231. The Angels Come – Ark
THE ANGELS COME (1978)
Four Brits joined forces with one of the greatest guitarists in history to produce an amazing album that almost immediately disappeared. I fortunately had an older brother and this was left behind and would later be seen as a classic of British Jesus Music. Christian music historians often point to Ark as the band that forced others in the industry to take their quality and authenticity up a notch.
Producer and guitarist Al Perkins lead the band that also featured Dave Kelly (also on this list) through a collection a 10 songs influenced by The Byrds, Beatles, Crosby Stills & Nash and The Rolling Stones. Every song is very memorable and destined for radio, but with no support the album ended up destined for cut out bins. I have yet to meet anyone that owns the album that doesn’t consistently rave about it.
Much like how the Knack really was more 60’s than new wave when listening to the core of the songs, the same is the case here. Though distinctly modern sounding with world music influences and pop/ska instrumentation as times, onw really can’t miss the 60’s and early 70’s influences. Perhaps the Sunday’s Child album from Phil Keaggy works as a musical comparison. Despite being distinctly modern it also works as an homage to the past.
Al Perkins would continue working in CCM and mainstream music and Dave Kelly would record a wonderful solo project previously discussed here.