Electric Gospel (Noise TC-1155) 1973?

 

 

Mega-cool rockabilly meets psychedelic (psychabilly?) monster here, the third custom lp from these unknown but talented Florida guys who have a refreshing sound all their own. Lead singer and guitarist Ralph Strait definitely overdoses on the effects pedals every chance he gets, one moment plunking out nimble-fingered twangy wah-wah riffs ala ‘Tennessee Birdwalk’, the next shifting into distorted fuzz jamming mode. Put that all on top of the edgy electric rhythm guitar, add bass and drums, and you’ve got one pretty darn cool record. Three of the twelve songs are ballads and even they get plastered with the groovy effects (one is a cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, another a spoken-word-over-music gospel presentation from evangelist Jim Whitaker). Most of the songs, however, are up-tempo tunes backed with a tight boogie beat or rock-around-the-clock kind of rhythm, examples being the psychy title track, ‘Window In The Sky’, ‘Heaven Bound’ (with train sound effects) and the fuzz-endowed ‘Jesus Band’. Barry McGuire’s ‘The Father’s Son’ is performed in straight rockabilly/r&r fashion while ‘Joy’ strikes up a groove reminiscent of CCR’s ‘Suzie Q’. Love that ‘Peter Gunn’-ish walking bass on ‘We Sho’ Need A Lot More Jesus’. High voltage indeed. ‘ (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos. Thank you Discogs for the track list.

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Electric Gospel3:25
1-2Children Of Promise2:00
1-3Free At Last3:20
1-4Heaven Bound2:10
1-5Jim Again3:05
1-6Bridge Over Troubled Waters4:45
2-1Joy2:35
2-2We Sho' Need A Lot More Jesus3:05
2-3The Father's Son3:00
2-4Window In The Sky2:40
2-5Reach Out3:35
2-6Jesus Band3:35

 

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