Ed Raetzloff - It Took A Long Time To Get To You (Vinyl) BLUESY ROCK a.k.a. Bob Seager, Clapton

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  • 70's / 80's Jesus Music
  • 1980 NewPax Records
  • For fans of: Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Lynard Skynard & 38 Special

Ed had paid his dues in a group called BLUE JUG , recording two albums in the 70's on CAPRCORN RECORDS and ARIOLA and making the rounds with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, and Charlie Daniels Band.

Ed recorded two amazing albums for the Christian market and then disappeared. Both album contain some of the best, blazin' blues guitar and southern rock. Drivin' Wheels contains an amazing version of People Get Ready that is as strong as any version of this song. For You is another great mid-tempo bluesy tune that fits with the best of Eric Clapton. But it the rockers that just bust out through the speakers. Keep the Big Wheels Turning, Drivin Wheels and This New Love show a guitar prowess unseen elsewhere in CCM at the time.

Before coming to CCM music Ed recorded 2 albums with a band called Blue Jug. They were very successful and toured with most the big names in Southern Rock at the time including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, and Charlie Daniels Band. In 1980 out of nowhere came this solo Christian album that sounded like nothing else out there. This Southern Rock sound struck me at just the right moment in my life and I have many fond memories of cruising up and down the main street of the town I grew up in listening to this album. I could go on and on about how much I love this album but I’ll spare you my longwinded stories. Suffice to say this album is in my top 10 all time personal favorites. Now someone asked me what the connection between Ed and Molly Hatchet is. Now the connection is slim but follow along. While in Blue Jug, Ed wrote a song called “No Room On The Crew”. Blue Jug never recorded the song but somehow in 1989 Molly Hatchet recorded it and the writing credits went to Ed. If you ever listen to it it you can hear Ed’s influence very clearly. Now I know there is more to this story but chances are we will never know the connection of how the song ended up in Molly Hatchet’s hands.

Tracklist
1 Found Someone To Love Me – 2:19
2 Every Man – 4:31
3 I Know The King – 2:15
4 I Want You To Meet A Friend – 1:58
5 It Took A Long Time To Get To You – 4:04
6 Praise Him – 3:57
7 Where He Goes – 3:08
8 I’ve Been Down That Road, Too – 2:45
9 It’s So Easy To Be Free – 2:45
10 Jesus Loves You – 2:22

Credits
Bass – Bill Hoak, Dave Gardner
Design – Bill Brunt
Drums – Fred Satterfield, Larry DeMerritt, Taylor Rhodes
Engineer – Brent King, Mike Psanos, Warren Peterson
Engineer [Remix] – Joe Wilson
Guitar – Dave Perkins, Mark Riley
Keyboards – Atikus Finch, Mitch Humphreys
Producer – Steve Aune
Producer [Assistant], Guitar – Joe Wilson
Songwriter, Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Ed Raetzloff
Vocals – Delores Deal, Diane Leroy, Gary Pigg, Joy Gardner, Judy Carudi, Steve Morrow

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Sound Stage Studios
Remixed At – Glaser Sound Studios, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee

 

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