Friday 6 July 2018
Water Into Wine Band - Hill Climbing for Beginners (1974)
The debut album from this British band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of bass, guitars, bongos, violin, piano and vocals.
The band had help from around ten guest musicians who provided drums, congas, tambourines, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, harp, violin, viola, cello and percussion.
The band was a part of the Christian Jesus revolution scene in the 1970s. A kind of an alternative to the stalinist extreme leftist scene at that time. The 1970s was a time for the marginal extremist movements. Water Into Wine Band was one of the many bands attached to one of these movements.
The music is acid folk rock. No less and no more.
The music is partly vocals focused with some instrumental parts too. A lot of them, too. Hence the list of the very many instruments involved here.
The lyrics are not overly Christian preaching in my opinion. Something that made the band flop in USA and the Christian scene there who wanted a lot of words but not so music as there is on this album.
That is their loss and our gain.
This forty minutes long album has some good things going for it and some not so good things. It is an album well worth checking out, though.