416. Drivin’ Wheels – Ed Raetzloff

DRIVIN’ WHEELS (1981)

Ed Raetzloff

The great mystery that is Ed Raetzloff. After recording two secular albums with some band called Blue Jug, Ed recorded two amazing albums for the Christian market and then…disappeared. Both albums are serious AYSO and contain some of the best, blazin’ blues guitar and southern rock.

Drivin’ Wheels may be the mellower of the two, but by no means mellow, and contains a wonderful version of “People Get Ready” that is a strong as any version of this oft covered song. “For You” is another great mid-tempo bluesy tune that fits with the best of Eric Clapton or Steve Winwood.

But it’s 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. This album is for fans of Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Lynard Skynard and 38 Special. Great blues, great rock, great message.

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  1. July 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    One of the finest pair of Albums I have ever owned, and I paid to have them converted to MP3 over a decade ago because they were just absolutely worth the price.

    I actually love the first one better than this one, but both of them have their strengths.

    And both ablums are on my IPod to this day. A must own LP if ever there was one.

    And sad, so sad that I am the only person to comment here on this amazing and beautiful and incredible piece of early Jesus Rock.

    Ed — wherever you turned up in life — Thank you for these two records. They were …. refreshing. And they still resonate with my heart to this day.

  2. January 18, 2016 at 3:35 am

    This is now available in LP format (new, sealed) at http://www.girdermusic.com

  3. Dale McCubbinw
    March 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    NOT the only one… I wore out a cassette of “Long time to get to you” (1st album), and found a new aka still wrapped vinyl of it, which I have played once… to burn to CD… (gotta find that 2nd album!!!) For a 70s classic rock fan to hear “my music” with lyrics about Jesus was unbelievable!!! (Headbangin’ worship!! — could explain some of my increasing loss of hearing :D)

  4. April 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I have Driving Wheels on vinyl and it is still on my daily pay list and at the front of my album display shelf. The guitar leads are amazing and the song lyrics are down home truth. “By the time I reached 19 years, I pretty much though I’ld seen it all.”
    Ed – Come on out and play!

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