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Liberator: The Essential by Larry Norman

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Jesus Music, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
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Another solid offering in Solid Rock's seven-volume 'best of' series.

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  1. 1. My Feet Are On The Rock
  2. 2. Country Church, Country People
  3. 3. Whan All My Dreams Are Ending
  4. 4. Sitting In Kitchen (San Francisco Version)
  5. 5. Soul On Fire (San Francisco Version)
  6. 6. Blue Shoes White (Unreleased Version)
  7. 7. Hymn To The Last Generation
  8. 8. Come Away
  9. 9. If You Don't Love The Lord
  10. 10. Letters To The Church (Bi-Polarized Version)
  11. 11. Here Comes The King (European Version)
  12. 12. You Shall Be Saved (Studio Version)
  13. 13. When The Son Comes Back (Edited Version)
  14. 14. Children Of Lugoj (Unreleased Edited Version)
  15. 15. Down The Line (Unreleased Video Synch Version)
  16. 16. Give It Up
  17. 17. Everybody Work
  18. 18. Leave It Up To God To Handle
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Reviewed by Dougie Adam

Throughout the 1980s Phydeaux issued a number of compilation albums which found classic tracks from Larry's best albums rubbing shoulders with previously unreleased rough mixes and new wave instrumental demos following hard on the heels of songs from some of Larry's rock operas from the '60s. While such offerings always had their moments they were seldom cohesive and were not the best introduction to Larry's music and anyone hearing them must have wondered what all the fuss was about or why terms like "genius" were often banded around in Norman's direction. Well times change and in recent years Solid Rock have remedied things with regard to compilations with the Essential series proving adept at selecting great songs from the many eras of Larry's long and turbulent career and welding them into good sounding CDs. This collection finds many of the selections coming from 'Home At Last' and 1994's great but rough and rare 'A Moment In Time'. many of the 'Home At Last' tracks are alternate mixes which seem to carry a little more punch than the version which finally appeared on the lacklustre and dated collection which saw release in 1989. Meanwhile, the 1994 tracks profit from the editing they receive. End result? We get just under 20 tracks which sound pretty good together even though very few of them would crop up on fans' lists of their favourite Larry songs and even though many of them come from some of Larry's less cherished albums. A real treat for people getting into Larry's music, though once again collectors may view this as an inessential release due to the near absence of previously unheard material.

Style: Jesus Music
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 11266
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Solid Rock SRD773
Release Date: 2003

Another solid offering in Solid Rock's seven-volume 'best of' series.

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For more information about Larry Norman, check the Larry Norman Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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