The Chuck Wagon Gang – Songs of Faith and Glory (HL 7421) (1967)

SAM_0152No psychedelic sun can disguise how hopelessly out-of-fashion this must have seemed back in 1967. But produced by Don Law, the same man responsible for recording Robert Johnson, Songs of Faith is a numinous bluegrass-style close harmony gospel Lp (a mono edition on Columbia Records budget subsidiary, Harmony) that transcends its age; happened apon at a Sue Ryder Woonsorg bookshop for €2 during an Asbo Family getaway in Brugge, Belgium while on half term*.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the town’s elegance, I also found what must be the world’s most handsome record shop in the heart of the old city. Specialising in Classical and Jazz (I picked up the Bill Evans Trio’s vivacious Sunday At the Village Vanguard), Rombaux held a pop-rock section of inverse proportions to what one usually sees at a music store. Even Mrs Asbo was impressed, commenting that she wouldn’t mind accompanying me record shopping if they all looked like that.

Interestingly, the three Brugge record shops I went into were all run by women, don’t know if this is a thing or just coincidence.

*Our first attempt to leave the country last Sunday night was halted by St. Jude.

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