Jo King - In A Class Of His Own British Product

In A Class Of His Own by Jo King

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
12 inch vinyl: Album
Tags: Pop, Cassette, Album, 12 inch vinyl
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A 1987 album from a gifted British singer/songwriter.

Condition: Used - Very Good

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Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

These days, he's Joe King and he's best known for creating albums of ministry songs and doing spiritually challenging ministry. But back in 1987, King was Leeds-based and his live performances really won him fans for his personable performances and clever songs. I was part of the same church circle for a short period of time and was always surprised that Joe didn't make a wider impact. For his debut album, he took his best songs and recorded them under the auspices of local label Ears & Eyes and it's credit to King's songwriting inventiveness that these songs come across so well since they suffer from a limited budget. Listening again to the crackling vinyl takes me back in time and there are two songs here that always stand out amongst the dated cheap synth sounds. There's the melancholy warning of "Love Makes The Heart Go Blind" which features some haunting oboe from Debbie Bainbridge whose husband Iona's Dave Bainbridge adds his talents to the whole project. The album closes with a song that is dying to be covered in the 21st century, "I Never Believed" which celebrates a life changed by God but contains one of the best lyrics ever in Christian music. "That first Christmas day a virgin they say/Was found to be in the family way/Without so much as a kiss/The explanation is she'd friends in high places." Understated and clever songwriting was King's stock in trade and he deserved a much bigger shot at recording fame. An album well worth seeking out on eBay!

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 29033
Product Format: 12 inch vinyl
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Pulse EER075
Items: 1
Release Date: 1987

A 1987 album from a gifted British singer/songwriter.

For more information about Jo King, check the Jo King Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Colin in NC, USA at 05:17 on Aug 8 2012

My favourite track is Cafe Royale. I have a tape of this album which got a lot of play when I was a student in Hull between 1988 and 1991. Brings back lots of warm memories. I was hoping it might have seen a CD release, but I guess not.

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