Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: Rainbow Promise - Rainbow Promise (KILLER XIAN PSYCHEDELIC WEST COAST US 1972)

26 February 2015

Rainbow Promise - Rainbow Promise (KILLER XIAN PSYCHEDELIC WEST COAST US 1972)

"Rainbow Promise" are "Steve Powell" (vocals and rhythm guitar), "Richard Slaton" (acoustic rhythm guitar), "Ric Bowers" (lead guitar), "Leonard Brannon" (bass guitar) and "Dennis Jones" (drums).
They were from Texas and recorded eponymous album (New Wine LP S259-01, 1972) in Missouri, on a Springfield label, New Wine Records.
"Ric Bowers" said: "At the time we were traveling the midwest in a van, all of us, including the instruments. We recorded the entire album live in a long, 1 day session".

Great album, with a mix of hard and soft Rock, and featuring Fuzz guitar, vocal harmony, and Christian lyrics. There can be no denying a strong West Coast vibe on several tracks, which may alternately resemble "Wilson McKinley" , or "The Grateful Dead" on "American Beauty".

As "Ken Scott" in his Archivist book describes this amazing LP: "One of the top Christian psych Rarities is this custom guitar-based rural rock monster from the five man band "Rainbow Promise", with strong West-Coast vibes that at their best recall "Wilson McKinley". The stage is set from the start with a driving rocker "Get Ready" featuring sharp duel electric guitarleads. "Someone You Need" follows with some of the most intense scorching echoed wah-wah guitar on record.

"Do You Hear" starts off fast, then slows to a moodier setting that could just as easily been found on "Wilson McKinley"'s "Spirit Of Elijah". The same could be said for "Prophecy" and the tempo shifting "I've Got The Rebirth", the latter with inspiring echoed guitar leads... Dynamic drumming action throughout the LP".