Keep The Stones Unemployed (Spectrum SPE 2501) 1980 UK *










Sandry & Beven - Keep The Stones Unemployed








Keep The Stones Unemployed features keyboardist Clyde Sandry and vocalist Ray Bevan with their mix of gospel-influenced rock, jazz, funk and white r&b. The gospel factor tends to overpower on slower tracks like ‘Love Lifted Me’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and the title song, all with piano, pedal steel guitar and string arrangements. ‘The Searcher’ comes off okay, sax and harmonica solos embellishing its slow gospel/blues stroll. Of greater interest are the jazzy upbeat sax dominated opener ‘I Know That He Lives’ and the more prog-structured ‘Back To God’. There’s also a powerful funky hard rocker with out-of-control electric guitar called ‘Dear Sir, This Is Malchus’ – a resignation letter sung from the perspective of the servant of the high priest whose ear was cut off at the time of Christ’s arrest. Soulful female backing vocals on many of the songs. Numerous musicians involved, including guests Mark Williamson and Rob Marshall on guitars (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



I have not acquired this album yet.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1I Know That He Lives
1-2His Name Is Love
1-3Love Lifted Me
1-4Love Me Like You Do
1-5Dear Sir, This Is Malchus
2-1I Will Keep The Stones Unemployed
2-2The Searcher
2-3Reach Out And Touch Him
2-4Back To God
2-5Cover Me