Shotgun Angel

Album Reviews

Shotgun Angel

Album Reviews

Cross Rhyhtms February 16, 2014

2-CD Deluxe Edition
By Stephen Luff

As any longtime follower of Christian music will know, Daniel Amos were a seminal band who in the '80s particularly took Christian rock into uncharted territory. This album from 1977 was the transition between the country of their self-titled debut album and the Beatles-esque rock of 'Horrendous Disc' a year later. There are influences aplenty here including Queen and Pink Floyd mixed with vocal Eagles style harmonies (just listen to the title track and "Posse In The Sky") which would feature in similar bands of the time such as the Sweet Comfort Band. Outstanding tracks include "Praise Song" with its encouraging lyrics and the humorous, country track "Meal". There are instances of rock opera such as "Finale:Bereshith Overture" and "The Whistler" which both take you by surprise the first time you hear them. The transfer quality is remarkably good given the age of the original recordings with only tape hiss noticeable.

Disc two contains 26 tracks including demos and alternative mixes. One track "Jonah And The Whale" is new, but it is not up to the quality of the songs elsewhere - you can see why it never made it to the final album. This, although interesting, does not offer long time listening enjoyment especially as songs are repeated with slight differences, although the studio chat is interesting. Overall an enjoyable album though probably only hardcore Daniel Amos/Terry Scott Taylor completists will get much from disc two.

CCM Magazine June 1988

"The Best Contemporary Christian Albums of All Time"
(Selected by the CCM Magazine staff)

"Hats off to the band!" hails Baker. Jonathan David Brown (now with Twila Paris!) produced this early Daniel Amos, uh, DA, uh Da project. "This album from DA's Eagles period was an artist triumph," Rabey says. Somewhere between country and new wave, the guys came up with a winner in Angel. Pinzon elaborates, "Most bands lose fans during the transitional period; it is a tribute to DA's talent that their transitional album is still their most popular." Side two's musical vision of the end times is a seamless masterpiece. "Father's Arms" and "Days and Nights" are standout cuts too.

Syndicate December 1990

4 points out of 5
CD Reissue
By Brian Q. Newcomb

It's way past time for all of DA's albums to hit the street on compact disc, and slowly but surely (actually, all of a sudden) that's happening. Shotgun Angel the band's second vinyl confession finds Terry Taylor, Ed McTaggart, Jerry. Chamberlain and Co. laying the groundwork for all that was to come. It's not quite a rock 'n' roll album, but it has Beatles and country rock influences, strong melodies, some very. promising writing and enough silly stuff to warrant both excitement and dread. Somebody please tell me why they recorded "Meal," and Taylor has written other beautiful songs, but "Father's Arms" is clearly a classic.

Of course the second side of the album takes a rather obnoxious pre-millennial dispensational look at the book of Revelation, something I learned in seminary is probably an inadequate approach. Since, I've become a pan-millennialist; the foundational tenets being that the future is in God's hands, Jesus is coming back, We know not the day or the hour and it'll all pan out in. the end. DA presents its own pop opera on the end times, and for the most part it'll be acceptable to all kinds of Christian perspectives. Certainly "Sail Me Away" and "Posse In the Sky" are fabulous songs with engaging imagery.
The tracks convert to digital very nicely, although my vinyl copy has sounded pretty bad for years. It's exciting to have this classic back in a format that will last until Jesus' return. - Brian Q. Newcomb

Harvest Rock Syndicate 1987

The 25 Best Albums of Early Christian Rock

by (Various Authors)

#8: Shotgun Angel
"A long cry from the first Daniel Amos album, Shotgun Angel demonstrated the creative scene that has become a trademark of all Da (nee Daniel Amos, then DA) work through the years," says T.L. Faris. "They never did take country music that seriously," asserts Greenfield, "still, Angel did showcase Terry Taylor's up-and-coming, unique songwriting ability." "Side Two is a masterpiece. A little too Beatle-esque for some tastes, perhaps, but I admired the band's ambition at the time and still do," says Styll with SChmitz in agreement, "I could still listen to Side Two for hours every day." Ok, Ok, so there are great songs like "Days and Nights," "Father's Arms" and "Shotgun Angel," and Side Two is brilliant, given you have to be able to endure a rather literalistic reading of Revelation from a Pre-Millenial Dispensationalistic point of view, but would someone tell me how "Meal" ever got on this record?

"Not until now have we seen an album that is as versatile, professional, or as serious musically as is Daniel Amos' 'Shotgun Angel'."

"'Shotgun Angel' should inspire other musicians to break some of the molds they've cast themselves in."

"This record is a flat-out winner. Brilliant."

"'Shotgun Angel' is truly an offering of excellence to the Lord."
BUZZ magazine (Eng.)

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