Jarleboyhidden1one and PhilBiker like this. Location: Philadelphia, PA. Apparently I started this thread, at some point. I don't remember doing so, but that is my name and old signature at the top, so I will roll right along with it.
Did any of you actually hear this album back in or ? I didn't find it until the late 70s, and by then it already felt dated to me, but I would imagine it sounded really strange at the time of release.
I agree with many of the above comments - it really was groundbreaking, and I still enjoy hearing it from time to time. I will be glad to do my part to keep this thread going. While we discuss Upon This Rock, here is an old handbill from aroundgive or take a year.
BurningfoolFeb 4, From Jim Bothel's amazing discography site. It was released as a "limited edition" first with no song titles or any other additional information on the back, and then as an "underground edition" and an "under ground edition" with space - both had the song titles handwritten on the back, early The "Underground Edition" first appeared with the cover photo inverted.
All these original versions probably in total came with gold labels and had "Poem" listed instead of "First day in church" apart from the title, there are no differences. The "Underground" gold label version has on the cover and on the labels. Number is also on the labels of the "Limited Edition" but this one has Album) number on the cover.
My version of the release has on the cover and on the baby blue LP. There are many different label colors too. Some were, others were not issued with an insert.
The insert I know is from the "Underground" version; it's a fold-out insert with handwritten lyrics of "Peace Pollution Revolution" and "Right Here In America" printed at one side and the front cover photo on the other not inverted. It gives the date "Feb 13, This one was also released as part of the " Barchaeology " 3LP box with the same labels and catalog number. Therefore I have removed it from the LP listing above. Larry Norman copied this disc from a bootleg. Interesting album for what it indicates about Norman's future development: a lot of these songs would appear in much more polished versions on some of the trilogy albums.
The Live Concert side is understandably a little rough in terms of sound quality but gives a good idea of how pioneering Larry was in terms of the message he was trying to get across.
The album probably deserves a proper CD release - the Illegal Noise version is from a bootleg. Larry did this with a number of old releases in the noughties.
I wonder if the original tapes even exist. For a while after Larry died, there was much talk of unearthing incredible unreleased material, but little or none of it materialised So, even by LarryNorman's standards, Street Level appears to be a particularly confusing release! I haven't heard either version - one of my local record stores had has? Too rich for my blood, but maybe I should find out which version it is.
Is one more essential than the other? On a side note, I stopped at a Christian bookstore the other night on my way home from work, which I admit was a first time experience for me. Their website claimed that they had an extensive music selection, so I figured I'd be able to walk out with a couple of LN CDs. Uh, not so. None of the workers had a clue as to who he was. Even posthumously, the guy can't seem to catch a break! Jarleboygrapenut and yesstiles like this.
Even back in the day it could be hard to find his stuff. Collecting the various versions of this LP has always been a challenge. BurningfoolFeb 7, JarleboygrapenutPhilBiker and 1 other person like this. Jarleboy and windfall like this. Great deal, popscene! I recall reading something that Larry wrote about meeting Ray Charles' bass player, and that he played on some of Larry's early music.
I wonder if Sigrid Jane is one of those tracks, because the bass playing is especially good. BurningfoolFeb 8, Jarleboygrapenut and popscene like this.
I see it now listed as Quiet Night. Last edited: Feb 8, JamieCFeb 8, You Can't Take Away the Lord. Larry Norman. I Don't Believe In Miracles. Moses in the Wilderness. Walking Backward Down the Stairs. Ha Ha World.
Sweet Sweet Song of Salvation. Forget Your Hexagram. The Last Supper. Nothing Really Changes. Spotify Amazon. Moses in the Wilderness Larry Norman.
Ha Ha World Larry Norman. Speaking to the magazine Contemporary MusiciansNorman later expressed his intentions and feelings about Ha Ha World - Larry Norman - Upon This Rock (Vinyl record:. I wanted to push aside the traditional gospel quartet music, break down the church doors and let the hippies and the prostitutes and other unwashed rabble into the sanctuary, I wanted to talk about feeding the poor, going into the world I wanted the church to get active and go out and do what Jesus told us to do.
I felt that while the hymns had great theology soaked into their lyrics, that most of the modern music was anemic and needed a transfusion". While Norman was denounced by television evangelists like Bob Larson ;  Jimmy Swaggart   who called rock music "the new pornography ";  and Jerry Falwell ;  and others within the conservative religious Ha Ha World - Larry Norman - Upon This Rock (Vinyl, who considered the development of Christian rock-and-roll, "a sinful compromise with worldliness and immoral sensuality",   his music gained a large following in the emerging counter cultural movements.
For example, a writer in Entertainment World called Norman "a hermaphrodite " and wrote "Faith can move mountains, so it may move this incredible hunk of hubris". Soul " is thinly and lethargically evoked.
In Februarytwo months after Upon This Rock was released, Capitol dropped Norman from their label, as the album was deemed a "commercial flop" as it had failed to reach the sales target Capitol expected,    telling Norman that "there is no market for your music. I gave my permission, did a special re-mix for the Southern record label in Nashville, diplomatically hoping to soften the cultural blow by lessening the distortion and percussion in favour of the lyrics and harmonies.
After all, I had no desire to unnecessarily make enemies with the brethren or to cause them to stumble. Yet at the same time I had very little interest in cultivating endorsements from the Church. I was out to create a dialogue with people who believed they hated God.
I wanted to be on the battlefield, Ha Ha World - Larry Norman - Upon This Rock (Vinyl, fighting a spiritual battle, trying to convince and convert the undecided and get them to cross the battle line to stand together with other new believers. Though I may have been in error in standing aside from the brethren by not performing for them, the established Church was simply immaterial to me.
Upon This Rock received increased sales due to its distribution in Christian bookstores,  and "became Benson's most acclaimed release",  selling 23, copies when it was eventually released in England in through Key Records. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Larry Norman.
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