Revelation 5:9 (IRC—1002) 1979
Good homey arrangements with an accent on backwoods rural simplicity decorate this multi-faceted cutting-edge country folk obscurity. Sort of a mysterious project housed in a ﬂimsy insert-like cover that opens on the top, with blank white labels on the record that include handwritten greetings. Takes some digging in the credits to realize it’s mainly the work of a one L Carey Rowland. Instruments include guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, bass, drums and slide, plus piano from jazz-man Howard Hanger. Quite a bit of variety here, from the Dixieland-ish cover of ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ to the hushed gospelly acoustic rendering of ‘Amazing Grace’. ‘Baptism’ has an easygoing country rock ﬂow while ‘Spirit Of The Lord’ supplies a loungy nightclub mood with soft trumpet and Hanger’s smoky piano backing. Some relaxed bluegrass roots crop up on ‘Let Us Shout’, ‘Life’s Railway To Heaven’ and Hank William’s ‘I Saw The Light’ (which begins with the group opening in prayer). Title tune is a reading of Revelation 5:1-9 backed only by George Winston-like solo piano. Rowland’s guitar work ﬂowers on the lengthy standout track ‘Follow The Way’ which has a creative progressive ﬂavor akin to Bruce Cockburn’s early acoustic works. Recorded in North Carolina. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Carey is now an author of several books today. “Glass Half-Ful”, “Glass Chimera”, and “Smoke” are all available for purchase at several bookstores and online. You can find Cary’s website here, where you can listen to some of his music as well.
This one was one Heavenly Grooves blog. Thank you George for both the front and rear cover photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Spirit of the Lord|
|1-4||When The Saints Go Marchin In|
|1-5||I Saw The Light|
|2-1||Let Us Shout|
|2-2||Life's Railway To Heaven|
|2-4||Follow The way|