Amaziah - Straight Talker 1979/2012

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Amaziah - Straight Talker 1979/2012
Amaziah - Straight Talker 1979/2012
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1:40 AM on June 9, 2013 
Amaziah - Straight Talker 1979

01. Way Truth Life
02. Say Good Night, No. 1
03. All Is Peace
04. Night Walker
05. Slowly
06. Peace
07. He Is Lord, No. 1 (Demo)
08. Vision (Demo)
09. All Is Peace (Demo)
10. Susie (Demo)

Derek Elliot - Vocals
Paul Loader - Bass
Dave Steel - Keyboards
Jez Strode - Guitar
Phil Williams - Drums

Originally released in 1979 on Sonrise Records, the original cover did not have any photo, just the band name and album title. Then by Tunesmith Records.That's why I set The Two Diffents Artworks Album,Copies of this lp have been spotted recently for upwards of 500 pounds. "Wow!" you say, "I've got that one!" Oh no you don't. That's because more than likely you've got the pressing distributed by the Canadian Tunesmith label. Originally this was released in England as a custom and that's the one that has skyrocketed in value. Though not hugely appreciated by Christian collectors in general, those with an ear trained to homemade heavy rock monster sounds will find a real treasure here. A few progressive influences here such as on 'Way, Truth, Life' but mostly just loud cranking hard rock with aggressive guitar coupled with power synths and organ. They can be melodic too when they want and there's one ballad 'All Is Peace'. Derek Elliott's vocals may be an acquired taste for some.

Tunesmith picked up the LP and released it on luscious red vinyl, replacing the original simple logo cover with the now classic band photo that makes them out to be punk rockers (which they're not). I love that guy's furry leopard-skin vast. And is that Joey Ramone on the far right?

This early British Christian hard rock classic was originally released in 1978 on an obscure UK custom label with boring cover art, but in 1979 it was re-released in Canada on the small indie Christian record label called Tunesmith Records only on vinyl LP and cassette with a dynamic cover. It has never been re-issued since it went out of print in the mid 1980s, much less on compact disc. LP copies of that UK original issue, as well as a small pressing of the Tunesmith re-issue on red vinyl are legendary rarities among serious collectors.

Those with ears trained to appreciate heavy monster rock will find a real treasure here. A few progressive influences shine though on ?Way, Truth, Life,? but mostly just loud cranking hard rock with aggressive guitar coupled with power synths and organ. Great stomping head banger riffs abound on the closer ?He Is Lord.? On the Born Twice Records series - Legends Remastered Volume One - you can hear this legendary release in digital format for the very first time, remastered by specialist J Powell of Steinhaus. As an added bonus you can hear the post-album four track demo that showcases the new slightly punk-influenced direction of the new line-up.

Everything is packaged in a beautiful 6 panel double gatefold digi-pak featuring both the original custom release?s cover and the Tunesmith cover with the classic picture of the band (leopard skin and all!). It even includes a band biography to introduce the band to new fans! For fans of BTO, Aerosmith, Daniel Band, Barnabas, Nazareth, and Deep Purple! Collect all of the Legends Remastered special series that resurrects classic Jesus Music and Christian rock releases from the 70?s! See also Bill Mason Band and Exkursions for Volumes 2 & 3 of this collectible series.