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 TitleTime
1-1More Than Words3:37
1-2All Alone 3:24
1-3Sweet, Sweet Song 2:50
1-4Maybe 2:17
1-5Someone's Callin' 3:17
1-6I Know What It's Like3:17
2-1Peter, James & John3:07
2-2On Your Own2:50
2-3Let The Old Man Die2:52
2-4Friends 2:31
2-5Song For The Church 2:50
2-6Goodbye 2:46
2-716 Petersham Place 2:10