Friday, January 21, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 254: God Gave Rock And Roll To You

God Gave Rock And Roll To You - Argent (1973)

Rod Argent gave us two important bands. Everyone knows The Zombies. In rock critic's circles, Odyssey & The Oracle is always mentioned in lists of the best albums of all times. Lesser known but equally compelling was the band he founded after leaving The Zombies. Argent had a big hit with "Hold Your Head Up", but it was through this power ballad by singer/guitarist Russ Ballard that they had their finest moment. After listening, especially in this compelling version from the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, one gets the feeling that every word of the libretto is true. God really does want us to rock out, because he does too. Theology in popular music never sounded so good!

Of course, if you were born in the early 8o's, this is how you first heard this song...AND YOU LOVED IT!!!!!

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