Good News (Focus F33/25) 1974? UK *
Scotland’s Focus label hits it big again with the six-man outfit Good News. Nurnerically this falls in sequence right between killer albums by Living Stones and Sanctus. These guys don’t sound like either of those bands, but have more of an earlier “beat” style that was common with mid-to-late ‘60s British Christian groups. The vocals are of a semi-traditional harmonized variety, but the electric guitar backing is definitely crude and garagy (and sometimes out of tune), with some commendable soloing. The percussion is nice and solid as well, especially the thick punchy beat that adorns the opening ‘Can’t Get It Out Of Your Mind’. One very traditional piano gospel solo track, but the rest follows the contemporary vibe of folks like The Pebbles, The Sharons or The Revellers. Includes covers of ‘You Can Tell The World’, Judy MacKenzie’s ‘That’s How It Is’ and The Crossbeats’ ‘Do You Remember’. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and track list.