Peace Like A River (Sharing SC002) 1976 UK *
UK folk album featuring five harmonizing girls, plus a non-singing dude on bass. Acoustic guitars primarily, plus electric bass, drums, some easygoing electric guitar, occasional oddball synthesizer, all adding up to a simple uncomplicated folk sound. Covers of ‘Peace Like A River’, ‘For Me To Live’, ‘Can It Be True’, ‘His Banner Over Me’, plus a few originals. Primitive electric grooves give a lift to ‘Reason To Live’ and the intriguingly titled ‘Rhythm Of Jesus Christ’, the later with a couple brief threatening garage moments. It’s all harmonized – no solo vocals. Competent, even a bit charming at times, yet seems to lack that ‘something special’ quality that could have pushed it over the top. All six folks were members of Horeb Baptist Church in Hattersley, near Manchester. One of the earliest releases on this small UK custom label which had connections to Sharon People. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not found a copy of this album yet.