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Upon This Rock

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You Can't Take Away the Lord
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I Don't Believe In Miracles
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Moses In the Wilderness
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Walking Backwards Down the Stairs
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Ha Ha World
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Sweet Sweet Song of Salvation
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Forget Your Hexagram
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The Last Supper
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I Wish We'd All Been Ready
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Nothing Really Changes
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Postlude
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You Can't Take Away the Lord (Demo - Bonus Track)
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Sweet Song of Salvation (Live - Bonus Track)
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Nothing Really Changes (Demo - Bonus Track)
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I like the title

banelove

Different, radical music.

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The original Christian rock album (1969)

charlesmt63

Larry Norman was the first guy bold, crazy, or weird enough to dare to mix Christianity with rock and roll, back in a time when it was assumed by most everyone that rock could only be used as a tool of the devil. This album sounds pretty dated today. It's also kinda weird in places, and I'm sure it seemed even more so in its day. But I have a feeling it appealed to some in the hippie movement, which was no doubt the point. At any rate, IMHO it rates as one of those albums you should hear before you die.

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A true pioneer

pudge

Larry wrote, performed and produced this album which is widely considered to be the first Christian rock record. It has a stripped down sound and is not as sophisticated as his later works,but it is nevertheless worth a couple hundred listens.

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a very good album,but

WVMMRH

i really was more atracted to his hard rock sound as on "only visiting this planet"..after that recording,he seemed to take a softer, more of a pop direction,which i didn't care for as much.but nonetheless this is a a really good album and he will definitely be missed

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Great Early Album

jamesrovira

Larry was great and he will be missed -- I'm very grateful I lived in Southern Cal. in the 70s and early 80s so was able to see him live once or twice. This is a strong album, and more than that, it's a -fun- album. I wore out the cassette tape I originally had it on. However, eMusic's version is missing the first song, "Prelude." I hope eMusic puts up more of Larry's albums and similar work by Daniel Amos, Randy Stonehill's early work, Randy Matthews, etc.

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he will be missed

bennyUSMC

its sad to see someone like larry pass. he was an isperation to alot of people including myslef. i loved his music and i remember seeing him in concert at creation east a few years back and taking pictures with him. im truely hurt to see him go but God has a better plan then we can imagine. he had a very good message and i know alot of people heard it. Larry had a gift that not many people have. I praise God that i had the honor of listening to his music and meeting him in person before he passed. He truely will be missed.

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Larry's Best

szarka

Some of Norman's later albums (e.g. In Another Land or Only Visiting This Planet) came close, but none ever quite measured up to Upon This Rock. The music on this album is all one piece and captures a perspective never really heard before this on a rock/pop record--and perhaps not heard from Norman again, as it captures a certain innocence mostly missing from his later work. The recording and production is excellent (for 1969), too.

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MISS YOU

RA3

Sad that this starshp trooper left us. Undeniable talent, conviction, creativity. Enjoy one of his most excellent albums here. Prepare for clanky music, but hey, it's not new. Amazing songwriting.

They Say All Music Guide

Long before the days of CCM and the cross-pollination of rock and gospel, Larry Norman and a small group of California musicians began the “Jesus music” movement. With his haggard appearance, sly wit, and street savvy, Norman was almost a pariah within the formal world of gospel, but a real-life godsend to open-minded music fans. With liberal amounts of sarcasm and a respect for religious skeptics, Norman delivered his church-weary message with skilled pop/rock songwriting. The “Christian Sgt. Pepper” comparisons might be a little overdone, but Norman’s solo debut, Upon This Rock, is perhaps the first truly accomplished and relevant Christian rock testimony ever recorded. Tracks like “Walking Backward” and “Forget Your Hexagram” have an undeniable grooviness and a ringing message that, for its time, is amazingly unapologetic and free of dogma. Upon This Rock is more than a novelty; it is a bold announcement from a man who wasn’t satisfied to simply create a music subgenre — Norman reshaped an industry and the lexicon of the modern gospel. – Jason Anderson

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