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Ark - Voyages 1978


01. Introduction

02. When the Son Comes Out

03. Sea of Life

04. Drifting

05. Sidewalk Preacherman

06. In the Desert

07. Blue Angel

08. Lord I'm Learning

09. Peace of Mind

10. New Civilization?

11. Dear Old Friends


Eddie Herold - Lead Vocals-Guitars

Charles moses - Lead Bass And,Acoutic Guitar

Lee Henderson - Lead,Drums And Percussion

A most impressive album, albeit a strange one. It's strange in that it is so sparsely arranged, seemingly just two guitars (one of which is very lightly doodled much of the time), bass and drums. There is just so much space and air that it almost makes me believe that some producers would just record an empty room for the duration of a track,

just to add atmosphere to a recording....The lyrics are quite pensive and rarely bland, the melodies aren't rivetting and nor are the vocals but they don't need to be because the whole works in a way that's for me never boring.

"Sea of life" seems to literally drift out to sea and they almost work up a sweat on "Sidewalk preacherman", a great track with a semi sizzling riff and all the electricity of a light coming on.Also of interest to me is when the album came out, just as punk was fizzling out and mutating into the more musical, moneyspinning (sorry, commercial) new wave.

The album has a minimalist punk undercurrent yet is as far from punk as it was possible to get. / Some Jesus bands remained blissfully behind the times, some were ahead of their time and others like Ark seemed out of any time......They were alot more gritty and successful at this kind of style than the 4th Movement {grimtraveller}.

This is without a doubt one of the best albums that no one has ever heard. I have been involved in the Christian music industry since 1975 and have never even heard a mention of this terrific album. I can't stop listening to it! To me "Drifting" and "Sidewalk Preacherman" are the best tunes on the LP but every single song is highly enjoyable. It could be one of the top 20 Christian albums of all time.

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I am Lee Henderson, the drummer/percussionist on the ARK Voyages album. It was both fun and eventful recording that album as some of it was recorded in my parent's basement on a 4 trk reel to reel. It's hard for me to believe this music is still out there as I thought I had the only few copies of the album any more. And yes, Eddie Herold was a Doors lover back then, as well as Moody Blues,

and just blues. I was into progressive rock and actually recorded some more nice percussion tracks on some songs, but alas, lack of space and desired guitar parts etc, wiped my extra percussion off. Looking back, it was a miracle that album ever got completed but I am so thankful it did. Much appreciation to those who have listened to it.

Legendary USA private psychedelic album, a top-level rarity issued in a tiny edition of 100 copies in 1978. Really impressive concept album with religious/spiritual lyrcis, raw basement sound, strong song-writing and superb musicianship.

It combines some drifting, mellow tracks with some fuzz-rockers. "Monster top 5 US psychedelic garage LP. Eerie folk-rock, Doors-sounding spookers with a smattering of D.R. Hooker lounge/mind psychedelia thrown in, great drifty acid jams, desert wind effects, air raid sirens ... all the right moves & attitude."

Simpsonville, South Carolina trio whose mega-rare custom lp sounds remarkably like The Doors, both instrumentally and vocally. Ark rocks quite strongly on the ‘Roadhouse Blues’-ish opener (‘When The Son Comes Out’,) the heavily fuzzed (‘Sidewalk Preacherman’ )

and the instrumental (‘In The Desert’;) (which has some neat air raid siren effects).The bulk of the album, however, (suggests The Doors’ softer side) a most welcome sound completely unexplored in Christian music. Witness the playful psychedelia of (‘New Civilization?’;) with its surreal stroll-along groove, fluttering flute flourishes and extended spacey lectric guitar noodling.

Or the dreamy adrift mood of the ballad( ‘Sea Of Life’;) and the ethereal harmonics of the acoustic instrumental (‘Peace Of Mind’.)AND( ‘Blue Angel’;) and (‘Drifting’;) both have irresistible loungy electric grooves (that capture what Jim Morrison) might have sounded like had he gotten saved and begun singing at Holiday Inns. In fact the lead vocals are generally relaxed throughout,

even on the heavier selections)Good electric guitar work throughout by Eddie Herold, rounded out by bandmates Charles Moses (bass, acoustic guitar)And Lee Henderson (drums, percussion)Forget that late date - this stuff sounds more like 1970.

Cool primitive b&w cover art. Was valued at one point around $1000, due no doubt to reports that only 100 were made, though copies do seem to turn up occasionally. A more affordable Belgian re-issue appeared in 1994.


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