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    Top Christian Rock Albums of 1966

    Published on October 22th, 2016 | by Anthony Martinez

    Except for the first album of Larry Norman and Mylon Lefevre in 1969, it is difficult for many people conceive the idea of other Christian rock albums in the 60s. But believe it or not, over the decade of the 60s, there were several records of artists and Christian bands that sounded their guitars to a more "secular sound".

    Long before of the "Jesus Music" in the United States, some isolated groups like Mind Garage, Sons of Thunder, The Crusaders, or The Exceptions, began to mix rock music with Christian messages. However, in the UK, there were no isolated groups, it was clearly a movement.

    I do not want to offend anyone, but I could say that all these artists of the 60s are the "Pre-pioneers" because they were long before of the pioneers Lary Norman, Mylon Lefevre or Agape.

    Our list of the best albums of 1966, shows the records of several Christian artists, that although they were not widely known, caused controversy in the circles of the local churches. Perhaps the most popular artists featured in this list are "The Joystrings". They were one of the most popular groups in the UK in the 60s.

    While you may know that “Strawberry Fields Forever” was inspired by John Lennon’s memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army children’s home near where he lived, you may not know that  "The Joystrings", an Army group shared the UK Top 50 chart with The Beattles in 1964

    In 1966, the terms "Christian Rock" or "Contemporary Christian Music", did not exist. There was no tag  for these artists, only were Christians guys talking of God with "secular music".

    Not all discs you look here are 100% "Rock", but they had a more contemporary and youthful sound, some have more "rock" than others, all of them, becoming pioneers in use of music that was not well seen in traditional churches.

    All these records were released 50 years ago, and although at present are not well known, are historical records that should not be forgotten or rejected. 

    11  The Concords - Soul Purpose LP

    Home Town: London, England
    Label: Emblem Records
    Style: Beat, Pop, Rock,Gospel

    A1 Teach me thy Way
    A2 Dig Deep and Strike the Rock
    A3 The Highest Hill
    A4 In my Heart
    A5 He Thinks of you
    A6 Early In the Morning

    B1 I Have Met The Master
    B2 The Bible Tells Me So
    B3 My Friend And I
    B4 The Bible Asks Many Questions


    10  Tony Mossop With The Soulseekers EP
    Home Town: London, England
    Label: Herald
    Style: Gospel, Soul, Rockabilly

    A1 - He Bought My Soul At Calvary
    A2 - Where Could I Go

    B1 - It Is No Secret
    B2 - Then Jesus Came


    09  The Liverpool Raiders - Big Story EP
    Home Town: Liverpool, England
    Label: Tower
    Style: Pop, Folk, Rock

    A1 - The Big Story
    A2 - I Wish I Knew

    B1 - Lord & Giver Of LIfe
    B2 - Rhythm In Religion
    B3 - There Is God


    08  The Cobblers EP
    Home Town: Preston, England
    Label: Herald
    Style: Pop, Rock, Lounge, Beat, Psych

    A1 - Peace In The Valley
    A2 - Tenderly He Watches

    B1 - There Is A Green Hill
    B2 - Just The Same


    07  Terry Dene - Now / With The Soulseekers - EP
    Home Town: London, England
    Label: Herald
    Style: Rock and roll, Pop, Rockabilly

    A1 - One Day
    A2 - Down From His Glory

    B1 - Just Call
    B2 - Genesis (Instrumental)


    06  The Proclaimers - The Proclaimers EP
    Home Town: London, England
    Label: Herald
    Style: Folk, Gospel, Rock and roll

    A1 - How Long Has It Been
    A2 - Jesus Remembered Me

    B1 - Streets Of Gold
    B2 - The Way To God


    05  The Joystrings - Joystrings Abroad EP
    Home Town: London, England
    Label: Salvation Army Records / Emi
    Style: Pop, Beat, Rock and roll

    A1 - Lord On Our Side
    A2 - Time

    B1 - Love That's in my Heart
    B2 - Without him


    04  The Witnesses EP
    Home Town: Liverpool, England
    Recorded in London on Saturday 30th July 1966
    Label: Herald
    Style: Rock and roll, Beat, Pop

    A1 - Why?
    A2 - Everything Will Be Alright

    B1 - Another Day
    B2 - The Winning Side

    All words and music  by Chris Keenan & Jimmy Nunnen


    03  The Exceptions - Rock and Roll Mass EP
    Home Town: Chicago, U.S.
    Label: Flair
    Style: Rock and roll, Folk, Psycho

    A1 - Lord Have Mercy
    A2 - Glory To God

    B1 - Holy, Holy, Holy
    B2 - Our Father
    B3 - Lamb Of God


    02  The Crusaders - Make a Joyful Noise with Drums & Guitars LP

    Home Town: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Label: Tower /Capitol
    Style: Rock and roll, Gospel

    A1 - Little Drummer Boy
    A2 - Battle Hymn of the Republic
    A3 - God lives
    A4 - You'll never walk alone
    A5 - With the lord at our side

    B1 - Praise with the lord
    B2 - What is man
    B3 - He's got the whole world
    B4 - Onward Christian soldiers (instrumental)
    B5 - Make a joyful noise

    Produced by Hank Levine and Larry Goldberg


    01  The Joystrings - Well Seasoned LP

    Home Town: London, England
    Label: Salvation Army Records /  Epic Records
    Style: Pop, Beat, Rock and roll, Gospel

    A1 - Keep Me In Your Love
    A2 - He Is Near
    A3 - No Time to Lose
    A4 - Where Will It End
    A5 - Long Lost Cause
    A6 - Friend For You
    A7 - There Will Be God
    A8 - Love That's All Around

    B1 - We Three Kings of Orient Are
    B2 - Silent Night Holy Night
    B3 - The Little King Jesus
    B4 - O Little Town of Bethlehem
    B5 - Away in a Manger
    B6 - Mary's Boy Child
    B7 - Do You Hear What I Hear
    B8 - The Holly and the Ivy

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