Michael (No label, no #) 1979



The seven-man Houston, Texas group Michael is one of those polished pop-rock affairs like Deliverance and Glad. That means layers of big clean vocal harmonies, MOR tendencies, and occasional string and brass orchestration. Michael actually doesn’t fare too badly in the midst of all this, and there’s often some respectable electric guitar alongside the piano and synthesizer. ‘Back Row Blues’ lays down a decent boogie rock groove for its chorus of “I’ve got the Sunday morning sittin’ on the back row of the sanctuary blues”. ‘Bluebird’ is another fine song, pleasantly drifting along in dreamy Sweet Comfort Band smooth-jazz fashion. ‘He Gave His All’ also develops nicely, closing with attractive synthesizer and guitar interplay. Fancy colorful logo artwork on the front cover by George Werth, the artist who did many early classic Star Song covers such as Arkangel, Dawn Treader and Phil Keaggy & Glass Harp. Recorded at Rivendell Sound in Pasadena. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the rear cover photo.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Praise Symphony
1-2I've Seen God
1-3Back Row Blues
1-4I Feel Good
2-1Touch Me Again
2-2It's Simply Because He Loves Me
2-3Gift Of Song
2-4He Gave His All
2-5Song Of Unity
2-6Do You Know My Jesus