James Vincent – Waiting For The Rain – 1978

Hot off the world renowned success of 1976’s “Space Traveler” James Vincert embrace Christianity and set a distinctly different course than the one he had previously been on. Considered one of the best jazz guitarists of his generation James Vincent would record two very directly Christian album, the first being the one in question. Because of the immense success of the previous album “Waiting for the Rain” received a very strong distribution (normally lacking for CCM artists) through his mainstream record company. Filled with some amazing jazz and rock tunes with the emphasis on jazz and Vincent’s brilliant guitar work and the Seawind horn section. Musically in the vein of George Benson or the mellower side of Earth, Wind and Fire with a soulful and rich voice and stellar guitar work. There are two strong radio songs in “What Does It Profit a Man” and “People of the World.” I remember working at KYMS radio some five to 10 years later and still playing these two songs. But really it is the more obscure and less commercial songs that make the album so amazing. Resistance is a progressive jazz piece with limited vocal and several changes throughout while the guitar in Daniel, Daniel will remind many of Keaggy’s guitar styling. How Can I Thank You is a pure delight as Vincent scats over the top of his guitar solo. Though the follow up release, Enter In, may have contained some better and more mature lyrics there is a simplicity and joy to this release that makes it such a treasure.

Contributor David Lowman – https://ccms500bestalbums.wordpress.com/

Tracklist
1 – What Does It Profit A Man? – 4:50
2 – Resistance – 4:52
3 – Etude #20 – 1:16
4 – Daniel, Daniel – 3:10
5 – People Of The World – 4:39
6 – How Can I Thank You Enough – 4:55
7 – Soon Comes The Son – 3:48
8 – Waiting For The Rain – 3:12
9 – The Seventh Day – 6:11
10 – Babylon Is Fallen – 3:09

Credits
Arranged By [Horns] – Seawind Horns
Backing Vocals – Carla Vincent (tracks: A5)
Bass – Steve Evans
Congas – Pat Murphy
Drums [Hand & Trap] – Tom Donlinger
Guitar – James Vincent
Keyboards – Ron Stockert
Marimba – Tom Donlinger
Percussion – Pat Murphy
Percussion, Congas – Carla Vincent (tracks: B5)
Producer – James Vincent
Saxophone – Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams
Synthesizer [Roland Guitar, Roland 5h-5] – James Vincent
Trombone – Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet – Jerry Hey
Vocals – James Vincent
Whistling – Vincent Dondelinger (tracks: B3)

Companies, etc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Published By – Big Elk Music
Published By – Caleb Music
Published By – Swinghouse Music

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One thought on “James Vincent – Waiting For The Rain – 1978”

  1. I have a vinyl of this that was released by CBS records in 1982 with different artwork. I loved this album and listened to it a lot in the 80’s. I never found any more music by Vincent, sadly. No internet back then. 🙁

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