218. On Rock – Daniel Band
ON ROCK (1982)
Sometime in the Summer of 1982 I went to see someone at a Saturday Night concert at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I have no recollection as to who the “somebody” was that night, but have distinct and impressive images of the unknown opening band, Canada’s Daniel Band.
At that time the debut album had not been released. The next day I went by the Calvary Chapel store and asked if they knew when the album was coming out. they had no idea what I was talking about. But the band members happened to be in the store and overheard my conversation. they followed me out and told me they had just received some advance cassette copies of the album and gave me one for free!
It would not be the only copy of the album on cassette I would own a I ruined a few by constantly playing it for friends at school and church. This was it! A real hard rock band with great production, blazing guitar solos and huge hooks. Often mistakenly compared to Rush, the sound is much more Boston, Triumph, First Strike and Foreigner.
The album kicks off with “Creator,” a straight ahead rocker in the vein of Triumph. Like most of the album the lyrics are straight ahead and blatant evangelical statements. Nothing too creative or edgy here. But what is lacking in depth is blown away by passion and energy.
The second song, and first single, is “I’m Sorry.” Starting with an acoustic intro before the obligatory heavy, crunching guitars. Great power ballad that just works perfectly. KYMS played it for a short while.”In the Sky” has a Black Crowes riff and “Free From Sin” is the heaviest of the bunch with great guitar work.
There are really no poor cuts and the album and the final cut deserves special consideration. “Somebody Loves You” was great live that night and that image still sticks me. A rollicking southern rock tinged kicker that seemed about 15 minutes live with great solos from all band members.
The album has been reissued on CD but with a new cover that I never really appreciated. I have yet to figure out the fascination of new covers on classic albums. The sound board lit up to spell the band name is classic.