Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: Chenaniah - Chenaniah (XIAN FOLK-ROCK US 1977)

15 January 2015

Chenaniah - Chenaniah (XIAN FOLK-ROCK US 1977)

Chenaniah was the trio of "Bruce Muckala", "Stephen West" and "Kenny Ronning".
Minnesota certainly seems to have had its share of cool Jesus Music lps, and Chenaniah is a prime example.

The group have a wonderful homespun Rural Rock sound featuring gentle vocals overtop 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar backing/leads, bass and drums. They often strike a resemblance to the Country-Rock side of "Harvest Flight" and "Rainbow Promise", while mixing in some of America's melodic optimism. Nice upbeat mid-tempo electric tracks like "Water Of Life", "Hold Me", "Out Comes The Polish" and "Day After Day". Beautiful acoustic ballads as well, including the dreamy flute-accompanied "Gift Of Love", "September" with moving cello backing, and the graceful Leo Kottke-ish instrumental "Chenaniah".

A touch of the "Flying Burritos Brothers"/Byrds style on "A Real Love". All original songs. The band derived their name from a character in I Chronicles 15:22, described as a minister of song. Glorious purple and green fantasy cover illustration (no label 7071N11 Stereo, 1977). 500 made. Excerpt from "The Archivist", 4th edition by Ken Scott.