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134. Awaiting Your Reply – Resurrection Band

AWAITING YOUR REPLY (1978)

Resurrection Band

“Our thousand dollar winner will be announced two hours from now, so hand in there as we play music by…Resurrection Band? How’d that get in the stacks? Oh well, heeeeer’es hopin'”

And so the world was introduced Resurrection Band by mock rock DJ Jolly Jonah Jamison. What would follow would literally change the face of Christian music forever. A Led Zeppelin blues grooved guitar attack and pounding drums drive male and female shared lead vocals through an onslaught of rock that had never been attempted by a band claiming the name of Christ.

Waves just rocked your face off as the album’s lead track and with it brought a train full of controversy. Critics accustomed to reviewing the Gaithers and The Archers didn’t get it. Youth Pastors trying to sneak in Love Song didn’t get it. Pastors didn’t come even close to getting it.

Who got it?

A bunch a rock starved teens in youth groups around the world being fed Evie like brussell sprouts and told to like it. They didn’t. But they loved Resurrection and made them a household name within a few years.

The album was made for literally nothing and Star Song Records had nothing to lose releasing it to Christian bookstores as long as they could duck and cover long enough for the brouhaha to wane.  It never did. Over the next several years Resurrection band was the poster child for the demon rock hating televangelist and youth pastor’s bent on making kids love their favorites like Amy Grant and Sandi Patty.

What was missed amongst all the ground breaking, door smashing and hair pulling was that this little band out of a Chicago commune had crafted a damn great album filled with great songs, powerful social messages and unforgettable rock and roll. In fact, some of the bands finest compositions were released on this album.

One of those “finest” was “Broken Promises.” The seven minute blues driven tune (think Clapton before he discovered guitars could be unplugged) features one of Glenn Kaiser’s finest vocal performances. So heartfelt and authentic you did not only believe him, you felt him.

The plainly proclaimed Gospel has always been a trademark for the band along with their social justice agenda and the title track is an altar call set to music. Questions, doubts, fears all relieved by a letter that was “signed in blood, mailed into my heart.”

Lightshine is the one chord wonder rocker that sounds great today and works in spite of it’s simplicity. Glenn Kaiser once joked with me over dinner that the song was written when he couldn’t sing and play guitar at the same time. The album closer, “The Return,” is such a great melody and the perfect way to end the album. Here again Kaiser’s vocals shine with authenticity and transparency.

“Well, I guess that’s all folks…”

Wow!

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  1. shawnuel
    February 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Never caught the Spiderman reference before…..Jonah Jamison.

  2. TMc
    March 3, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Ahhhhhh!!??? Gotta be much higher for me. Still my favorite Rez album and an alltime favorite. Still can’t bear the Archies, just makes you want to cry don’t it?

    I think I’ve finally figured out an algorithim to correct placements on your list with my own (due to my age and being less and less in touch with what comes out now) and this screws it all up. Thought all I needed to do was multiply any placement by decade/10 (.7 for the 70’s, .8 for the 80’s, .9 for the 90’s, 1.0 for the 00’s and rearrange the placements) and reorder the new values. Now its back to the drawing board. (Of course I just may just need some kind of a Rez correction factor)

    Still love the list though.
    Music to Raise the Dead indeed. Blessings

  3. Dave H
    April 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I bought this album based on an ad I saw in the back of a Christian magazine. It just looked cool. Man was I in for a ride! It’s true….I was rock starved and eager for any Christian music with an electric guitar riff…anywhere. This album and Colours are to me the best Rez ever.

  4. June 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I love this and the next album “Rainbow’s End”. There’s strong Zeppelin sound indeed. I would put this higher in my list.

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