Keep The Stones Unemployed (Spectrum SPE 2501) 1980 UK *
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).
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|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||I Know That He Lives|
|1-2||His Name Is Love|
|1-3||Love Lifted Me|
|1-4||Love Me Like You Do|
|1-5||Dear Sir, This Is Malchus|
|2-1||I Will Keep The Stones Unemployed|
|2-3||Reach Out And Touch Him|
|2-4||Back To God|