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Water and Blood
(Originally released in 1991)
"It's good...very good in fact."
- True Tunes Magazine
"...the stage is set for the return of a great band."
- Word Premiere Magazine
True Tunes Magazine (USA)
Water And Blood
GMI/Secret Place Records
Anybody remember Liberation Suite? They were on the cutting edge of Christian music back in the mid-seventies. They had a tendency to disappear for five years at a time then resurface. Since their debut in '75 they've been a big deal in Europe. They've headlined the prestigious Greenbelt Festival, played at the Royal Albert Theater, as well as other very large gigs in the UK. Now they have a very high quality independent CD here in the U.S. and in the UK. Water and Blood is very hard to peg stylistically. It's pretty straight ahead but it's good. Very good in fact. The closest comparisons I can come up with are Poco, Drastic Measures era Kansas, and Toto, and maybe add a little of what you think the Little River Band would be doing if they were around today. These guys are being raved over by mainstream press. If you want to find out what the hype is all about, check it out.
Word Premiere (British Isles, February 1991)
Water And Blood
Many artists take a break between albums but 10 years is excessive by anybody's standards. 1980 saw the release of Stride For Stride the widely acclaimed second album from American superband Liberation Suite. Formed by musicians who all had considerable experience with secular bands, Lib Suite purveyed a distinctive brand of guitar rock. A very open space sound with visual touches–like trombone and an early bass synth. So it is with interest in seventies sounds returning (c.f. Russ Taff, Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy), that the stage is set for the return of a great band.The musicianship is, as ever, of the highest quality, the guitar solos in particular. It's difficult to categorize the sound – there are shades of Petra, Steely Dan, ELO – but essentially it's Lib Suite. The line-up is almost unchanged–Barry Bynum (guitar), Randy Hill (drums), Jim Hazel (guitars and bass), Howard Lyon (vocals but no trombone) and new boy James Yager (keyboards).The tracks are well put together with Emerald Isle and Everyone's A Moon among the best. Established fans will remember Run Lucifer from their first album – it gets a welcome reworking.
Not just a trip down memory lane; hopefully the start of a new road.
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