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Cross And The Switchblade, The Ralph Carmichael Light LS-5550-LP, 1970
Cross And The Switchblade, The album cover

The tiny religious label, Light, based in Waco, Texas released Ralph Carmichael's great funk score to the Pat Boone movie about a man bringing religion to the ghetto. While some of the music is standard period pop or religious in nature, the theme and several other instrumentals showcase a large group playing great, driving funk. Don't miss the insane 'Addict's Psalm' (Pat Boone speaking passages from the scriptures over a huge funk breakbeat) or 'Rumble', a great chase-style funk instrumental. Often overlooked and strongly recommended.

Overall Rating: 4

Track listing:

You Gotta Try | Switchblade Theme | Where Is It? | I Just Lost | Bright New World | I've Got Confidence | The Addict's Psalm | Rumble | God Loves You | Love |

 

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