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Rough Mix 2

by Larry Norman

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Deep Blue 05:14
Moonshine 04:34
The Tune 13:13
Swing Low 10:46
Parson Brown 03:38


Rough Mix 2 was released in 2011 as a double CD set, but soon went out of print and is now difficult to find copies of. This Bandcamp release is that CD set, but with the song Jesus Christ removed due to Bandcamp's policy on cover versions.

Larry's Notes:

1976 was a busy year. I had produced Randy's Welcome To Paradise and several other albums which were quite different from each other, like Tom Howard's View From The Bridge, and had started recording Le Garage Du Monde songs. I had also started an album of black music containing songs like "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Oh Death Where Is They Sting", and "If I Got My Ticket".

At the same time I had started to record an American anthology for the Bicentennial. In 1976 we were a rather un-proud nation, disgraced by our failure in Vietnam and Nixon's prevarications. I recorded "This Land Is Your Land" and "They Laid Jesus Christ In His Grave" with a guitar I borrowed that was Woody Guthrie's; found broken in a field with a bird nest inside. I included a song of my own called "When The Moon Shines On The Moonshine" along with other songs like "TurnTurn Turn" and "Eve Of Destruction".

Neither the album of black music nor white music was approved of by Word Records for release on Solid Rock and I finally resolved to abandon both albums. A rough mix of songs without reverb was handed out on cassette in 1976 to a small group of industry persons, with other alternate mixes of unreleased songs. Some of those songs later ended up on Something New Under The Son. Some of the Bicentennial music was gathered together with other unreleased songs and somehow tape copies of it ended up in the bootleg archives of several collectors. How I don't know, but I have to admire their collecting skills. At least it helps put to rest some of the rumors started by others that such unreleased albums were non-existent...


released April 5, 2011


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Larry Norman Los Angeles, California

American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. Norman had a major influence on artists as diverse as The Pixies, Guns n' Roses, and U2. After his death in 2008 his most well-known album, 1972's Only Visiting This Planet, was selected for inclusion in The United States Library of Congress for its cultural significance and impact on American culture. ... more

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