Rainbow Promise (New Wine/Wine Press LPS 259-01) 1970
One of the top Christian psych rarities is this custom guitar-based rural rock monster from the ﬁve-man band Rainbow Promise, with strong west-coast vibes that at their best recall Wilson McKinley. The stage is set right from the start with the driving rocker ‘Get Ready’ featuring sharp dual electric guitar leads. ‘Someone You Need’ follows with some of the most intense scorching echoed wah—wah guitar on record. ‘Do You Hear’ starts off fast, then slows to a moodier setting that could just as easily been found on Wilson McKinley’s Spirit Of Elijah. The same could be said for ‘Prophecy’ and the tempo-shifting ‘I’ve Got The Rebirth’, the latter with inspiring echoed guitar leads. Also a plugged-in rendition of Love Song’s ‘Little Country Church’. Hard to top all that, hence the gospel country rocker ‘Romans 8:28’ and the brief whimsical ‘The Joy Of The Lord’ don’t quite measure up to the high standards set by the rest of the album. Closes on a ballad note with ‘Please Don’t Refuse Him’. Dynamic drumming action throughout the 1p, and not a single keyboard note to be found. Brilliant home-made cover painting, a depiction of the gloriﬁed Son of Man amidst the seven candlesticks as presented in Revelation 1:12—18. An even rarer variation has a pink cover with a black border design and “Steve Powell & Rainbow Promise” in the center. Recorded at Crusade Studios in Illinois and released on a Springﬁeld, Missouri custom label. Guitarist and primary songwriter Steve Powell has a solo lp on the same label that’s worth checking out (see entry). (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for a rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Someone You Need||3:54|
|1-3||Do You Hear||3:36|
|1-5||The Joy of the Lord||1:31|
|2-1||I've Got the Rebirth||5:21|
|2-3||Little Country Church||2:40|
|2-4||Please Don't Refuse Him||3:18|