The Misfit (Maranatha MM0057A) 1979



Way mellow string orchestrated pop-rock and ballads 1p typical of gentler late-‘70s Maranatha. Electric guitar from Hadley Hockensmith and John Wickham occasionally pulls them out of their MOR/easy listening comfort zone, best exemplified on solid cuts like ‘Sail On’ and ‘Take Me To The Light’. Includes covers of “Love Hurts’ (of Roy Orbison and Nazareth fame), Randy Stonehill’s ‘First Prayer’ and Jimmy Webb’s ‘The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress’. The songs work together to tell the story of a misfit and his search to find answers about himself and the world. Produced by Jonathan David Brown. Pillar went on to a fairly successful ccm career in the ‘80s. (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 photo and the track list.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1The Misfit3:29
1-2Carry Me Along3:29
1-4Sail On2:37
1-5Can't Find My Way Home3:18
1-6The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress/ He's Asleep5:10
2-1Hurting People3:41
2-2Take Me To The Light4:10
2-3First Prayer3:08
2-4Love Hurts/ He Gave Me Love5:48
2-5Martyr Song