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25 Feb 2017

Chenaniah “Chenaniah” 1977 US Private Christian Folk Rock

Chenaniah “Chenaniah” 1977 very rare US Private Christian Folk Rock

Minnesota certainly seems to have had its share of cool Jesus music lps, and Chenaniah is a prime example. The group consists of Bruce Muckala, Stephen West and Kenny Ronning. They have a wonderful homespun rural rock sound featuring gentle vocals overtop 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar backing/leads, bass and drums. They often strike a resemblance to the country-rock side of Harvest Flight and Rainbow Promise, while mixing in some of America’s melodic optimism. Nice upbeat mid-tempo electric tracks like ‘Water Of Life’, ‘Hold Me’, ‘Out Comes The Polish’ and ‘Day After Day’. Beautiful acoustic ballads as well, including the dreamy flute-accompanied ‘Gift Of Love’, ‘September’ with moving cello backing, and the graceful Leo Kottke-ish instrumental ‘Chenaniah’. A touch of the Flying Burritos/Byrds style on ‘A Real Love’. All original songs. The band derived their name from a character in I Chronicles 15:22, described as a minister of song. Glorious purple and green fantasy cover illustration. 500 made. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott). 

Private Press LP put out in 1977. Only 1000 were issued. I don’t know much about how to describe a record but this is in very good condition. I’ve only played it twice (even though one of the musicians is my relative)….the plastic seal is still around most of the album cover. There is a small tear on the back cover, approx. ½" in lower left. Garage/rock band group from Bagley, Minnesota. Here is what Acid Archives says about the record: “Little-known Christian 1970s melodic folkrock at the commercial westcoast end of the spectrum, comparable to Harvest Flight. Opens with excellent psych-vibe track….nice arrangements with guitar tapestries and smooth CSN/America vocal harmonies, some countryrock moves, listenable OK with a relaxed, non-preaching attitude….a few lowkey folk tracks with acoustic guitar and strings project an appealing Tim Hardin feel.” ...

1 Water Of Life
2 Dont Let Me Wonder
3 Tear In Eye Broken Heart
4 A Real Love
5 Hold Me
6 Gift Of Love
7 Out Comes The Polish
8 September
9 Day After Day
10 Chenaniah
11 Rest And Comforter
12 Parable Of The Kingdom 

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