Sonlight (Light LS-5612-LP) 1973







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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).

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I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Day Of Salvation (II Corinthians 6:2) 3:46
1-2Freedom Bells (Luke 15:10) 4:03
1-3The Way (John 14:6) 4:10
1-4Pathways (A Better Way) (Isaiah 35:8-10)4:10
1-5Standing In The Liberty (Galatians 5:1) 2:29
2-1Saw His Face (Proverbs 7:15) 3:28
2-2The Son (Hebrews 1:1-3) 4:42
2-3Walk In The Spirit (Galatians 5:16) 2:54
2-4In Remembrance (Isaiah 1:18) 4:25
2-5The Truth Of Salvation (Psalm 33:1-4) 5:04