102. Chuck Girard – Chuck Girard
CHUCK GIRARD (1975)
This one could easily be labeled an essential Jesus Music album that belongs in everyone’s collection. Just a few years after leaving the seminal Jesus Music pioneer group, Love Song, Girard recorded his eponymous debut. The album features some of the best music the Jesus Music era had to offer including one worship song that is most definitely considered a classic.
The album is filled with what could be called the “California” sound reminiscent of Brian Wilson with a little country feel a la The Eagles. Most notable amongst the rockers is the lead track, Rock n Roll Preacher. Sounding a bit like Cliff Richard here, the song is a rollicking good tune that would have fit right in with the general market musical scene is 1975.
Where Love Song stayed within the acoustic folk/rock safety zone Girard branched out a bit beyond those borders and some struggled with the more “rockin'” Girard. This is not true of the younger Christians eager for anything resembling legitimate rock or Top 40 music. Girard would most definitely fit into the later category as his music was very radio friendly, if there was such a thing in 1975.
But despite the pop and rock that dominated the album, it would be the nearly 6-minute worship song that closes the album that would not only be the biggest hit from the album, but also become the signature song of Girard’s entire career. “Sometimes Alleluia” would find its way into nearly every church through hymnals, worship songbooks and youth group sing-a-longs. Though not the first “contemporary worship” song recorded it easily ranks amongst the first and the most enduring. It would go on to be recorded countless times by other artists and may be the most important worship song of the era. That being said, it is also a wonderful song and easily considered a “classic!”
Though not the ground breaking music of Love Song, for it’s time it was the very best the Jesus Music scene had to offer. legitimate and authentic pop music with a distinctly eternal message.