THE GOSPEL - 'Redeemer' / 'I Won't Be Sad Again' (Vanguard Apostolic VRS 35084) 1968
This 45 is a product of the late 60s religious vibe that seemed to be rubbing off on a whole load of rock musicians and hippies to varying degrees. It doesn't take much investigation on the label to know that this record will have some kind of message. After all the band is called The Gospel and the song is 'Redeemer'. Look a little bit deeper and the label is full of weird looking cherubs, the label itself is Vanguard Apostolic and the publishing company is Epiphany.
These guys were not on the road to following the Dark Side that's for sure.
The music on both sides of the disc is terrific. 'Redeemer' is a hippie psych gem with perfect musicianship. It's kind of loosely based on The Yardbirds tune 'Tune Into Earth' with that strange Gregorian(esque) vocal delivery.
The flip 'I Won't Be Sad' sounds much more in the traditional folk format with banjo and fiddle but the hippie laid back approach gives it a late 60s feel.
I dug out some info about the 45. Both songs were written and produced by John Townley. He had previously performed guitar duties in the impressive New York group The Magicians.
To my knowledge The Gospel have not been compiled before.