Larry Norman - Upon This Rock Audio Samples Available

Upon This Rock by Larry Norman

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Jesus Music, Album, Top Rated
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Latest re-release of seminal late '60s classic from "the father of Jesus rock."

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  1. 1. You Can't Take Away The Lord
  2. 2. I Don't Believe In Miracles
  3. 3. Moses In The Wilderness
  4. 4. Walking Backward Down The Stairs
  5. 5. Ha HA World
  6. 6. Sweet Sweet Song Of Salvation
  7. 7. Forget Your Hexagram
  8. 8. The Last Supper
  9. 9. I Wish We'd All Been Ready
  10. 10. Nothing Really Changes
  11. 11. Postlude
  12. 12. You Can't Take Away The Lord (Demo)
  13. 13. Sweet Sweet Song Of Salvation (Live)
  14. 14. Nothing Really Changes (Demo)
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Reviewed by Alastair McCollum

The late, admittedly great, Larry Norman's music is often mentioned in hushed tones and with a reverence and awe by CCM fans and reviewers alike so that each re-release of a Norman classic comes complete with a weight of history that threatens to overwhelm any hearer! It is easy to see why this 1969 album caused controversy in a the US and UK Christian worlds, as Norman's prophetic and powerful songwriting combined with so-called "worldly" musical styles which many saw as bound up with immorality, drug culture and the rejection of decency. With 40 years of Christian music culture since these songs were first released there is, though, a certain amount of "datedness" to the album. For those of us born in the years following this album we can appreciate the quality of the songwriting and see how many of the issues still affect the Church, yet we might not choose to sit and listen to this album too frequently. Lyrically it is quite a dark collection of songs, with a focus on the negatives of both Church and secular culture, musically it is guitar and piano-based rock with echoes of any number of bands of the day. This isn't to dismiss it, and there are some very fine and enjoyable songs here such as the opening acoustic guitar and piano based "You Can't Take Away The Lord", the poignant string quartet "Walking Down The Stairs", the best arrangement of "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" by far of any available, and the somewhat surreal "The Last Supper" with various bits of slightly odd piano crashing. This 2008 release also contains three bonus tracks of which the highlight is an uplifting live version of "Sweet Sweet Song Of Salvation" with some great honky tonk piano. A good album, a testimony to a courageous and visionary artist, a great Christian musician and a talented songwriter.

Style: Jesus Music
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 51301
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Solid Rock SRDX001
Items: 1
Release Date: 2008

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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)
Posted by Jerry Thompson in Essex, UK. at 08:18 on Jul 31 2010

Apart from Bootleg CD 1, which are early demos, this is first Larry Norman solo outing.
This is the start of Christian rock with outstanding songs I Don't Believe In Miricales, The Last Supper and Forget You Hexagram.
There is other stuff on this release, but this is the real deal.
If you are a Larry Norman fan you will already have this, otherwise why not give it a try?

Jerry Thompson's rating: 9/10

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