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Editors’ Notes

On its 1973 sophomore album, A Fool’s Paradise, Lazarus moves slightly away from the pristine acoustic sound and Christian outlook of its self-titled debut toward a more overtly commercial approach. Strings, horns, and a (soft) rock rhythm section appear on a number of tracks, giving songs by the Texas-bred trio a bit more heft. Fundamentally, though, Lazarus remains a thoughtfully melodic unit built around the soaring tenor vocals of guitarist Bill Hughes. “Ladyfriends II” (upbeat and funky) and “Ladyfriends I” (more subdued and reflective) find the band applying its benignly spiritual vision to romantic concerns. “When Will the Home of Me Begin?” and the title tune seek refuge from the fast-paced life, while “Take Me High” and “Thoughts of You” are prayerful without being preachy. Several tracks—most notably the Latin-tinged “Baby Baby"—have the bright, harmony-laden feel of Crosby, Stills & Nash in their prime. Clean-lined production by Phil Ramone and Peter Yarrow bring out the trio's exceptional vocal purity.

Customer Reviews

A Fool's Paradise --

Lazarus was a short-lived 70's band of three brilliant musicians. The album features excellent guitar work, great vocals, and some very thoughtful lyrics. (There best album was self-titled Lazarus - now also available on iTunes.) Be moved by "Thoughts of You" or "Ladyfriends I" . Listen to the intricate instrumentaion of "This Is a Song."

Tom Livingston

If you like pure acoustic music this is one of the best band ever recorded. The lyrics are deep the music is catchy and it will be one of your favorite albums ever. Their first album "Lazurus" is just as good. I have been searching for 25 years to find these two albums and finaly here they are. Cudos to whoever brought them back. What a folk band should sound like. Very advanced for their day.

A Fool's Paradise, Lazarus
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