In These Days (Century 39714) 1971?


If you’re used to the high-tech production wizardry of contemporary recordings, California’s The Joyful Sound will definitely bum you out big-time. This co-ed electric folk-rock band definitely comes across homemade-to-the-core with their low-tech sound and less-than-perfect voices, not to mention a few clunker notes here and there. Still, I find myself completely taken with this album. There’s a genuineness and charm here – the kind that often seems to fizzle out once a group gets a contract and a budget. All eleven songs are original compositions with lyrics usually taken from Scripture, sample titles being ‘What Is This Joy’, ‘1 Was Glad’, ‘He Shall Feed’, ‘Path Of The Just’ and ‘I Will Sacrifice’. The harmonies are sincere and from-the-heart, the songwriting is excellent, and violin and harpsichord are used effectively. The guitar work is also strong (both acoustic and electric), leaving a pleasant jangle throughout the whole lp. From a place called Shiloh Temple in Oakland, California. Cool cover of undulating hands raised in praise. Beautiful, simple and worshipful stuff that shames today’s high-gloss praise gook. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).


I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the front cover photo. Thank you Discogs for the track list.  Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1In These Days 2:42
1-2What Is This Joy 3:27
1-3I Was Glad 4:31
1-4Behold Bless Ye The Lord 2:52
1-5He Shall Feed 5:00
2-1Path Of The Just 3:26
2-2Oh Taste And See 3:41
2-3I Will Sacrifice 3:13
2-4Glorious Things 3:24
2-5Trust In The Lord 2:38
2-6I Long To See You 2:10