Larry Norman - Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology Cross Rhythms Radio Airplay Audio Samples Available

Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology by Larry Norman

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Jesus Music, Album, Top Rated, Airplay
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A 20-song compilation of most of the pioneer's best known recordings.

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  1. 1. I Love You
  2. 2. I've Got To Learn To Live Without You
  3. 3. I Am The Six O'Clock News
  4. 4. The Great American Novel
  5. 5. Moses
  6. 6. Peacepollutionrevolution
  7. 7. Pardon Me
  8. 8. Reader's Digest
  9. 9. Why Should The Devil Have All
  10. 10. Baroquin Spirit
  11. 11. Nightmare
  12. 12. Watch What You're Doing
  13. 13. Without Love
  14. 14. The Outlaw
  15. 15. Ha Ha World
  16. 16. U.F.O
  17. 17. Ive Searched All Around The World
  18. 18. I Wish We'd All Been Ready
  19. 19. Rosemary's Baby
  20. 20. The Sun Began To Rain
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Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Here's a posthumous collection of the best of Larry's music designed to belatedly introduce a mainstream audience to a selection of the late great's output. From his earliest music recorded with the West Coast band People! in the late '60s through to choice cuts from his biggest albums of the '70s, there are plenty of top songs here like "Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music", "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" and "Moses". Other classics are "The Outlaw" - one of the best critiques of the life of Christ - and "Nightmare" - a surreal masterpiece that contains his best writing ever. One quibble from me would be the lack of "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus" which should be on here instead of fluff like "The Sun Began To Rain" and the inferior "Baroquen Spirits". Having endured the endless compilation albums released by Larry in the last 10 years of his life, it's hard to get excited about another one but this does effectively introduce his music to a new audience. Despite the recent revelations about his personal life, there is no doubt that Larry was, at his height, a creative tour-de-force who wrote and recorded some of the most enduring music of the era. Larry was certainly at his creative peak in the '70s and it's interesting to note that there is no material included here that was recorded after 1977. He may have continued performing and recording until ill health slowed him down in his final years but he had lost his defining creative edge after this first decade. Although this compilation was released a few months after he died, effectively as a recording artist and creative force Larry had sadly died long before that.

Style: Jesus Music
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 48328
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Solid Rock ARE00059
Items: 1
Release Date: 2008

A 20-song compilation of most of the pioneer's best known recordings.

Larry Norman - Upon This RockLarry Norman - Upon This Rock
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Latest re-release of seminal late '60s classic from "the father of Jesus rock."

Larry Norman - 70 Miles From LebanonLarry Norman - 70 Miles From Lebanon
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Many of Larry's best known songs performed in concert in Oregon in 2003.

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)
Posted by John Williams in UK at 17:31 on Aug 29 2008

Of course Mike, what you meant to say was "alleged revelations" - without taking sides in this issue I am still disappointed that Cross Rhythms has not seen fit to publish Charles Norman's response to the allegations as he graciously requested.
Regarding the CD - a missed opportunity I think to select the very best and maybe include some more recent songs that are nearly as good as the 70's stuff such as "Jesus is God", "Rock the Flock" & "Near" aAnd nothing from "Stranded in Babylon"??? By the way, I understand the CD was planned before his death.

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