Jesus Celebration (Ray Lauver RL-152) 1971?




There’s a humble primitive charm at work in this seven-person Washington, DC group’s low-budget folk-rock/rock custom. The opening songs are the best – The Sons Of Thunder’s ‘He Arose’, ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’, ‘Oh Happy Day’ – each with brisk simmering drums, murky electric guitar strums, psychy background organ and low-key amateur female harmonies. Next up is an unidentified gloomy minor-key round (which borrows that “hey, ho, nobody home” theme), followed by the always welcome ‘Amazing Grace’ to the tune of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ – both tracks have noteworthy psych edges. The mood sharply turns with three acoustic songs featuring a smooth-voiced male singer. Side two is comprised mostly of a spoken sermon by street minister Wade Akins who “tells it like it is”. The group returns to close the album with a soft electric cover of ‘Pass It On’. Guitarist Jeff Thornley would turn up with a solo album in the early ’80s. Front cover has a nice pink/red psychedelic rainbow design. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).




Thank you Donald for the front cover photo and rear cover photos and track list.



Song #Song TitleTime
1-1He Arose
1-2Put Your Hand In The Hand
1-3O’ Happy Day
1-4The Mighty Wind
1-5Say I Do
1-6Amazing Grace
2-1Message By Wade Akins
2-2Pass It On