LARRY NORMAN
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Last version: 6.4 (July 24, 2014)

 

 

Historical scetch and recommendations

Larry Norman will be best remembered for his 1970's recordings. This decade showed our man at the peak of his creativity. In fact it started in the late 1960's; "Upon This Rock", his debut solo album, was recorded in 1969 (to be released in 1970) and featured catchy pop/rock songs. On listening to it now, it hasn't lost much of its fresh impact, although the production of especially the Capitol release could be criticized. It was something Larry Norman himself was very outspoken about and he worked on the production before it was re-released on Benson's Impact and Heart Warming labels. On his own One Way label, with less money to spend, Larry Norman then released "Street Level" and "Bootleg", two charming albums and both more personal and intimate than "Upon This Rock". The gold label version of "Street Level" is a rare piece of history and it has a completely different B-side than the more common version with other label colors. In the meantime Larry Norman signed with Verve/MGM Records and the first two installments of the Trilogy were released: "Only Visiting This Planet" (1972) and "So Long Ago The Garden" (1973). Both are great albums and they feature more Larry Norman classics, varying from acoustic folk songs to solid 70's rock. "So Long Ago The Garden" was misunderstood by the christian press and the christian community and added to the controversy that has been an integral part of Larry Norman's career. Most of critics silenced for a while after the release of part 3 of the Trilogy, titled "In Another Land", which was released on Larry Norman's new Solid Rock label. It was a positive and overtly christian album and a strong and convincing release. Around the same time Larry Norman recorded a satirical cover album about the Jesus-trend in popular music which was released in 1977 ("Streams Of White Light Into Darkened Corners" on AB Records). In 1976 Larry Norman recorded his blues masterpiece "Something New Under The Son", which remained in the can until 1981, and the continuation of that album, called "The Tune" (released as "The Story Of The Tune" in 1983). The last years of the 1970's seem to have been very quiet, which was probably due to a plane accident in late 1977. Larry Norman also continued to have problems with record companies; for various reasons it appeared to be risky to release or promote anything that was associated with this enfant terrible of gospel rock music. From the LP/CD releases and articles that were written, following in the 1980's until now, it became clear that Larry Norman worked on several projects in the 1970's which never materialized apart from some songs which were recorded and released on compilation albums or as bonus tracks on his CD reissues.

Larry Norman remained active until his passing in 2008, but most of the almost endless stream of releases is not of much interest except for a few albums, like "Stranded In Babylon". As you will understand I strongly recommend all 1970's albums discussed above and they are all available in the CD format. If you'd prefer vinyl (and you should), try eBay or other online music selling websites. From the reissues covering 1970's recordings, I can especially recommend "Rough Mix 2", released in 2011, and you may also look for "Gathered Moments" (1998), "The Cottage Tapes" (book 1, 2000) and "Rock, Scissors et Papier" (2003). But be prepared; these compilations feature mostly alternate takes of well-known songs and live versions of the same or other well-known songs. Only a few unknown titles can be found on these albums, which probably make them of less interest to the average listener.

Larry Norman's website has a large offering of CD's (and CD-r's), even some vinyl, and can be found here.