Upon This Rock
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||You Can't Take Away the Lord||Larry Norman||2:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Don't Believe In Miracles||Larry Norman||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Moses In the Wilderness||Larry Norman||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Walking Backwards Down the Stairs||Larry Norman||2:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ha Ha World||Larry Norman||3:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sweet Sweet Song of Salvation||Larry Norman||3:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Forget Your Hexagram||Larry Norman||2:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Last Supper||Larry Norman||3:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Wish We'd All Been Ready||Larry Norman||3:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nothing Really Changes||Larry Norman||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Postlude||Larry Norman||2:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Can't Take Away the Lord (Demo) [Bonus Track]||Larry Norman||2:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sweet Song of Salvation (Live) [Bonus Track]||Larry Norman||5:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nothing Really Changes (Demo) [Bonus Track]||Larry Norman||2:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of Larry Norman’s Upon This Rock in the history of Christian music. This album is arguably the first overtly Christian rock album — and it’s also a collection of compelling, superbly-crafted songs. Norman brought a mixture of reverence and rebellion to his solo debut, spreading word of an impending Judgment Day in the midst of war and moral decadence. He depicts this theme most eloquently in “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” an intentionally frightening look at the coming apocalypse that went on to become a Christian music standard. The album has its moments of comic relief as well — “Moses in the Wilderness” tells a Bible story in hipster slang, while “Ha Ha World” matches a wry routine to a propulsive groove. Sunny gospel-pop ditties like “Sweet Sweet Song of Salvation” and cautionary offerings like “Forget Your Hexagram” speak to the psychedelic generation without sacrificing their spiritual gravity. Norman shifts between orchestral arrangements and stripped-down acoustic settings to present these songs of warning, joy, and hope. Upon This Rock was the departure point for the ‘70s Jesus Music movement, and it remains a transcendently powerful work.
This album is 40 years old, but it still rates as a Classic from 1969.
Thankfully Before CCM
Its hard to believe, if you were born or came of age before 1969, that Christian music wasn't just a second rate rip-off of the secular genres and marketing. How many people can remember when Christian music wasn't a product of the ghetto of subculture? However, there were bands like Resurrection Band out of Chicago and mucian/songwriters like Larry Norman that would defy slick marketing campaigns and labels. Norman's "Upon This Rock" is a masterpiece of 60s eclecticism. Rock, Folk, hymns, the Blues, political commentary, and satire flowed from the turntable and speakers when I first heard Norman. Although you may hear echoes of the Beatles and the Stones, Norman had his own distinct style that would fit no where in the late 70s and 80s CCM culture. I happily recommend "Upon This Rock," and hope itunes will soon widen their Larry Norman catalogue.
thanks for shaping my future, this music has helped me get to where i am today. thank you larry
Born: April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, TX
Genre: Christian & Gospel
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s