-pop vibe with easy vocals and airy harmonies. Also a few MOR ballads in here typical of the Light label. The brass works well on ‘Walk In The Spirit’, a slow funk tune with fuzz guitar. On other tracks the horns take a back seat: like the gospel-edged ‘Standing In The Liberty’ or the slow—rocking ‘Freedom Bells’, both with Band-like classic rock inﬂuence. In the heavier category are ‘The Way’ (with good muscular guitar work) and ‘The Truth Of Salvation’, an energetic jazz-rock workout where the guitar and organ truly get down and jam. Sharp cover art, the four guys’ heads fused into what looks like an orange psychedelic ﬁreball. (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||Day Of Salvation (II Corinthians 6:2)||3:46|
|1-2||Freedom Bells (Luke 15:10)||4:03|
|1-3||The Way (John 14:6)||4:10|
|1-4||Pathways (A Better Way) (Isaiah 35:8-10)||4:10|
|1-5||Standing In The Liberty (Galatians 5:1)||2:29|
|2-1||Saw His Face (Proverbs 7:15)||3:28|
|2-2||The Son (Hebrews 1:1-3)||4:42|
|2-3||Walk In The Spirit (Galatians 5:16)||2:54|
|2-4||In Remembrance (Isaiah 1:18)||4:25|
|2-5||The Truth Of Salvation (Psalm 33:1-4)||5:04|