Larry Norman - Streams of White Light Into Darkened Corners (VINYL)

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  • Vinyl is MINT
  • Inlcuded original inner sleever
  • Jacket contains slight wear, but nothing major.
  • AB-777 AB Records

This pre-owned record has been professionally cleaned and been placed in a premium rice paper anti static master inner sleeve that is thicker than standard record sleeves. The jacket and record have been placed in a 3 Mil polyethylene sleeve and is thicker than standard record covers providing the durability and protective longevity.


So around 1976, Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill must have found themselves with time on their hands between recording their excellent respective albums "In Another Land" and "Welcome to Paradise," because they cobbled together this collection of spiritually-minded general market cover songs from the early 70s. We've got Randy Newman, Leon Russell, the Stones, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Norman Greenbaum, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Gene MacLellan. This album is more of a lark than a polished product, with multiple tracks little more than guitar or piano-based demos. Randy and Larry introduce the songs in fake DJ voices, sometimes breaking into laughter. One has difficulty believing they ever expected the public to hear this, but since it captures the two friends at a fertile period in their careers and relationship, I'm glad it's available. (In limited quantities, sadly, until an MP3 release.)


In 1974, frustrated by the music industry's intention to dilute the impact of Jesus rock through the many religious songs that mainstream artists chose to record and the fallacious rumours that celebrities like Clapton had been saved, Larry Norman wrote various hard hitting features that magazines and papers wouldn't print. As a second line of attack he decamped to his home with a pile of recording equipment and a few friends to record a series of tongue in cheek cover version. Randy Stonehill introduces the songs in the style of an over-the-top egotistical West Coast DJ, The Surf Duke, and frankly this has some hysterically funny moments! Their acoustic version of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" is absolutely hilarious! Larry's imitation of Mick Jagger on the Stones' "Shine A Light" is outrageous and the segue of "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Let It Be" and "My Sweet Lord" is suitably respectful . until we get to the disco break in the latter song and Larry again adopting Mick Jagger mode starts singing, "I'm So Bored". Call me iconoclastic but these songs deserve to be ripped apart! After the Clapton rumours of conversion which surface every five years or so, "Presence Of The Lord" is given a straight rendition although it's worth bearing in mind Larry reports that Clapton wrote it to express escaping from the police who wanted to bust him for drugs! This time they're introduced by Larry's Big Bomber DJ alter-ego on Radio K.R.A.P. and include another great Mick Jagger impersonation on "I Am Waiting". Mischievous yet making an important contribution cataloguing counterfeit "Christian" culture. Another album for Larry completists!



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