More Than Words (Maranatha HS-777/22) 1975
Chuck Butler had previously recorded on the early Maranatha sampler lps under the name Country Faith. Here on Parable he shares lead vocals with Joy Strange, joined by Don Kobayashi on drums and Pat Patton on bass. Musically they fall somewhere between folk-rock and soft rock: a mellow sound with nice acoustic guitars, a few ’70s string orchestration on the ballads ‘Sweet, Sweet Song’, ‘ I Know What It’s Like’ and ‘Song For The Church’, joined by brass on ‘Peter, James & John’ and the brisk moving ‘All Alone”. Decent electric guitar on ‘Let The Old Man Die’, (coutesy of John Wickham). Bill Sprouse contributes some fitting Fender Rhodes and organ moments. Other Maranatha folks involved, including Fred Field, Al Perkins, Darrell Mansfield, Bruce Herring, Jonathan David Brown and Erick Nelson. Very melodic stuff and an above-par early Maranatha release enhanced by decent songwriting. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||More Than Words||3:37|
|1-3||Sweet, Sweet Song||2:50|
|1-6||I Know What It's Like||3:17|
|2-1||Peter, James & John||3:07|
|2-2||On Your Own||2:50|
|2-3||Let The Old Man Die||2:52|
|2-5||Song For The Church||2:50|
|2-7||16 Petersham Place||2:10|