Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Daybreak “After Rain” 1976 US Private Christian Rock


Daybreak “After Rain” 1976 US Private Christian Rock

With production comparable to most Christian labels, After The Rain introduced the new and improved Daybreak. Of immediate notice are the deeper more polished harmonies and background vocals. But the style is completely different as well. ‘Who’s Fool Are You?’ shows surprising guitar crunch (“I’m a fool for Christ’s sake, who’s fool are you?”), as do ‘Lord Forgive Me’ and ‘Back On The Road’. Everything is within a safe cheerful rural rocking mindset – nothing too radical, but it’s definitely a rock album and a decent one at that. The ballads also seem to fit properly into their pastoral style without becoming smarmy. All originals except for a cover of ‘Movin’ On’ from fellow Pennsylvanians Zechariah. Mike Johnson appears on bass, lead guitar and piano. The album is dedicated to the memory of the previous drummer Ray Sauder (also author of the title track) who drowned in 1975. Pressings also exist on the custom Daybreak Records label (CS 8272). (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).



Credits 

Bass, Lead Guitar, Piano – Mike Johnson (13) 
Bass, Vocals – Marlin Nafziger 
Drums – Fred Miller (10) 
Drums, Percussion – Bobby Daniels 
Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals – Jim Nafziger 
Lead Vocals – Daryl Shirk 
Lead Vocals, Piano – Vernon Stoltzfus 




Tracklist 
A1 Summer Sun 2:00 
A2 Who’s Fool Are You? 2:29 
A3 And I Love You 4:20 
A4 Hey May Be Coming Soon 3:12 
A5 Movin’ On 5:25 
B1 After The Rain 3:41 
B2 Free In You 4:27 
B3 Send Me Your Rain 3:12 
B4 Lord Forgive Me 3:31 
B5 Back On The Road 3:20 
B6 Summer Sun (Reprise) 1:40 

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