Pauline Filby – Show Me A Rainbow – 1969

This may be the oldest album we’ve ever uploaded and while we hear time and time again that Larry Norman was the first Christian artist that simply isn’t true as Jesus Music was in full swing when he showed up on the scene and this album was part of that scene. Pauline falls in as a member of my After The Fire tentacles series. Well, kind of. Before ATF there was Narnia which had three future ATF members and also in Narnia was Pauline. So she’s not really a tentacle but perhaps one of the suction cups as she definitely has a place in the history of ATF. Anyway this is her one and only solo album and it came out several years before Narnia. It has a 70’s folk sound and I was actually quite surprised at how good it was. Track seven “Satisfied Mind” is a cover of a song that you are probably more familiar with as a Dylan track but it’s actually a cover of a Porter Wagoner song written by Jack Rhodes and Red Hayes in 1963. If you want to actually hear the origins of CCM music here’s a great place to start.

1 – A Day – 2:11
2 – Believe – 2:04
3 – Trouble – 2:16
4 – Loneliness – 2:01
5 – Tramp On The Street – 4:29
6 – Show Me A Rainbow – 3:35
7 – Satisfied Mind – 3:49
8 – Friday Street – 3:19
9 – Jigsaw – 4:05
10 – The Temptation – 3:21
11 – Amen – 1:58

Artwork [Sleeve] – Celia Parratt
Banjo, Harmonica – Jack Watson
Bass, Guitar – Bill Pownall
Clarinet – Brian Osmond
Drums – Tim Anderson
Flute – Brian Cresswell
Guitar – Gordon Giltrap
Harmonica – Bruce Duncan
Liner Notes – Barron Antony
Photography By – Clifford Shirley
Written-By – Pauline Filby

Narnia – Aslan Is Not A Tame Lion – 1974

Before there was “After The Fire” there was Narnia. Tim Hatwell, Peter Memory Banks, and John Russell all seem to have started here. Lead singing duties were handed over to Pauline Filby who had released a solo album in 1969. Now don’t think you are going to hear a version of ATF here because you’re not going to. This is a straight out Jesus Music album and Pauline’s singing in no way resembles anything ATF ever did. This album has very strong vocals and though sometimes they seem a little strangely performed it all works well after a few listenings. It’s always nice to go back to the roots of 80’s bands but sometimes those roots will leave you a little confused.

1 – You’d Better Believe It – 3:12
2 – Muddy Ground – 3:52
3 – The Juggler – 3:51
4 – Agape – 5:49
5 – To A Fountain – 3:19
6 – Miracle Of Birth – 4:08
7 – In The Forest – 3:03
8 – Boogie For Narnia – 2:37
9 – Living Water – 5:41

Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Tim Hatwell
Design [Sleeve Design] – Bernard A. Cope
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Kenneth ‘Ginger’ Dixon
Engineer – Nick Sykes, Robin Thompson
Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar – Peter Banks
Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Recorder, Vocals – John Russell (7)
Producer – Tony Hooper
Vocals – Pauline Filby
Written-By – Welch (tracks: A1), Tom Paxton (tracks: A1)
Written-By, Arranged By – Narnia (2) (tracks: A2 to B5), Pauline Filby (tracks: A2 to B5)

Companies, etc.
Copyright (c) – United Artists Music Ltd.
Copyright (c) – World Music (UK)