Artwork (Artronics ART-4672) 1972?
Home-made sound, cover songs, amateur band. Not the best formula for a great album, but The Real Thing seems to have pulled it off successfully. Unlike numerous bland Youth For Christ and Campus Life groups of the day doing similar stuff, these guys have more of an acoustic rock sound, as well as better song selection. Side one attempts Cat Stevens’ ‘Father And Son’, ‘Find The Cost Of Freedom’, ‘Magnificent Sanctuary Band’ and even the challenging ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ with surprising success. Hardly professional and they’re not about to unseat Crosby Stills & Nash, but there’s some nice home-grown charm at work you can appreciate (not to mention some exciting acoustic guitar work). Side two presents the folkier side of the group, beginning with a dreamy cover of Elton John’s ‘Love Song’ with birds and waves for background ambiance. Also a couple Love Song tunes (‘Little Country Church’, ‘Let Us Be One’), Stookey’s and ‘Day By Day’. A few humble electric guitar leads in there amidst the acoustic guitars, bass, drums, percussion, piano and electric piano. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track listing.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Father And Son|
|1-2||Suite: Judy Blue Eyes|
|1-3||Find The Cost Of Freedom|
|1-4||Magnificent Sanctuary Band|
|2-2||Little Country Church|
|2-4||Let us Be One|
|2-5||Day By Day|