The Spirit’s A-Movin’ (Ichthus IR 1001-CS) 1972?



The good news is there’s some hard-rockin’ electric fuzz guitar strewn about on these custom North Carolina records. The bad news is there’s about fifty confounded teens singing in the group. If you can get over that hurdle (and mind you, that’s a fairly huge hurdle), then you might be able to appreciate the sloppy home-made nature of these lps. Occasional solo vocals, but the big gang is always in there right behind to blurt out the chorus. The Spirit ’s A-Movin’ is the better record, cranking up the guitars, organ, bass and drums on three songs: ‘People Let Me Tell You’, ‘Spend Some Time’ and ‘Marching On For Jesus’, all originals by member Moose Smith. To Be A Child Again follows suit with crude amplified teen-rock workouts of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘People Get Ready’ and Sly Stone’s ‘Everyday People’. ‘Talking About You’ (another Moose original) also has some fuzz in there, somewhat drowned out by the trumpet. Most of the remaining songs are rather blah, so only die-hard fuzz-obsessed completists need apply here. Moose had a couple later ultra-polished solo lps, but to hear his best moments try tracking down the excellent Damascus Road album, also on the custom Ichthus label. (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 list.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1People Let Me Tell You1:55
1-2Spend Some Time (With My Jesus)2:45
1-3His Way4:24
1-4Amazing Grace5:30
2-1Marching On For Jesus3:42
2-2You’ve Got A Friend4:45
2-3If I Could Be2:46
2-4The World Is Gonna Be A Better Place2:15
2-5Moment Of Truth2:11