329. Third Day – Third Day

THIRD DAY (1982)

Third Day

No…not that Third day.

A decade before the Mac Powell lead Third Day began owning the Christian radio and album sales charts there was a band from Ontario, Canada with the same name and a distinctly different sound. Once again it was the little, progressive Canadian label, Tunesmith, that delivered the band to the States.

The band release one fantastic and completely original album in 1982 and little is known about them other than what I can read can read on album sleeve and hear in the grooves. Primarily a jazz influenced, progressive rock band with a male lead vocalist and female back vocals. Great guitar and synthesizer work.

Here is a band not afraid to stop singing and actually play their instruments, something they do quite well. In fact, there is a nearly 7-minute instrumental on an album only containing 8 songs. Outside of the one token cheesy ballad (His Yoke Is Easy) most of the album rocks pretty hard within the progressive constraints. This would be more for fans of early Genesis, with more folk and rock influences. In fact, I read a review once that described them a “prog-folk,” and the label kind of works.

In 1982 there was Resurrection Band and a few “metal” bands, but very few progressive rock band in the vein of Third Day and, as a result, the stood out. They also stood our initially because of the great artwork and “gate fold” LP packaging Tunesmith provided. If only the label would have spent a few more pennies on the production of many of their releases. But here Third Day stands out again with great production.

 

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  1. Brian
    November 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Man, I wish I had known of this one! I love progressive rock music.
    Do you know where a copy of this one can be found?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 2, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Just listened to this last night….along with many others that have been on the list and that I expect to be forthcoming. The leader guy looks a bit like Gino Vanneli.

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