407. Shamblejam – Parchment



There are several great debates have arisen over the 2,000 years of Church. Pre or Post-milliennialism. Predestination or Free Will. Infra or Supra-lapsarianism (That’s for my seminary friends). There is also the debate that has raged since the 4th century as to the proper way to pronounce Augustine’s name.

But we must not forget one other: Who does the best version of “Denomination Blues?”

My vote goes to the currently unknown yet wonderful British import, Parchment. And, quite frankly, it’s possibly not even the best song on the album. Parchment, a folky/psychedelic trio from England that look and sound like “real” hippies. C’mon, the album is called “Shamblejam!” and was to be their last release of four. It was also to be their best, most cohesive and creative project.

Not too many Christian acts at the time would dare incorporate sitar, fuzz guitar and obscure and surreal lyrics onto their albums. Parchment didn’t seem to be bothered one way or the other. This coming from the same band that had the Myrrh logo on the front of the album transformed to look like Stonehenge!

  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Love that you included this group in the countdown. Hope to see some other early Christian psyche groups that made some wonderful records.

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 16, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Oh….and I DO love this version of Denomination Blues, but the newest Ashley Cleveland disc has a version that takes the cake.

  3. Dave H
    October 20, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I love this album and am thankful to have a digital copy so I can listen whenever I like. You are right when you say it may not even be the best song on the album. My personal favorite is Shine on Me.

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