392. Forgiven – JC Power Outlet

FORGIVEN (1974)

JC Power Outlet

Jesus Music was in dire need of a rock and roll band. In 1972 Myrrh released the self-titles debut album from JC Power Outlet to mixed reviews. The Devil’s music in your Christian bookstore! Two years later the follow up come out and it was better produced and, in some way, quite a bit harder edged. Bookstores still weren’t ready.

The driving force behind JC Power Outlet was Ron Salsbury and he provided a formula of rocker followed by balled followed by rocker throughout each project. This second and final release for the group made a huge impact on the Jesus Music world as they finally had a legit rock band to go with the folk and pop groups like Love Song, Jamie Owens and Honeytree.

Nothing earth shattering lyrically here as this is vintage Jesus Music evangelism and rapture ready warnings. But it’s very important to remember that these artists were also walking a very fine line of acceptance within their own churches and making bold proclamations of faith were all but necessary for their own survival and support.

Forgiven was a game changer from the very creative artwork to the more consistent “rock” sound for the day, especially landing on a more mainstream Christian label. Here again we have an album that is both good and important to the growth and expansion of the Christian Music industry

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  1. DLE
    January 16, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Does anyone have the lyrics to the song “My Sign”.

  2. Greenchili
    May 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Nice to see you mention the delicate path alot of Christian artists had to navigate. It’s really interesting to see how things progressed over time. Which ones managed to be successful in such an environment and which ones deserved better. Either way they all contributed in some shape or form.

    Great list so far!

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