Wednesday 22 November 2023

Carey Rowland - Revelation 5:9 (Great 1979 US Private Xian Folk LP)


Good homey arrangements with an accent on backwoods rural simplicity decorate this multi-faceted cutting-edge country folk obscurity. Sort of a mysterious project housed in a flimsy insert-like cover that opens on the top, with blank white labels on the record. Takes some digging in the credits to realize it’s mainly the work of a one L Carey Rowland. Instruments include guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, bass, drums and slide, plus piano from jazz-man Howard Hanger. Quite a bit of variety here, from the Dixieland-ish cover of ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ to the hushed gospelly acoustic rendering of ‘Amazing Grace’. ‘Baptism’ has an easygoing country rock flow while ‘Spirit Of The Lord’ supplies a loungy nightclub mood with soft trumpet and Hanger’s smoky piano backing. Some relaxed bluegrass roots crop up on ‘Let Us Shout’, ‘Life’s Railway To Heaven’ and Hank William’s ‘I Saw The Light’ (which begins with the group opening in prayer). Title tune is a reading of Revelation 5:1-9 backed only by George Winston-like solo piano. Rowland’s guitar work flowers on the lengthy standout track ‘Follow The Way’ which has a creative progressive flavor akin to Bruce Cockburn’s early acoustic works. Recorded in North Carolina. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

Listen : Carey Rowland's 2nd LP - The whole LP



Record : VG++ (light warp that does not affect the play)
Cover : EXC (see pictures)
Price : 80,00 Euros (+ postage costs by registered parcel calculated by the Belgian Post office)
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