Saviour (Tri-Art TAS-74006) 1974

 

 

Phil McHugh has one of those immediately striking voices, perfect for his soothing blend of country folk and acoustic rock. His custom debut Saviour (later released on the Jesus Folk label as All Glory To You) is a very moving collection of songs, simply arranged with only a few musicians assisting. A couple tracks have only guitar backing, like the blues/boogie-strummin’ ‘Backslider Blues’ and ‘Sometimes’, the latter a piece that’d be right at home on Phil Keaggy’s What A Day. Other tracks add such instruments as electric piano, piano, harmonica, steel guitar, bass and drums. Sometimes a gentle rural flow that stirs up a few Talbot Brothers memories, as on ‘Jesus Stood By The Water’, ‘The Prince’, ‘There’s A River’ and ‘We Are Free’. At other times I was reminded of Don McLean, particularly on the piano-backed ballads. ‘All Glory To You’ is a beautiful minor-key ballad, with electric piano and silvery acoustic guitar projecting an air of mystery. Makes me feel like I’ve been blessed or something. This original custom release is extremely scarce and features entirely different cover art (a painting of Christ on the cross). (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet.

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