The Problem Is Sin/Live And Unreleased (Hidden Vision Ac-023) 1996















This band’s two lps from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s are well loved by secular and Christian collectors alike and for good reason! This is why any live or unreleased stuff’ would be welcomed from Agape. On this CD the two are intermixed, live then unreleased. The four live tracks are from a concert at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA in 1973. The four tracks were found on an 8 track that was hand delivered as a promo piece to area radio stations! The sounds include both lengthy jams and shorter songwriter’s vehicles. This should be called “preach and roll” because these songs are lyrically loaded with impassioned preaching. And have no fear, there is tons of Caban’s great guitar work and typical-of-the-time drum and bass solos, the latter actually quite amazing on ‘Wouldn’t Be a Drag?’. You get the overall sound of the band from the earlier hard rockin’ first lp to the jammier, jazzier Victims of Tradition. The restored sound is quite good with a few drop-outs. You can also hear when the 8-track switched tracks, but there is no fading of the tracks like the commercial 8-tracks of the time. The unreleased material is from 1977 to 1993 and features an entirely new rhythm section on most of the songs. All the new material seems to have a Latin flare to it with the rhythm and beat of the song out front – a bit like Santana in more ways than one. Highlights include ‘The Servant Song’ showing Caban solo with an acoustic 12 string guitar and ‘Die Before You Die’, a Benatar type rocker that Sports a decent melody and features Caban in great voice. BF 72:27 (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).


I have not acquired this album yet.



Song #Song TitleTime
01The Problem Is Sin (live)6:46
02Die Before You Dire4:17
03Wouldn't It Be A Drag (live)13:10
04Love Creates Pain4:24
05Change Of Heart (live)4:26
06Still Standing16:56
07The Servant Song4:23
09Rejoice (live)14:58