Hit The Switch (Solid Rock SRA 2008) 1977



John Pantano and Ron Salsbury were the main dudes behind the JC Power Outlet, who cranked out two classic slabs of raw, uproarious Jesus music in the early ’70s. Linking up with Larry Norman for this session, the boys smoothed out their rough edges, attempting to be taken more seriously as rock artists. The end results are mixed. ‘Hold On’ and ‘Soul Seeker’ are both decent mid-tempo funk-edged jams, more progressive than anything they’d done previously, allowing some good stretched-out guitar soloing opportunities for Pantano (is that a bit of talkbox I hear?). The lively opener ‘I’m Just A Record’ also exudes a fair amount of Norman-esque boogie r&r energy (not surprising since Larry co-wrote the track). Much of the album, however, checks in on the mellow side – sometimes very mellow, with two consisting almost entirely of ballads. Tracks like ‘People Tend To Forget’, ‘Lover Of My Soul’ and ‘Magic Of The Moonlight’ are fine examples of soft rock, but if you’re expecting more JC Power Outlet grunge look elsewhere. Larry Norman, Tom Howard and Randy Stonehill appear on backing vocals. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



I have not acquired this album yet.  Thank you Donald for the inside gate-fold and rear cover photos and the track list.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1I’m Just A Record4:18
1-2Soul Seeker6:17
1-3Hold On 5:37
1-4I Need You 4:06
2-1People Tend To Forget4:50
2-2Lover Of My Soul3:39
2-3Magic Of The Moonlight5:47
2-4To Be Near You4:30
2-5I Don't Wanna Wander5:48