Steps of the Mission
Artist: Steps of the Mission
Artist: Terry Talbot and
Luna Negra http://http://www.masonproffit.com/store.html
Length: 38 minutes
Terry Talbot has been around
for a long time. He started with Mason Proffit, the “best group that
never made it really big.” So be it. Talbot has produced outstanding
music over the years, in partnership with his brother John Michael Talbot,
Barry McGuire, and others (reads like a who’s who of Christian music).
Additionally, he has been a session guitarist for others (Glen Campbell
and others). He has consistently produced outstanding music.
His latest CD, Steps
of the Mission, could be described as a Christian, Celtic, sevillana
CLASS ACT. The entire CD is filled with superior vocals, musicianship,
and production. For this review, I want to address the first three
cuts on the cd:
“Love One Another” - I have
heard this before, years ago. It never sounded like his. The
cut starts out with some first rate percussion (flamenco/sevillana, with
an almost tabla sound). It then weaves the first guitar run all around
itself, resolving again and again. Take the time to sit down and
LISTEN to this thing, a couple of times. Terry knows how to draw
his listener into the song, to play with the listener, and then resolve
the music into a perfect finale.
“Murphy’s Law” - As a
guitarist, the artistry in this cut just makes me sick. I hope that
he has at least triple tracked this thing. The thought that he could
play this in less than three or four separate tracks overlaid on each other
is just more than I can take. I just can’t figure out whether he
should have been the lead performer on _Oh Brother Where Art Thou_, or
on Dan Crary’s _Men of Steel_. SUPERIOR guitar playing. Terry,
you should cut instructional guitar lessons so that most of the rest of
us can at least give it a shot.
Most of Terry’s recorded works
are unavailable, which is a real shame. Breaking out of the usual
“Christian music” genre is what Terry has done best over the years.
This is his best work.
“Li Li Li” - Now this one starts
right out of Seville, Spain. I have seen Sevilliana/Flamenco dancers
that would DIE for this sort of accompaniment. I have no idea where
Terry found these people. The song includes some searing guitar work,
great vocals, and again, superior production. At the risk of sounding
redundant, LISTEN to this cut a couple of times. At about the fourth
trip through it, I began to get a real appreciation for the artistry here.