367. Can It Be? – The Way

CAN IT BE? (1975)

The Way

Though releasing only two albums and less than a handful of songs on compilations albums, The Way has continued to be one of the most influential, beloved and talked about Jesus Music band in history. They were also one of the most talented bands and second only to Love Song in sheer musical talent. Both of those albums are considered classic by Christian Music audiophiles and both were very well received. Band members would continue in ministry and within christian music for years. One member would also be the father of one of today’s biggest artist in CCM.

After the eponymous debut that featured a sound similar to America or Poco, the band would add more guitar and a distinctly rockier sound a la The Eagles but never leaving their country and folk roots.  The addition of John Wickham really enhanced the guitar emphasis as Wickham was one of the very best guitarist in Jesus Music, second only to Phil Keaggy and clearly in the same league with Larry Norman’s guitarist, Jon Linn.

The whole album is musically and lyrically stellar. “Days of Noah” and “I’ve Been Sealed” flow from one to the other with the latter being a popular Youth Group song and features the Wickham trademark guitar styling. Do You Feel the Change is not to far from the Allman Brothers or the Eagles with killer dueling guitar attack.

“Livin’ On the Bottle” looks at drug abuse while “Sittin’ In the Pew’ addresses the church’s lack of social responsibility and Biblical piety. The America sounding “Bearded Young Man” is a beautifully arranged tribute to Jesus with a stunning string arrangement. Every song on the album is exceptional and its place in Jesus Music lore is well deserved.

BTW. Guitarist John Wickham is father to popular CCM solo artists, Phil Wickham and Evan Wickham.

  1. November 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    It’s an honor to even be in consideration on this list! Thanks and God bless!

  2. Greenchili
    June 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    That song “Livin’ On The Bottle” sounds suspiciously similar to Superstition by Stevie Wonder. LOL
    Anyways not a bad album.. 🙂

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