In A Maze Of Grace (VES 709S) 1975?

 

 

Soulfully rocking along with a touch of old-school Mylon LeFevre, Dick Hoopes tapped into that bluesy down-South sound that blends organ and piano with rock guitar and female backing vocals. Such is the formula on tracks like ‘Magnificent Sanctuary Band’, ‘Don’t Play The Game’, ‘Sweet Song Of Salvation’, ‘Come On Down’, ‘Little Country Church’ and a heavy cover of ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’. Includes a couple lightweight soflie things of lesser quality, one of which falls into the “Christianized secular song” category: the transformation of the Three Dog Night ballad ‘Pieces Of April’ into – what else -‘Pieces Of Jesus’ (you know someday I’m gonna make a compilation tape of all these things). ‘Time Of Change’ is an interesting song that moseys along to a slow lazy nightclub jazz groove that includes loungy sax and some fine extended keyboard jamming. Same small label that begat albums by Sycomore and Dave Stearman. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Magnificent Sanctuary Band
1-2Through It All
1-3Don't Play The Game
1-4Amazin' Grace
1-5Sweet Song of Salvation
2-1Pieces Of Jesus
2-2Jesus Is Just Alright
2-3Come On Down
2-4Time Of Change
2-5Little Country Church

 

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